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Baubotanik: The Botanically Inspired Design System that Creates Living Buildings

09:30 - 23 October, 2015
Baubotanik: The Botanically Inspired Design System that Creates Living Buildings, Willow footbridge summer 2012. Image © Ferdinand Ludwig
Willow footbridge summer 2012. Image © Ferdinand Ludwig

Timber buildings are regularly praised for their sustainability, as carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere by the trees remains locked in the structure of the building. But what if you could go one better, to design buildings that not only lock in carbon, but actively absorb carbon dioxide to strengthen their structure? In this article, originally published by the International Federation of Landscape Architects as "Baubotanik: Botanically Inspired Biodesign," Ansel Oommen explores the theory and techniques of Baubotanik, a system of building with live trees that attempts to do just that.

Trees are the tall, quiet guardians of our human narrative. They spend their entire lives breathing for the planet, supporting vast ecosystems, all while providing key services in the form of food, shelter, and medicine. Their resilient boughs lift both the sky and our spirits. Their moss-aged grandeur stands testament to the shifting times, so much so, that to imagine a world without trees is to imagine a world without life.

To move forward then, mankind must not only coexist with nature, but also be its active benefactor. In Germany, this alliance is found through Baubotanik, or Living Plant Constructions. Coined by architect, Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig, the practice was inspired by the ancient art of tree shaping.

Willow tower after completion. Image © Ferdinand Ludwig Connection detail 2012. Image © Ferdinand Ludwig Test field with inosculations. Image © foto chira moro Plane cube: view from south-west directly after completion. Image © Ludwig.Schönle + 8

Väven Cultural Centre / White Arkitekter + Snøhetta

09:00 - 23 October, 2015
Väven Cultural Centre / White Arkitekter + Snøhetta, © Lindman
© Lindman

© Lindman © Lindman © Lindman © Lindman + 39

How Do Architects Mix Shots? With Blueprints, Of Course

08:00 - 23 October, 2015
How Do Architects Mix Shots? With Blueprints, Of Course , Courtesy of Melissa Wood and Paul Knorr
Courtesy of Melissa Wood and Paul Knorr

The best buildings always start with a background, materials, and a plan. With a little help, now shots can too. In their new book, The Architecture of the Shot, author Paul Knorr and architectural planner Melissa Wood teamed up to create 75 blueprints detailing the creation of "the perfect shot from the bottom up." With historical backgrounds, detailed materials lists, and precise plans, anyone with an architectural eye will feel right at home constructing the “perfect” mixtures.

Winners Announced in Competition to Design Cultural Square in Seoul

06:00 - 23 October, 2015
Winners Announced in Competition to Design Cultural Square in Seoul, Seoul Chronicle. Image Courtesy of Sejongdaero Competition
Seoul Chronicle. Image Courtesy of Sejongdaero Competition

The winners of the Sejongdaero Competition to masterplan the former National Tax Service building site in SeoulKorea have been announced. The competition called for entries that not only addressed the site, but also the underground area of Sejongdaero and the old city area of Seoul. The jury was looking specifically for entries that addressed the many layers of culture and history in the area, promoting a new vision for the future.

After receiving 80 entries from 20 countries; first, second and third places, as well as 10 honourable mentions were awarded. See the three finalists along with the jury’s comments after the break.

Time Connector. Image Courtesy of Sejongdaero Competition Seoul Living Room. Image  Time Connector. Image Courtesy of Sejongdaero Competition Seoul Chronicle. Image Courtesy of Sejongdaero Competition + 15

House at the Lake of Constance / Tom Munz Architekt

04:00 - 23 October, 2015
House at the Lake of Constance / Tom Munz Architekt, © Katia Rudnicki
© Katia Rudnicki

© Katia Rudnicki © Katia Rudnicki © Katia Rudnicki © Katia Rudnicki + 14

LOBBY #3: Meaningful Defiance in a Disengaged Culture

04:00 - 23 October, 2015
© Anna Andersen / Regner Ramos
© Anna Andersen / Regner Ramos

'Defiance' manifests itself in many forms: riots in Baltimore, makeshift housing in Rwanda, Pink Floyd in Venice and plants growing where they ought not sprout. To defy the norm is an act of rebellion and in architecture, doubly so. In the third issue of LOBBY, the burgeoning magazine from London's Bartlett School of Architecture, the notion of defiance and its incarnations are investigated in a collection of essays, interviews and discussions with leading and emerging thinkers in urbanism and architecture. From Swiss master Mario Botta to Carme Pinós, former partner to Enric Miralles, this latest LOBBY investigates the act of defiance as a core tenet of architectural practice.

© Anna Andersen / Regner Ramos © Anna Andersen / Regner Ramos © Anna Andersen / Regner Ramos © Anna Andersen / Regner Ramos + 15

Pavilion for Best Western Hotel Baltic / The Common Office

03:00 - 23 October, 2015
Pavilion for Best Western Hotel Baltic / The Common Office, © Mikael Olsson
© Mikael Olsson

© Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson © Mikael Olsson + 14

House on the Sea / Pitsou Kedem Architects

02:00 - 23 October, 2015
House on the Sea / Pitsou Kedem Architects, © Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

© Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron + 35

Slice of the City / Alphaville Architects

21:00 - 22 October, 2015
Slice of the City / Alphaville Architects, © Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano + 29

Janzi Box / Spark Architects

20:00 - 22 October, 2015
Janzi Box / Spark Architects, © Shu He
© Shu He

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xicheng, Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Claire Yu
  • Project Year

    2015

The Question of Honors in Architectural Education

19:30 - 22 October, 2015
The Question of Honors in Architectural Education, Max Hacke presenting Diploma Honors. Image © Valerie Bennet
Max Hacke presenting Diploma Honors. Image © Valerie Bennet

This article was written by Barbara Campbell-Lange, Head of Teaching at the AA School of Architecture in London, on her experience working at the school. 

TODAY'S SPECIAL Kyoto / Schemata Architects

19:00 - 22 October, 2015
TODAY'S SPECIAL Kyoto / Schemata Architects, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota + 12

10th & G Offices - First Congregational United Church Of Christ / Cunningham | Quill Architects

17:00 - 22 October, 2015
10th & G Offices - First Congregational United Church Of Christ / Cunningham | Quill Architects, © Michael Moran Photography
© Michael Moran Photography

© Michael Moran Photography © Michael Moran Photography © Michael Moran Photography © Michael Moran Photography + 26

Yasser Elsheshtawy to Curate UAE Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale

16:00 - 22 October, 2015
Yasser Elsheshtawy to Curate UAE Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale, "Lest We Forget" - UAE's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh
"Lest We Forget" - UAE's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh

UAEU professor Yasser Elsheshtawy has been appointed to curate the United Arab Emirates' participation at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Elsheshtawy plans to work with a group of selected interns on an exhibition that will reflect the UAE's contribution to the advancement of architecture and culture. A theme for the exhibition has yet to be announced. 

Yellow Elephant Kindergarten / xystudio

15:00 - 22 October, 2015
Yellow Elephant Kindergarten / xystudio, Courtesy of xystudio
Courtesy of xystudio

Courtesy of xystudio Courtesy of xystudio Courtesy of xystudio Courtesy of xystudio + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ostrow Mazowiecka, Poland
  • Area

    810.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015

3D Ocean Farm Creator Wins 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

14:22 - 22 October, 2015
3D Ocean Farm Creator Wins 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, © GreenWave
© GreenWave

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." - R. Buckminster Fuller

The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) has announced GreenWave as the winner of its 2015 Fuller Challenge - "Socially-Responsible Design's Highest Award." The non-profit is responsible for designing the world's first multi-species 3D ocean farms with the intent to "restore ocean ecosystems and create jobs in coastal communities by transforming fishers into restorative ocean farmers."

CLTHouse / atelierjones

12:00 - 22 October, 2015
CLTHouse / atelierjones, © Lara Swimmer Photography
© Lara Swimmer Photography

© Lara Swimmer Photography © Lara Swimmer Photography © Lara Swimmer Photography © Lara Swimmer Photography + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Seattle, United States
  • Design Team

    Susan Jones, FAIA, Brian Gerich, Joe Swain, Maria Ibarlucia, Mesa Sherriff, Megumi Migita
  • Area

    1500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Curatorial Team Selected for British Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale

10:55 - 22 October, 2015
Curatorial Team Selected for British Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale, 2016 Curatorial Team, British Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale (L-R) Shumi Bose, Jack Self, Finn Williams. Image © British Council
2016 Curatorial Team, British Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale (L-R) Shumi Bose, Jack Self, Finn Williams. Image © British Council

Shumi Bose, Jack Self and Finn Williams have been selected to curate the British Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale - "Reporting from the Front." Chosen by the British Council for their proposal "Home Economics," the team will "explore the future of the home through a series of full-scale domestic interiors." 

Home Economics addresses the frontline of British architecture: the family home," says the winning team. "The exhibition will ask urgent questions about the future of housing. Social and technological changes are collapsing the patterns of domestic life - but the design of the home hasn't caught up. Can the house ever escape its economic status as an asset? Should our homes still be considered private spaces? How do new types of families and households produce new spatial needs? What are the models of ownership, finance and work that make these conditions possible?"