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Biological Concrete for a Living, Breathing Facade

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© cowbite

The future of design requires thinking innovatively about the way current construction techniques function so we may expand upon their capabilities. Sustainability has evolved far beyond being a trend and has become an indelible part of this design process. Sustainable solutions have always pushed against the status quo of design and now the Structural Technology Group of Universitat Politècnica de CatalunyaBarcelonaTech (UPC) has developed a concrete that sustains and encourages the growth of a multitude of biological organisms on its surface. We have seen renditions of the vertical garden and vegetated facades, but what sets the biological concrete apart from these other systems is that it is an integral part of the structure. According to an article in Science Daily, the system is composed of three layers on top of the structural elements that together provide ecological, thermal and aesthetic advantages for the building. More after the break.

AD Classics: Casa del Fascio / Giuseppe Terragni

© Guillermo Hevia García
© Guillermo Hevia García

Casa del Fascio which sits in front of Como Cathedral is the work of the Italian Fascist architect Giuseppe Terragni. Built as the headquarters of the local Fascist Party, it was renamed Casa del Popolo after the war and has since served a number of civic agencies, including a Caribinieri station and a tax office.

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RC House / Esc Arquitectos

© Patrick López Jaimes
© Patrick López Jaimes

Architects: Esc Arquitectos Location: MTZ, Veracruz, México Design And Construction: Rafael Ojeda Núñez Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Patrick López Jaimes

© Patrick López Jaimes
© Patrick López Jaimes
© Patrick López Jaimes
© Patrick López Jaimes
© Patrick López Jaimes
© Patrick López Jaimes
© Patrick López Jaimes
© Patrick López Jaimes

C.E.I.P Multiuse Room / Raúl del Valle

© Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

Architects: Raúl del Valle Location: Madrid, Spain Project Year: 2007 Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán, María José Fraile Monte

© María José Fraile Monte
© María José Fraile Monte
© Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

Kindergarden / Cristina García Dorce

© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz
© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz

Architects: Cristina García Dorce Location: Tuéjar, Valencia, Spain Architects : Cristina García Dorce, José Durán Fernández Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Pablo Vázquez Ortiz

© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz
© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz
© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz
© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz
© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz
© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz
© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz
© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz

Four House / Hernández Silva Arquitectos

© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona

Architects: Hernández Silva Arquitectos Location: Zapopan, México Architect In Charge: Jorge Luis Hernández Silva Design Team: Alejandro Aponte Gómez, Andrea Assad Álvarez Project Year: 2012 Project Area: 584 sqm Photographs: Carlos Díaz Corona

© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona

NR2 House / Roberto Burneo Arquitectos

© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho

Architects: Roberto Burneo Arquitectos Location: Balcon de Valle, Quito Canton, Ecuador Project Year: 2012 Project Area: 904 sqm Photographs: Sebastián Crespo Camacho

© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho

Residence BJ41 / R79

© David Cervera Castro
© David Cervera Castro

Architects: R79 Location: Mérida, Yucatán, México Architect In Charge: Roberto Ramírez Pizarro Project Year: 2012 Photographs: David Cervera Castro

© David Cervera Castro
© David Cervera Castro
© David Cervera Castro
© David Cervera Castro
© David Cervera Castro
© David Cervera Castro
© David Cervera Castro
© David Cervera Castro

Cadaques House Remodeling / Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

Architects: Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos Location: Vitacura, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

Pharmaceutical Abulense (COFABU) Co. / 3.14GA

© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela

Architects: 3.14 GA Location: Ávila, Spain Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Jara Varela

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© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela

Montepedroso Wineyards / 3.14GA

© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela

Architects: 3.14 GA Location: Rueda, Valladolid, Spain Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Jara Varela

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© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela

Video: 1111 Lincoln Road / Herzog & de Meuron

One of the centers of cultural and civic life, the 1111 Lincoln Road project by Herzog & de Meuron is featured in the video above, made by Elizabeth Priore. This project was chosen as it has changed people’s perception about what a utilitarian structure can be; and has ignited conversations worldwide about its design and use. This garage has reshaped the urban fabric of the city and people are going there to get married, relax, and enjoy a cocktail. The video is a Semifinalist in the $200,000 FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition and is in the running to become the $100,000 Grand Prize Winner. More information after the break.

Sant Esteve Sesrovires Institute / Jordi Farrando

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

Architects: Jordi Farrando Location: Sant Esteve Sesrovires, Cataluña, Spain Architect: Jordi Farrando Project Year: 2007 Photographs: Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

"Universidad del Pacifico" Branch Office / Metropolis

© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano

Architects: Metropolis Location: Lima, Peru Project Year: 2012 Project Area: 17,000 sqm Photographs: Juan Solano

© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano

Parrish Art Museum / Herzog & de Meuron

Parrish Art Museum / Herzog & de Meuron; Photos © Matthu Placek
Parrish Art Museum / Herzog & de Meuron; Photos © Matthu Placek

Architect: Herzog & de Meuron Location: Water Mill, Long Island, New York Client: Parrish Art Museum Photos: Matthu Placek

Parrish Art Museum / Herzog & de Meuron; Photos © Matthu Placek Parrish Art Museum / Herzog & de Meuron; Photos © Matthu Placek Parrish Art Museum / Herzog & de Meuron; Photos © Matthu Placek Parrish Art Museum / Herzog & de Meuron; Photos © Matthu Placek

Pescados Capitales Restaurant / GonzalezMoix

© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano

Architects: GonzalezMoix arquitectura Location: San Borja, Lima, Perú Architect : Óscar González Moix Project Year: 2012 Project Area: 763.2 sqm Photographs: Juan Solano

© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano

In Progress: Cinema Museum / TALLER Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo

Courtesy of TALLER Mauricio Rocha+Gabriela Carrillo
Courtesy of TALLER Mauricio Rocha+Gabriela Carrillo

Architects: TALLER Mauricio Rocha+Gabriela Carrillo Location: Coyoacán, México Architects: Mauricio Rocha, Gabriela Carrillo, Carlos Facio Project Manager: Carlos Facio Collaborators: Adrian Iturriaga, Israel Espín, Guillermo Peregrina, Alma Caballero, María Suter, Francisco Ortiz, Andrés Velázquez, Antonio Aguilar, Sebastián Ayala, Juan Santillán, Joel Cruz, Pedro Lechuga Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Courtesy of TALLER Mauricio Rocha+Gabriela Carrillo

Courtesy of TALLER Mauricio Rocha+Gabriela Carrillo
Courtesy of TALLER Mauricio Rocha+Gabriela Carrillo
Courtesy of TALLER Mauricio Rocha+Gabriela Carrillo
Courtesy of TALLER Mauricio Rocha+Gabriela Carrillo
Courtesy of TALLER Mauricio Rocha+Gabriela Carrillo
Courtesy of TALLER Mauricio Rocha+Gabriela Carrillo
Courtesy of TALLER Mauricio Rocha+Gabriela Carrillo
Courtesy of TALLER Mauricio Rocha+Gabriela Carrillo