Biological Concrete for a Living, Breathing Facade

17:00 - 6 January, 2013
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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.

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RC House / Esc Arquitectos

20:00 - 12 December, 2012
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© Patrick López Jaimes

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

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

22:00 - 11 December, 2012
© 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 © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán +15

Kindergarden / Cristina García Dorce

14:00 - 10 December, 2012
© 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 +8

Civil Guard Barracks House in Malpartida de Plasencia / MUDAARQUITECTURA

20:00 - 9 December, 2012
© Juan Carlos Quindós
© Juan Carlos Quindós

Architects: MUDAARQUITECTURA Location: Malpartida de Plasencia, Cáceres, Spain Design Team: Pablo Rey Medrano, Federico Rodriguez Cerro, Mª José Selgas Cáceres, Jorge E. Ramos Jular Technical Architect: Miguel Ángel Tierno de Dios Client: Dirección General de la Policía y la Guardia Civil Area: 2,946.65 sqm Project Year: 2011 Photography: Juan Carlos Quindós

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NR2 House / Roberto Burneo Arquitectos

16:00 - 6 December, 2012
© 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 +22

Cadaques House Remodeling / Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

21:00 - 5 December, 2012
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

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Montepedroso Wineyards / 3.14GA

10:00 - 28 November, 2012
© Jara Varela
© Jara Varela

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

© Jara Varela © Jara Varela © Jara Varela © Jara Varela +44

"Universidad del Pacifico" Branch Office / Metropolis

14:00 - 20 November, 2012
© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano

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

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Parrish Art Museum / Herzog & de Meuron

15:00 - 17 November, 2012

Pescados Capitales Restaurant / GonzalezMoix

04:00 - 9 November, 2012
© 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 +18

Roblas Cube / Moscato Schere Todo Terreno

16:00 - 5 November, 2012
© Ramiro Schere
© Ramiro Schere

Architects: Moscato Schere Todo Terreno Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina Design Team: Agustin Moscato, Joaquín Moscato, Ramiro Schere Project Year: 2007 Photographs: Ramiro Schere

© Ramiro Schere © Ramiro Schere © Ramiro Schere © Ramiro Schere +16

10x10 House / Nicolás del Rio + Max Núñez

14:00 - 24 October, 2012
© Erieta Attali
© Erieta Attali

Architects: Nicolás del Rio / Max Núñez Location: Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile Architects: Nicolás del Rio, Max Núñez Associate Architect: Felipe Camus Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Erieta Attali

© Erieta Attali © Erieta Attali © Erieta Attali © Erieta Attali +27

Julia Tower / Pau Vidal + Sergi Pons + Ricard Galiana

00:00 - 19 October, 2012
© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

Architects: Sergi Pons Architecte + Paul Vidal + Ricard Galiana Location: Barcelona, Spain Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +16

Taiyuan Archaeological Museum / Paul Andreu Architecte

02:00 - 16 October, 2012
© Paul Andreu Architecte
© Paul Andreu Architecte

Architects: Paul Andreu Architecte Location: Taiyuan, Shanxi, China Project Year: 2007 Project Area: 50,000 sqm Photographs: Paul Andreu Architecte

© Paul Andreu Architecte © Paul Andreu Architecte © Paul Andreu Architecte © Paul Andreu Architecte +15

John W. Olver Transit Center / Charles Rose Architects

12:00 - 13 October, 2012
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© Peter Vanderwarker

Architects: Charles Rose Architects Location: Greenfield, MA, USA Project Year: 2012 Project Area: 24,000 sqm Photographs: Peter Vanderwarker

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Phoenix Zeppelin Headquarters / Paulíny Hovorka Architekti + Stefan Moravcik architectural atelier

22:00 - 12 October, 2012
Courtesy of Paulíny Hovorka Architekti
Courtesy of Paulíny Hovorka Architekti

Architects: Paulíny Hovorka Architekti + Stefan Moravcik architectural atelier Location: Banská Bystrica, Slovakia Design Team: Branislav Hovorka, Štefan Moravčík, Martin Paulíny Project Year: 2011 Project Area: 1,385 sqm Photographs: Courtesy of Paulíny Hovorka Architekti

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Sense / Kazutoshi Imanaga

00:00 - 12 October, 2012
Courtesy of Imanaga Environmental Planning Office
Courtesy of Imanaga Environmental Planning Office

Architects: Kazutoshi Imanaga Location: Tokyo, Japan Project Year: 2012 Project Area: 340 sqm Photographs: Courtesy of Imanaga Environmental Planning Office

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