HygroScope – Centre Pompidou Paris

Image by Achim Menges and Steffen Reichert HygroScope is an installation sponsored by the Centre Pompidou in Paris and was developed as a collaboration between Steffen Reichert and Professor Achim Menges at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. The project is an extension of prior research conducted by Reichert that culminated in two projects entitled Responsive Surfaces Structures I & II. Both Steffen Reichert and Professor Achim […] Continue reading →

Listener – Behavioral Architectures

Image by Mette Ramsgard Thomsen of CITA CITA is an innovative research environment part of the Royal Danish Academy of Architecture that explores the emergent intersections between architecture and digital technologies. Identifying core research questions into how space and technology can be probed, CITA seeks to investigate how the current forming of a digital culture impacts on architectural thinking and practice. The program’s projects are […] Continue reading →

Thermaespheres – Proposal for Public Thermal Bath in Athens, Greece

Future Cities Lab is an experimental design and research office based in San Francisco, California and Athens, Greece. Design principals Jason Kelly Johnson (creator of Grasshopper’s plug-in Firefly) and Nataly Gattegno have collaborated on a range of award-winning projects that focus on the intersection of design with advanced fabrication technologies, robotics, responsive building systems and public space. Continue reading →

Chimera’s New York City PodScraper

Chimera design team has designed a spiraling skyscraper solution for New York City inspired by the Mangrove Tree habitat. SuckerPUNCH did a profile of their project named Mangalcity here as well as Inhabitat here. Both great posts with lots of insight. From the various readings the main motivation for this degree of capsulation was to […] Continue reading →

Rain Collecting Skyscraper by H3AR

Inspired by the grooves of rain collecting plants, polish students Ryszard Rychlicki and Agnieszka Nowak of H3AR received recognition for their proposal in the 2010 skyscraper challenge, designboom also did a full post on the details of their project here. The skyscraper, through a system of gutters, aims to collect as much rain water as […] Continue reading →

Pools Mimicking Natural Lake Habitats

There’s a new green development trend of naturally purified and filtered residential pools that work much like a lake habitat. No need for nasty chemicals and chlorine since part of the the pool is dedicated to filtering and recycling the water with friendly plants, waterfalls and bacteria while the rest is dedicated to a deeper […] Continue reading →

Kate Van Horn’s Lichen Inspiration

Kate Van Horn, also from Cal Poly Pomona, is designing a Mars Colony inspired by the growth patterns of Lichen. By looking at different methods of their growth, reproduction, and aggregation as they occur in nature, she has developed a structural system that mimics Lichen on a more profound and fundamental level.  Lichen can be […] Continue reading →

William McDonough’s Treescraper

William McDonough has designed a skyscraper that takes the idea of a tree as an entire living system and applies it to a responsible philosophy for a tower. McDonough argues that the tower, much similar to a tree, can produce oxygen through vertically distributed plant-life, distill water that it comes into contact with, produce energy […] Continue reading →

New Building Hosts Living Skin Concept

A building concept envisioned for the new urban boom in China is proposing an advanced skin system that, similar to the stomata on the under side of the leaf, provides opportunities for controlling the gaseous exchange between the interior and exterior of the building. The system also has the potential for controlling quality of light […] Continue reading →
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