Hortitecture Symposium

Geschrieben am 26.11.2014
Kategorie(n): ARCH+ news, ARCH+ campus, TU Braunschweig

December 10th, 2014, 11am - 8pm
Technische Universität Braunschweig, Hauptgebäude

The Hortitecture 01 Symposium is the first of a series of public lectures, focusing on alternative sustainable building strategies that explore the synergies combining architecture and plant material.


Architectural design is a form of research and creative exploration. It requires the observation and evaluation of changes in our environment in order to create strategies that address current and future challenges.

The symposium will compare and analyze architectural solutions that are made with, made for or made from vegetative material. It will discuss the following questions:
How are plants integrated within the building system? What kinds of benefits can a new kind of nature-artifact combination offer? How do the plantings affect the overall environment and architectural design? What is the maintenance and resilience factor and how scalable are these new solutions?

The Hortitecture 01 Symposium is part of a research seminar to compare and analyze architectural solutions based on traditional and vernacular wisdom as well as recent explorations, and how these are fueling an entirely new discourse in the field of architecture. In studying the intersections between architectural, horticultural and technological practices, the goal is to transfer knowledge beyond building design to a larger urban scope, creating better, more sustainable future cities.

The interdisciplinary, international symposium will present a variety of innovative horticultural and architectural projects, bringing key players together to discuss the newest discoveries and innovations in the field.

Stefano Boeri – Stefano Boeri Architetti, Milano
F. Ludwig / D. Schönle – Research Group Baubotanik, Stuttgart
Nicola Moczek – PSY:PLAN, Berlin
Fuensanta Nieto – Nieto Sobejano, Madrid
B. Schröder / S. Weber / T. Dockhorn – TU-Braunschweig
Jakob van Rijs, MVRDV, Rotterdam
Tomas Saraceno – TU-Braunschweig, Studio Saraceno, Berlin
Vo Trong Nghia – Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Ho Chi Minh City (tbc)
Dan Wood – Work ac, New York City
Ken Yeang – Ken Yeang Design International, Kuala Lumpur/London

Detailed program available here 

Organized by IDAS
Institute for Design and Architectural Strategies
Prof. Almut Grüntuch-Ernst
Technische Universität Braunschweig

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