In summer 2011 the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE), together with students at the University of Stuttgart have realized a temporary, bionic research pavilion made of wood at the intersection of teaching and research.
Danish practice 3XN is the architect behind a new experimental conference center and hotel where everything is adapted to the circulation of nature and where guests will get an idea of how it feels to live in a world without waste. GXN is the Innovation Unit of 3XN and was founded in 2007. The “G” stands for Green, highlighting GXNs dedication to ecological design research through digital processes and innovative material solutions.
Professional botanist Patrick Blanc creates spectacular gardens. However, what is truly unique about these green spaces is that each one is grows vertically. While on a trip to India, Blanc learned that as long as plants get enough water and light, they can grow virtually anywhere. Inspired, he returned back to his hometown of Paris and created his very first vertical garden.
Standing nearly 145 feet tall, the inflatable structure sits in the Hirshhorn’s courtyard, ballooning through the top of the building. It will be visible from all sides of the museum and at points along the Mall. The pavilion will transform the Plaza’s public space into a seasonal auditorium, café, and meeting place filled with activity.
The shanty towns of Bogotà occupy 55% of the city’s fabric. Their actively dynamic and productive, steadily growing systems adapt easily to an ever-changing society. This area is known for its security problems and it has become the shelter of thousands of people that have been displaced from their home towns due to recent conflict.
Designed by Ball-Nogues studio, Yucca Crater will stand 24 feet tall, towering above the desert plane. Positioned along the slopes of its interior shell, rock-climbing holds will make their way into and out of 8 feet of water. Heated with solar power and pumped through a wind powered turbine, the cavernous pool awaits climbers and weary desert travelers. Initial project plans had the water heated by solar power and pumped through a wind powered turbine, though that feature was not realized.
A small open-air shelter in Iwate, Japan. conceived at a scale of a DIY project, the construction sits on the remaining concrete foundations of homes that were swept away during the march 2011 tsunami, seeking to provide a space for victims to meet and exchange about their past, present and future.