- # Environment
Juxtaposing City and Nature is unproductive. Allowing for their mutually-reinforcing coexistence makes better sense.
Trailblazers across the world are testing new concepts of integrating nature in the urban fabric so that natural and man-made systems could merge and cooperate. Just a few ongoing projects: XTU architects with scientists and manufacturers develop a facade system that incorporates the production of one of the most valuable raw materials, microalgae, while enabling passive climate control inside the building. New types of concrete support the growth of plants, transforming buildings into air purifiers. Breathe.austria deploys a 560m2 'augmented forest' to lower interior temperature by 5-7°C and produce as much oxygen as some 3 ha of a regular forest. Architect Ferdinand Ludwig is testing the use of living trees as structural supports.
Let’s look into the new architecture that results from this approach, and see how nature/architecture hybrids can reshape our cities.