There is urgency to improve the environmental quality of cities where the present ‘greening’ of urban spaces is an ongoing response to a dirty industrial present and past. The architectural fabric with its building envelopes, roofs, and façades offers a great opportunity to provide passive climatic control, as well as aiding storm-water management and creating new ecological habitat, in addition to lowering atmospheric CO2.
Where the metaphor for green walls might be seen as a ‘vegetative skin’ bolted onto a vertical surface, a more biologically intelligent idea is that of an ‘bark’, whereby buildings act as hosts for an ever-evolving ecology. Bioreceptive Design explore architectural barks that offer a material-tectonic-environmental interface between nature and architecture.
Professor Marcos Cruz