Breathe life into concrete jungles with our flourishing Pinterest boards

As glass buildings claim more of the skyline, architects and designers are cultivating ideas for plant-filled cities. Harvest this week’s Pinterest boards of vertical gardens, facades with crawling greenery and potted interiors. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest › Main image is from Penda’s proposal for vertical gardens in a modular tower in Tel Aviv. Open the […]

Bricks made from loofah and charcoal could promote biodiversity in cities

Plants and insects can thrive on the surface of these Green Charcoal bio-bricks, engineered as an alternative to concrete by researchers at the Indian School of Design and Innovation in Mumbai. The researchers’ eco-friendly bricks are made of soil, cement, charcoal and organic luffa fibres — better known as loofah, the plant commonly used for […]

MIT researchers engineer “cyborg” plants for motion-tracking and sending notifications

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology‘s “cyborg botany” researchers have turned plants into sensors and displays, suggesting we use them as a gentle alternative to electronic screens. Harpreet Sareen and Pattie Maes from the MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group have been researching how to merge plants and artificial electronics to create new interfaces. “Plants are normally […]

Salk Institute develops a plant that offers a solution to climate change

California’s Salk Institute for Biological Studies is developing a plant that can store excess carbon dioxide in its roots, in a bid to curb the effects of climate change. The Harnessing Plants Initiative aims to create plants with the ability to retain an increased amount of carbon in the soil once they decompose rather than […]

Ingenhoven Architects is wrapping five miles of hedges around an office in Düsseldorf

Ingenhoven Architects is building the Kö-Bogen II office block in Düsseldorf, which will have facades covered with five miles-worth of hornbeam hedges. Located on the Gustaf-Gründgens-Platz, alongside the heritage-listed Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus theatre, the five-storey office block topped out earlier this month. Five miles of hornbeam hedges will wrap the Kö-Bogen II office building When it […]

Space Encounters uses planted partitions to divide office in Utrecht

Tropical plants sprouting up from partition walls provide privacy to workers inside this office in Utrecht, which has been overhauled by architecture studio Space Encounters. Occupying the 14th floor of a recently-completed tower in central Utrecht, the office for Dutch property developers Synchroon features leafy partitions that are intended to be an alternative to claustrophobic, […]

Garden terraces link living spaces in Ha House by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Gardens can be found on all the different levels of this house in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Ha House is the latest addition to Vo Trong Nghia Architects‘ House for Trees series, a project that aims to bring urban dwellers in closer proximity to nature. Each house typology has one thing […]

Linda Tegg fills Jil Sander HQ in Milan with “spontaneous plants”

Australian artist Linda Tegg has created a living installation inside Jil Sander‘s headquarters in Milan, using plants gathered from around the city. Tegg worked alongside the fashion brand’s joint creative directors, Lucie and Luke Meier, to develop the Adjacent Fields installation, on show for the duration of Milan design week. The Melbourne-based artist explored some of Milan’s abandoned […]

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