Overgrown Buildings and Greener Living
Gestalten Verlag | 2021
Introduction: Rosie Flanagan
Project Texts: Aoi Phillips
About the book
As more of the earth’s surface is swallowed up by the built environment, architects are increasingly advised to integrate urban flora and fauna into their designs. Whether developing green roofs, living walls, abundant indoor courtyards, or balconies that connect interior and exterior spaces, the urge to intertwine nature and architecture has never been more apparent. Embracing this ubiquitous trend, Evergreen Architecture surveys a broad spectrum of residential, institutional, urban, and rural spaces.
Evergreen Architecture investigates this movement from the perspective of the architects leading the charge whilst offering diagrams and plans to help the reader understand how each building came together and how it intends to survive.
The book offers a lot of inspiration. Evergreen Architecture is an important step in the right direction. For truly sustainable building and living, however, many more measures are required, such as building materials featuring excellent environmental performance, low energy consumption from renewable energy sources, optimized living space, etc.