8|12|23 KlimaKübelBäume Research Project
As part of the KlimaKübelBäume (ClimateContainerTrees) research project, 15 trees were excavated from the test area at the greenhouse laboratory centre in Dürnast in order to examine the different root structures of the test trees after 4 vegetation periods of growth.
In the test series, 64 Platanus x hispanica and 64 Tilia cordata were planted in 4 different root space conditions (in the soil, in planters in the soil, in non-insulated planters and in insulated planters). The aim of the study is to investigate the effects of important root space limitation in combination with different irrigation regimes (drought stress/optimally irrigated) and different temperature influences on the root space with regards to tree growth.
The knowledge gained will be incorporated into a guideline for the planning and use of trees in planters in projects without adequate root space.
Professorship for Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture (Supervision) Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig, Christoph Fleckenstein M.A.
Chair for Strategic and Landscape Planning Management Prof. Dr. Stephan Pauleit, Dr. Mohammad Rahman
Chair for Forest Growth and Yield Science Prof. Dr. Thomas Rötzer, Vjosa Dervishi M. Sc.
Project duration: 01.11.2019 - 31.12.2023
Financing: Bayerische Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz
17|11|23 22nd Heidelberg Talks
During the biannual Heidelberg Talk, ”Can the transformation [of our cities] be a success?”, Andrea Gebhard (President of the Federal Chamber of Architects; mahl gebhard konzepte, Munich) led roundtable discussions on “how can one design the future?” and “what can the design professions do?”.
Guest speakers Wolfgang Riehle, Ferdinand Ludwig, and Philipp Haggeney, shed light on examples from their respective fields and the climate-mitigating possibilities they offer to shape the future.
31|10|2023 The Biberacher Architecture Talks: The Ethos of Building
This year the architectural discussions moderated by Prof. Dr. Ole W. Fischer are organized in coordination with the Hugo Häring exhibition in the Museum Biberach and the Heimattage Baden-Württemberg. Our question is borrowed from the working title of the exhibition: "The current state is undoubtedly a transition - Hugo Häring (1880-1958) and the ethos of building," based on the concept of Häring expert Prof. Dr. Matthias Schirren. The exhibition, which runs until spring 2024, will open on November 10th 2023, and the architectural discussions will follow immediately after the first lecture on November 14th. The exhibition is divided into four content-related parts, which the architectural discussions respond to:
1. Housing/Urban development
2. Experimental Building
3. Functional/organic Building
4. The Space of the Avant-Garde
14.10 2023 - 09.01.2024
30|10|23 Symposium Design-Related Research
The introduction of the media dissertation at the TUM School of Engineering and Design opens up the opportunity to utilize the potential of genuine architectural working methods and methods of knowledge constitution. The focus of the symposium will be centred on discussions surrounding these methods. The symposium is divided into a public forum with an exhibition tour and keynote speeches, as well as university-public events of the colloquium, and an atelier with workshops for doctoral students and those interested in doctoral studies.
November 10th - 11th, 2023
The symposium will be held at Prof. Tina Haase's chair in the Königssaal. Entrance VI, Luisenstrasse at the corner of Gabelsbergerstrasse, “Golden Angel” staircase, 3rd floor.
The symposium is curated by Prof. Uta Graff, Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig, Katharina Voigt and Julian Schäfer.
26|10|23 Rhino User Meeting
And that's a wrap! Thank you to all the participants, speakers and co-organizers who attended our Rhino User Meeting at the Venture Lab Built Environment. The event delved into the latest developments in Rhino software with talks from experts in the field.
25|10|23 Upcoming Ecolopes Talk #11
“Growing Gardens into Neighbourhoods” by Prof. Dr. Monika Egerer
The 11th Ecolopes Talk welcomes Prof. Dr. Monika Egerer, whose research focuses on the ecology and management of ecosystems in and around cities. She takes an interdisciplinary research approach, analyzing the relationships among biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human wellbeing. A particular focus is on the role of insects and plant biodiversity in urban agricultural systems, especially in the context of habitat management, urbanization and climate change. She holds a PhD in environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, USA. In 2020, she was appointed to the professorship of Urban Productive Ecosystems at the TUM School of Life Sciences.
17:00 on the 7th of November 2023
The talk will be held in Freising and via zoom.
For more information and to register, visit the Ecolopes website.
23|10|2023 Keynote Speech by Prof. Dr. Ludwig at the Chinese Digital Landscape Conference
Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig held a keynote speech "Growing Architecture: Digital Tools for Co-Designing with Trees" for the 6th International Digital Landscape Architecture Conference & Digital Landscape Week at Southeast University in China. The conference took place on October 21-22, 2023 and brought together Chinese and international experts and scholars.
21|10|23 Rhino User Meeting, October 26 at TUM Venture Labs
Join us at the Rhino User Meeting at the Technical University Munich on October 26, 2023, for an exciting event dedicated to Rhino and Grasshopper users, enthusiasts, and professionals. Learn about the latest developments in Rhino software, hear from experts in the field, and connect with fellow users. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced user, this event offers a unique opportunity to expand your Rhino/Grasshopper knowledge and network with like-minded individuals.
Registration is free, but space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot. We look forward to seeing you there!
Date: October 26, 2023
Time: 9:30 AM-1:00 PM CET
Location: Venture Lab Built Environment, Technical University Munich, Germany
10|10|23 Baubotanik Features in the Arte Documentary Twist: Will AI Soon Build Our Homes?
The Arte documentary Twist: Baut KI bald unsere Häuser? (Will AI Soon Build Our Homes?) looks at the role of artificial intelligence in architectural design processes and construction, and what tomorrow’s architecture may resemble. In the documentary, Prof. Dr. Ludwig talks about vision to implementation through Baubotanik strategies that actively respond to climatic stresses and provide building solutions. The documentary is available in German or French.
06|10|2023 GTLA Winter Semester 2023/2024
The new courses for the Winter Semester 2023/2024 are now online.
- Design-Build-Grow III Bachelor studio of landscape architecture and Master studio of landscape architecture and architecture
- GREEN TYPOLOGIES The Power of Trees Seminar
- GREEN TECHNOLOGIES Lecture+Seminar
- Technical and Constructive Basics of Landscape Architecture Lecture+Exercise
Further information is available on the individual project pages. Registration at TUMOnline.
04|10|2023 The 22nd Heidelberger Schlossgespräche "Conversations on Architecture" with Andrea Gebhard, Ferdinand Ludwig und Philip Haggeney
The talk entitled "Can the transformation be a success" by Andrea Gebhard (President of the Federal Chamber of Architects; mahl gebhard konzepte, Munich) will be followed by a roundtable discussions with Ferdinand Ludwig (architect and professor for Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture, Technical University of Munich) and Philip Haggeney (landscape architect and urban planner, RMP Stephan Lenzen).
Königssaal des Heidelberger Schlosses
21|09|23 Call for New Professorship Position in "Architecture of Urban Density"
The TUM School of Engineering and Design is happy to announce the call for an additional professorship position.
The Technical University of Munich (TUM) invites applications for the position of Professor in "Architecture of Urban Density" W2 Tenure Track Assistant Professor (with tenure track to W3) or W3 Associate/Full Professor; to begin in summer semester 2024.
21|09|23 Call for New Professorship Position in "Arts in Architecture"
We are pleased to announce the call for a new professorship position at the TUM School of Engineering and Design.
The Technical University of Munich (TUM) invites applications for the position of Professor in "Arts in Architecture" W2 Tenure Track Assistant Professor (with tenure track to W3) or W3 Associate/Full Professor; to begin in summer semester 2024.
08|09|23 Film on The Baubotanik Arbor Kitchen Pavilion
This short film explores the design and implementation phases of the Arbor Kitchen Pavilion. In 2012, a grove of 32 London Plane trees was planted in the Neue Kunst am Ried Sculpture Park (Baden-Württemberg, Germany), a space for artists to exhibit work that engages with nature. The trees surround stone tables and an oven for visitors to gather, eat, cook, and discuss. The design task was to create a roof that provides shelter to the tables while allowing the trees to continue to grow. The client wanted the structure to interact with the landscape and to preserve the play of light through the canopy by minimizing the use of technical elements. The Arbor Kitchen uses living trees as the main load-bearing structure. The branches and trunks guide all loads to the ground where the building is anchored solely by roots. The design of Arbor Kitchen is a shingled space-frame roof structure of 57m² with a total weight of only 800kg that is fully supported by the existing trees.
Film directed by Ferdinand Ludwig and Kristina Pujkilovic.
13-15|09|23 Workshop on Digital Tools for Co-Designing with Living Systems
Join our workshop “Digital Tools for Co-Designing with Living Systems” hosted by Ferdinand Ludwig and Hadi Yazdi from the TUM and Verena Vogler from McNeel Europe at “The Future of Construction 2023: Symposium on Human-Machine Teams for Design and Sustainable Construction”.
The workshop will address how we can learn to co-design with living systems and foster a new discourse on the future of integrating an ecosystemic approach in digital design. The workshop will shed light on conclusions from the recent research project ECOLOPES, and the tools TreeML and PrunML. Participants will work on a common whiteboard to discuss the chances and challenges of the approaches. The workshop will close with a conclusion session in which key learnings from the discussion are summarized in an online document.
28|07|23 Final Presentations for Green Technologies - Living Architecture
Shelters can be more than mere functional constructions, they can also be dynamic living structures. During the summer semester 2023, groups of students from the course “Green Technologies - Living Architecture” developed a model for a “Baubotanik shelter”: a living structure with a footprint with a maximum of 6x6m2, supporting a roof made of non-living materials. Students produced wire models of their concepts, accompanied by technical drawings and details, as well as timelines showcasing the hypothetical growth of the structures, which ranged from living pavilions to living bus shelters.
The lecture and seminar series was taught by Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig and Qiguan Shu.
Thank you to our guest critic Prof. Dr. Pierluigi D’Acunto and to our students for their creative concepts.
17|07|23 ECO+ Final Presentations
During the final presentations of the ECO+ studio project, students presented their concepts for an environmentally-sound neighbourhood in Debring, Franconia (Bavaria). The students worked on creating a comprehensive neighbourhood design by addressing the question: How can urban development be implemented positively according to sociological, ecological, economic and aesthetic aspects with a holistic approach?
The aim of the project was to test a planning method that can be used to design projects with positive influences, while realising a residential area of approximately 3000-5000 m² with 30-65 residential units. The project area is located on a 6,000 m² brownfield and is surrounded by residential buildings (single and multi-family houses).
Thank you to our guest critics Andreas Wittmann, Michael Vollmer, Kathrin Theilig, Nurcan Akca and Kristian Branz, and to the students for their good work all along the semester.
Project supervisors: Ferdinand Ludwig, Christoph Fleckenstein and Kristina Pujkilovic
17|06|23 Review: ArchitectureNature - NatureArchitecture Symposium
The ArchitectureNature - NatureArchitecture Symposium, held on the 16th of June, 2023, offered insights on how forward-thinking approaches and strategies pertaining to the topics of "construct, care, and neglect" can contribute to a better environment. The speakers brought pragmatic, as well as philosophical views on designing an ecological transition.
Warm thanks to all the guest speakers for sharing their compelling research with us and to all involved in organising the symposim.
21|07|23 Co-authored Research Paper on Trees in Planters
"Trees in planters – Growth, structure and ecosystem services of Platanus x hispanica and Tilia cordata and their reaction to soil drought"
Finding the right balance between paved and green spaces in cities is met with challenges, but even more so due to the limited amount of underground space for tree roots. Trees in planters can offer solutions to this obstacle; however, planters bring their own set of challenges for a tree’s growth potential and the resulting provision of ecosystem services. In this paper, research conducted on Platanus x hispanica and Tilia cordata in four different types of growing scenarios reveals key findings as to their impact on the trees and the tree's ability to withstand soil drought.
Authors: Vjosa Dervishi, Christoph Fleckenstein, Mohammad A. Rahman, Stephan Pauleit, Ferdinand Ludwig, Hans Pretzsch & Thomas Rötzer
23|05|23 ArchitectureNature - NatureArchitecture Symposium
ArchitectureNature - NatureArchitecture
The Architecture Nature Symposium will take place on June 16th, 2023, from 9-19h, at the Aula of the Department of Architecture in the Hochschule München University, Karlstr. 6, 80333 Munich, and via Zoom.
Download here full description and a list of all speakers.
Download here for the schedule.
For in-person or online participation, please register via firstname.lastname@example.org
30|05|23 Research Paper on a Target-driven Workflow for Urban Green Infrastructure
In the paper, "A Target-driven Tree Planting and Maintenance Approach for Next Generation Urban Green Infrastructure (UGI)", we shed light on how a novel theoretical workflow for designing with urban trees can target complex crown geometries in voxels to meet functional urban demands.
01|06|23 Research Paper on a Growth Model for Living Architecture Design
In the research paper “A circuit analogy based girth growth model for living architecture design”, we develop a girth-growth prediction tool by analysing the living structures from the “Tree Circus”. This prediction tool serves as a key component to the successful implementation and understanding of living architecture (Baubotanik).
Images a and b are courtesy of Mark Primack.
22|05|23 Hiwi / Student Assistant Position
The professorship for green technologies in landscape architecture is looking for a HiWi for developing a set of plugins in Grasshopper. Flexible working time, 8h+/week
Please note: The application process is centralized. Find the relevant information in the job posting here.
14|03|23 Gtla summer semester 2023
01|02|23 Book Presentation
We invite you to our book presentation “Growing Architecture – How to design with trees” in the Buchhandlung Werner on February 1st at 6 p.m.
No registration necessary.
22|12|22 PhD Defense in "Blue-Green Architecture"
Our PhD candidate Friederike Well has successfully defended her PhD in "Blue-Green Architecture - Integrative Design with Water and Vegetation". Congrats to SUMMA CUM LAUDE - passed with distinction! Thanks to the whole team of Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture for creating an unforgettable event and for Alain Thierstein from the Chair of Urban Development for the charming chairing and moderation, Brigitte Helmreich and Martin Knöll for their role as reviewer.
19|12|22 Book Release "Growing Architecture – How to design with trees"
Written by Prof. Ferdinand Ludwig and his office partner Daniel Schönle it is the first comprehensive book on Baubotanik, covering history, botany, techniques, theory, design, conception and future perspectives. More than 15 years of design, practical work and research are compiled now in one book which is at the same time a fundamental textbook, a research report and an overview of realized examples of living tree architecture worldwide.
Available in any well-stocked bookstore and online.
07|12|22 The first paper of the Ecolopes research project was published in the People and Nature Journal.
"Creating ecologically sound buildings by integrating ecology, architecture and computational design"
The ECOLOPES project (ECOlogical enveLOPES) is funded by the EU as a part of the program "Future Emerging Technologies - FET" (Horizon2020).
The objective of the interdisciplinary project, launched in April 2021, is to conceive and design architecture in such a way that the built environment of the city and nature – including humans – can continue to grow together to form a new, more complex and more diverse system.
More information about the project can be found at the TUM Press Releases Page.
06|12|22 ECOLOPES TALKS with Leo Stuckardt presenting MVRDV Next
Digital Tooling, Datascapes and Design Speculation
Leo Stuckardt, Senior Project Leader at MVRDV and co-founder of MVRDV NEXT, will talk about the role of NEXT within MVRDV’s global practice and illustrate on-going research on data-driven design through applied, speculative and academic case studies.
More information here.
The recording of the lecture can be found on the Ecolopes Facebook page.
04|10|22 ECOLOPES TALKS with Chiara Catalano
In the fifth ECOLOPES TALK, Chiara Catalano spoke about the habitat template approach which considers nature as a model for the designing of Urban Green Infrastructure. The ecological understanding of natural habitats is essential to mimic them in cities and to design niches providing refugia and alternative habitats to certain plant and animal species. The monitoring of urban habitats gives insights on their adaptive dynamics over time and provide for guidelines for new projects and retrofitting of existing greened areas. The design for nature, having a net-positive impact on biodiversity, requires multidisciplinary teams and thinking driven by the analysis of spatially explicit ecological data and supported by integrative and modelling tools.
ECOLOPES TALKS are taking place every first Tuesday each month at 17:00 CET. Speakers will be renowned representatives of the disciplines relevant for the ECOLOEPS approach, spanning from architecture to ecology, computer sciences and beyond. Click here to register for upcoming TALKS.
15|10|22 New courses for the Winter Semester 2022/23
The new gtla* courses for the winter semester 22/23 are now online!
This semester we offer:
A STUDIO 'Illegal trees +'
The seminar GREEN TYPOLOGIES 'Illegal Trees'
Our module 'GREEN TECHNOLOGIES Living Architecture' (lecture + seminar)
Find more informations here.
06|09|22 ECOLOPES TALKS with William Myers
We are pleased to present William Myers at the 4th ECOLOPES TALK on September 6th, 5PM CET.
William Myers is a curator, author, and teacher based in Amsterdam. His book Biodesign (2012 and 2018 editions) identifies the emerging practice of integrating biological processes into design and architecture. Biodesign is the next step beyond biology-inspired approaches to design and fabrication. It refers to the incorporation of living organisms as essential components in design, enhancing the function of the finished work.
Client and Collaborator
Cornelius Hackenbracht, Werkpark - Neue Kunst am Ried
Project Management and Supervision
Ferdinand Ludwig, 舒齐冠, @Wilfrid Middleton
Student Design Team
Alessandra Brembati, @Baiyu Chen, @Xi Chen, Denise Gordeev, Peter Grasegger, Marlena Hellmann, Stella Kampffmeyer, Jennifer Tszying Ng, @Ke Sun, @Tobias Winkler, @Zhiqing Zhou, Nikolas Heinrich Burger
Ove Arup Foundation, Robert Mcneel & Associates Europe, SÜLZLE Gruppe, TUM Department of Architecture Research Incubator, @TUM Design Factory 1:1, Empfangshalle - Künstler Corbinian Böhm + Michael Gruber
The first doctoral thesis at our professorship was completed in June! We congratulate Isabel Zintl for this. The topic of vertical free spaces was examined in the work. One speaks of vertical free space when open spaces are layered and a walkable three-dimensional free space is created as a result. This creates spaces of possibility in the vertical, which, for example, make previously unusable spaces between buildings accessible.
03|05|22 ECOLOPES TALK with John Marzluff
As a Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington, John Marzluff’s research focuses on the behavior of ravens, crows and jays. In our second ECOLOPES TALK, he will speak about his book “Welcome to Subirdia” in which he reveals findings from his long-term research on birds along urban gradients and gives insights how species are adapting in the face of urban development. Finally, hands-on advise to keep common birds common in the future is given.
Register here to join the Live Talk!
We are looking forward to meeting you at the 2nd ECOLOPES TALK with John Marzluff on May 3rd 17:00 CET!
01|04|22 New courses for the Summer Semester 2022
The new gtla* courses for the summer semester 2022 are now online!
Check out our module 'GREEN TECHNOLOGIES Living Architecture' (lecture + seminar) and the seminar 'GREEN TYPOLOGIES Trees in planters - designing with growth processes'. We are also offering an individual 'DESIGN-RESEARCH-STUDIO'.
Find more informations here.
05|04|22 ECOLOPES TALK with Helga Fassbinder about Biotope City
We are pleased to present Helga Fassbinder as our first speaker of the ECOLOPES TALKS series. Helga is the founder of the journal and the concept "Biotope City". The Biotope City concept is based on the realization that we and our cities do not form an antagonism to nature, but that our cities are nothing else but one other of the many forms that constitute nature. Helga will present and discuss the concept as well its implementation in the "Biotope City Wienerberg" in Vienna.
Please register here for the ECOLOPES TALKS series and our newsletter:
You will receive a confirmation mail with the zoom link to join the talks.
We are looking forward to meeting you at the online talk, Tuesday April 5th 17:00 CET.
20|12|21 Open PhD position(s)
The Research Training Group "Urban Green Infrastructure (UGI) - Training Next Generation Professionals for Integrated Urban Planning Research" aims to conduct inter- and transdisciplinary research on innovative approaches for livable, sustainable and climate resilient cities through green infrastructure. Within the framework of a research training group funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) a total of twelve doctoral positions (research assistant, 75-100%) and one post-doc position at the Technical University of Munich and one doctoral position at the University of Augsburg are available.
The professorship for Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture is seeking to appoint a PhD position in the subproject (SP5) "Designing UGIs as dynamic processes". We are looking for an interdisciplinary designer with prior knowledge in microclimate modeling and/or tree growth modeling, or a researcher from the field of forestry science, arboriculture, or similar with some background in interdisciplinary design (such as landscape architecture, architecture, urbanism or comparable fields).
The candidate will investigate and explore an innovative design approach for tree planting and maintenance based on a prescriptive voxel model, working closely with designers focused on functional-structural plant models. Key tasks will relate to parametric design with Rhino and Grasshopper, tree growth modeling, 3D geometry data manipulation including point cloud and 3D array (voxels) and digital surveying approaches like LiDAR (terrestrial and SLAM) and photogrammetry. Basic programming skills are required.
Please note: The application process is centralized. Find the relevant information in the job posting: https://portal.mytum.de/jobs/wissenschaftler/NewsArticle_20211208_094312
Application deadline: 17. Jan. 2022
02|12|21 Current results of our research project Interest-I were presented at the online platform of the magazine Garten- und Landschaft
“Drought or heavy rain: How we will deal with our water resources in the future will ultimately determine the quality of life in our cities. The INTERESS-I research project is testing urban blue-green infrastructures near the major construction site in Stuttgart 21. The project team will present the first results of the impulse project and also show you which climate adaptation measures are already feasible today. "
Here is the article.
23|11|21 Bundeskongress Gebäudegrün 23. – 24.11.2021
The Federal Building Greening Congress was organised by BuGG again this year. Unfortunately, it was not held in Berlin as planned, but as an online event. We had the opportunity to present in five-minute short presentations three projects from our current research that deal with building greening. These included the Impuls project as part of the Interess-I research project, Prototyping School Garden as a 1:1 student project as part of the Blue-Green Infrastructure research and KlimaKübelBäume as part of the research into trees in planters as an alternative micro-climatically effective greening solution. In addition to the short presentations, the projects were also exhibited online on posters. The feedback from the other participants was consistently positive and, despite the online event, contacts were made. We hope to be present with insightful projects at the next national congress on green buildings.
03|10|21 Türöffner Maus at the Impulsprojekt in Stuttgart
Last weekend the hands-on campaign "Open doors with the Mouse" (Türöffner Maus) took place in Stuttgart at the containers of our research project INTERESS-I. We were able to welcome numerous families with children and bring them closer to the topic of urban greenery and water use.
Find more informations about the Event here.
01|10|21 New courses for the Winter Semester 21/22
The new gtla* courses for the winter semester 21/22 are now online!
Check out our seminar 'GREEN TYPOLOGIES Digital tools for tree design' and the module 'GREEN TECHNOLOGIES Living Architecture' (lecture + seminar). We are also offering the 'Design-Build-Grow Meghalaya STUDIO' and the lecture 'Technisch-Konstruktive Grundlagen der Landschaftsarchitektur'.
Find more informations here.
22|06|21 Difu-WebSeminar Freiraumentwicklung und Klimaanpassung
The German Institute for Urban Studies organized a specialist event on June 22nd and 23rd, 2021 on the subject of "Open space development and climate adaptation", which was aimed specifically at experts.
One of the speakers was our research associate Friederike Well. With the topic "Integrated Planning - Green and Blue Infrastructures" Hand in Hand ", she explained the first interim results from the INTERESS-I research project.
04|06|21 Opening of the Exhibition COHABITATION in Berlin
We are part of the Exhibition COHABITATION from ARCH +
The Cohabitation project is building a transdisciplinary and transnational network that combines design approaches in art, architecture and urban planning with questions of interspecies solidarity, social justice and a dynamic understanding of ecology and the right to the city. It deals with the topic of urban cohabitation of different species in various formats, all of which are closely interlinked.
BAUBOTANIK understands co-habitation as a process of co-design andco-creation. In a PING-PONG between the actor human and the actor tree, a multi-layered interaction of designing, growing, nurturing,observing, dying and regenerating unfolds.
for more informations have a look at the exhibiton website:
21|05|21 Opening of the German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia
Today is the digital opening of the german pavilion of the Biennale. We are part of it with our contribution.
„2038 – The New Serenity, invites you to discover a story between fact and fiction. In a series of films, it tells the history of a better world in which everything, though imperfect, is better in some pretty profound and radical ways.“
21 May 2021, 4 pm
OPENING HOURS ON-SITE
Tue–Sun, 10 am – 7 pm
Giardini della Biennale, Venice
26|05|21 Release of the first issue »Research Perspectives in Architecture«
Research Perspectives in Architecture Dimensions Issue 01/2021, edited by Katharina Voigt, Uta Graff, and Ferdinand Ludwig, explores different lines of enquiry with specific focus on their methodology. Design-based, reflexive, qualitative, experience-based, archival and interdisciplinary perspectives are investigated.
We cordially invite you to the release of Dimensions Vol.1:
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
6:30pm via Zoom:
Online (Zoom-Meeting) Code: 143802
We will present the objective and structure of the journal, introduce the first issue and give an outlook on the upcoming editions. Prof. Sophie Wolfrum, former professor and Dean at the Department of Architecture at the Technical University of Munich, will introduce the international editorial context of BauHow5 and its extended network, emphasizing the role of the journal in discipline of architecture.
10|05|21 Arte Xenius: building materials of the future
"So far, the construction industry has mainly used concrete and steel. In order to be able to build more ecologically and sustainably in the future, scientists are looking for alternative building materials. And there are the craziest ideas.
Cardboard, mushrooms or popcorn - nothing is impossible !
In Munich, a visionary architect lets trees grow together in a controlled manner in such a way that load-bearing structures are formed that years later will support bridges or even entire houses."
Take a look at the video (min. 18:22)
Professor Ferdinand Ludwig invites you to his university-public online lecture on Thursday, 06.05.21 as part of the so-called "Assessment Centre" after the fourth year of the tenure-track procedure. Ludwig will provide insights into his research and teaching activities at TUM to date as well as an outlook on the coming years.
15|04|21 ECOLOPES ECOlogical building enveLOPES: a game-changing design approach for regenerative urban ecosystems
Our new research project ECOLOPES started recently! With this we embark on a 4 year journey of exploration:
In ECOLOPES we propose a radical change for city development: instead of minimizing the negative impact of urbanisation on nature, we aim at urbanisation to be planned and designed such that nature – including humans – can co-evolve within the city. We envisage a radically new integrated ecosystem approach to architecture that focuses equally on humans, plants, animals, and associated organisms such as microbiota. ECOLOPES will provide the technology that will help to achieve this vision.
12|04|21 Cities of the future: how indigenous knowledge inspires urban planners
The SPIEGEL article "cities of the future: how indigenous knowledge inspires urban planners" deals with the topic how cities could be revolutionized with this knowledge. We are a part of it with the topic of Baubotanik!
Arch. Ph.D. Sandra Persiani is awarded with the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. She conducts a research project on the topic "Architectural Symbiosis, emergence of new operating patterns as effect of a human-plant-building association" in collaboration with the Chair of Building Technology and Climate Responsive Design and the Professorship of Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture.
She is now part of the gtla* Team and we are so happy about it!
01|04|21 New courses for the Summer Semester 2021
We look forward to introducing you to our new courses for the coming Summer Semester 2021!
*Lecture+Seminar "Green Technologies - Living Architecture"
*Seminar Prototyping Blue-Green Systems
*Seminar "Green Typologies – Green Architectures"
For more informations have a look here.
We look forward to the summer semester with you!
18|03|21 The Engineering Club: Evening Talk with Prof. Ferdinand Ludwig and Wilfrid Middelton
The Engineering Club offers a programme of free evening talks on diverse engineering aspects of engineering culture that is open to all.
On Thursday the 8th Prof. Ferdinand Ludwig and PhD student Wilfrid Middelton will talk about Living Structure.
About the topic: Their research is focused on architectural concepts in which plants play a central role. Integrating plants – both functionally and creatively – into construction designs not only provides answers to some of today’s most pressing ecological issues, such as climate change, it also presents a methodological challenge, encouraging exploration into ways of dealing with aspects of growth and decay, chance and probability in architecture and landscape design.
More informations and the registration for the event:
20|10|20 The new gtla* courses for Winter 20/21
This semester we are offering:
_studio 'Baubotanik Pavilion: Design - Build - Grow!'
_module 'GREEN TECHNOLOGIES Living Architecture' (lecture + seminar).
_seminar 'GREEN TYPOLOGIES 'Green Architecture'
Find more informations here.
15+16|10|20 Symposium Arbor-Tech
At the online-symposium Arbor-Tech “The Tree between the Cultural Techniques of the Past and Today’s New Technologies” we will discuss innovative forms of green architecture and green infrastructure that result from an integrated process of "co-design" and "co-evolving" of people, trees, practices and technologies. The starting point are the human-plant-environment interactions of historical or vernacular approaches. The aim is to learn from these examples to develop new concepts and methods.
The event constitutes the 2020 edition of the Weihenstephaner Forum and the fifth edition of the Architecture and Environment (AE) Symposium. It is co-organized by Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig (TUM Professorship for Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture) and Prof. Dr. Michael Hensel (Research Department for Digital Architecture and Planning, Vienna University of Technology).
Zoom-Link Evening Lecture,
Meeing-ID：976 1924 6547
16.10.2020 09:00 – 17:00
Meeting ID：918 2394 4399
24|08|20 Christiane Thalgott Award 2020
Our student Ekaterina Vyrodova is awarded with the Christiane Thalgott Prize 2020 for her master's thesis "Agricultural Lighting Facade: Food-producing Office Buildings".
We are part of the future!
The German contribution to the 17th Architecture Biennial looks back from the future - 2038 - into the past - 2020 - so today. "2038" is an international team from the fields of architecture, art, literature, ecology, economy, politics and technology.
Have a look at arch+ and their input to the #architecturebiennale2020 with the topic "How will we live together in the future?" The question at the heart of the 17th Venice International Architecture Biennial couldn't be more fitting at the moment.
arch+ shows all contributions of "team 2038" as videos in a continuous loop until Friday, July 17th:
LECTURE: Friederike Well - Grey water and rainwater for the irrigation of green facades
The office of Green City e.V. organized a event on March 9, 2020 with three lectures on the subject of facade greening, which was aimed specifically at specialists such as (landscape) architects, house owners / administrators and students.
One of the speakers was our Researcher Friederike Well. She explained the current state of research in her doctoral thesis with the topic "Gray water and rain water for irrigation of facade greening".
Organized by Green City e.V., the event occurred on March 9 2020 and consisted of three lectures concerning the topic of green facades.
Further information and lecture downloads available here.
Congratulations to Lotta Steger for winning the 2019 bdla Bayern Nachwuchspreis!
Her bachelor thesis, titled "Blau-grüne Infrastrukturen: Transformationsstudien urbaner Freiräume am Beispiel von Frankfurt" was written under the supervision of Ferdinand Ludwig and Friederike Well through the Professorship for Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture.
The gtla* professorship recently received the funding decision for the “KlimaKübelBäume” project. The professorship is responsible for project management for the research project with a total funding volume of approx. 3 000 000 euros. The aim of the research project is to close existing knowledge gaps with regard to the climatic effects and growth conditions of trees in plant containers, to develop relevant vegetation technology basics and to develop strategies and concepts for the use of trees in plant containers as an urban climate effective measure for adaptation to climate change. The results will be summarised in a guideline that allows Bavarian cities and municipalities to use trees in plant containers in a targeted and sustainable manner as a measure for adapting to climate change and increasing biodiversity in dense urban situations where conventional tree planting is not possible.
Impressions from the exhibition "Baubotanik - Cities Forests Trees" featuring research and teaching results of Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture, TUM Department of Architecture and projects by "ludwig.schönle | Baubotanik Architecture Urbanism". Fotos: Qiguan Shu
The Technical University of Munich has published a press release on our research "Living Root Bridges" in India. The occasion was the publication"Living bridges using aerial roots of ficus elastica – an interdisciplinary perspective" by Ferdinand Ludwig, Wilfrid Middleton, Friederike Gallenmüller, Patrick Rogers und Thomas Speck in Scientific Reports 9, 12226 (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-48652-w
Addressing the application of the photogrammetric method to living architecture, Qiguan Shu, Masters Student at Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture will present a process for extracting precise geometric information from complex living structures and preliminary results of the study. The work is performed by Wilfrid Middleton (doctoral student) and Qiguan Shu, supervised by Prof Ferdinand Ludwig.
Where? Bühnenturm der Akademie für Darstellende Kunst Baden-Württemberg
When? Wednesday, 13.11.19. 3-3.30pm
BUNKER TALK with Mitchell Joachim and Ferdinand Ludwig
Talks, Drinks, Harvest and Mushroom Dinner: Friday, 11th October 2019 at 7pm
Architekturgalerie München im BUNKER Blumenstrasse 22, 80331 München
Photo: Holzherr Gössing, Organizer: Architekturgalerie München e.V. MUNICH MUSHROOM at Architekturgalerie München im Bunker in Burckhardt+Partner‘s exhibition Transformations by
Architekturgalerie München, Christian Schühle, Martin Kühfuss, hks architekten, ArchitekturkulturStiftung
14|10|19 PRESENTATION MASTER Courses Winter 19/20
On October 14th the courses for Master Landscape Architecture students in winter 19/20 will be presented.
Where? E42, Weihenstephan
Who? Chair of Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture (gtla) and Chair of Landscape Architecture and Public Space (LAO)
When? October 14th at 12:30 pm
25|09|19 FIBRA EXHIBITION Plane Tree Cube Nagold
The Baubotanik project Plane Tree Cube Nagold by ludwig.schönle is among the 50 finalists that are being exhibited in the FIBRA exhibition in the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, Paris.
18|09|19 BUGG Forschung und Lehre
Vorstellung unserer Erfahrungen in der Lehre zu Gebäudebegrünung bei Architekten und Landschaftsarchitekten am BuGG-Tag Forschung und Lehre Gebäudegrün 2019.
Wo? ZAE Bayern, Würzburg
11|10|19 SYMPOSIUM Architecture & Environment
Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig was invited to speak at the third Symposium Architecture & Environment 'Envelope Ecologies', about the topic 'Biotopian Architecture: Which architectural typologies and paradigms enable or prevent buildings from functioning as ecosystems?'
Where? University of Genoa, Architecture and Design Department
When? Monday 16 & Tuesday 17 September 2019
The new gtla* courses for Winter 2019/20 are now online! You can also find them on tumonline and on facebook.
We are happy to be part of the International Architecture Biennale in Sao Paulo this year. We are taking part in the core exhibition "Architectures of Everyday", displaying our research on the Living Root Bridges, grown by rural Khasi and Jaintia communities in Meghalaya (India).
The faculty of architecture (TUM) and Ingenieurbüro Hausladen are currently working on a joint resesarch project "Agricultural Lighting Facade". As nominee in the category "Research", it was now honoured as finalist in the annual Sustainability Challenge der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen – DGNB. The winning project is called "BauCycle". Project manager Mariana Yordanova and Prof. Ferdinand Ludwig accepted the finalist award on the DBNB Day of Sustainability.
The conference «Research Perspectives in Architecture» at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) aims to present and discuss a spectrum of research questions and methodological approaches in architecture. Podium discussions focussing on various topics will highlight different perspectives of research in architecture.
Chair of Architectural Design and Conception, Prof. Uta Graff Professorship of Green Technologies, Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig
The TUM event is funded by the DFG - German Research Foundation and takes place within BauHow5, the European alliance of five leading research-intensive European universities for architecture.
The conference will be held in English. Registration is not required.
When? 04.07. - 05.07.19
Where? Vorhoelzer Forum Department of Architecture, Technical University of Munich
On May 23rd, Professor Ludwig will speak at the "Disruptive Materials" congress during Interzum 2019 in Cologne. Following an invite by Haute Innovation, he will present his research field "Baubotanik". A choice of inosculations can be seen at the exhibition.
At the first day of the semester, April 23rd we will present our semester offers to the Landscape Architecture students at 11:00 in Freising in Room E42. See you there!
Check out our new courses for Summer 2019! You can find them here, on tumonline, facebook and at the institute in Freising.
On March 28/29 the department of Digital Architecture and Planning is hosting a symposium at the Vienna University of Technology. Professor Ferdinand Ludwig will be among the speakers. For more information, have a look at our facebook page.
18-19|03|19 LIVING ROOT BRIDGES CONFERENCE
A workshop in Meghalaya, India, discussing the key aspects of interest in the study of Living Root Bridges, bringing together academics, bridge-builders, architects, biologists and village leaders to understand the breath and depth of research questions in this emerging field of research.
The conference day on Monday 18/3 will involve discussions of Living Root Bridges in the context of several key academic fields, ranging from architecture and structural engineering to soil science biology ans social structures. Tuesday 19/3 will include visits to the bridges and discussions with bridge builders, users and community leaders.
Find more details here
20|02|19 PRESENTATION GREEN TECHNOLOGIES - LIVING BRIDGES
On Wednesday, 20/02 the final presentation of our seminar green technologies - living bridges will start at 9.45 am in Vorhoelzer Forum. We are looking forward to our guests, Dr. Andres Lepik, professor for History of Architecture and Curatorial Practice as well as Anette Dittel (BIOTOPIA - Naturkundemuseum Bayern).
05|02|19 PRESENTATION TIME TREES TECTONICS
On Tuesday 05/02 the final presentation of the student project TIME-TREES-TECTONICS will take place at the studios in Freising. We are looking forward to our guest Michael Hensel.
On Friday, November 30 Prof. Ferdinand Ludwig and Stefano Panunzi will give a lecture about 'Seismic Green Infrastructure: EKSOTECTURES & EKSOSCAPES' at the World Forum on Urban Forests 2018 in Mantova, Italy. The aim of the Forum is to highlight positive examples of planning, design and management approaches that cities with diverse cultures, forms, structure and histories have implemented to optimize the contribution that urban forests and green infrastructure can provide in terms of economic development, environmental conservation, improved social cohesion, and increased public involvement. The event will last four days and will include conference sessions, discussions and public events.
On November 24th Professor Ferdinand Ludwig will give a lecture about "Biotopian Urbanism – Baubotanische Strategien" at the international conference "50+ Years of Architecture, Theory and Poiesis" in Stuttgart.
On Saturday 17th of November, the European Cultural is hosting a roundtable in Venice bringing together the work and thought of seven individuals holding a common interest in the metaphysics and physics of our existential envelopment amidst the vast realm of nature. Professor Ferdinand Ludwig was invited to give an introduction about Baubotanik.
Isabel Zintl will give a presentation on Research by Design at the international conference CA2RE in Berlin. In the process she will present her dissertation project "Vertical open spaces". The CA2RE [CONFERENCE FOR ARTISTIC AND ARCHITECTURAL (DOCTORAL) RESEARCH] will take place in Berlin on 28 September - 1 October.
Check out our new courses for Winter 18/19! You can find them on this website, on tumonline and at the institute in Freising.
In a recent interview, Professor Ferdinand Ludwig explains, how his field of research Baubotanik plans and builds with living material and how breathing architecture can make our lives better.
26|04|18 UMCC exhibited at the Entrepreneur Day
Our "Urban Micro Climate Canopy" is being exhibited at the Entrepreneur Day of the Bavarian Building Industry. Many thanks to the installation and de-installation team that made this exhibition possible: Lorenz Boij, Moritz Dörstelmann, Daniele Santucci, Johannes Schmitt Carlo Guernier, Marco Zanchetta, Francesco Martini, Benjamin Slosharek, Samuel Meile, Martin Gabriel, Frederic Engasser
More info: www.umcc.eu
26|04|18 BAUBOTANIK RESEARCH PAVILLON at the Botanical Garden of Freiburg
After being installed this winter all plants (Platanus acerifolia) are sprouting out now and we are fixing the joints to initiate inosculations. In the summer we will install the membrane roof. And when the plant structure will be strong enough we will remove the temporary steel strcuture.
Our new courses for summer 2018 are online! Check them out on our website, on facebook and in tumonline.
The exhibition Agora Artes (April 28 - May 13) at the Akademie der Künste Berlin will start off on April 28 with a vernissage. "Freiraum vertikal denken" is Isabel Zintl's contribution to this exhibition, presenting the results of the seminar "Vertikale Freiräume".
Isabel Zintl, who is a member of our team, is going to give a presentation at the symposium of SW - Institut für Städtebau und Wohnungswesen München. There she is going to speak about „Vertikale Freiräume als grüne Möglichkeitsräume im Kontext hoher baulicher Dichte“.
18|03|18 LUMINALE 2018 Exhibition Urban Microclimate Canopy prototype
The Urban Microclimate Canopy prototype is displayed at the luminale in Frankfurt from March 18 to 23, 2018. The subject of lighting design plays an important role in the project, as the material efficiency of the underlying lightweight structure goes hand in hand with a lightness and transparency that offers distinct possibilities for lighting. The choice of glass fibers for the support structure was influenced not only by their load-bearing capacity, but also because of their excellent light-conducting properties, which produce extraordinary lighting effects in direct sunlight as well as under artificial lighting.
26|02|18 SUBMISSION URBAN MICROCLIMATE CANOPY Presentation of the prototype
The final presentation of the research lab: Urban Microclimate Canopy ist going to take place on Monday February 26 at the Klimalabor (TUM Stammgelände).
The event ZUKUNFT STADT@GRÜNBAU BERLIN, which will take place on February 22 in Berlin in the context of bautec Messe, will present projects contributing to the aim of making cities smarter, more resilient and sustainable. Antje Backhaus, Ferdinand Ludwig and Ina Homeier show new ideas and concepts in the scope of this year's topic „Green – Blue – Smart: Concepts for the city of tomorrow“.
14|02|18 SUBMISSION EKSOTECTURE - EKSOSCAPE
The submission of the projects Eksotecture and Eksoscape is on Wednesday, February 14 at 9.30 am in room 2350 (Alte Architekturbibliothek).
Stefano Panunzi, UNIMOL Campobasso Italy
Deputy Prof. Daniel Schönle, University of Stuttgart
With "mfo park" raderschallpartner ag landscape architects have created the icon of a vertical space in collaboration with Burkhard+Partner architects. The symbiosis between architecture and landscape architecture serves daily use as well as special events, such as concerts and open-air cinema. The project is the topic of the guest lecture, which will take place at Vorhoelzer Forum.
Start: 8 pm
19|01|18 PRESENTATION BDLA by Prof. Ferdinand Ludwig
Professor Ferdinand Ludwig is going to give a presentation about Green Technologies on January 19 at 5 pm for bdla Bayern in Munich.
We are delighted to receive this year's Bundespreis ecodesign in the category <concept>. The prize is awarded for future-oriented design studies as well as model projects. We sent in the approach of Baubotanik, which was developed by Prof. Ferdinand Ludwig and Daniel Schönle. The awards ceremony took place on November 27 at the Bundesimweltministerium Berlin.
Wilfrid Middleton, member of our gtla* team, was invited to hold a lecture about <The Living Root Bridges in Meghalaya> at this year's HORTITECTURE 03 symposium at the TU Braunschweig. The international symposium focuses on sustainable building strategies that explore the synergies combining architecture and plant material.
We are really looking forward to welcoming the architect Mark Primack from Santa Cruz on November 11 in Munich! He is going to hold a guest lecture at the Vorhoelzer Forum about his work and his efforts on saving the <Scotts Valley Tree Circus>.
Start: 6 pm
On November 7 Ferdinand Ludwig will give a LAEP lecture at the Berkeley college of environmental design, University of California. As a pioneering architect in the field of “Living Plant Constructions” (Baubotanik) he will talk about the projects he realized over the last few years that combine growth processes of living plants with an engineering approach.
24|10|17 GRÜNE ARCHITEKTUR Lecture Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig
Lecture <Grüne Architektur> by Ferdinand Ludwig within the project EKSOTECTURE / EKSOSCAPE on Oktober 24 in room 2350 (Alte Architekturbibliothek). Part 2: Techniken, Systeme, Synergien
Start: 9.45 am
On Friday the 20.10.2017 the 10th Weihenstephaner Forum for Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning will take place at the Internationales Getränkewissenschaftliches Zentrum (TUM). This year the use of plants in Landscape Architecture, Environmental Planning and Restoration Ecology as well as their ecosystem functions are at the centre of attention. Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig is going to inform about plant species and varieties used in Baubotanik. The Forum will be concluded with a discussion among experts and audience about current challenges.
17|10|17 GRÜNE ARCHITEKTUR Lecture Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig
Lecture <Grüne Architektur> by Ferdinand Ludwig within the project EKSOTECTURE / EKSOSCAPE on Oktober 17 in room 2350 (Alte Architekturbibliothek). Part 1: Konzepte und Haltungen
Start: 9.45 am
On Oktober 16 we want to introduce ourselves in room E42 to all first year students and everyone interested in our teaching. Would you like to join our exciting seminars, projects and studios this winter? We offer lectures for Bachelor and Master students in Architecture and Landscape Architecture. See you there!
Start: 4 pm