Green Technologies - Living Bridges

The lecture "Green Technologies-Living Bridges" first of all teaches fundamental knowledge of green technologies. Green technologies are understood here as techniques in which living plants play a central role. Topics are among other things green architecture / building greening, (blue-) green infrastructure and vegetation technology. These approaches are analysed as (landscape-) architectural concepts in their social and processual dimensions. The interplay between vegetation, soil, water, climate and building structures are conveyed in order to develop an own attitude to traditional as well as innovative examples of green solutions, to independently analyse projects and to develop own concepts in the field of green technologies. The lecture forms the basis and prerequisite for participation in the seminar of the same name. In the seminar, we will then examine in depth an outstanding example of green technologies: the living root bridges in northeast India are grown, functional structures from the aerial roots of the Indian rubber tree (ficus elastica) that connect houses, fields, villages and markets. The peoples of Khasi and Jaintia in southern Meghalaya have developed a variety of techniques to utilise the growth phases of the rubber tree. The addordance between constructive goals and the phenomena of natural growth provides important insights for the successful design with living material. As part of the seminar, we will work on the basis of previously unpublished information to work out profiles for about seven selected bridges to be presented in an exhibition.



Teaching team

Prof. Dr. Ing. Ferdinand Ludwig

M.Eng. Wilfrid Middleton


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Type of course

Lecture + Seminar for Landscape Architecture and Architecture students

3 + 3 ECTS