Green Typologies – Digital tools for tree engineering and Design


Trees provide essential ecosystem services to human living environments. At our professorship, we explore methods and workflows to take advantage of trees’ performance in buildings and structures. Trees are distinguished from traditional building materials due to their complexities in dynamic growth. Therefore, digital tools are used in a workflow to capture tree geometries and analyze their growth in order to achieve the design aims. In this seminar, we will take three experimental structures at Neue Kunst am Ried as study cases: the Baubotanik footbridge, tower and pavilion, built in 2005, 2009 and 2021 respectively. Diverse digital tools will be used to analyze possible design changes in the structures based on projected tree growth.


Teaching team

Prof. Dr. Ing. Ferdinand Ludwig 

Qiguan Shu, M.A.

Wilfrid Middleton, M.Eng.