December 11th, 2008 | by Dan Stewart |
Vegitecture is essentially the use of organic materials as an element of construction. It has mainly manifested itself over here as sedum walls, but the idea goes further – looking at how rainwater can be harvested and air purified using natural means. Yeang, who has been lecturing on the concept for years, has even suggested the concept of a “vertical farm” where tenants grow their own fruit and vegetables on the walls and roofs….
Vegitecture has now become an architectural sub-genre - US superarchitect Perkins + Will have also jumped on the veggie bandwagon. Who is to say, now that Libeskind has joined suit, that some of his fellow starchitects might not do the same thing?
December 12th 2008 By Christopher Hume
Geography notwithstanding, Toronto and Sydney have much in common. The former British colonial cities both came of age after World War II and by the 1950s had begun to assert themselves.
The results were strikingly similar. In Australia, the great architectural icon of the last age of optimism was the Sydney Opera House; in Toronto, New City Hall.
Though both projects endured painfully protracted births, each has been recognized as a masterpiece. Both changed the communities that built them and how the world views those cities. Both were designed by unknown Scandinavian architects, and both were panned by more famous colleagues who should have known better.