Biospheres / Tomas Saraceno

Tomas Saraceno‘s  installation Biospheres, explores visionary city planning solutions

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Hylozoic Ground

Hylozoic Ground is a series of  installations in the Canadian pavilion @ Venice Biennale in Architecture 2010,  that looks like an  artificial glass forest.

Philip Beesley , leader of an experimental architecture research group in Canada, is demonstrating here how buildings in the future might move or even feel and think.

A rapidly changing world

Many futurists and future-minded laypeople believe that the future of civilization lies in the water. If the global climate continues to get warmer and the water level rises, land will become a precious and expensive commodity that not many will be able to afford. To counter the scarcity of land, cities may be forced to move into the oceans. This idea is the basis of several ideas to be featured at the Australia Pavilion in the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010.

The idea behind the design project was to free designers and architects from their customary constraints. This frees the designers to conceive of future urban spaces which may be technically impossible, but nonetheless encourages us to open our minds to new possibilities.

Above, a compelling underwater city named “Syph” is one of the most interesting concepts. It features separate underwater pods to meet all of the needs of a city: food production, energy generation, residences, and everything else a thriving metropolis needs. The individual pods work together as a network to provide a comfortable underwater life for residents. The concept from Arup Biomimetics is just one of the 17 concepts that will be displayed at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale.

All 17 of the finalist concepts will be on display August 29th through November 21st in Venice.

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Architecture that repairs itself

Venice is sinking. To save it, doctor Rachel Armstrong says we need to outgrow architecture made of metabolic materials and, well, make architecture that grows itself. She proposes an (almost) alive material that does its own repairs and sequesters carbon, too.