Italy Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai features three boat hulls as the structure’s roof, a multimedia facade made with two million recycled plastic bottles and a natural climate mitigation system that substitutes air conditioning.
We are not alone on this planet. To save it from the social and climate crisis, architects can team up with other beings, learn from bees and birds, look after elephants and harness the unexpected superpowers of algae: 8 multi-species architecture projects and exhibitions on show at the Venice Biennale.
A kids’ school project during lockdown inspired ecoLogicStudio to devise BioBombola, a pioneering algae garden inviting individuals, families and communities to cultivate a healthy domestic algae garden as a sustainable source of vegetable proteins.
Pantone crowned Living Coral as the colour of the year for its life-affirming, vibrant and optimistic vibe. A positive attitude clashing with the dying and discoloring coral reefs. Indeed, it is easier to find the hue on Donald Tump’s face during his climate change-denying rallies than underwater. Shall we call it ‘coral washing’?
Inspired by light-reflective butterflies wings, kites and bioluminescent algae, Dan Roosegaarde envisions futuristic sustainable light designs by the floodgates of the historic Afsluitddjk site in the Netherlands.
A breathing building ventilated like a living organism, floating villages which bring life back to the Dead Sea and a Life Object inspired by the resilience of a bird’s nest. Israel pavilion at Venice Biennale foresees a more sustainable future achieved through blending architecture and biology.
Algaemy by Blond&Bieber is the biodynamic and colour-changing collection that investigates the potential of micro algae in textile printing for fashion and design.