"So far, the construction industry has mainly used concrete and steel. In order to be able to build more ecologically and sustainably in the future, scientists are looking for alternative building materials. And there are the craziest ideas.
Cardboard, mushrooms or popcorn - nothing is impossible !
In Munich, a visionary architect lets trees grow together in a controlled manner in such a way that load-bearing structures are formed that years later will support bridges or even entire houses."
Take a look at the video (min. 18:22)
Professor Ferdinand Ludwig invites you to his university-public online lecture on Thursday, 06.05.21 as part of the so-called "Assessment Centre" after the fourth year of the tenure-track procedure. Ludwig will provide insights into his research and teaching activities at TUM to date as well as an outlook on the coming years.
Our new research project ECOLOPES started recently! With this we embark on a 4 year journey of exploration:
In ECOLOPES we propose a radical change for city development: instead of minimizing the negative impact of urbanisation on nature, we aim at urbanisation to be planned and designed such that nature – including humans – can co-evolve within the city. We envisage a radically new integrated ecosystem approach to architecture that focuses equally on humans, plants, animals, and associated organisms such as microbiota. ECOLOPES will provide the technology that will help to achieve this vision.
The SPIEGEL article "cities of the future: how indigenous knowledge inspires urban planners" deals with the topic how cities could be revolutionized with this knowledge. We are a part of it with the topic of Baubotanik!
Arch. Ph.D. Sandra Persiani is awarded with the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. She conducts a research project on the topic "Architectural Symbiosis, emergence of new operating patterns as effect of a human-plant-building association" in collaboration with the Chair of Building Technology and Climate Responsive Design and the Professorship of Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture.
She is now part of the gtla* Team and we are so happy about it!
We look forward to introducing you to our new courses for the coming Summer Semester 2021!
*Lecture+Seminar "Green Technologies - Living Architecture"
*Seminar Prototyping Blue-Green Systems
*Seminar "Green Typologies – Green Architectures"
For more informations have a look here.
We look forward to the summer semester with you!
The Engineering Club offers a programme of free evening talks on diverse engineering aspects of engineering culture that is open to all.
On Thursday the 8th Prof. Ferdinand Ludwig and PhD student Wilfrid Middelton will talk about Living Structure.
About the topic: Their research is focused on architectural concepts in which plants play a central role. Integrating plants – both functionally and creatively – into construction designs not only provides answers to some of today’s most pressing ecological issues, such as climate change, it also presents a methodological challenge, encouraging exploration into ways of dealing with aspects of growth and decay, chance and probability in architecture and landscape design.
More informations and the registration for the event: engineeringclub.org.uk/talk/living-structure/
This semester we are offering:
_studio 'Baubotanik Pavilion: Design - Build - Grow!'
_module 'GREEN TECHNOLOGIES Living Architecture' (lecture + seminar).
_seminar 'GREEN TYPOLOGIES 'Green Architecture'
Find more informations here.
At the online-symposium Arbor-Tech “The Tree between the Cultural Techniques of the Past and Today’s New Technologies” we will discuss innovative forms of green architecture and green infrastructure that result from an integrated process of "co-design" and "co-evolving" of people, trees, practices and technologies. The starting point are the human-plant-environment interactions of historical or vernacular approaches. The aim is to learn from these examples to develop new concepts and methods.
The event constitutes the 2020 edition of the Weihenstephaner Forum and the fifth edition of the Architecture and Environment (AE) Symposium. It is co-organized by Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig (TUM Professorship for Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture) and Prof. Dr. Michael Hensel (Research Department for Digital Architecture and Planning, Vienna University of Technology).
Zoom-Link Evening Lecture,
Meeing-ID：976 1924 6547
16.10.2020 09:00 – 17:00
Meeting ID：918 2394 4399
Our student Ekaterina Vyrodova is awarded with the Christiane Thalgott Prize 2020 for her master's thesis "Agricultural Lighting Facade: Food-producing Office Buildings".
The German contribution to the 17th Architecture Biennial looks back from the future - 2038 - into the past - 2020 - so today. "2038" is an international team from the fields of architecture, art, literature, ecology, economy, politics and technology.
Have a look at arch+ and their input to the #architecturebiennale2020 with the topic "How will we live together in the future?" The question at the heart of the 17th Venice International Architecture Biennial couldn't be more fitting at the moment.
arch+ shows all contributions of "team 2038" as videos in a continuous loop until Friday, July 17th:
The office of Green City e.V. organized a event on March 9, 2020 with three lectures on the subject of facade greening, which was aimed specifically at specialists such as (landscape) architects, house owners / administrators and students.
One of the speakers was our Researcher Friederike Well. She explained the current state of research in her doctoral thesis with the topic "Gray water and rain water for irrigation of facade greening".
Organized by Green City e.V., the event occurred on March 9 2020 and consisted of three lectures concerning the topic of green facades.
Further information and lecture downloads available here.
Congratulations to Lotta Steger for winning the 2019 bdla Bayern Nachwuchspreis!
Her bachelor thesis, titled "Blau-grüne Infrastrukturen: Transformationsstudien urbaner Freiräume am Beispiel von Frankfurt" was written under the supervision of Ferdinand Ludwig and Friederike Well through the Professorship for Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture.
The gtla* professorship recently received the funding decision for the “KlimaKübelBäume” project. The professorship is responsible for project management for the research project with a total funding volume of approx. 3 000 000 euros. The aim of the research project is to close existing knowledge gaps with regard to the climatic effects and growth conditions of trees in plant containers, to develop relevant vegetation technology basics and to develop strategies and concepts for the use of trees in plant containers as an urban climate effective measure for adaptation to climate change. The results will be summarised in a guideline that allows Bavarian cities and municipalities to use trees in plant containers in a targeted and sustainable manner as a measure for adapting to climate change and increasing biodiversity in dense urban situations where conventional tree planting is not possible.
Impressions from the exhibition "Baubotanik - Cities Forests Trees" featuring research and teaching results of Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture, TUM Department of Architecture and projects by "ludwig.schönle | Baubotanik Architecture Urbanism". Fotos: Qiguan Shu
The Technical University of Munich has published a press release on our research "Living Root Bridges" in India. The occasion was the publication"Living bridges using aerial roots of ficus elastica – an interdisciplinary perspective" by Ferdinand Ludwig, Wilfrid Middleton, Friederike Gallenmüller, Patrick Rogers und Thomas Speck in Scientific Reports 9, 12226 (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-48652-w
Addressing the application of the photogrammetric method to living architecture, Qiguan Shu, Masters Student at Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture will present a process for extracting precise geometric information from complex living structures and preliminary results of the study. The work is performed by Wilfrid Middleton (doctoral student) and Qiguan Shu, supervised by Prof Ferdinand Ludwig.
Where? Bühnenturm der Akademie für Darstellende Kunst Baden-Württemberg
When? Wednesday, 13.11.19. 3-3.30pm
BUNKER TALK with Mitchell Joachim and Ferdinand Ludwig
Talks, Drinks, Harvest and Mushroom Dinner: Friday, 11th October 2019 at 7pm
Architekturgalerie München im BUNKER Blumenstrasse 22, 80331 München
Photo: Holzherr Gössing, Organizer: Architekturgalerie München e.V. MUNICH MUSHROOM at Architekturgalerie München im Bunker in Burckhardt+Partner‘s exhibition Transformations by
Architekturgalerie München, Christian Schühle, Martin Kühfuss, hks architekten, ArchitekturkulturStiftung
On October 14th the courses for Master Landscape Architecture students in winter 19/20 will be presented.
Where? E42, Weihenstephan
Who? Chair of Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture (gtla) and Chair of Landscape Architecture and Public Space (LAO)
When? October 14th at 12:30 pm
Vorstellung unserer Erfahrungen in der Lehre zu Gebäudebegrünung bei Architekten und Landschaftsarchitekten am BuGG-Tag Forschung und Lehre Gebäudegrün 2019.
Wo? ZAE Bayern, Würzburg
Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig was invited to speak at the third Symposium Architecture & Environment 'Envelope Ecologies', about the topic 'Biotopian Architecture: Which architectural typologies and paradigms enable or prevent buildings from functioning as ecosystems?'
Where? University of Genoa, Architecture and Design Department
When? Monday 16 & Tuesday 17 September 2019
The new gtla* courses for Winter 2019/20 are now online! You can also find them on tumonline and on facebook.
We are happy to be part of the International Architecture Biennale in Sao Paulo this year. We are taking part in the core exhibition "Architectures of Everyday", displaying our research on the Living Root Bridges, grown by rural Khasi and Jaintia communities in Meghalaya (India).
The faculty of architecture (TUM) and Ingenieurbüro Hausladen are currently working on a joint resesarch project "Agricultural Lighting Facade". As nominee in the category "Research", it was now honoured as finalist in the annual Sustainability Challenge der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen – DGNB. The winning project is called "BauCycle". Project manager Mariana Yordanova and Prof. Ferdinand Ludwig accepted the finalist award on the DBNB Day of Sustainability.
The conference «Research Perspectives in Architecture» at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) aims to present and discuss a spectrum of research questions and methodological approaches in architecture. Podium discussions focussing on various topics will highlight different perspectives of research in architecture.
Chair of Architectural Design and Conception, Prof. Uta Graff Professorship of Green Technologies, Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig
The TUM event is funded by the DFG - German Research Foundation and takes place within BauHow5, the European alliance of five leading research-intensive European universities for architecture.
The conference will be held in English. Registration is not required.
When? 04.07. - 05.07.19
Where? Vorhoelzer Forum Department of Architecture, Technical University of Munich
On May 23rd, Professor Ludwig will speak at the "Disruptive Materials" congress during Interzum 2019 in Cologne. Following an invite by Haute Innovation, he will present his research field "Baubotanik". A choice of inosculations can be seen at the exhibition.
At the first day of the semester, April 23rd we will present our semester offers to the Landscape Architecture students at 11:00 in Freising in Room E42. See you there!
Check out our new courses for Summer 2019! You can find them here, on tumonline, facebook and at the institute in Freising.
On March 28/29 the department of Digital Architecture and Planning is hosting a symposium at the Vienna University of Technology. Professor Ferdinand Ludwig will be among the speakers. For more information, have a look at our facebook page.
A workshop in Meghalaya, India, discussing the key aspects of interest in the study of Living Root Bridges, bringing together academics, bridge-builders, architects, biologists and village leaders to understand the breath and depth of research questions in this emerging field of research.
The conference day on Monday 18/3 will involve discussions of Living Root Bridges in the context of several key academic fields, ranging from architecture and structural engineering to soil science biology ans social structures. Tuesday 19/3 will include visits to the bridges and discussions with bridge builders, users and community leaders.
Find more details here
On Wednesday, 20/02 the final presentation of our seminar green technologies - living bridges will start at 9.45 am in Vorhoelzer Forum. We are looking forward to our guests, Dr. Andres Lepik, professor for History of Architecture and Curatorial Practice as well as Anette Dittel (BIOTOPIA - Naturkundemuseum Bayern).
On Tuesday 05/02 the final presentation of the student project TIME-TREES-TECTONICS will take place at the studios in Freising. We are looking forward to our guest Michael Hensel.
On Friday, November 30 Prof. Ferdinand Ludwig and Stefano Panunzi will give a lecture about 'Seismic Green Infrastructure: EKSOTECTURES & EKSOSCAPES' at the World Forum on Urban Forests 2018 in Mantova, Italy. The aim of the Forum is to highlight positive examples of planning, design and management approaches that cities with diverse cultures, forms, structure and histories have implemented to optimize the contribution that urban forests and green infrastructure can provide in terms of economic development, environmental conservation, improved social cohesion, and increased public involvement. The event will last four days and will include conference sessions, discussions and public events.
On November 24th Professor Ferdinand Ludwig will give a lecture about "Biotopian Urbanism – Baubotanische Strategien" at the international conference "50+ Years of Architecture, Theory and Poiesis" in Stuttgart.
On Saturday 17th of November, the European Cultural is hosting a roundtable in Venice bringing together the work and thought of seven individuals holding a common interest in the metaphysics and physics of our existential envelopment amidst the vast realm of nature. Professor Ferdinand Ludwig was invited to give an introduction about Baubotanik.
Isabel Zintl will give a presentation on Research by Design at the international conference CA2RE in Berlin. In the process she will present her dissertation project "Vertical open spaces". The CA2RE [CONFERENCE FOR ARTISTIC AND ARCHITECTURAL (DOCTORAL) RESEARCH] will take place in Berlin on 28 September - 1 October.
Check out our new courses for Winter 18/19! You can find them on this website, on tumonline and at the institute in Freising.
In a recent interview, Professor Ferdinand Ludwig explains, how his field of research Baubotanik plans and builds with living material and how breathing architecture can make our lives better.
Our "Urban Micro Climate Canopy" is being exhibited at the Entrepreneur Day of the Bavarian Building Industry. Many thanks to the installation and de-installation team that made this exhibition possible: Lorenz Boij, Moritz Dörstelmann, Daniele Santucci, Johannes Schmitt Carlo Guernier, Marco Zanchetta, Francesco Martini, Benjamin Slosharek, Samuel Meile, Martin Gabriel, Frederic Engasser
More info: www.umcc.eu
After being installed this winter all plants (Platanus acerifolia) are sprouting out now and we are fixing the joints to initiate inosculations. In the summer we will install the membrane roof. And when the plant structure will be strong enough we will remove the temporary steel strcuture.
Our new courses for summer 2018 are online! Check them out on our website, on facebook and in tumonline.
The exhibition Agora Artes (April 28 - May 13) at the Akademie der Künste Berlin will start off on April 28 with a vernissage. "Freiraum vertikal denken" is Isabel Zintl's contribution to this exhibition, presenting the results of the seminar "Vertikale Freiräume".
Isabel Zintl, who is a member of our team, is going to give a presentation at the symposium of SW - Institut für Städtebau und Wohnungswesen München. There she is going to speak about „Vertikale Freiräume als grüne Möglichkeitsräume im Kontext hoher baulicher Dichte“.
The Urban Microclimate Canopy prototype is displayed at the luminale in Frankfurt from March 18 to 23, 2018. The subject of lighting design plays an important role in the project, as the material efficiency of the underlying lightweight structure goes hand in hand with a lightness and transparency that offers distinct possibilities for lighting. The choice of glass fibers for the support structure was influenced not only by their load-bearing capacity, but also because of their excellent light-conducting properties, which produce extraordinary lighting effects in direct sunlight as well as under artificial lighting.
The final presentation of the research lab: Urban Microclimate Canopy ist going to take place on Monday February 26 at the Klimalabor (TUM Stammgelände).
The event ZUKUNFT STADT@GRÜNBAU BERLIN, which will take place on February 22 in Berlin in the context of bautec Messe, will present projects contributing to the aim of making cities smarter, more resilient and sustainable. Antje Backhaus, Ferdinand Ludwig and Ina Homeier show new ideas and concepts in the scope of this year's topic „Green – Blue – Smart: Concepts for the city of tomorrow“.
The submission of the projects Eksotecture and Eksoscape is on Wednesday, February 14 at 9.30 am in room 2350 (Alte Architekturbibliothek).
Stefano Panunzi, UNIMOL Campobasso Italy
Deputy Prof. Daniel Schönle, University of Stuttgart
With "mfo park" raderschallpartner ag landscape architects have created the icon of a vertical space in collaboration with Burkhard+Partner architects. The symbiosis between architecture and landscape architecture serves daily use as well as special events, such as concerts and open-air cinema. The project is the topic of the guest lecture, which will take place at Vorhoelzer Forum.
Start: 8 pm
Professor Ferdinand Ludwig is going to give a presentation about Green Technologies on January 19 at 5 pm for bdla Bayern in Munich.
We are delighted to receive this year's Bundespreis ecodesign in the category <concept>. The prize is awarded for future-oriented design studies as well as model projects. We sent in the approach of Baubotanik, which was developed by Prof. Ferdinand Ludwig and Daniel Schönle. The awards ceremony took place on November 27 at the Bundesimweltministerium Berlin.
Wilfrid Middleton, member of our gtla* team, was invited to hold a lecture about <The Living Root Bridges in Meghalaya> at this year's HORTITECTURE 03 symposium at the TU Braunschweig. The international symposium focuses on sustainable building strategies that explore the synergies combining architecture and plant material.
We are really looking forward to welcoming the architect Mark Primack from Santa Cruz on November 11 in Munich! He is going to hold a guest lecture at the Vorhoelzer Forum about his work and his efforts on saving the <Scotts Valley Tree Circus>.
Start: 6 pm
On November 7 Ferdinand Ludwig will give a LAEP lecture at the Berkeley college of environmental design, University of California. As a pioneering architect in the field of “Living Plant Constructions” (Baubotanik) he will talk about the projects he realized over the last few years that combine growth processes of living plants with an engineering approach.
Lecture <Grüne Architektur> by Ferdinand Ludwig within the project EKSOTECTURE / EKSOSCAPE on Oktober 24 in room 2350 (Alte Architekturbibliothek). Part 2: Techniken, Systeme, Synergien
Start: 9.45 am
On Friday the 20.10.2017 the 10th Weihenstephaner Forum for Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning will take place at the Internationales Getränkewissenschaftliches Zentrum (TUM). This year the use of plants in Landscape Architecture, Environmental Planning and Restoration Ecology as well as their ecosystem functions are at the centre of attention. Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig is going to inform about plant species and varieties used in Baubotanik. The Forum will be concluded with a discussion among experts and audience about current challenges.
Lecture <Grüne Architektur> by Ferdinand Ludwig within the project EKSOTECTURE / EKSOSCAPE on Oktober 17 in room 2350 (Alte Architekturbibliothek). Part 1: Konzepte und Haltungen
Start: 9.45 am
On Oktober 16 we want to introduce ourselves in room E42 to all first year students and everyone interested in our teaching. Would you like to join our exciting seminars, projects and studios this winter? We offer lectures for Bachelor and Master students in Architecture and Landscape Architecture. See you there!
Start: 4 pm