Following from methods and insights within the field of ‘Baubotanic’ (living plant construction), the professorship´s research and teaching is driven by the aim of using biological processes and structures to develop innovative technical solutions, new approaches and typologies in architecture and landscape design, as well as to examine their spatial-aesthetic effect and technical performance. The professorship thereby connects empirical research in natural science and engineering with the design disciplines architecture, landscape design, and urban planning.
It focuses on architectural concepts in which plants play a decisive role. Integrating them in a functional and creative way, provides answers to pressing ecological issues of our time, such as the adaptation to climate change. At the same time it raises a methodological question of dealing with new aspects in the design: growth and decay, coincidence and probability. Addressing these complex issues opens up a broad field ranging from the microscopic scale, to the planning and the implementation of experimental projects on 1:1 scale, and to the development of concepts in the context of urban and landscape ecology.