04.17.2015Architecture, For Fun

#Archweek15 Day 6: The Living


We are wrapping up the work week with day 6 of National Architecture Week. If you want to catch up on previous dates, check them out here.  To celebrate architecture and architects, we’ve been highlighting individuals and firms that are out there answering this question:

How do architects and architecture impact and improve our daily lives?


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By Merging Disciplines.

The Living merges technology, biology and architecture to create never before considered buildings and spaces. David Benjamin leads the firm with a design approach that parallels the scientific method. The firm’s projects typically start with a hypothesis and attempt to solve an ecological problem while engaging individual behavior as part of the solution.

A Project to Discuss

 Hy-FiThis project was a temporary installation for the MOMA Queens Courtyard in 2014. As winners of the PS1 Competition, The Living took crushed up corn stalks and real mushroom roots to create a completely organic, compostable brick. The entire structure is 100% organic and completely biodegradable. The Living took something as simple as a brick and questioned if it could be made just as durable, but in a way that was better for the environment.
Below is a great video where David Benjamin discusses in further detail the concept and execution of Hy-Fi:

“The thing that ties it all together for me is this sinking feeling I have that we’re at this crucial moment where we know what the stakes are, and what we need to do, but we aren’t acting. We’re still not acting intelligently about the crisis of climate change. Of course, a large part of our response as architects must be to aggressively use all of our known and existing strategies to increase the environmental performance of buildings.  But I also think some architects should be searching for radical new strategies that might change our idea of what’s possible. Some experiments may fail, but some crazy ideas – like combining architecture and synthetic biology and growing buildings – may eventually change how we think about architecture, and how we live, work, and come together in cities.” -David Benjamin


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