EINFACH GRÜN Greening the City
Einfach Grün – Greening the City
Handbuch für Gebäudegrün
Do plants improve the climate in cities? How can greenery in architecture help reduce urban heat build-up and pollution by fine particulate matter, lower noise levels in the city, and enhance people’s wellbeing? This manual on building greenery is aimed at citizens, architects and developers alike. It provides answers to the frequently asked questions – from greening existing buildings to greenery with new builds, from savings thanks to building greenery to grants and subsidies, from practical tips on choosing the right plants to the ecological impact on the urban climate. The time is ripe for building greenery – and many examples in Germany and around the world show that they are already a fast-growing reality.
Edited by Hilde Strobl, Peter Cachola Schmal andRudi Scheuermann
Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM)
304 pages, German/English
Available in the museum shop for EUR 19,-
2nd extended edition
Herausgegeben von Peter Cachola Schmal, Yorck Förster, Christina Gräwe und Joachim MIldner
The Tokyo firm Tezuka Architects, headed by Takaharu and Yui Tezuka, is enjoying an increasingly international reputation for its refined blend of traditional and contemporary Japanese aesthetics, developing solutions which seem refreshingly unconventional while remaining anchored in the scale and needs of everyday life. (The names of their recent projects – ‘Roof House’, ‘Wall-less House’ and ‘Sky House’ – convey the flavor and feel of this amalgam.) Tezuka buildings often sport such features as large sliding-door fronts and verandas, and make particular use of wood and lightweight steel in order to effect a smooth back-and-forth flow between building and environment. In this respect their buildings call to mind centuries-old Japanese architectural tradition, which is absorbed into present day developments in design and construction technologies. Large public buildings such as the Fuji kindergarten and the Natural History Museum in Matsunoyama demonstrate the popularity of this synthesis.
von Annette Becker, Peter Cachola Schmal