Ecology, Design. Synergy.


German architects Behnisch Architekten iare a leading proponent of Green architecture, defined by Robert Campbell of the Boston Globe as "architecture that doesn't fight nature but instead seeks to partner with it. Green architecture demands as little as possible in the way of natural resources while creating, ideally, rooms as pleasant to inhabit as a forest glade."

They have mounted an exhibition in John Andrews' Gund Hall at Harvard, to "ddress the widespread and misleading quantitative interpretation of the term "sustainability" by highlighting the manifold aspects of sustainability that constitute important qualities in themselves. The selected projects are presented in a manner that illustrates the working methods, the results of previous collaborations, and perspectives for the future."

Campbell notes: "Overhead, big pendant lamps like opened umbrellas bring the ceiling down to human scale. Underfoot, the floors are panels of recycled wood chips, normally used as warehouse pallets. You'd think that in architecture schools, of all places, this kind of caring for the quality of an exhibition as a human environment would be common. It's not."

architecture.mnp phoned in this picture of the interior

Campbell concludes: The exhibit is superb. I hope all students of architecture will want to visit it. Creating architecture that solves the problems of the environment is the challenge of the next generation. It's also an opportunity. Environmentally responsive architecture can hardly help looking more interesting than most of what we build today. ::Boston Globe, ::Harvard Graduate School of Design, and ::Architecture.MNP

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