Integration of Vegetation With Architecture Forms

Integration of Vegetation With Architecture Forms

Kinga Zinowiec-Cieplik (Warsaw University of Technology, Poland)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-4105-9.ch012


One of the most interesting ways of returning nature to the city is green architecture, which embraces hybrid buildings at the base of the coexistence of the natural and building worlds. By definition, green architecture does not have to be green at all. Nevertheless, it takes on a number of hybrid forms integrated with vegetation. Built and natural form in the composition is inseparably “tangled” – one follows other to form a cohesive whole. Green architecture becomes part of a larger green infrastructure system. The idea of green infrastructure leads to passage from passive protection, to the active-present in every aspect of human life. It is a development tool respecting the laws of nature. Architecture enters the world of nature as never before, clings to it through the cooperation of designers with specialists in environmental sciences from cellular microbiology to macro scale processes in ecosystems. This requires designers to be particularly sensitive to the natural world, understanding and accepting its rules.
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The basis of research work on the vegetation integrated with architecture was to delineate the sources of modern ideas concerning green architecture. Planting greenery on the building surfaces is dictated by, inter alia, the need to improve the quality of the urban environment, concern for biodiversity, the need to combat climate change, etc. Therefore, the next stage in the research was to carry out analysis of functions such as biotic, climatic, hydrological, soil, phytoremediation, social, health and cultural functions of greenery that form the foundations for the contemporary resilient ideas. Afterward, widespread recognition of the problem concerning services provided by the environment in light of the concept of green infrastructure which incorporates buildings integrated with vegetation has become a major aspect of the research (Costanza, et al. 1997, McMahon 2000).

The next phase of the work was the recognition and analysis of the biodiversity in architectural forms and the potential for their application. Polish realizations and possibilities are presented in the context of green architectural forms in connection with particular climatic conditions, especially those to be found in Warsaw. The studies conducted have become the basis for KODnZEB’s research in the field of green composition, which provides an integral part of the case study and the design process.

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