Venice Biennale 2008 - MEtreePOLIS

Green Mega-Structures: Living Facades for the City of Tomorrow – Matthias Hollwich interviewed by DETAIL

Society is just now entering an era in which green facades will make use of advances in bio-technology to improve air quality inside buildings and to assist in cooling buildings. In the laboratory setting, experiments have demonstrated that electricity can be generated by spinach. The firm Hollwich Kushner Architekten developed an urban utopia for the twenty-first century which applies this principle on a grand scale: MEtreePOLIS – Atlanta in the year 2106. Plants produce electricity for the entire city, and green mega-structures climb up between buildings to supply them with energy. We interviewed Matthias Hollwich at the German pavilion during the 11th Architecture Biennale in Venice, where the project was exhibited from 14 September to 23 November 2008. From 6 December 2008 to 22 February 2009, MEtreePOLIS will be on display in the exhibition “Updating Germany – Projects for a Better Future” at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum DAM in Fr­ankfurt. Opening: Friday, 5 December 2008, 7:30 p.m.

Architects: Hollwich Kushner, New York

Link: www.hwkn.com/MEtreePOLIS.html

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