“Combining the notion of ecology with justice and social inclusion”
Project description by jury
The proposal describes a research project aimed at the implementation of plant-based design modules for the construction of building vegetated components. The project identifies multiple benefits ranging from improved air quality to food production and education. From an energy point of view, the project offers an alternative to mitigate the carbon footprint of buildings related to the use of mechanical and physio-chemical air handling systems. The project envisages the installation of such structures especially in troublesome districts where vegetation can help tackle communities’ problems linked to poor air quality, nutrition and lack of educational opportunities.
The LafargeHolcim Awards jury North America recognized that the proposal relies on a significant amount of research work. If benefits for human health provided by the vegetation are well known, what was found interesting in this proposal is the ambition to use building-integrated plants to combine the notion of ecology with justice and social inclusion. The integration of the vegetation into a modular system is visually very convincing and offers the opportunity to rethink the enclosure of our buildings in a more sustainable way. Furthermore, the modularity of the structure allows for a multi-scale application of the component and, therefore, for a wide flexibility and adaptability of the project.