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VEGETAL STRUCTURE “Over the course of many years, the architecture and living materials are envisioned to swop structural roles; the architecture recedes, while conceding structural support to the living materials it originally supported.” The collaborative creation of landscape architect and architect, the MAK t6 VACANT project asked that the typical functions attributed to each medium to expand and extemporize their roles. The architecture is based on the cytoskeleton, a cellular scaffolding and dynamic structure that maintains cell shape and cellular components. In this concept, nature, specifically plantlife, assumes the role of the architecture in structuring the human environment. Initially the architectural structure would support the growing plant, but gradually, over the course of 30 years, a growing vine would slowly gain structural autonomy. Utilizing a vine species of Strangler Fig of the Ficus genus, which attaches itself to trees and will grow without direct interface with the ground. A hybrid vine/scaffold hybrid would create a new habitat in the urban environment, encouraging other species to take root, and wildlife to take up residence. “The vine eventually grafts itself to the inirganic structure, forming a compound organic/non-organic system that will collectively take on different characteristics and properties that neither system can individually” - Fletcher and Azulay (Margolis, Robinson 2007, p34-35)

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Ecomimesis  

Biomimetic Design for Landscape Architecture

Ecomimesis  

Biomimetic Design for Landscape Architecture

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