Redefining visionary architecture


Quoting from Treehugger (about the image above):

“The Wind Shaped Pavilion is a design proposal by Michael Jantzen for a large fabric structure that can be used as a public or private pavilion. As a lightweight fabric structure, the wind slowly and randomly rotates each of the six segments around a central open support frame. This continually alters the shape of the pavilion, while at the same time generating electrical power for its nighttime illumination. Interesting idea — good luck on getting someone to build it though! :: Wind Shaped Pavillion”

Concierge magazine recently put together a list of “visionary” architects. The list includes many of architects that have “signature styles” but still have to show that they have more than that.

Don’t get me wrong, I like some of the buildings these folks make but their visionary efforts have not led to any breakthroughs in architecture besides their “signature style”.

Today style is still important but no longer good enough all by itself. Buildings today need to be energy efficient and sustainable within their contextual environments.

My list of visionary architects is almost too short to call a list, but here it is. I hope to add more names over time.

Ken Yeang:

William McDonough:

Michael Jantzen:

Nader Khalili:

Low Impact Living. An online directory of green architects >

Architecture week: “Green Architecture” >

College of Human Environmental Science > (list of resources)

Business Week: Architecture (has a section on Green architecture) >

Related in this blog:

Smart habitats >

Zaha Hadid >

Biomimesis in design >

New skyscraper to generate all its own energy > (Dubai)

London Building to generate its own power >

Loosely related to Michael Jantzen’s architecture: (Theo Jansen’s wind-powered sculptures) >

Related Elsewhere:
Concierge article mentioned above >

MIT News: MIT Duo Sees People Powered “Crowd Farm”. Project would harvest the energy of human movement.
Daniel Montano
Keyword: Daniel Montano, Dan Montano, user experience design, information architect


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