Penda proposes Toronto Tree Tower built from cross-laminated timber modules

Plants and trees sprout from the modular units that make up this timber-framed high-rise, proposed by architecture firm Penda for Toronto. Penda, which has offices in China and Austria, collaborated with Canadian company Tmber for the Toronto Tree Tower project. They propose an 18-storey residential block that would stand 62 metres tall, with a modular structure made from cross-laminated timber (CLT).

Wood would also clad the building’s staggered walls, and trees would grow from the homes’ generous balconies. “Our cities are a assembly of steel, concrete and glass,” said Penda partner Chris Precht. “If you walk through the city and suddenly see a tower made of wood and plants, it will create an interesting contrast. The warm, natural appearance of wood and the plants growing on its facade bring the building to life and that could be a model for environmental friendly developments and sustainable extensions of our urban landscape,” he added.


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Penda’s Fen (Alan Clarke, 1974)

“The public have lost the imaginary strength they had. Their sight and will to see what’s really going on has been steadily weakened by the entertainment barons for gain or the Yes Men for cravenness.

We’re not people anymore with eyes to see, we’re blind gaping holes at the end of a production line stuffing with trash.

We’re not even citizens, we’re dog-serfs on some mad Great Wall of China project. Our task masters are no Hitler, Stalin or Mao, but our own management class.

Our pink fat faces even begin to look alike.

There’s one hope for man only: when the great concrete mega-city chokes the globe from pole to pole, it shall already have bedded in some hidden crack the sacred seed of its own disintegration and collapse. Disobedience, chaos: out of those alone can some new experiment in human living be born.”

anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm a 3rd year architecture student and we're currently doing our project which is a Vertical Farm on a tropical country. Just want to ask if you know some innovations,inspirations, regarding vernacular architecture or specifically bamboo maybe that we can add on? Thank you in advance!

Vertical farming is one of the latest trends in architecture with very little to show for it beyond beautiful renderings. I would recommend that you read the article Enough with the vertical farming fantasies: There are still too many unanswered questions about the trendy practice.

That being said, there is a smaller scale architecture made from bamboo that could better address many of the issues with vertical farming, here are some bamboo (and one wood) projects that can provide some inspiration:

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