Based on the materials and theories explored in the book Manual of Biogenic House Sections (ORO Editions, 2022) by LTL Architects, an installation of selected projects and materials will be on view at the Center for Architecture in the ground-level 532 Space from Tuesday, January 24 through Saturday, January 28. Center for Architecture galleries are free and open to the public from 9am–8pm this week Tuesday through Friday and 11am–5pm on Saturday.
Manual of Biogenic House Sections presents a visually compelling argument for rethinking the material basis of architecture in a time of environmental crisis. Asserting that the most viable means to radically reduce embodied carbon in new buildings is to use plant- and earth-based materials, the book demonstrates how this approach can catalyze new types of houses that reduce or sequester carbon, engage regenerative life cycles, and create healthier spaces for living.
The installation is composed of three parts:
- An exhibit of the Manual of Biogenic House Sections. A line of stands holds the book into two-page spreads, each featuring a cross-section perspective of a house. The book, and thus the exhibition, is organized into material-specific chapters (Wood Frame, Mass Timber, Bamboo, Straw, Hemp, Cork, Earth, Brick, Stone, and Reuse). Each chapter starts with a life cycle understanding of the given material and its processes of fabrication.
- A selection of building materials organized according to their embodied carbon (CO2e), arranged from most sequestering to most emitting.
- Five small houses designed by LTL Architects that use biogenic material assemblies as a catalyst for building form, domestic organization, and spatial seduction. These projects demonstrate the firm’s optimism about architecture’s agency to embrace biogenic materials in the move towards a regenerative future.
This installation is made possible by Princeton University School of Architecture. A reception with LTL Architects will be held Thursday, January 26, 6–8pm.
This event is offered in person, COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors. Read our full Health and Safety Protocol here.
AIA New York; LTL Architects