Graz University of Technology

Klaus Klaas Loenhart

2021 Circle Speaker 2021

Prof. Klaus K Loenhart devotes himself to future designs of our urban agglomerations, buildings and landscapes as inter-woven, living biomes. As head of institute, he develops, together with his teams at the Institute of Architecture and Landscape at Graz University of Technology, as well as in his studio terrain: integral designs, living systems fostering the relationship between us humans and our more-than-human world – as an integral part of our future societal ambitions brought to life through the means of innovative design approaches. His current projects and research follow a systemic design approach that recognizes our breathing world as an instructive co-designer, introducing plant respiration and plant-based climate performance into buildings. As a proof of concept for this approach, he and his team breathe.austria realized the Austrian Pavilion at the 2015 EXPO World Fair in Milan – a natural-technological hybrid that focuses on ecological and atmospheric performance, recognized with numerous awards, including the UNESCO City of Design Award – Grand Award.

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