Biogenic House Sections by Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis

Given that the most viable means to radically reduce embodied carbon in new buildings is to use plant- and earth-based materials, what are these materials’ qualities and characteristics? How have they been a catalyst for architectural invention as tested in houses around the world? What design trajectories exist for future exploration? The exhibition examines how designing through these materials pushes architecture toward peculiar, unconventional, yet logical assemblies. 

The exhibit is composed of three parts:

  • First is an exhibit of a new book, 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.
  • Second is a selection of building materials organized according to the amount of their embodied carbon (CO2e), arranged from most sequestering to most emitting. 
  • Third are 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 our optimism about architecture’s agency when embracing biogenic materials in the move towards a regenerative future. 

6 October 2022 to 13 January 2023
Princeton University
School of Architecture
08544 Princeton
Princeton School of Architecture
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