The Biospheric Foundation is a group of young researchers with a vision to change the way cities and communities interact to create a more sustainable way of living.
We provided design assistance for the development of the aquaponic installation as part of a groundbreaking urban farm experiment, set in a disused Salford mill, at the Manchester International Festival in July 2013.
Together with industry partners such as Queens University Belfast (QUB), Siemens and Ener-G, BDP led a successful funding bid to the UK Technology Strategy Board, resulting in the development of detailed designs for a bioproductive climatic façade system, known as a ‘Greenius Wall’. Designed to maximise bioproductivity by using dormant space on the sides of buildings, the aim is to develop a fully functional vertical farm system which could be replicated on a larger scale in the near future.
Gavin Stevenson analyses the importance of acoustics in realising major heritage refurbishment projects.
Architect Rob Stevens defends the inimitable character of the reinstated Bute Building and how the sensitive reinterpretation is based on a thorough understanding of the original design.