The Green Dip

The Why Factory

mentors: Winy Maas, Javier Arpa, Adrien Ravon, Lex te Loo, Leo Stuckardt

group project


The Green Dip refers to the architectural strategies used to incorporate plants into buildings. The research starts by asking several questions: why green? What are its capacities? How does green perform? How can green be implemented to our cities? Can we create a database of plant species? Can we create a software to help us do it? Can we invent a series of green elements to be implemented?

If we want to face the climate crisis, let’s start by finding answers to some what’s, why’s and how’s.

How do you dip your city in green?

The Green Maker combines the knowledge of buildings with the knowledge of plants. A set of 9 strategies can be chosen to dip any base typology in green. A catalog of parametric elements allows for grasses, shrubs, and trees to be placed on any surface in on and around buildings. Knowledge of biomes ensures that only native plants can be used per site. And finally a database of 4500 plants including their water needs, total weight, maximum height, oxygen production and co2 absorption are included.

Watch The Green Maker at work.
With the strategies, elements, biomes and plant databases fully loaded, we can start to test scenarios of dipping towers, interiors and blocks into green. 

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