On flexible and green design. Perspectives and personal reflections

  • Lavinia Herzog 'Sapienza’ University of Rome
  • Thomas Herzog Technical University of Munich
Keywords: zoning, flexibility, performance form, green facades, biophilia


The majority of humanity will live in megacities in the future. The world’s major cities recognise the connection between quality of life and green spaces. Green facades affect many parameters of a building, but human ‘biophilia’ is currently rarely a planning goal. While the effects of vegetation on the building climate can be of great importance, the potential sensory impact on the person inside needs to be taken into consideration as a subsystem in the buildings of the future. Architecture deals with the spirit of a place and with artefacts that relate to it. A characteristic of this is thinking in the different levels of the subsystems, cycles and time phases. Considering changes in the use and function of the built space while focusing on sustainable construction and renewable energies creates the chance of a performance-form of a performance-form of a specific architectural quality.

Author Biographies

Lavinia Herzog, 'Sapienza’ University of Rome

Dipl.-Ing. Univ. (TUM) Architect, MSc Landscape Architect, she is a PhD Candidate at the PDTA Department. As professional she works on masterplans, artistic landscape projects as well as architectural and object design. Her research focus lies on cross linking architecture and landscape, as well as their effects on the human being.

Thomas Herzog, Technical University of Munich

Dipl.-Ing. Architect BDA, Dr. (Univ. Rom), Dr. h.c., he is Professor Emeritus of Excellence of Technical University of Munich (Germany) and a pioneer of solar architecture and sustainable development. His buildings are published in numerous books, monographs and exhibitions worldwide; he is Member of several international academies and winner of a many high-ranking awards and prizes.


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How to Cite
Herzog, L. and Herzog, T. (2020) “On flexible and green design. Perspectives and personal reflections”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 8(online), pp. 20-31. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/822020.
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