Everyone is publishing their best of 2007 blogs, and there are a number of interesting items of note. The amount of imagery showing buildings and landscape integrated was notable. My current interest is in seeing how many of these 'green' roofs and facades are actually feasible - and how many are merely the 'green mantle' just applied to a building as a inert material.
Modest examples from the Brad Pitt led competetion for housing in New Orleans... with open screen panels and vegetation, to the simple base treatment of pier footings including:
:: Design by James Timberlake, photo from Treehugger
:: Design by Shegiru Ban, photo from Treehugger
To acheive the next stage of greening, there is the abstraction from simple form to more robust unbuilt examples that require some significant work to realize. The first, by Edouard Francois, is entitled Eden Bio, and literally engulfs the structure in vegetative cover. I am personally a big fan, and loved some of the previous work, such as the TowerFlower in Paris, but must be skeptical of anyone whose face occupies a large portion of their website.
:: Design by Edouard Francois, photo from Dezeen
:: Photo from Sine English