Ferdinand Ludwig

Ferdinand Ludwig studied architecture and graduated with his PhD thesis "Botanische Grundlagen der Baubotanik und deren Anwendung im Entwurf". He is a pioneering architect in the field of “Living Plant Constructions” (Baubotanik). In the recent years he designed and realized highly regarded projects that combine growth processes of living plants with an engineering approach.

In his PhD-studies, he developed multiple horticultural construction techniques and analysed botanical rules of growth to deduce construction rules for living plant constructions. In 2007 he was one of the co-founders of the “Research Group Baubotanik” at the Institute of Architectural Theory at the University of Stuttgart. Since that time he organized different workshops and hold many lectures on Living Plant Constructions at the University of Stuttgart and worldwide.

 

Basic CV facts

2012: PhD thesis „Botanische Grundlagen der Baubotanik und deren Anwendung im Entwurf“ supervised by Prof. Dr. Gerd de Bruyn (Institute for Architectural Theory, University of Stuttgart) and Prof. Dr. Thomas Speck (Plant Biomechanics Group, Botanischer Garten Freiburg)

05/2012: Visiting Professor, Faculty of Architecture at Alghero (Landworks Sardinia)

Since 2008: Assistant professor at the Institute for Architectural Theory (IGMA), University of Stuttgart

2007 - 2009: Scholarship of the German Environment Foundation

2006: Diploma-Thesis (Design study of a living bridge); awards: diploma-price of the University of Stuttgart, Participants Favourite Archiprix International

2005: Realisation of a first prototype with a living plant construction (Footbridge)

Since 2004: Working on the topic of „Living Plant Constructions“

2000-2006: Studying architecture at the University of Stuttgart

 

Selected publications

  • Ludwig F, Storz O, Schwertfeger H: Living Systems. Designing Growth in Baubotanik. Architectural Design Journal. Volume 82, Issue 2, pages 82–87, March/April 2012
  • Ludwig F, Storz O.: Verwachsende Konstruktionen. Tec 21, Jg.135, Nr.29/30, 2009. pp. 19-22.
  • Ludwig F, de Bruyn G, Thielen M, Speck T.: Plant stems as building material for living plant constructions. In: Thibaut B (ed.) Pro­ceedings of the 6th Plant Biomechanics Conference, French Guyana, France, pp. 398 – 405, Cayenne 2009
  • De Bruyn G, Ludwig F, Schwertfeger H. (eds.) Lebende Bauten – Trainierbare Tragwerk. pp. 19-44. Berlin 2009
  • Ludwig F: Baubotanik – Trainierbare Tragwerk: Grundriss-Skizze einer Bauweise. In: de Bryun G,
  • Ludwig, F.: Bau(m)bionik - Baubotanik, Tragstrukturen aus lebenden Holzpflanzen. in: Brickwede, E. h. Fritz ;Erb, Rainer ;Lefèvre, Jörg ;Schwanke, Michael: Bionik und Nachhaltigkeit - Lernen von der Natur. p. 245-253; Berlin 2007
  • Ludwig, F.; Storz, O.: Baubotanik – Mit lebenden Pflanzen Konsturieren, Baumeister (Zeitschrift für Architektur) November 2005, Callway-Verlag, München

 

Selected lectures and workshops

  • 2012: Exhibition „Baubotanische Konzepte – Nachhaltige Strategien zur Stadtentwicklung“, Stuttgart
  • 2012: Landworks Sardinia
  • 2011: DAZ “Visionen und Visionäre”, Berlin
  • 2010: Semaine de Jardin, Florence
  • 2009: Plant Biomechanics Conference French Guayana
  • 2008: Peter Cook’s Store Street Event (London)
  • 2008: Venice Biennale (Dark Side Club)
  • 2007: Archiprix International (Shanghai)