Vegetation in sustainable architecture of Solar Decathlon projects

Barbora Janíková

SUMMARY

Vegetation is a frequently used component in sustainable architecture providing ecological, esthetical and technological benefits. Solar Decathlon, a student architectural and engineering competition, which presents future architects’ views of contemporary sustainable living, introduces a whole set of unusual and innovative elements in plant implementation into habitations. Particularly specific are the projects designed for extreme conditions of deserts, semi-deserts, or arctic areas. Throughout the history of the competition it is also possible to observe some trends in applying vegetation both in design and realization of these constructions.

Keywords: Solar Decathlon, competition, sustainable architecture, vegetation