Forum Lecture: Biogenic Building Sections

Forum Lecture: Biogenic Building Sections

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Monday, September 25, 2023

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM | Add to calendar

Location Details

Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre at 355 Cooper St., Ottawa

Contact Information

Maria Cook, 613-520-2600,


No registration required.



About this Event

Host Organization: Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism
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Paul Lewis, principal of LTC Architects in New York City, presents a visually compelling argument for rethinking the material basis of architecture in a time of environmental crisis.

The lecture is based on LTL Architects’ recently published book Manual of Biogenic House Sections. It argues that the most viable means to radically reduce embodied carbon in new buildings is to use plant and earth-based materials.

Lewis will discuss how this approach can catalyze new types of houses that reduce or sequester carbon, engage regenerative life cycles, and create healthier spaces for living.

Interlaced into the talk are reuse and biogenic projects designed by LTL Architects. In particular, Lewis will describe five small houses and a series of experiments that use biogenic material assemblies as a catalyst for building form, domestic organization, and spatial seduction.

These projects demonstrate LTL’s optimism about architecture’s agency when embracing biogenic materials in the move towards a regenerative future.