BMW-inspired housing by Harvard

Interesting | March 7th, 2009 by 2
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You might recall our previous post on Chris Bangle, working together with Harvard in a project based on the BMW GINA LightVision Concept: low-costing housing. …

You might recall our previous post on Chris Bangle, working together with Harvard in a project based on the BMW GINA LightVision Concept: low-costing housing. For a semester, he was teaching an architecture class at the famous Harvard University and one of the topics was the technology behind the GINA Concept being applied in the real world.

As some of you might recall, Chris Bangle has always been very proud of his concept and spoke about it many times.

So, let’s see what these 13 students have achieved in the “GINA Studio” course offered last fall:

All photos courtesy Harvard University and Boston Globe

CoilHaus

The Target of the future? This residential and commercial building by Megan Panzano has stretchy walls should more space be needed.

BMW inspired housing by Harvard

Gina Teleburb

Kent Gould designed this web of homes to withstand harsh environmental conditions “such as lava fields, barren areas, and flood plains.” They’re connected by enclosed roads that collapse and expand.

BMW inspired housing by Harvard

Cloud Suburbia

From Justin Chen: “Some time in the next 50 years, when suburbs run out of places to sprawl and need to colonize the air space above the freeways. The house is made from materials still to be developed, such as stretchable ETFE, elastic structural frames, and flexible tensile skins.”

BMW inspired housing by Harvard

BMW inspired housing by Harvard

Playing Architecture

Ignacio Gonzalez Galan’s suburban complex has roofs that extend upward during the day and shrink at night to conserve heat.

BMW inspired housing by Harvard

I am certainly not an Art major, but if I were, I would be the first in line to sign-up for one of these classes. It seems like it’s true what everyone says about Chris Bangle that he brings out the best in people, stimulates creativity and supports innovation.

[Source: Boston.com ]

  • Doug

    I’d love to take that class too. It’s odd that it’s at harvard, which isn’t really known for being an arts school. Was it for art majors, or an arts elective?

  • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

    @Doug: Not sure for what major it was, but my guess is Art Majors. It seems to be pretty advanced.

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