Where other architects attempt to design buildings with a low-impact on the environment, Luc Schuiten envisions an urban future that is truly green. His imagined cities are filled tree-inspired buildings that integrate, rather than compete with, living plants.
Schuiten has coined the term archiborescence to describe his biomimetic architecture, with buildings that are inspired by and integrate living plants. His dream is to continue urban development, but reintroduce the plant life that has been pushed out of cities. Schuiten's work is mostly conceptual, although he has applied his concepts to some buildings and vertical gardens, but he hopes that advancing technology will gradually make his urban utopias feasible.
And Luc is not the only Schuiten with an eye toward fantastical cityscapes. His brother is famed Belgian comic book artist François Schuiten, best known for illustrating the architecturally-themed series Les Cités Obscures. The brothers once teamed up for their own graphic novel series Les Terres Creuses, in which characters live inside the concentric spheres of their hollow world.
Schuiten's Vegetal City: Idealistic Visions of Our Urban Future is currently on display at the Musée du Cinquantenaire in Brussels, featuring his concept images and sculptures.