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The Climate-Culture Pavilion of the 'Breathe Earth Collective': A forest oasis in the middle of Graz


Installation for cooling the city with discourse and climate culture programme - to be experienced until 15.8.

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The Breathe Earth Collective was founded after a contribution to the Austrian Pavilion at Expo 2015 in Milan. The members come from architecture, art and landscape design. The collective sees itself as a think and do tank that designs and experiments with ecosystems that integrate plants, air and architecture.

The vision of the transdisciplinary team is to create breathing cities - in the sense of climate-positive places that generate more oxygen, heat and energy than the inhabitants need - and empower people to act in their local environment.

At the Milan Expo, a first pilot project was developed that focuses on our most important foodstuff, air, and fuses architecture, nature, culture and research into a sensual experience. Breathe.austria: 'A pavilion that performs like a forest.'


Climate-Culture Pavilion: a further development of previous projects

Currently, the Climate-Culture Pavilion, a further development of previous projects by the Breathe Earth Collective, can be seen as part of the Graz Year of Culture: The 100m2 forest oasis on Freiheitsplatz in Graz shows a future model for the natural cooling of urban spaces in hot summers and gives the topic of climate change a place for public discourse. You can still experience the pavilion and take part in the programme until 15 August.

The current programme in the Climate-Culture Pavilion can be found on the website. If you are interested in participating in the project yourself or would like to use the pavilion for a company workshop, you are welcome to contact the Breathe Earth Collective. The pavilion is available for rent.

By the way, anyone who wants to share thoughts and ideas about air can do so in the Air Diary on the collective's website. Because we are all air experts.


About the Breathe Earth Collective

The Breathe Earth Collective are Karlheinz Boiger, Lisa Maria Enzenhofer, Andreas Goritschnig, Markus Jeschaunig and Bernhard König. The collective has received several awards for its work, including the Shenzhen Grand Design Award for Young Talents and the Outstanding Artist Award 2018 in the category "Experimental Trends in Architecture".


Tip: Lisa Maria Enzenhofer from the Breathe Earth Collective is a guest on thenew Creative Industries Styria podcast. She talks about the pavilion and what it takes to improve urban air and climate quality.


Photos: Breathe Earth Collective, team photo: Clara Wildberger