Design with Nature // Final Presentations

The final presentations of the Design with Nature Research Studio, led by Javier Peña and Rodrigo Rubio with Oriol Carrasco, were held on the 21st of June at IAAC. There to discuss the proposals were IAAC Academic Director, Areti Markopoulou, Academic Coordinator, Mathilde Marengo, MAA01 Coordinator Marco Ingrassia, IAAC Senior Faculty Enric Ruiz Geli and IAAC Green FabLab Coordinator Jonathan Minchin; as well as María José Marcos of Magic Arch and Tanner Merkeley of OMA.


Jury Panel at Design With Nature Final Presentations

For this Research Studio students have focused in understanding the main metabolic cycles of Barcelona’s ecology. Their targets have been the cycles of water and energy, food and wastepollution and mobility, nature and biodiversity. Their metabolic unbalances and ecological conflicts have been addressed through the means of design tools, framing the role of the architects amid the necessary urgency of these global issues.

Students have been working in specialised teams of expertise, each one of them on a specific urban cycle or resource, exploring possible related natural forces and processes, the necessary technologies and techniques to activate them.


Algae-based Wastewater Cleaning System

The three project proposals consisted in: Rizoma – by Jessica Dias, Jose Javier Fernandez Ponce, Andre Resende – is a distributed organic waste treatment, working as metabolic layer of the city directly managed by users. Seed Station – by Monika Koeva, Fabiana Nacife, Ekaterina Simakova – is a project interlacing nature and technology for the research, production and consumption of food. EchloForest – by Anastasia Stephany Marcella, Elena Janeva, Pedro Levit Arroyo Ventura – is a natural, chlorella-based cleaning water system, designed to rise water scarcity awareness.

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Barcelona’s Metabolic Cycles at the base of the Research Studio Analisis

Design With Nature is one of the five research lines offered by the Master in Advanced ArchitectureLearn more about its research challenges and applications by clicking here.