Introductory Studio 3 – Metabolic Garden – MAA01 ’17-’18

Guides: Javier Peña | Oriol Carrasco | Catalina Puello Acosta

Team Members : Andrea Champion | Gayatri Desai | Abhishek Soman | Berk Kirmizi

Sedum planted in the soil mixture (prototype 2)


Activation of a Public Space by creating a series of metamorphic installations to re-mediate the carbon footprint, through the use of zeolite and activated carbon and sedum vegetation. This system creates a micro ecosystem that is a symbiosis between the agents and the user.

Elements of the Social Space

Components of the Metabolic Cycle and the relationships with each other


Site and its Social Nodes

The Site: The Superilla is a residential area that has a multiple public and social nodes. Thus having a lot of floating population. The population is segregated in the residential population and the visitors.

The Components of the Prototype:  Sedum, Zeolites and Activated Carbon.

A. Sedum : The graph below shows the intensity and season of active blooming of sedum in Barcelona.

The seasonal cycle of the various species of sedum

B. Zeolites : Properties and advantages of zeolites. It also helps in keeping the moisture of soil intact and the toxins away from the plant.

Three forms of zeolites : stones, aggregate and powder

natural properties of zeolites

Interaction of zeolites with plant roots and nutrients

C. Activated Carbon: Drains and purifies the air, water and soil.

Activated Carbon granules

Pollutants in the air:

Type of sedums and the metabolic concept


The moss Terrarium- prototype 1


Prototype 2 – Sedum planted in Soil layered with activated carbon and zeolites enclosed in a container.

The enclosed container has an Carbon dioxide sensor that measures the levels of  CO2 in the container.

The relation of the prototype with the micro climate


The concept of a public interactive installation with the prototype incorporated in the structure

The joinery of the canopy installation

The placement of the prototype within the interactive installation

The idea is to have interactive green public installations for a more productive and functional urban area. That will also initiate community building and initiating public participation for the neighborhood.