SSB Agenda – Increasing Biodiversity

The site for this term’s SSB studio consisted of six blocks of Barcelona. One of the striking features of the site for me was this graffiti of a tree at the junction of Carrer de Cristobal de Moura and Carrer de la Selva which depicts the need of nature for this site, this gave the inspiration for the agenda of “Increasing Biodiversity”.

Biodiversity in the most basic sense means the co-existence of different species together in an ecosystem.

The first step was to find out the number of species that could come to the site, which were local to Barcelona and Spain. The list consisted of trees, plants, mammals, amphibians, arthropods, insects, fungi etc.,

A common link was found out in all these species which was POLLINATION, the list was deduced into pollinators namely Bees, Beetles, Humming Birds, Bats, Butterflies, Flies and Ants which will pollinate all of the Plantae and fungi species.

The list was recategorized depending upon which pollinator will pollinate which species of trees/plants. The Animalia class was categorized depending on which species will be affected first, second and third in the absence of pollination.

After finding this, the next step was to look at how these pollinators move and what are their patterns of trajectories. This was done to understand what is the natural behavior of these pollinators and to understand what species could be planted where on the site.

Below is the illustration when all the trajectories of the pollinators have been combined.

Pollination and Biodiversity is a project of IaaC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed at Master in Advanced Architecture, MAA 01 in 2017 – 2018 of the Research Studio RS.II  Self Sufficient Buildings by :

Student: Kedar Undale

Faculty: Enric Ruiz Geli and Mireia Luzarraga