‘’Biodiversity pathway.. From Valldaura Labs to the tree tops of Collserola.’’

The purpose of this research is to trace biodiversity of plant species surrounding all the existing prototypes committed within the MAEBB program. By observing and cataloging plant species we can understand the ongoing conditions of the soil and upper forest layers. Advanced Ecological Buildings aim to recognize and unite with the existing environment, therefore we first have to understand the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community of the forest. Deep ecological site analysis are necessary to estimate and observe ecological impact of architecture as well as to commit a sustainable design.

Plant Species

Fig. 1. Plant Photographs; Private Library

Research was committed in a form of walks, hikes and observations followed by photograph documentation of plants.

Fig. 2 Miro Board Workspace;


The photographs of the plants were geolocated and placed on a GoogleMaps image, together with the existing Prototypes. Miro Board was used as a main workspace tool. It allowed creating a visual storage for all the plant photographs, which gave an idea for the final collage Map representation.

Fig. 3 Miro Board Workspace Zoom;


After placing the photographs in their location, they were all identified by species using both iNaturalist community website (


and the official Collserolla Park website (


Source: Agnieszka Szklarczyk

The first part of the map, including the surroundings of the Quarantine Cabin Project shows the plant species and their Latin names. It is a beginning of a bigger collage painting, which has an educative purpose of getting to know the biodiversity around Valldaura Labs.


Reading the Forest is a project of IAAC, the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, developed in the Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings and Biocities (MEABB01) 2021/22 by student: Agnieszka Szklarczyk; faculty: Kya Kerner, Alex Hudley