Climate change is the fundamental reality that needs to be brought into our design consideration. Addressing this reality the seminar worked with an interdisciplinary approach combining topics like biology, computation,
design and technology to map the potential for new urban systems with an aim to develop solutions that can
significantly enhance the climate and water resilience of cities. The project intent of our group was to design a pavement system for urban landscapes that combine these concepts. In this light, TESSELLATE is proposed as an off-grid and self-lit modular floor tile that acts like a bioremediation system.

State of the Art

Plant Categories

Tile Module Design

Process & Prototypes

Pavement Geometry Exploration

Tessellate” is a project of IAAC, Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, developed as part of the Urban Bio-Systems course at the Master in Advanced Architecture program in 2017/18 in collaboration with LEITAT.

Student: Kavya Jose, Tawnza El Moujahid, Anna Piliugina

Faculty: Chiara Farinea

Faculty Assistant :  Mohamad Elatab

Computational Support : Rodrigo Aguirre

Fabrication Support : Ricardo Mayor