The studio’s curriculum related to vegetation systems suggests a new approach towards territorial processes from the perspective of vegetation. In order to do so, distinct case studies are identified which are developed at a design level with emphasis on natural processes; in this sense, besides vegetation, design focuses on soil quality, climate, hydrography, etc.; as well as on dynamics related to urban and regional aspects or, even, to transformation processes of landscapes, usually perceived as natural.

The studio deals with border situations and with the characteristics of natural dynamics in order to debate the project and management of large territories. Thus, we deal with the concept of disturbance, as for example, a fire in a forest, with the objective to work with process and time, when dealing with deteriorated sites; the project evolves, occasionally, to the development of techniques, such as fire control, which allows us to intervene at a design scale. New uses are usually suggested, different from a traditional local development, as for example, golf courses, with the aim to think on the ecological efficiency of our designs. While recycling contextual forms or introducing new, the introduction of non-existing processes takes place where local environmental conditions serve as a basis for the design of future scenarios. We, actually, “use” vegetation as an argument in order to introduce the debate on the concept of systems.

Related theoretical subjects: Landscape science, Landscape Restoration, Soil Science, Ecology, Phytogeography, Environmental Impact, Gardening techniques.

Studio B1 (Green systems I)

9 ECTS, 60 teaching hours

First studio of the module Green systems. Is held over six weeks from Tuesday January 10 to Friday March 27, 2017, with classes Tuesday to Wednesday from 16 h to 21 h.
The students work on the concept of “disturbances”, analyzing and projecting over “wounded” territories as quarries, landfills or wildfires, following the general theme of the module.

Studio B2 (Green systems II)

9 ECTS , 60 teaching hours

Second studio of the module Green systems. Is held over three weeks from Tuesday January 10 to Friday March 27, 2017, with classes Thursday to Friday from 16 h to 21 h.
In this second module the students work on the same concept of “disturbances”, as a continuation of the first module but independent to that, changing the project site, within general theme of the module.

Objectives

Studio B1 (Green systems I)

– Identify and study ecological processes in territories affected by disturbances (fires, flood, etc.).

– Design ecological strategies in order to restore disturbed landscapes.

– Recognize agents of change acting in landscapes and identify prospective areas damaged by disturbances.

– Design risk integrative and multifunctional self-protective systems.

– Explore social benefit balance between forest owners, neighborhood community and landscape stakeholders.

Studio B2 (Green systems II)

– Identify existing Green Infrastructure, assess their condition and evaluate its potentials.

– Plan and design strategies to strengthen and improve existing Green Infrastructure.

– Moreover, consider their evolving capacities and temporality.

– Reflect upon benefits of green infrastructure over traditional – grey – infrastructure and environmental services they provide.

Vegetation

If, hypothetically, humankind could live without the destruction of the habits that support us as a technological society, surely we would die out of shame; for living we need more than eating and sleeping…

To understand the relationship between urban society and medium, we have to understand the city as an ecosystem: a complex system of relations between biotic and abiotic elements, as well as from an integrating core and its complementary periphery. The maintenance of urban systems complexity is based on the exploitation of resources located in areas more or less distant. References to the metabolism of the city, or in the periodic invasion that urbanites make to the surrounding territories in search of recreation, we have to contemplate them from the exploitation perspective. In a planetary scale, the phenomenon of tourism is the evident test of “urban” exploitation of nature. Ecosystems and Complexity have already been mentioned. Another on the approach to the relationship between environment and biodiversity. This term is characterized as a measure of environmental quality; as well, another keyword is repeated: the hierarchical variability among living organisms and the ecological ‘complexities‘ which they are part of. A measure, perhaps, immeasurable. Consequently, a topical argument for biodiversity is that it is impossible to protect that which is unknown.

Today, however, is not to preserve ‘stuff’ but processes… Moreover, we can ask ourselves: what is the minimum amount of territory to maintain a population? Or what is the critical number of individuals to keep a species? As Jaume Terradas warned us long ago, variation and osmosis between geographical species tiles form a continuum rather than regions with diaphanous limits. Thus, the biodiversity measure is not easy to apply.

Marti Boada
Green systems
translated by: Sebastian Montenegro

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*According to the EBANELAS ECLAS competences frame