Ecolopes, beyond greening. A multi-species approach for urban design

  • Maria Canepa University of Genoa (Italy)
  • Francesca Mosca University of Genoa (Italy)
  • Shany Barath Technion Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)
  • Alexandre Changenet University of Genoa (Italy)
  • Thomas E. Hauck Technical University of Vienna (Austria)
  • Ferdinand Ludwig Technical University of Munich (Germany)
  • Enrica Roccotiello University of Genoa (Italy)
  • Marta Pianta University of Genoa (Italy)
  • Surayyn Uthaya Selvan Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)
  • Verena Vogler R&D McNeel Europe (Spain)
  • Katia Perini University of Genoa (Italy)
Keywords: multi-species design, multi-criteria approach, co-habitation, systematic design approach, design for ecosystems

Abstract

Urbanisation, due to its contribution to climate change and loss of biodiversity, damages ecosystems, thereby affecting human health and well-being. Current urban and architectural design approaches, that aim to reduce the environmental impact of buildings, include, among other strategies, the integration of greening systems but focusing primarily on the potential benefits for humans. Other organisms such as animals and microbiota and the self-dynamic development of plant communities, which could play a central role in increasing biodiversity, are not considered in the planning process. This paper describes how the ECOLOPES project overcomes this strictly anthropocentric view, developing a systematic design approach for architecture in a multi-species perspective to create regenerative urban ecosystems.

Author Biographies

Maria Canepa, University of Genoa (Italy)

She is an Assistant Professor at the Architecture and Design Department. Main research interests are sustainable design, Near Zero Energy Building, Building Information Modelling, strategies to address Climate Change and environmental assessed design.
E-mail: maria.canepa@unige.it

Francesca Mosca , University of Genoa (Italy)

She is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Architecture and Design. Her main research interests are the integration of vegetation in architecture, strategies for adaptation and mitigation to climate change and nature-based solutions.
E-mail: francesca.mosca@edu.unige.it

Shany Barath, Technion Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)

She is an Assistant Professor and Director of the D.DLab (Disrupt.Design) research facility in the Faculty of Architecture. She develops design-led technological projects that integrate computational methodologies with analysis and simulation engines for design and manufacturing applications towards real-world impact.
E-mail: barathshany@technion.ac.il

Alexandre Changenet, University of Genoa (Italy)

He is a Postdoctoral Researcher Fellow at the Department of Earth, Environment and Life Sciences. His main research interests are the response of forests to global change, tree demography in response to biotic and abiotic stresses and the dynamics of invasive tree species.
E-mail: alexandre.changenet@edu.unige.it

Thomas E. Hauck, Technical University of Vienna (Austria)

Landscape Architect, he is a Professor. Together with Susann Ahn, he holds the professorship for Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning at the Institute for Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture and Design at the Vienna University of Technology (Austria). He leads the Animal-Aided Design (AAD) research project together with Prof. Wolfgang Weisser.
E-mail: thomas.hauck@animal-aided-design.de

Ferdinand Ludwig , Technical University of Munich (Germany)

He is a Professor for Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture since 2017. At the cutting edge of design, natural sciences and engineering, his work focuses on architectural concepts in which plants play a central role, thereby broadening architectural knowledge by confronting aspects of growth and decay, probability, and chance in architectural and landscape design.
E-mail: ferdinand.ludwig@tum.de

Enrica Roccotiello, University of Genoa (Italy)

She is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Earth, Environment and Life Sciences. Her main research interests are plant response to abiotic and biotic stress in urban ecosystems, biodiversity of extreme habitats, and metal accumulation in plants.
E-mail: enrica.roccotiello@unige.it

Marta Pianta, University of Genoa (Italy)

She is currently a PhD Candidate at the Department of the Earth, Environment and Life Sciences. Her main research interests are interactions of plants in the urban green spaces and the resulting ecosystem services, which represent a strategy to improve environmental quality in cities.
E-mail: marta.pianta@edu.unige.it

Surayyn Uthaya Selvan, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)

She holds a Master’s degree in Advanced Architecture from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and is currently a PhD Candidate at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (Israel) researching the development of computational workflows utilizing dynamic ecological datasets for building envelope design strategies.
E-mail: surayyn@campus.technion.ac.il

Verena Vogler, R&D McNeel Europe (Spain)

She is an Architect and Researcher at R&D McNeel Europe (Spain), a software company that develops Rhinoceros and Grasshopper, and at the Chair of Computer Science in Architecture at the Bauhaus-University Weimar (Germany), where she developed a Framework for Artificial Coral Reef Design.
E-mail: verena@mcneel.com

Katia Perini , University of Genoa (Italy)

Assistant Professor at the Architecture and Design Department. Main research interests: effects and performances of nature-based solutions in the field of environmental and economic sustainability in (of) urban areas and building/urban design.
E-mail: katia.perini@unige.it

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Published
2022-06-30
How to Cite
Canepa, M., Mosca , F., Barath, S., Changenet, A., Hauck, T. E., Ludwig , F., Roccotiello, E., Pianta, M., Selvan, S. U., Vogler, V. and Perini , K. (2022) “Ecolopes, beyond greening. A multi-species approach for urban design”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 11(online), pp. 238-245. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/11212022.
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Architecture | Research & Experimentation
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