Green Systems:

       From urban green to natural areas

  

In the workshop of GREEN SYSTEMS the students will study the territory through the identification of their green infrastructures, assess their situation and potentialities, propose interventions in order to establish, consolidate and improve it.

We work on the concept of GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE, analyzing the territory, we will know its structures, its functionality and the ecosystem services that they provide.

The final project must articulate a proposal planned in time, that responds to the conflicts that occur in the study area and enhances its values ​​in order to feed ecosystem services to the populations that surround it.

Studio B1 (Green systems: from urban green to natural areas)

9 ECTS, 60 teaching hours.

First studio of the Green Systems module. Is held over six weeks, with classes Tuesday and Wednesday from 15:30 hs. to 20:30 hs. The workshop will be oriented to project experimentation based on the consideration and management of biodiversity and the implementation of an ecosystem, considering its emerging properties applied to landscape design.

Studio B2 (Green systems: from urban green to natural areas)

9 ECTS, 60 teaching hours.

Second studio of the Green Systems module. Is held over six weeks, with classes Thursday and Friday from 15:30 hs. to 20:30 hs. The workshop is focussing on the concept of green infrastructure, it must establish the sequence of actions to be developed, it evaluation in terms of improving the systems and their results in place, as well as considering their evolution over time.

Objectives

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.

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