In Porto, as part of the URBiNAT regeneration project, Nature Based Solutions (NBS) will be implemented in six schools through a participatory process involving the kids and teachers together with local experts. The goal of the Living Systems seminar is to develop these NBS as horizontal and vertical design solutions, that can provide new areas for pedagogical gardening activities as well as for the renaturalization of the space.
Master in Advanced Architecture’s Design with Living Systems Seminar has been organised within the framework of URBiNAT. It is a H2020 project aiming to regenerate deprived urban areas with healthy corridors implemented through Nature Based Solutions (NBS) co-created with citizens. Inspired by initial proposals developed by the kids of the Porto schools, the IAAC students designed their initial strategies for structural systems to house both flora and fauna, as well as ceramic textures for bio-receptive surfaces to further host living matter and microorganisms.
The proposals and the corresponding small scale prototypes developed, were evaluated by a jury of experts at IAAC, by the children of Porto, supported by their teachers, and the experts of the URBiNAT project, in a participatory workshop hosted in the 6 schools. Following the feedback, the IAAC students developed the final prototypes, combining structural systems with diverse textures.
During a 3 day weekend workshop, the students worked hard to develop their installations, working with digital fabrication tools, Ladybug for solar analysis and detailing their projects to create viable solutions. Below you can find more information from the students about the final projects developed.