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Biodiversity

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The Landscape Restoration project of the former landfill site of Vall d’en Joan in the Garraf region of Catalonia is being developed using an agricultural system that not only resolves the environmental problems that had been created there, but also fulfils the need to create a new landscape and the will to convert it into a new public space. The project was selected by the curator of the 2016 Biennale di Venezia, Alejandro Aravena, to be featured at the Central Pavilion and to explain how, through the establishment of an agricultural process, it is possible to recover lost biodiversity in a place where waste from Barcelona had been dumped for 40 years. To express our specific idea of what we understand by “renaturalisation” we chose the motto Farming the Life, where we associate all the wealth we discovered in agriculture with the will to recover life in a degraded place.

Green infrastructure

Our cities have a very diverse set of green infrastructure, which occupies an important part of the territory and which consists of a network of open spaces that is full of ecological value, possibilities for leisure and productive capacities. This green infrastructure offers an environmental and social network that could be the backbone of our urban territories. A set of spaces with diverse characteristics, but with common objectives: to promote urban biodiversity, promote ecological and social connectivity and value their productivity to ensure their conservation.

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Biophilic buildings

Facades, roofs, patios and green interior spaces improve people’s health, air quality and the biodiversity of our cities. Buildings must promote the health and comfort of users, help us understand the relationship between people and nature and the benefits of the biological reactions it generates. The balconies, roofs and facades of our buildings, as well as the streets and squares of our cities, can be renaturalised and connected to the parks we currently have and the agricultural spaces we still preserve.

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More sustainability

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Cool Island

Designing a bioclimatic city. We must plan cities – public spaces and buildings – that have every potential connection to promote ecological, urban and metropolitan connectiveness that reinforces the social character of our actions and which acquire the bioclimatic quality necessary to mitigate the effects produced by climate change.

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Water

Visualising the water cycle. Water can be collected in buildings, retained and infiltrated in public spaces and made to reach the nearby natural spaces that we can reclaim, thus creating a drainage system of the territory that rediscovers the places where water can flow, encourages the creation of new ecosystems and facilitates the implementation of new civic extensions.

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