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Cool Island

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A set of places to live, work, study, play or walk, which are interconnected via a set of productive and equipped spaces, in which biodiversity, the production of sustainable energy, water conservation, the local cultivation of food and the leisure of the public are promoted.
A group of projects that, when they work together, achieve one of the most important strategic objectives for the future of our cities: where pedestrians, cyclists, public transport, food, water, air and life can flow freely into fresher and more pleasant urban environments.

Fresh air arteries

Green infrastructure plays a very important role in the resilience of cities against the effect of urban heat islands. Open spaces, like large structural elements of the city, have the ability to become bioclimatic spaces capable of regulating temperature and humidity in the urban environment. Structuring urban habitats around green infrastructure can reduce temperatures by up to 3ºC when compared to similar environments designed using other criteria.

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Bioclimatic spaces

All public spaces must become bioclimatic spaces with the capacity to transcend their own limits, thus infiltrating between buildings and any adjoining infrastructures. Batlleiroig is committed to designs that maximise green areas and shade in public spaces, which help us reduce the temperature in the months of greatest sunshine and which establish biosynergies with other nearby natural spaces in order to create a desired “cooling effect” on the city.

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Climate shelters

We must design buildings with the aim of achieving maximum interior comfort, but also with the intention of producing minimal impacts on their immediate environment. We can mitigate the effect of the heat island from the shadow effect and the incorporation of refreshing elements that also allow us to reduce the energy consumption needed.

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More sustainability

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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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Biodiversity

Cultivating life. How is it possible to recover biodiversity in a place where it was once lost, simultaneously solving the environmental problems that had been created, the need to create a new landscape and the will to convert it into a new public space?

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