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Cradle to cradle

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A sustainable city is also a city where people can live and breathe, work and walk. Some cities around the world have begun to set the goal of becoming carbon neutral: green mobility, reduced CO2 emissions, total waste recycling, improved quality of river and seawater, use of rainwater, production of energy in the city, increased urban biodiversity and, of course, infinite public space projects and buildings designed using solutions based on nature.

City of cities

In our imagination, the cycle of a material is easy to understand: from a used object that we used to consider waste material, we took the necessary material for a new, ready-to-use product. But how does this philosophy apply to the city? Current urban areas constantly interact with the environmental matrix that we want to promote and with the large infrastructures that are often located between them. The project of these limits, which many find residual and unusable, can be strategic in giving these places new life, implementing quality uses and resolving connections with green infrastructure.

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Nature-based solutions

En oposició a l’ecologisme tradicional basat en la regla de les tres erres (Reduir, Reutilitzar, i Reciclar) per a alentir l’esgotament dels recursos naturals, en els últims anys s’aposta per solucions que generin un cicle de vida tancat, amb balanç positiu, i lliure de residus. És el concepte ‘Cradle to Cradle’ –del bressol al bressol- segons el qual en la natura tot és útil i forma part d’un cicle etern relacionat amb l’energia del sol, anomenat ‘upcycling’. Batlleiroig aposta per dissenys i solucions basades en la natura per a aconseguir en els seus projectes un cicle tancat lliure de residus i amb una alta resiliència a les dinàmiques del medi ambient.

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Carbon neutral balance

The Carbon Neutral Balance refers to achieving zero carbon dioxide emissions, balancing the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere with the equivalent amount removed. We put it into practice the effort to eliminate the concept of waste and promote local, recyclable materials that have a minimum consumption of CO2 in their manufacturing process.

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More sustainability

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Recycling

Regenerating the city and the land. If we rethink the future of the city by proposing systems that definitively reverse the current models of unlimited extensive consumption of the territory and polluting mobility based on the private vehicle, we discover two fields of action with many possibilities: to promote urban regeneration and boost the project of the boundaries between the existing urban materials and the green infrastructure that we want to preserve.

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Near zero emissions

Innovating to reduce. We developed the concept of “logical sustainability” to explain how we tested this out in each project, from the specific innovation necessary to the concrete solutions that could be useful to achieve this objective. And given our passion for agriculture, we decided to cultivate innovation.

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