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Water

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We live in cities that were designed to specifically hide the processes that support life. When it rains, the water quickly flows to the gutters and disappears immediately into the sewer system to enter an underground network along with the wastewater of the buildings. Through this network – which we assume is extensive – water will travel several kilometres to the critical purification plant that will allow its reintegration into natural cycles. But we could instead live in cities that respect the original geography that promotes the conservation of small waterways and where the visibility of all rainwater collection and drainage systems will be fostered.

Primeval geography

The recognition of the original geography and its main element, the waterways, as a vertebrate element from which the territory must be structured, has been one of the threads that has guided Batlleiroig’s work over the last 40 years. Several rivers and streams that had been threatened by being channelled in the past have become the axis of several urban developments, recovering them as green parks and areas and spaces for civic and ecological centrality that have become important parts of the green infrastructure of the metropolis.

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SUDS Sustainable urban drainage systems

Currently, cities are ecosystems with inert and waterproof surfaces. The cities need a new permeable and biophilic skin that acts as a thermal insulation, and as a water and atmospheric filter to recover the bioregenerative capacity that it does not currently have. Our designs incorporate strategies to maximise soil permeability, infiltration, and rainwater retention in public spaces. SUDS reduces runoff and network saturation, improving urban landscape and environmental integration.

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100% reutilization

Given the growing demand and scarcity of water, which are a result of the weather conditions, and with the aggravating of the forecast scenarios due to climate change, the urgency of establishing strategies for capturing and reusing 100% of the water in the buildings themselves becomes clear. We can use technologies that reduce water discharge to the existing sewer network, which is increasingly saturated and insufficient, and reduce the pollution of water at the source by cleaning and reusing grey water before it leaves the building.

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More sustainability

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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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Sustainable Mobility

Walking around the city. In many cases we find ourselves with impassable boundaries, genuine walls that prevent connectivity between different parts. The resolution of these outages has become the most strategic project we can develop.

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