This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 964414
ECOlogical building enveLOPES: a game-changing design approach for regenerative urban ecosystems
Urbanisation constitutes a major environmental issue of the 21st century. Within cities, densification, the decrease of green open spaces, and a continued reliance on grey infrastructures result in increasing separation of people from nature and decrease access to ecosystem services. This decreases the liveability of cities and reduces human well-being. Current approaches fall short in providing breakthrough solutions, because they perpetuate the human-nature dichotomy due to anthropocentric design.
We propose a radical change for city development: instead of minimizing the negative impact of urbanisation on nature, we aim at urbanisation to be planned and designed such that nature – including humans - can co-evolve within the city. This vision requires a radically new integrated ecosystem approach to architecture that focuses equally on humans, plants, animals, and associated organisms such as microbiota.
In ECOLOPES, we propose to develop the technology that will allow achieving this vision. We will focus on the envelope, the building enclosure. In ECOLOPES, we transform the envelope into an ecolope, a multi-species living space for four types of inhabitants, humans, plants, animals, and microbiota. ECOLOPES will develop the core technologies for designing ecolopes in a systematic way, considering the needs of all habitants. ECOLOPES will make biological knowledge available for the architectural design process, to find architectural solutions that enable synergies and limit conflicts between the inhabitants. The ecolopes designed by this multi-species approach will restore the beneficial human-nature relationships in cities. Key products of ECOLOPES are:
- (1) ECOLOPES Information Model Ontology that integrates ecological and architectural knowledge, data and models into a data-integrated design recommendation system;
- (2) ECOLOPES Computational modeling and simulation environment, that is based on the EIM Ontology, to make knowledge available for design.
- TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
- UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
- TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
- TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
- HAUCK WEISSER STUDIO ANIMAL AIDED DESIGN GBR
- MCNEEL EUROPE SL
Start date: 1/04/2021 - End date: 31/03/2025