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ECOlogical building enveLOPES: a game-changing design approach for regenerative urban ecosystems

Objective

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 to achieve 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 modelling and simulation environment, that is based on the EIM Ontology, to make knowledge available for design.

Call for proposal

H2020-FETOPEN-2018-2019-2020-01
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 843 712,50

Participants (5)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 312 647,50
Address
Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 522 305
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 637 000
Address
Senate Building Technion City
32000 Haifa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HAUCK WEISSER STUDIO ANIMAL AIDED DESIGN GBR
Germany
EU contribution
€ 277 481,25
Address
Dresdener Strasse 26
10999 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MCNEEL EUROPE SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 406 237,50
Address
Calle Roger De Flor 32 Piso Lc 2
08018 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)