Edible Territories

Productive geographies through performative infrastructures

Edible Territories

X-Urban Design Studio at Institute of Advanced Architecture IAAC / 2021

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The Workshop focused on developing supportive infrastructures able to grow new forms of ecological and collective grounds. The exercises explored with special attention the performability and metabolism of these new micro ecosystems, understanding the cycles of life, the flows of production – consumption, and the loops of enclosed systems. We started taking a close look into cultivation and irrigation methods, remediators practices and sustainability components able to perform nature, in the second phase we moved on parametric sequences of growth, transforming them into operative patterns, productive surfaces and support devices.

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The Workshop has seeks for new typologies and alternative construction logics, implementing new relationships between the built environment and the territory and understanding environmental fluctuations, weather complexities and natural forces. Students developed performative infrastructures capable of holding diverse forms of life, introducing modes of inhabitation and coexisting. The group mock up explored alternative energy systems, regenerative protocols and self-regulated mechanisms. In this sense, the research was trans-scalar and trans-material allowing the projects to be approached under a matrix of complex parameters that include the environment, technical systems and human and non-human participants.

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We expanded our perspective from garden typologies to advance service infrastructures, we investigated forms of cultivation-growing, and endemic ecosystems by combining them into hybrid systems, aiming for emerging micro economies and the future renaturalization of the public space. We were interested in reviewing how these new supports are capable of ordering, managing, and regenerating active ecology models, the wilderness, the soil and the resources, establishing balances between the built environment and isolated natural islands triggering emerging green urban laboratories for collective experimentation.

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