Urban Ecology: making the living city

Designs & Interventions for Amsterdam Science Park

How do we develop sustainable and nature-inclusive urban areas? Starting from this question, Esmee Geerken, ArtScience fellow at the UvA Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and WAAG-artist in residence, created the course 'Urban Ecology: building as being' for the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture.

Young architecture professionals examined crossovers between ecology and architecture, and ways to apply this by building in interaction with the environment. Within a case study at the Amsterdam Science Park, they designed building proposals in which complexity, biodiversity, ecology and self-organization are central. This concerns building in the broadest sense of the word: forming elements into structures, at different levels of complexity.

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