Projects

GENERation Nature

GENERation Nature aims to bridge these challenges by integrating and enhancing the previous Elderly on Track and OPEN NATURE

Project Description

  • New European Bauhaus
  • 1 June 2024
  • 6 Months
  • Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
  • €53,000

Areas where cities meet natural parks often exhibit environmental degradation. Yet, these border zones hold great potential for reconnecting citizens with nature. Similarly, the needs of people at transitional stages of life, such as the young and elderly, are often underrepresented in the public realm. GENERation Nature aims to bridge these challenges by integrating and enhancing the previous Elderly on Track and OPEN NATURE New European Bauhaus projects to remediate a new boundary site in the Collserola Natural Park, close to the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona. Three newly-combined target communities will be engaged and benefit from the project: young public school students, elderly persons from surrounding neighbourhoods and architectural master’s students. The Col·legi Montserrat school gardens will be improved based on: insights from a foraging walk with the elderly and youths, co-design with all target groups and advanced biobased installations by the master’s students.

Challenge


GENERation Nature prioritises the needs of the populations and geographies that have traditionally been overlooked, and reconnects urban spaces with nature.

Main Objective


The activity aims to restore a neglected school garden into a biodiverse gateway to reconnect urban spaces with nature, offer a sustainable food source, and create a vehicle for education and intergenerational exchange.The activity will result in foraging and co-design workshops, new resilient plantings, and locally-sourced furniture or shelter elements made from locally harvested, natural materials.

Output


The activity will result in foraging and co-design workshops, new resilient plantings, and locally-sourced furniture or shelter elements made from locally harvested, natural materials.

Partners


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Project lead


Michael Salka
Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
michael.salka@iaac.net
Vicente Guallart
Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
vicenteguallart@gmail.com
Laia Pifarré
Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
Laia.pifarre@iaac.net