The research aims at translating how nature should be at the core of architectural building practices, highlighting more ecological and resilient building solutions. This means innovative design answers that incorporate and integrate nature so as to help foster harmonious, evolving, self-sustained eco-systems.
Blurring the boundaries between nature and architecture creates the potential to improve the environment since 'urban trees are critical to human health and well-being, they absorb carbon dioxide (CO₂), filter air pollution and provide habitats for birds, mammals and other plants'. By creating hybrid, mutually-reinforcing coexistences and a more ethical relationship to nature we will forge a renewed awareness of our environment and a better quality of life.
Grounding projects in their unique natural, social, political and economic context can give rise to an architecture that is more the sum of many parts rather than one absolute opinion. As pointed out in the WEForum ' Society needs a new “growth paradigm” that addresses the interconnectedness of socio-economic factors with climate change'. This design approach needs to involve a deeper understanding of the context and at the same time of nature and the elements, and be aimed at reducing CO2 emissions, the “urban heat island” effect and reawakening the deep connection that we have to nature.
Like a stone that is brutal, solid and unexpectedly porous yet has the resilience to transform its physical composition through nature, acting as a new implant that can ‘repair’ and convey harmony and beauty, so architecture can start altering its DNA by reconfiguring the building into a living and breathing entity by redefining the very relation between mineral and natural.
By designing the continuous and systematic integration of nature with parks, gardens, rooftops, landscapes, buildings, facades and the voids within the city fabric, we can recognize its extraordinary healing qualities, reverse climate change, foster biodiversity and create more sustainable cities.