a biomimetic approach to urban regeneration
BArch 2009-2011 | Biomimetics
Visiting Milan one is impressed by the dense urban fabric; the solid Milanese architectural topography. Wandering around the city you come across areas that have ceased to adapt to the fast rhythms of a modern city. Such an area has been used to test the theory of biomimetic urban regeneration. By characterizing the area as a biological system, composed of smaller units synergistically working together, and finding similarities with identical ecosystems in Nature,the project evolved as if it were a seedling attempting to survive in an established forest.
The project grows in direct response to its physical and environmental surroundings, and is only specific to its exact location. It aims to create local architecture, for local people, using systems of operation that are familiar to the occupants. The purpose of the Agora complex is to create a connection between the South Agricultural Park and theCity of Milan, by extending the network system of the agricultural areas and the capital of fashion and industry, interweaving these networks and boosting their activities, effectively creating symbiotic relationships. This symbiosis will, in time, be beneficial to both parts of the system and create a co-dependent state where one cannot be without the other.