Anna Zahonero Xifré
Ecological networks. Planning through bio-diversity in the urban environment
Design workshop. Milan, 22nd–26th october 2014
The strict juxtaposition between the building construction and the “nothingness” around it, which has so far supported the self-centered development of modern cities, tends to be overtaken by new project conditions, so conceived to make the anthropic presence relative toward other living communities. This vision, validated by Western society’s degrowth, has lead to the consolidation of scientific studies and legislation systems intended to safeguard bio-diversity, now considered the intrinsic and measurable value of a place, a collective heritage. Despite this acknowledgment, the interventions intended to mediate the licit social needs and the enhancement of such asset are still sporadic in densely populated metropolitan areas. Highly natural areas, buffers, wildlife corridors, punctual areas: ecological networks represent nowadays a wonderful tool to experiment comprehensive multidisciplinary planning methodologies aimed at the creation of a new human habitat.