Ecosistema urbano is always searching for talented people, but many times it works the other way around and we feel very lucky to be directly contacted by them. Today I want to introduce you to four different people who have recently joined us at ecosistema urbano. We are very pleased with their contribution and their unique backgrounds, which bring a fresh approach to our work.
Here are their profiles (chronological order):
Architecture student in ETSALS Barcelona.
I´m working at Ecosistema Urbano since september 2010, and collaborating at the same time with Recooperar, an architecture students group that investigates alternative forms of action for a local and global situations. We are also interested in ecological systems and alternative
processes of construction.
Before finishing my studies in Barcelona I decided to enrich my experience by working at Ecosistema Urbano. This experience gave me the opportunity to discover Madrid, which have a different lifestyle than Barcelona, and showed me a unique way of thinking about architecture.
I had first learned of Ecosistema Urbano in 2007 in an architectural post describing the top ten young architects in Spain. Discovering their work made me realize this office would have a promising future, leading the main architecture social networks in Spain.
While trying to imagine what my future in architecture will be, I realized that I would have to unlearn many concepts that i´ve studied in the past, in order to decide which factors will most importantly lead my work.
The first factor is the social networks and digital media. Using communication tools one can spread and exchange information, encourage action, and establish networks between other teams of architects.
The second factor is collaborative teamwork, and the third and last one is the relation between architecture and society, since architects usually develop their work in a self-centred and anarchic way.
Working at Ecosistema Urbano gave me tools of how to work in a big office using collaborative design process. As we spend most of our time at work, sharing a pleasant environment is a very important factor. Meetings and cooking time is a good opportunity for exchanging ideas and knowledge.
Today i’m interested in how the old cities structure’s could be renovated and hybridate functional processes with new alternative actions such as urban sports or recreative activities, and how these structures could produce new living ways into the city.
Stud.arch MAA at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Karch.
After three years of studies and a bachelor degree in building architecture, primarily working in the small scale of urban studies, I am searching to explore some of the many fields within architecture.
In this search of new inputs and experiences I decided to do an exchange semester at the University of Fine Arts, UdK in Berlin, where I took interdisciplinary classes in drawing, garden culture and landart along with my semester project in urban planning and space development. As I finished the exchange semester at UdK, I have continued my master studies at the department of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture at Karch, to further explore the possibilities of the profession.
Since I returned from Berlin I have continued to challenge myself and I decided to do an internship at to gain work experience. I visited the studio of Ecosistema Urbano during a study trip to Spain in 2009 and I chose to apply for an internship at this agency because the visit had left me with a very good impression of both the people and the work at the agency.
I have now been working at Ecosistema Urbano for one month and doing this internship has been an eyeopener. The work in the agency is much more interdisciplinary and humanitarian than the work in school. In particular the humanitarian field of architecture has always fascinated me. To get to work with people who focus on these values in their work, gives to me, the profession of architecture another meaningful significance – and a responsibility – and I hope to continue working in this field in the future.
Joining the Ecosistema Urbano team also means using digital media publishing and blogging as an important part the work. I believe that, including and engaging the citizens and community in the process of making architecture and working in collaborative teams are a good and relevant ways of making architecture human and present.
I know that when I finish my internship in Madrid, I will have gained valuable experiences that will colour and enrich my future work, both in school, as well as an architect. I am exited about what (and where) the life as an architect will bring me!
Accredited architect and urban designer
HMONP / École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Paris-La Villette 2009-10
BArch, Master II / École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Versailles 2003-09
Having trained as an architect and urban designer in France and the United States, I have studied this profession for the creative thinking and manifold skills it requires when developing a project – conducting research, analysing data, collaborating, working with clients. I find that urban development involves acquiring an inquisitive mind and investigating the process, understanding the contexts whole complexity in terms of social, economic, environmental and political features, in order to produce meaningful changes.
I have discovered Ecosistema Urbano through a+t in common publication of their innovative project Ecoboulevard de Vallecas. The project´s high-tech aspects along with the impact on the public scale attracted my interest in their unique work, the investigation of nature and urbanism through innovative architecture. Joining Ecosistema Urbano team is to me an opportunity to collaborate while learning and sharing knowledge, motivations and methods.
My interest in urban development have taken me to live around the world, Tel-Aviv, Paris, New York, Shanghai and recently Madrid, to me the fine understanding of cities is a key to knowing
the composing of our contemporary society. Since I have started working at Ecosistema Urbano I was exposed to new ways of contributing to society through active digital and on-site participation. This is particularly inspiring to me as my personal research focuses on putting together a co-housing project montage of a collaborative scheme in which residents will actively participate in the programme to design their future home.
BA candidate, Urban Ecology, University of Pennsylvania
As a student studying the complex relationship between urbanism and environmental ecology, I am constantly on the lookout for creative projects that approach city planning in environmentally responsible ways. Because I am pursuing an individualized degree in this contemporary, interdisciplinary subject, a lot of my learning is supported by the study of projects that are currently being developed and implemented.
My interest in urban ecological design has taken me across the Atlantic ocean from The University of Pennsylvania to universities in Berlin, Germany. After viewing Ecosystema Urbano’s exhibition at the DAZ Berlin, I was inspired to contact the Madrid office about a chance to work with the team. I am certain that my time with Ecosistema Urbano will be a supportive and unique learning experience – I am particularly drawn to the agency’s focus on engaging community members in their project development processes.
I believe that an approach to urban development that, like nature, is evolving, informal, and aware of local contingencies, has the capacity to sustainably transform urban communities in response to the changing needs of society and society’s natural environments. My own research focuses on identifying and defining mutually beneficial relationships between the culture and nature of areas. I study urban ecological design as a way to incorporate both human and environmental needs into future urban development.