MAS Context Spring Talks 2022

Ecosistema Urbano: Designing Atmospheres for Social Interaction

April 12, 2022 at 6PM

Lecture by architect Belinda Tato, cofounder of Ecosistema Urbano.


Designing Atmospheres for Social Interaction

Through strategies of very low or zero energy consumption, Ecosistema Urbano conceive solutions for open spaces that adapt to the climate, using available natural and cultural resources. They aim to create public spaces that can be climatically comfortable, enabling social interaction and public life all year round, which is, especially in extreme climates, an important factor in improving the quality of urban life. Their projects develop in parallel a technical design process and a social or participative one with activities of listening, communicating, learning, innovating, and transforming action. They apply this toolkit both when planning on a territorial scale as to the scale of public space. Participation is a way to enable the creation of more democratic, inclusive, and open-ended environments.

Ecosistema Urbano’s work has been included in previous publications and initiatives by MAS Context.

Their Ecoboulevard in Vallecas was included in our Energy issue, published in 2010

Their Dreamhamar project was included in the gallery curated by Iker Gil as part of the 2015 exhibition Chatter: Architecture Talks Back at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Cloudroom, Columbus, Indiana. Photograph by Hadley Fruits, courtesy of Ecosistema Urbano.

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Malaga Campus, Malaga, Spain. © Ecosistema Urbano.

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Ecoboulevard, Madrid. Photograph by Emilio P. Doiztua, courtesy of Ecosistema Urbano.