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FUTURAR RARG Pawns ec wy ‘i gn *Sustainability | As \\ AAA REEL ~ Humanising el TAN HH Oem ee Cte DN CONN Reon i An experiment in sustainable urban design to make up for the absence of social activity due to poor planning that made such a project necessary in the first place, Eco- Boulevard has a regenerative effect, encouraging activity and aiming for the bioclimatic adaptation of an outdoor space through the installation of three conditioned, comfortable cylindrical pavilions called “air trees”.. tree onthe Eee Soulvardn Valo Madrid 42 & 43 Vanden ofthe ar woe 4 Videos preted ont tenon aide he te fhe Mad Paton at he ‘Shanghl Expe 201018 Grea growing wit the Sucre of ear oe Watching muse concerts a Photo courtesy of Emo P. Doitua 38 FUTURARC In Mari, efectvely melds architecture, urbanism and landscape to redefine the way we look at suburban tetnsions and streets in general. demonstrates the ability to transform a dul lifeless neighbourhood ino living, vibrant residential area that favours climatic comfort and pedestrian routes, and creat a sense of collective identity where there was none ‘An experiment in sustalnable urban design to make up forthe absence of social activity due to poor planning that made such a project necessary inthe fst place, Eco-Boulevard has a regenerate effec ‘encouraging activity and aiming forthe bioclmatc adaptation ofan outdoor space through te instalation of three condoned, comfortable cyncrical pavilions calle ir trees” (which behave lke real res but dont require decades to develo) containing useful internal space along 2 new pedestrian-rendly road in an ede of-fown extension that is otherwise cat-dependent. Bult as a temporary strcture that offers long-term solution of haw act streetscape might adap in accordance with increasingly hotter urban environments, thus offers the are a ne future Te idea to create public spaces that are about 10 degrees Cesus cooler ‘han the surounding ambient temperature is being veloped in various extreme climates worlwide, Built in two phases trom 2008 to 2007, sustainability criteria were behind the entire design process, from the materials employed (most recycle), the use of altmativeeneray Ike photovltaic panels and air-conditioning by means of pasive systems fa lw consumption night-time ilumiation and optimisation of resources. Sel-suicient in terms of energy, consuming only what itis able to produce through solar Dotovalaic energy, xtra energy produced fom renewable Sources i Sold to the power grid and reinvested in the maintenance ofthe structure itsel,Exsting technology has been reprogrammed and combined with ater elements for architectural ready: mades, borrowing climatic adaptation techniques trom te agua Industry to frm a model or lng-term resource management. The public space thus forms, long wit 2 network of green spaces and open ares, the main aes for soil life and uban relationships Drawing trom the idea trees are the best biolimatic mechanisms ora publc green space, the thee ‘veal ees create the same microclimate as ral trees, forming an environmental nursery that nurtures ‘growth bath fr trees an the residents The feeling iso standing beneath a protective large tree etn an artificially controled climate, somewhere between interior and exterior. Aste sustainably ofa space i largely determine by its soil sustainably, i's important to generate activity in the neighbourhood, which Wil increase the use ofthis un space Made with galvanised steel, the recyclable, ight open structures multiply acts adapted to user needs, They use a system of passive al-condtoning based on ching by evapotranspiratin, often used in greenhouses, an example ofthe use of off-the-shelf products and technologies to guarantee efficiency and low cost On the tops ofthe ar trees, directional wind catchers introduce ai into the towers, withthe lp of fans, The dy air passes through water atomisrs, becomes moist and drops to create a mcroctimate, thee reducing the temperature, particularly efficient in areas of high temperatures and low relative humidity. Principal architect Belinda Tato of Ecosistema Urbano say, "We believe cur work shouldbe cdactio. We alm to promote a more respectul atitude towards the environment. We tke to incorporate materials that are either recyelable or recycled, We always have fo be aware ofthe new technologies avaliable to explore more 2 possibilities from affordable solutions that already exist inthe market.” Examples ae a pavement of recycled tos, bench made of recycled plastic bars and the use of recyced steel, Used ony unt the inactivity and climatic adaptation problems are corected, when these areas no longer need to rely on i-condtoning, these temporary structures replacing large wooded ares wl aftr tine, be ‘émantied and moved elseuher, leave behind spaces tat resemble forest clearings. Asa project of urban recyelng, the ar trees maybe reinstalled in locations requiring regeneration of urban activity (new subrtan developments, degraded parks, squares) or lacking gathering spaces. Serving as a model for adaptive reuse and sustainable practices for infrastructure projects around the wri, Eco-Boulevard is fully exportable, its Version 2.0 successor areay seeing the light of day at the Shanghai Expo 2010 lt encourages collective interactive use wit is possiblities for muti inal configurations and intermediate postions (opaque, translucent, transparent, bright, interactive, open et) ‘and adopts optimal physical configuration and energy consumption fr cimatc confor, turing an extear space into & “habitable zone" that promotes sola interaction and is more sustainable than conventional models forty growth,