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María José Landeta

https://www.instagram.com/cityclimbers/?hl=en

Hans-Poeche Str. 03, Leipzig, Germany
Media Architecture master student, currently settled in Germany. Originally, I’m from Ecuador where I have lived most of my life. I’m a truly curious and motivated designer, that believes in the interdisciplinary within the architecture branch. I believe that architecture is a tool that can improve the human life but must be highly influenced by the context and local conditions and resources.

The City Climbers


Parametric Vegetal Design

The City Climbers


Parametric Vegetal Design
Often overlooked but more ubiquitous, are the opportunities found in walls, roofs, lots and streets. These smaller scale interventions, when stitched together, will contribute to the ecological performance and livability of the city.
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  • Systemic changes

The proposal is to design a tool, that combined with a plant database of climbers, will create vegetal structures for the city environment. Starting from a location input, the tool will select the most adequate species for the climate conditions based in an environmental analysis of the site, design the supportive structure based on the growing needs of the plants, and make a sunlight analysis of the selected wall. The City Climbers project was born from the awareness of urbanization and its impact on the future landscape of human settlement. Understanding that urbanization is driven by the search of opportunities can imply itself the opportunity to link a latent community that is looking for better living conditions. The idea of a tool that can help the will of improve our city scenario, with a human scale approach and by taking advantages of the benefits of urban vegetation. The tool provides a parametrical design procedure for a yet limited vegetal solution: Green Walls.


Vegetation is deliberately planted in residential and non-residential urban locations for aesthetic, ecological, and functional purposes. This vegetation can provide values such as screening of unsightly vistas, the abatement of noise, and the shading of city streets. Indirectly, planted city vegetation may provide habitat for urban biodiversity and sequestrate urban atmospheric pollutants, including carbon.

Vegetation as a condition and not as a supportive element, using the environmental aspects of the site, the design and management of the structure that supports the plant, the morphology and the behavior of the plant as parameters that will guide the algorithmic process.

The logic behind the module design is sensitive with the romantic view of gardening as an aesthetic creation but also gives the plant the support that it needs to grow vertically and the user a doable design construction with accessible materials. The aesthetic is parametrically realized and has some controllable features. It is based in two initial curves proportional to each other that can be changed or modified if the adjustments behave with the whole algorithm.

Cities move toward more green practices and the support of a parametric tool for it will define and encode a better relationship between design intent and plant needs.

This project explored the aspirations and implications of a plant based (open-source) design. Holding its efforts on the power of technology, especially networked technology, and participation to record, improve and distribute work and data. Nowadays exist different entrepreneurships betting for the democratization of architecture but keeping the gap between designers and clients, that in this case are pro bono clients. I aim to democratize the city scenarios, using this tool to truly awake the

The City Climbers


Parametric Vegetal Design

The City Climbers


Parametric Vegetal Design
Often overlooked but more ubiquitous, are the opportunities found in walls, roofs, lots and streets. These smaller scale interventions, when stitched together, will contribute to the ecological performance and livability of the city.
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

The proposal is to design a tool, that combined with a plant database of climbers, will create vegetal structures for the city environment. Starting from a location input, the tool will select the most adequate species for the climate conditions based in an environmental analysis of the site, design the supportive structure based on the growing needs of the plants, and make a sunlight analysis of the selected wall. The City Climbers project was born from the awareness of urbanization and its impact on the future landscape of human settlement. Understanding that urbanization is driven by the search of opportunities can imply itself the opportunity to link a latent community that is looking for better living conditions. The idea of a tool that can help the will of improve our city scenario, with a human scale approach and by taking advantages of the benefits of urban vegetation. The tool provides a parametrical design procedure for a yet limited vegetal solution: Green Walls.


Vegetation is deliberately planted in residential and non-residential urban locations for aesthetic, ecological, and functional purposes. This vegetation can provide values such as screening of unsightly vistas, the abatement of noise, and the shading of city streets. Indirectly, planted city vegetation may provide habitat for urban biodiversity and sequestrate urban atmospheric pollutants, including carbon.

Vegetation as a condition and not as a supportive element, using the environmental aspects of the site, the design and management of the structure that supports the plant, the morphology and the behavior of the plant as parameters that will guide the algorithmic process.

The logic behind the module design is sensitive with the romantic view of gardening as an aesthetic creation but also gives the plant the support that it needs to grow vertically and the user a doable design construction with accessible materials. The aesthetic is parametrically realized and has some controllable features. It is based in two initial curves proportional to each other that can be changed or modified if the adjustments behave with the whole algorithm.

Cities move toward more green practices and the support of a parametric tool for it will define and encode a better relationship between design intent and plant needs.

This project explored the aspirations and implications of a plant based (open-source) design. Holding its efforts on the power of technology, especially networked technology, and participation to record, improve and distribute work and data. Nowadays exist different entrepreneurships betting for the democratization of architecture but keeping the gap between designers and clients, that in this case are pro bono clients. I aim to democratize the city scenarios, using this tool to truly awake the


Idea by

María José Landeta
Hans-Poeche Str. 03
Leipzig
Germany
Media Architecture master student, currently settled in Germany. Originally, I’m from Ecuador where I have lived most of my life. I’m a truly curious and motivated designer, that believes in the interdisciplinary within the architecture branch. I believe that architecture is a tool that can improve the human life but must be highly influenced by the context and local conditions and resources.