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BOTANICAL GARDEN TO HELP HOMELESSNESS

It has three distinct phases: Research, Development and Innovation.

INVESTIGATION

Chosen to carry out this work is the chimera approach, it seeks to generate criticism of the disinterest in culture and lack of values, and, at the same time, to seek awareness for the homeless. The starting point was the choice of a cultural space, a botanic garden, to later find alternative solutions.

WHAT KIND OF COMPANY PROJECT TAKE PLACE?

The society in which the project would be implemented is a society – for the most part – plunged into an economic, cultural and values crisis, in which many people lack a home. In this context, there is a small group of people who refuse to resign themselves and see how this situation goes further and initiates a project to reverse this situation.

WHAT DOES THIS PROJECT INTEND?

Reaching an ideal society where: the interest in culture is general; values are restored and the homeless have a place to go and where they are provided with the tools to achieve change their situation for themselves.

SOLUTION: IMPROVE THE CITY

The project starts in the cities, where more users would be reached. It requires the generation of the following areas:

  • Cultural spaces (botanical gardens).
  • Spaces to help homelessness: where people can stay and give them the means to get out of their current situation through education, thus generating an ‘ideal situation’ in which people would regain their autonomy and dignity.

NEEDS: Spaces to generate

Dining room, Bathrooms, Bedrooms, Workshops / research space, Vegetable collection and toilets for the public. The inclusion of a library is considered.

DEVELOPMENT

Five proposals were made. It seeks to create solutions as diverse as possible that may be implemented in the city. The selected for innovation, was the option Nº 5, is the only one that arises about the city and not in the city itself, which brings versatility and freedom in terms of size.

INNOVATION

Dimensional changes proposals and geometry were performed. The models that form the cloud would be shown in the figures on the right. The interiors are individually defined, showing here only the envelope.

The form initially proposed, circular, is modified slightly due to the impossibility of its construction, becoming a geodesic sphere. Also the measurements of the different types of modules are modified by increasing the size C to 25 meters, to 18 the B, while the size A is maintained.

The material in which the module is proposed is carbon, because of its lightness and transparency. The manufacturing process would be through 4D printing. On the module space is expected to generate more modules (Fab Lab).

The size C modules, regardless of use is:

  • Storage garden tools
  • 2 composters one for decomposing waste and another to go filling it with new waste.
  • Water reservoir (chosen location to emit light so as not blocking the light to the floor. The water of the rain would get through opening at the top.

Soybean processor is included in the dining room module because it is considered a necessity to be able to produce food in the cloud and soy is the main food for the production of vegetable protein.

The energy is generated by solar cell integrated in the surface of module.

Different climates is achieved through responsible use of natural resources: colder climates will be achieved by the accumulation of oxygen; the warm be achieved by taking advantage of the sunlight.

MATERIALS, COLORS AND TEXTURES

Due to the use of the project, botanic garden, materials, colors and textures that rival in prominence with the vegetal collection are ignored. It is proposed to use materials that either let the light through (graphene) or are integrated into the natural character of the whole (wood).

Has been chosen to develop two modules, for his special interest in performance: The initial module, with which the activity would start and the module plant cultivation, which would provide some independence to the cloud.