by Petergeelmuyden Magnus from Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), Spain
Tutored by: Willy Müller, Jordi Vivaldi Piera

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Hybritat is an investigation on how to overcome a paradigm in which contemporary urbanization patterns contribute to destruction of ecosystems and loss of biodiversity. Cities have from the beginning and still are entirely human made environments shaped to separate and protect humans from the natural world, allowing selected bits in and banishing others. But cities do not exist as isolated islands, almost all the resources that a city and its inhabitants need to survive comes from nature. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the energy we consume, and so on. Projections from the UN show that urbanization combined with the overall growth of the world’s population could add another 2.5 billion people to urban populations by 2050. With that many people being added to existing and new urbanizations they would need to grow at an almost explosive rate and it becomes ever more important to look at sustainable urban development and how nature can be better incorporated in our cities. Hybritat is a city system operated by autonomous robots and drones working together in a swarm to provide diverse and balanced conditions for flora and fauna to re establish itself within the urban tissue.

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