Architect Alberto Roncelli shows his Regenera, an architectural structure that aims to recover an ecosystem and help the regrowth of forests burned by fires. Almost a "healing skyscraper" for a forest.
Positioned in the center of a burnt ecosystem, the project begins to gradually spread nutrients and seeds using the winds, becoming a temporary refuge for birds and small animals in the process. the skyscraper accompanies its ecosystem during all phases, from the burnt forest to total recovery.
How does Regenera work?
The system works precisely through the erosion of its own structure. Dissolving, Regenera transforms and spreads throughout the ecosystem. During the initial stages, the skyscraper even houses a human settlement. A real laboratory, obviously on the ground floor. The laboratory is dedicated to experimentation, monitoring and research on the (ongoing) process of “curing” the ecosystem. In the later stages, the scientists abandon the skyscraper and allow the restocking of the structure by small and medium-sized animals and plants.
As the ecosystem heals and the forest grows back, Regenerate dissolves.
The new paradigm suggested by Regenera is the possibility of carefully planning and diversifying each part of the structure. It is defining a life cycle determined by erosion and continuous transformation. The act of choosing the materials evolves into the act of mixing the substances necessary for the forest. In dealing with the paradox of structure and precariousness. Regenera is a vision that needs chemists, phytogeographers, meteorologists, engineers and biologists. Different disciplines involved to understand the needs of each dying and saving ecosystem.
In the end, the skyscraper is a manifesto. A manifesto for a new possible way of relating architecture and nature, structure and ecosystem, time and erosion. Skyscrapers and forests.