Gotti / The Ecology of Coexistence in Groundscapes

The Ecology of Coexistence in Groundscapes

Author: Francesca Gotti, Politecnico di Milano

Supervisor: Gennaro Postiglione, Prof., Politecnico di Milano; Paola Briata, Politecnico di Milano

Research stage: Initial Doctoral Stage

Category: Extended abstract


Which disciplines should be called into question to validate the quality of groundscapes design, from the point of view of inclusivity and circularity? Which aspects of the design process can support successful developments of groundscapes and how?

The research aims at exploring the role of design for groundscapes with a closer look at its implications in terms of inclusivity and circularity, across time and transformations, looking at the way different disciplines address this topic. The definition of groundscapes is developed through the production of architectural interpretations with a strong typo-morphological focus. In parallel, the "relationship between construction and occupation” is particularly investigated adopting an architectural ethnographic approach. These two approaches aim at revealing the effective contribution design can give in promoting the potential of groundscapes as spaces for co-existence and as pools of resources for alternative urban systems.

Keywords: groundscapes, ecosystem, architectural ethnography