The studio Metropolitan Ecologies of Places (MEP) embraces the ecological and socio-economic transition as a field of critical and imaginative investigation, having at its core the relationship between Design, Space and Life. Engaging with notions of transformation, reuse, regeneration, reparation, and transition of habitats and ecologies, the studio deploys the design specifically in regenerative and biophilic design theory and approach across scales.
Organized by the Environmental Technology & Design and Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning and Strategy sections, the MEP Studio is inherently cross-disciplinary, integrating critical thinking at its core. It uses the principles from ecology to design with the interaction of flows and morphology to achieve human and ecological well-being. In particular, students will integrate design, science and engineering strategies into holistic spatial environmental solutions addressing the grand challenges of the 21st century: the climate crises, resource scarcity, energy transition, reversing the biodiversity loss, shift towards circularity, and housing the growing (and ageing) population.
The studio will experiment with fabrication techniques, material testing, drawing and animation through scales, mixing the use of digital and analogue media to develop students’ curiosity, imagination, and voice in urban landscape design.
The studio Metropolitan Ecologies of Places (MEP) is in intersection between the sections Environmental Technology & Design, Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Department of Urbanism.