[ecosistema urbano] Jose Luis Vallejo and Belinda Tato, "open source cities"


[ecosistema urbano] is an architecture and engineering team that focuses on the research and ecological design of new projects that understand sustainable development as a resource for innovation and enthusiasm. Its principle members have backgrounds in architecture and civil engineering from Madrid Polytechnic University, the Bartlett School of Architecture at the University College London, Institut d'Architecture Victor Horta of Brussels as well as Cambridge University Engineering Department. They are design studio professors in the School of Architecture of Madrid, International University of Catalonia in Barcelona and visiting professors at several universities in Spain, Europe, South America, Asia and United States (Cornell, Yale, California, Copenhagen, Shanghai, Mexico DF, Chile...). 

They have received more than 30 awards during the last years in national and international competitions, including prizes in the last four editions of the European Competition for Young Architects EUROPAN. On the year 2005, they have received the European Acknowledgement Award from the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction (Geneva, 2005) and the selection as one of the "Top ten spanish architects under 40" by the Antonio Camunas Foundation. In 2006 they have received the Architectural Association and the Environments, Ecology and Sustainability Research Cluster Award (London, 2006). In 2007 they have been nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award "Emerging European Architect" and they received the AR AWARD for emerging architecture in London, selected between more than 400 teams from all around the world. In 2008 they have received the European Silver Medal Award from the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction selected between more than 500 teams and awarded First Price as Next Generation Architects in Spain by Arquia-Proxima Foundation. 

During the last four years their work has been covered by more than 90 media (national and international press, television programs, and specialized publications) from 30 countries, and exhibitions of their projects have been held in universities and institutions in more than 25 countries. 

Recently a monograph of their projects, entitled Monoespacios 8, was published by the Association of Architects of Madrid. Presently their work is being shown in Paris at the gallery "Le Sommer Environnement", and they are preparing an exhibition for The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen. At the moment the team is involved in research projects about future paths of city design called "eco-techno-logical cities", financed by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, they are working on several urban proposals for different municipalities and their work will represent Madrid at the Shanghai Expo 2010.

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