We were navigating along the Tapajós River when an agronomist, specialized in agroecology, pointed out to me a series of large trees on the horizon and commented; “These are chestnut trees planted by indigenous civilizations, possibly practiced 10,000 years ago.” I spent the rest of the trip, remodeling my cognitions about ecology, understanding that, in fact, from the ancestral times there was already a productive practice of mutualist coexistence between humans and the Amazon biome. A g...
LCA C-C BiofactoryPara, Amazon, Brazil - 2021-2022
We were navigating along the Tapajós River when an agronomist, specialized in agroecology, pointed out to me a series of large trees on the horizon and commented; “These are chestnut trees planted by indigenous civilizations, possibly practiced 10,000 years ago.” I spent the rest of the trip, remodeling my cognitions about ecology, understanding that, in fact, from the ancestral times there was already a productive practice of mutualist coexistence between humans and the Amazon biome. A general concept that has already proven to be totally ineffective and obsolete, in the dialectic between; preserving without interfering or interfering without preserving, was shaped in a third way of understanding the possibility of human activity in symbiotic and regenerative coexistence with Nature.A decade later I learned that this thought has already been widely developed and is called; "Third Amazon Way" which main objective is to provide knowledge based on science, technology, innovation and strategic planning for the development of a “alive forest” economy with flowing rivers, a bioeconomy driven by the rich Amazonian biodiversity.
To effect this transformation, the Amazon 4.0 initiative was conceived by researcher Dr. Carlos Nobre from the Institute for Advanced Studies at USP, operated by Dr. Ismael Nobre and selected team, aiming to add the economic potential of Amazonian socio-biodiversity to the new technologies and possibilities that emerge from the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It concerns the widespread use of modern technologies in this ongoing industrial revolution, combining digital technologies, biotechnologies and material sciences. Such differential drives the “innovation ecosystems” for the planned associations of (1) advanced knowledge, both scientific and traditional, (2) new types of businesses and consumers and (3) new forms of production and intelligent equipment brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution .
Atelier Marko Brajovic is very happy to announce this new collaboration with Amazonia 4.0 at the development of the “Amazon Creative Laboratory” (LCA)!
The LCA CC (Cacau-Cupuaçu) biofactory program was presented by coordinator Dr. Ismael Nobre and his team, where the infrastructure needed to provide the sheltered environments necessary for the entire training process, consisting of six modules: Fermentation House, Greenhouse and Drying Solar, Production Laboratories (Biofactory), 3D Modeling Workshop, Plenary and Communication and Energy Center. The Production Laboratory module concentrates the equipment and technologies that produce the chain's products and will have 3 closed and combined environments; normal hot, hot aseptic and refrigerated aseptic.
After four months of research and development in the production process, materials, technologies and construction systems, logistics, biomimetics and indigenous architecture, we defined an architectural concept inspired by the metabolic context in flow of energy, matter and information in the Biosphere system. Presuming that in Nature “everything is in everything”, the walls become membranes and the temporary cocoon constructions, vehicles operate in interdependent and multi-specific metamorphosis of human regenerative production.
The metabolic architecture project of the Creative Laboratories of the Amazon manifests an organic vision of architecture, which transcends the romantic dialectic of the natural / artificial. Our experimental proposal expands the mechanistic vision to an “augmented ecology” which involves and integrates the biotic and abiotic world, fiber and plastic, ancestral and future construction technology.
Architecture composed of modular elements is installed lightly on the ground, adapting to the logistical operation and natural / artificial context. Modules that can be assembled and disassembled easily in multifunctional and transportable components.
The layout is inspired by the typology of the indigenous villages, creating paths and areas that favor the flow of the multiplicity of processes, products, energy, water, employees, guests and the community in a clear and visually permeable way.
The second theme that inspired the creative process of the spatial formation of the modules was the organization of the cocoa fruit in the order of seeds, membranes and geometries.
The modules are based on the geodetic structural system composed of steel connectors and a second independent system for dividing the internal functional areas. Finally, the membranes that cover the modules of the geodesic structures are designed in a multi-functional way allowing the control of the thermal incidence of the sun, natural ventilation and impermeability from different characteristics of the polymer layers.
The implanted metabolism delivers the productive, training, energetic, operational and regenerative program.
Project: Atelier Marko Brajovic
Creative Director: Marko Brajovic
Project Director: Bruno Bezerra
Project Coordinator: Mayra Shinzato
Project Production: Hybrida Production
Arquitetos Colaboradores/Collaborators Architects: Lucas Bio, Paula Thyse
Design Gráfico/Graphic Design: Bárbara Morais
Cooperation: Instituto do Homem e Meio Ambiente da Amazônia - IMAZON
Centro de Empreendedorismo da Amazônia
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