Name: Bennet Harvey

Nationality: Canada

Institution / Company: Carleton University


Name: Jonathan Robitaille

Nationality: Canada

Institution / Company: Carleton University


Name: Tim Schmidt 

Nationality: German

Institution / Company: Carleton University 


-WINNER of Re-Nature Rome Competition


Pegmata is a series of framed wooden towers placed throughout Rome. Each structure contains a seed dispersion mechanism, using mobile balloons and a Brunelleschi inspired lift system to store and scatter seeds throughout the city. This encourages green spaces to flourish and increases biodiversity through precision seasonal seeding.

The towers reference the scaffolding of roman antiquity, complementing the classical skyline rather than disrupting it. They form a transparent addition that reflects the beauty of Rome rather than challenging it. Occupying a virtually non-existent footprint, the towers allow traffic to go throughout their bases, enabling them to be inserted in a variety of novel locations.

Each tower aims to become a transformable community centre, where residents operate and maintain the tower while benefiting from the views and space it provides. Over time, as each tower is adapted to their community, they take on the life and culture of their neighbourhoods, developing into markets, gardens, or any other space. As the structures age, they will quickly become homes to a variety of wildlife, hosting birds, insects, and plant life.

Pegmata is a zero-footprint, sustainable biodiversity program that brings together communities while acknowledging and participating in the identity of Rome.


#Biodiversity #Terraces #Eco-Tourism #Beautification & Public Space #Agriculture

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