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Name: Daniel Ruiz Tejada

Nationality: Spanish

Institution / Company: School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM-UPM)


Instagram:  @daniruiz.arq

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-ruiz-tejada-559a80168


-FINALIST of Non Architecture Award Competition | Category: Architecture


The vestiges of the catalog of mining components dot the Sierra Minera de Cartagena in more than 80 complexes and 1,151 mines saturated with polluting materials forming an extraterrestrial space. They form a network of obsolete infrastructures, traces of the collapse of the mining industry in that place.

Given this, the hypothesis of natural recolonization arises. From the reprogramming of a post-industrial oasis in which the vestige, the obsolescence, serves as an entry value to the healthy ecosystem. 

The characterization of the ruin as a reflection of the anthropization process becomes a value of the project since the new artifacts (Ecotypes) grow, as epiphytic organisms, on the pre-existing obsolescence as one more layer. Through programs based on innovative bioremediation methods the new ecology germinates acting Ecotypes as natural production factories.

The new transformational architectures houses various uses aimed at biotechnological research and experimentation in the remediation of soils and waters contaminated with heavy metals. 

The seven Ecotypes are made up of strata, like the exterior landscape. Built vertically, adhered to a mining ruin footprint and understood as a whole, separated into parts. A complex in which each layer responds to a production chain of environments. Sequenced in the proper order for the renaturation of the collapsed landscape.

A new reinterpretation is composed in the rehabilitated territory, resulting in a Garden of the Hesperides, a mechanism that produces post-industrial oases. From here the organisms mix, the boundary between the anthropic and natural landscape disappears and, finally, M.E.P.A.M. is completed successfully.


Project Type: Reprogramming of collapsed infraestructures


Jury Comments

– Francisco Leiva

In this celebration of the anthropic we will discover new creatures based on reclaimed industrial facilities. Projects like M.E.P.A.M allow us to travel towards new natures…







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