People have changing needs and face new economic and environmental challenges.

Architecture is called upon to provide appropriate responses in harmony with the environment and the cultural context.

But there is a clear disconnect between ambitions and results when it comes to sustainability.

To bridge the gap we must redraw the professional figure of the architect through new tools and visionary learning strategies.

ARCHITECTURE

AS A SOCIAL BUSINESS

To regenerate the urban environment by creating

job opportunities

Today, the construction industry is responsible for 50% of CO2 emissions globally and more than half of the population lives in cities, on 2% of the Earth’s surface, causing a tremendous impact on the environment.

The world of design, administrators and local entrepreneurs are called to return to viability the huge existing building stock to improve quality of life and to respond the people’s call for a transformation of the city. Restoring suburbs and public spaces, re-thinking the processes of planning function according to the environmental agenda, activating processes of urban, social and environmental regeneration, redesigning the building envelope to increase comfort and reduce energy expenditure, as well as re-opening urban relationships lost with the historical city are some of the potentialities that a sustainable approach to design can offer.

The workshops will be aimed at the transformation of urban spaces, the retrofit of existing buildings and the recovery of disused structures in accordance with the principles of sustainability and social participation.

 

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1000 hours

over 6 months

POST CARBON ARCHITECTURE

To design

the next generation

of buildings

The adoption of a holistic approach to design allows us to select the environmental strategies best suited to the context and avoid choices that seem correct at the design stage but end up having a negative impact in the later stages (construction, use, reuse, recycling and disposal). In this context, the choice of materials and construction techniques becomes crucial to reducing the environmental impact of the building during its entire lifespan. One of the current challenges is to rethink the relationship between architecture and architectural engineering as one that is not only technological but genetic. Clients, designers, and builders are called on to radically change the design approach, identifying the evolution of traditional building techniques and emerging technologies in the search for a unique opportunity to restore a deep connection with climate, culture and the natural landscape the building site. The objective of the course is to design buildings with low technology (in terms of physical plant), to work more with the shape and the materials of which it is composed, transforming these features into more prominent agents.

 

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1000 hours

over 6 months

THE RIGHT TO

(QUALITY) SHELTER

To sustain human development and build resilience

Optimization of energy and natural resources present on site, reuse of materials, and design according to climatic requirements are transformed into the need to improve living conditions and access to resources in developing countries.

Today, according to data from the United Nations, 2.5 billion people have no access to basic services such as energy, water and sanitation and, in the absence of concrete action, these figures are expected to increase in coming decades.

To restore dignity to the people and at the same time provide sustainable economic and social development and to ensure adequate emergency testing, it is necessary to adopt  long-term development programs that leverage their knowledge and resources in the region. The objective of the course is to prepare designers who are able to analyze the site of intervention, identify the territory’s potentials and thus determine the intervention strategies that will increase the resilience of local communities, helping to reduce their vulnerability to future environmental, economic and social change.

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Duration:

1000 hours

over 6 months

BLUE DESIGN

Innovation and advanced

sustainability

for industrial design

The Blue Design course offers companies and architects the opportunity to define together - in form of a permanent workshop - design, development and use of sustainable products and materials for the living environment.

Blue Design aims to a different conception of the project, where environmental compatibility of processes and products is a primary factor in technological innovation, development and economic viability.

The course intends to create an ideal virtuous circle between training and production, information and design, in order to give to SOS partner companies a double feedback, both in terms of contents and new professionals trained in the School.

 

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Duration:

1000 hours

over 6 months

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