As part of Salone del Mobile, the SaloneSatellite is the event in the design world dedicated to the under-35s that aims to bring together research, design and industry. The international event, that will take place from June 7 to 12 at Rho Fiera Milano, is open to talented junior designers, universities and specialised design schools to bridge the gap between businesses and young professionals.
This year SOS - School of Sustainability has a dedicated area (stand S29) in the international fair, where students from the#SOS8 Master's Program in Sustainable Architecture and Design will be presenting their research, designs and models, developed during the Project Track phase of the academic year 2021-2022.
Every year, as part of the academic structure of the SOS Master's Program, students work daily on real projects in close collaboration with SOS partners and with the support and mentoring of the MC A R&D department. Starting from a brief and a research question on a crucial and actual architecture topic, students carry out a theoretical research that is at the basis of the designing phase of the output.
This academic year Project Track focused on the 3 following topics:
The Right to Quality Shelter (QS) evaluating the possibility to develop a scalable design from the TERRA prototype and investigating how 3D printed buildings can be a sustainable and durable alternative from environmental, economic and social perspectives, having as a focal point the resilient regeneration of Roma communities. In fact, the 4 students who chose to follow the QS track will be presenting a housing module that could be adopted in Roma camps to solve the urban criticality of crowding and integration of this social reality, respecting the practical needs and culture of this community
Post Carbon Architecture (PC) tackling the future generation of tall buildings. Beginning with the analysis of climates (arid, tropical, temperate, polar and boreal), students addressed the process of designing 4 different vertical buildings in 4 different cities, such that they are adaptive and seamlessly integrated into the urban and climatic context, meeting both the needs of the inhabitants and becoming as well a symbol of the designers' global responsibility to the city below and the planet around it. The 4 Project Track PC students will exhibit sections of the two vertical buildings designed for the cities of Ulan Bator and Tehran.
Design of Products and Systems for the Circular Economy (DP) exploring the extent to which the use and presence – or absence - of light in products can be an element to help reconnect humans with nature. Students will showcase concept mockups of products designed for urban green areas, which conceptualize the sense of regeneration and reconnection of the citizen with the environment in public spaces by means of light. This project was developed in collaboration with knowledge partner Artemide S.p.A.
Alongside their participation in the Project Tracks, all Master's Program students contributed to a project for the Salvatore Ferragamo Foundation, which will also be presented on this occasion. Through their research a modular structure was developed that while embedding the values, colors, images and signs of Salvatore Ferragamo's brand identity and bearing its commitment to sustainability, also integrates the principles of the circular economy into the setting of a temporary pop-up store.
All the results presented at the SaloneSatellite will be evaluated by a panel on the last day of the fair, Sunday 12 June, featuring of Arch. Mario Cucinella, Aldo Colonetti - Chairman of the SOS Scientific Committee, all SOS Project Track leaders and assistants, together with MC A experts and other external professionals who had supervisory roles in the 4 projects.