SOS addresses global challenges at a local scale through co-design and public participation, engaging with academic and research institutions, government, industry, professional organizations and the public, triggering practice-based, use-inspired research for the built environment, the industry and the profession.
SOS - School of Sustainability approach aims at expanding the boundaries of the given brief by observing it from an economic, social and environmental, multi-scalar perspective, and to broadening the field of observation thanks to the inclusion of all involved stakeholders.
The analysis encompasses the inquiry of the strengths, opportunities, aspirations and results that the design process conveys. SOS students are encouraged to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the problem and to propose solutions that respond to its complex nature in a systemic way.
Because of the rigor of the process and its research-driven approach, the outcomes transcend the physical dimension of the architectural or urban space that they are aimed at addressing and become a true expression of the context from which they rise.