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A Restorative week.

The first RESTORE Training School is going to take place in Lancaster, UK between 14th and 17th November 2017. We have 30+ trainees attending, representing a great spectrum of sustainability disciplines, experience and EU countries. We have brilliant international trainers and guest lecturers. In addition, we will be joined by 12 RESTORE core group members. It’s going to be a great event and one not to miss.

Lancaster (Lancashire), UK

Focusing on Restorative Sustainability, Biophilia, and Sustainability Education, in four days trainees will gain a deep understanding of Restorative Sustainability and the key topics from RESTORE working groups. Training School trainees (students, educators, and practitioners) will participate in multiple introduction seminars, action learning, team and individual presentations, study tours, and much more.

School Highlights

  • Introduction to Regenerative Sustainability and the work of RESTORE Working Groups.
  • Guest lectures including Digital Approaches for Regenerative Design, Mindfulness for Sustainability and more.
  • Regenerative Sustainability Education with Class Of Your Own.
  • Biophilic Design Sessions. We are delighted to have some of the world’s leading experts on biophilic design join us for a powerful biophilic design afternoon of lectures, workshops and webinars.
  • Regenerative Sustainability Tours (Brockholes BREEAM Outstanding and Cuerdon Valley Park, Living Building Challenge Project).
  • Planting trees at the LBC Project (in part to offset carbon from travel, but also to provide locally available Larch timber for any future cladding replacement of the Visitor Centre).

the venue – The Storey, Lancaster

The Training School will operate as a train the trainer course; equipping delegates with techniques and knowledge to run restorative sustainability education modules within their own institute and networks. The RESTORE Training School has been approved by ILFI (International Living Future Institute) for 20 LFA (Living Future Accredited) professional CEU hours.

Confirmed Trainers and Guest Lecturers

Martin BrownRestorative Sustainability
Innovative sustainability & business strategist & advisor @Fairsnape. Author FutuREstorative. UK Living Building Challenge Ambassador and COST Restore Vice Chair. Forest of Bowland, Lancashire, UK.

Alison Watson –  Sustainability Education
Founder and Chief Executive at Class Of Your Own Limited. Clitheroe, Lancashire, UK.

Edeltraud HaselsteinerRESTORE Working Group 1
Urban planning Consulting & Research, Lecturer (University of Technology Vienna, Faculty of Architecture and Planning. Institute of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture). Vienna, Austria.

Emanuele NaboniRESTORE Working Group 2
BArch, MArch, PhD in Science, LEED AP, Licensed Architect. Associate Professor at the Institute of Technology of the Royal Danish Academy (KADK) in Copenhagen, School of Architecture. Copenhagen, Denmark.

Joe ClancyBiophilia
CMLI Project Landscape Architect at Bradley Murphy Design. Landscape Institute. Biophilic Design Consultant, Co-Author 14 patterns of Biophilic Design. Cubbington, Warwickshire, UK.

Elizabeth CalabreseBiophilic Design
AIA, Architect, Educator WELL Faculty. Author. Fostering health and wellbeing through biophilic and ecological design. Burlington, Vermont, USA.

Amanda SturgeonBiophilia (via webinar)
FAIA, CEO of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). She is the author of Creating Biophilic Buildings, the founder and driving force behind the organization’s Biophilic Design Initiative and is a sought-after expert on biophilic design around the world. Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA.

Simon ThorpeProject Manager Cuerdon Valley Park LBC Project. Lancashire, UK.

Ann VannerSustainable Heritage
MCIAT. ARB. FHEA Architect/Technologist/Designer. Maker/Doer/Finder. University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK.

Anne ParkerMindfulness for Sustainability
Coach, trainer, mindfulness teacher. Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, UK.

Jenni BarrettLandscaping for Regenerative Sustainability
Researcher, consultant, lecturer. Senior Lecturer at University of Central Lancashire. Preston, UK.

Barbara JonesStraw Works
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, manufacturing and commerce (FRSA) in 2009. She was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from Women in Construction in 2011 and received a Woman of Outstanding Achievement Award from UKRC in 2009.

We look forward to welcoming you to Lancaster for the First RESTORE Training School 😊

RESTORE (REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy) is an EU COST Action that will advocate for a paradigm shift towards restorative sustainability for new and existing buildings across Europe. It will promote forward thinking and multidisciplinary knowledge, leading to solutions that celebrate the richness of design creativity while enhancing users’ experience, comfort, health, wellbeing and satisfaction inside and outside buildings, and in harmony with urban and natural ecosystems, reconnecting users to nature. The RESTORE network currently has 120+ participants across 37 countries, representing a wide spectrum of academic, client, design and construction individuals and organisations.

The RESTORE web site is online.

The RESTORE web site is on line 😊

We are happy to announce that the RESTORE website is now up and running. You can visit it at

The RESTORE Action aims at a paradigm shift towards restorative sustainability for new and existing buildings, promoting forward thinking and multidisciplinary knowledge, leading to solutions that celebrate the richness of design creativity while enhancing users’ experience, health and wellbeing inside and outside buildings, in harmony with urban ecosystems, reconnecting users to nature.

The RESTORE website is designed to provide you the most important information about RESTORE COST Action. You will be able to find all necessary details about the people involved, their work, the work and outputs from the Working Groups, but also about Short Training Scientific Mission funding opportunities and Training Schools.

Many sections of the website are still under development, but our goal is to make these web pages your hub for RESTORE information. We plan to communicate and disseminate the outcomes of the Action, but we also want to provide you with the information about the activities and involvement of our members. If you are organising any kind of event that might be of interest of other RESTORE participants, please contact us. We will happily share the information.

A reminder that applications for our First Training School are now invited. Please spread the word and be sure to apply if you are at all interested in Restorative Sustainability. Click here for more information.

Our goal is to make this page your hub for RESTORE information. We plan to communicate and disseminate the outcomes of the Action, but we also want to provide you with the information about the activities and involvement of our members. If you are organising any kind of event that might be of interest of other RESTORE participants, please contact us. We will happily share the information.

We look forward to seeing you engage with other RESTORE participants through the important and vibrant discussions and information sharing on our Twitter account and Facebook pages.

The website is based upon work from COST Action CA16114 RESTORE, supported by COST Programme (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).

Copyright © 2017 COST Action CA16114 RESTORE, All rights reserved.





Train the trainer … to RESTORE.

The 1st RESTORE Training School, Lancaster (UK) 14-17 Nov 2017.

We are delighted to offer our first RESTORE Training School that will take place in Lancaster, UK between 14th and 17th November 2017. It will focus on Restorative Sustainability, Biophilia, and Sustainability Education. In four days trainees will gain a deep understanding of Restorative Sustainability and learn about key topics from RESTORE working groups.

Training School trainees (students, educators, and practitioners) will participate in multiple introduction seminars, action learning, team and individual presentations, study tours, and much more.

We are hopeful that the Training School will operate as an accredited train the trainer course; equipping delegates with techniques and knowledge to run restorative sustainability education modules within their own institute and networks, and in doing so, receive recognised certification.

Interested in bringing Restorative Sustainability knowledge to your institute and country?

Learn from experts and others experiences from restorative projects and share your own experiences.

APPLY NOW! Making your case: why is this Training School important for you, and, how will you use it to expand Restorative Sustainability understanding in your country.

Applications Open: 15th July 2017
Applications Close: 15th September 2017
Announcement of the selected trainees: 30 September 2017
Deadline for e-Cost registration and confirmation: 13 October 2017
Training School will start Tuesday, November 14, 2017 and end Friday, November 17, 2017
Location: Lancaster (closest airport: Manchester and then by train) 

Suggested Hotels: Sun Hotel 0.2 miles, Borough 0.1 miles, Toll House 0.2 miles, Lancaster University 2 miles.
About Lancaster:
Local Host Organisation: Class of Your Own (RESTORE Member, UK MC Sub).
Training School Director: Martin Brown (Fairsnape, Vice Chair RESTORE, Lead WG1).
Who can apply? Students (including PhD), Early Career Investigators, Educators, Practitioners, Change Agents.

The Training School will be limited to 35 delegates, 30 funded through the COST Action and 5 self funded or sponsored opportunities.

Financial support from COST Action RESTORE: the selected trainees will benefit of a grant of 640 Euro. The Trainee Grant is a contribution to the overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the Grantee. The trainees must sign the meeting attendance list on each day that they attend the event. The grant will be received one month after the training school.

Important! Read the Vademecum for eligibility for funding.

Training School Themes:

  • Restorative Sustainability (new perspectives on sustainability thinking)
  • Sustainability Education
  • Sustainability learning, sharing and advocating

CA COST Action CA16114
REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy


Un divano come si deve.

Come tutti, immagino, siete bombardati dalle pubblicità (soprattutto) di una nota marca di divani, che ormai da tempo, cogliendo lo spirito del fare “manuale” tanto di moda ultimamente e tipicamente Made in Italy, ci segnala incessantemente da quali mani esperte nascono i propri divani. E se proprio non riesce a convincervi, ecco ribadito che il mega sconto è ancora disponibile fino alla prossima domenica (mi pare che la promozione perduri da anni ormai, essendo diventata ormai di fatto permanente). A giudicare dal tam-tam pubblicitario di questa e di altre marche, pare proprio che l’aspirazione principale degli italiani sia quella di acquistare un divano.

Ma com’è fatto davvero un divano? O, allargando il discorso, visto che parliamo di “qualità”, come si assembla un divano davvero “sostenibile” o “green”, se così vogliamo chiamarlo? A questo dubbio ho dato la risposta nella mia ultima trasferta a Seattle, dove ho scoperto che c’è qualcuno che davvero realizza divani … come si dovrebbe.

Ecobalanza si potrebbe definire una start-up dei divani, per come è nata e si è sviluppata, grazie alla passione e all’impegno di Aimee Robinson. Aimee – brillante imprenditrice di origine messicana trapiantata a Seattle dove coordina un gruppo di lavoranti tutti messicani, con buona pace dell’attuale presidente americano – si è messa in testa di realizzare “the ultimate sofa”. E’ il divano che manda in soffitta tutti gli altri, perché realizzato unicamente (e senza compromessi) in maniera artigianale, senza componenti chimici e con materiali biologici. E il più possibile “a chilometri zero”. Un divano con tutte queste caratteristiche, ma che sia anche e soprattutto bello e confortevole. La vision non è da poco: “We are working to build the most comfortable, beautiful and environmentally responsible luxury upholstered furniture in the world”.

Come si realizza un divano così (non lo chiamo “di nuova generazione” perché dovrebbe essere il divano della generazione alla quale ci siamo dimenticati di appartenere). Due azioni convinte sono necessarie: 1. Andare nel dettaglio e 2. Studiare molto.

La cura del dettaglio non è solo un modo di dire. Per capire dove rendere più sostenibile ambientalmente un divano bisogna scomporlo nei suoi componenti, capire perché servono e perché servono determinati materiali, da dove questi materiali provengono e come sono stati realizzati, con quali materie prime, da quali mani (toccare davvero la responsabilità sociale). Davvero il diavolo sta nei dettagli.

Le molle di un divano EcoBalanza (sopra) e quelle di un divano “comune” (sotto)

Studiare: bisogna studiare come funziona un divano, e quali sono le prestazioni necessarie, richieste dal cliente, gradite. Un divano deve sorreggere un peso (statico o dinamico), deve essere confortevole, al tatto, all’olfatto, alla vista … deve essere resistente, duraturo, trasportabile, ignifugo, lavabile, ecc. ecc. E deve essere anche producibile, fattibile artigianalmente e non eccessivamente complicato, per far sì che i costi non schizzino alle stelle. Bisogna studiare per capire come ottenere le prestazioni con materiali più sostenibili, naturali, biologici, in totale assenza di componenti o additivi chimici. Bisogna studiare per trovare delle alternative accettabili al 100%, anche cambiando i componenti o ottenendo le stesse prestazioni con una struttura diversa. Aimee non è cresciuta … producendo divani. È una passione che è emersa nel suo percorso professionale e per la quale da dieci anni ha studiato tanto per essere preparata, padroneggiare la materia e avere gli strumenti della conoscenza indispensabili per cambiare lo status quo.

See, smell (annusa!), feel, & learn about the materials and techniques we use to handcraft luxury upholstered furniture that is safe for homes & businesses and kind to the environment” – recita l’invito sul sito web dell’azienda. Nella visita alla produzione, Aimee mi ha mostrato com’è fatto un divano come la stragrande maggioranza di quelli che siamo abituati a vedere (e acquistare) e come viene invece realizzato il divano di EcoBalanza, spiegandomi, pezzo per pezzo, materiale per materiale, dove lei ha … ha cambiato le regole del gioco.

I colori per i rivestimenti

Chiaramente un divano così costa di più del solito divano (ma non così tanto come mi sarei aspettato) e, dopotutto, è personalizzato secondo le richieste del singolo cliente, alla quale il processo e le condizioni di acquisto sono spiegate in maniera chiara e trasparente. È altresì ovvio che costa di più e perché costa di più, e la considerazione che ho fatto al termine di questo viaggio nel mondo dei divani è che più che altro ho capito perché gli altri divani costano così poco. Perché vale poco l’ambiente che ci circonda? Perché vale poco la vita delle persone che lavorano per realizzare il divano sul quale siate accovacciati? Perché vale poco la nostra salute, abituati sempre di più come siamo a riempirci la casa di sostanze chimiche a basso prezzo e dannose?

Aimee è inoltre convinta dell’importanza delle certificazioni di sostenibilità. In esse non vede solo l’aspetto di marketing; lo ritiene vincente, sì, ma non ne ha bisogno per farsi strada nel mercato dei divani: dopotutto vuole mantenersi su numeri bassi, altrimenti sa che perderebbe quella artigianalità (lei sì! …) che rappresenta uno dei suoi valori distintivi. Nelle etichette di sostenibilità EcoBalanza vede il riconoscimento neutrale (di parte terza) della qualità e della coerenza ambientale di ciò che sta facendo. “We believe we can make our world safer and more sustainable one sofa, one chair, one ottoman and one upholstered headboard at a time.”

Legno FSC. No VOC. Sostenibilità e impatto sulla salute sono stati valutati e certificati per ogni componente e materia prima.

E più questi protocolli sono rigorosi e sfidanti, meglio è, perché il fine ultimo e il rigore dei principi sui quali ha fondato il suo business valgono l’impegno. Sta perseguendo la certificazione Living Product Challenge (che rappresenta la naturale evoluzione di quanto tracciato da Declare). Le chiedo “Ma non sei spaventata dall’impegno necessario, anche economico?” “Perché dovrei, mi risponde, lo devo fare perché questo riconoscimento senza pari è pienamente allineato con ciò che sto facendo”. E l’International Living Future Institute ha scelto proprio un suo divano per accogliere i propri ospiti nella lobby 😊 E scopro che la nostra battaglia per un futuro diverso può partire per cominciare proprio dal sofà dal quale sto scrivendo.

Aimee e Pinuta (Peanuts)

Carlo Battisti ha esperienza pluriennale nella verifica della conformità di materiali, componenti e sistemi per l’edilizia rispetto ai requisiti degli standard di certificazione della sostenibilità. Ha creato il sito web, il primo database italiano di prodotti per le costruzioni conformi ai requisiti dei crediti LEED®, per il quale ha coordinato l’analisi puntuale della conformità di più di 800 prodotti. È professionista accreditato LEED AP BD+C e ID+C, in conformità alla norma ISO/IEC 17024. Assiste i produttori nella verifica di conformità e nella certificazione dei propri prodotti secondo i più diffusi e rigorosi protocolli e marchi di sostenibilità internazionali e nazionali quali LEED, Living Building Challenge, Living Product Challenge, Declare, BREEAM, GBC Italia. Ha fornito negli ultimi otto anni 350+ servizi di consulenza tecnologica per conto di IDM Alto Adige e ha seguito alcuni progetti R&S per lo sviluppo di prodotti innovativi. Oltre alle aziende, assiste le amministrazioni pubbliche sui Criteri Ambientali Minimi (Decreto del Ministero dell’Ambiente 11 gennaio 2017) collegati al nuovo Codice degli Appalti.

Maggiori informazioni e contatti qui.

Building Hotel Comfort.

Al via la 6a edizione di “Under Construction”.

Under Construction

Building Hotel Comfort
23.10.2017 – 19.01.2018

E’ aperto il bando per “Under Construction 2017” (scadenza 31.07.2017).

Avvicinare ricerca, impresa e hotel: questo lo scopo della sesta edizione di Under Construction, la scuola di innovazione sostenibile che facilita il trasferimento tecnologico e l’innovazione. Il metodo di insegnamento è stato sviluppato da IDM ed EURAC research. Il tema centrale del 2017 è “Building Hotel Comfort“, che si declina sulle caratteristiche di tre hotel altoatesini che parteciperanno all’iniziativa.

Under Construction 2015-2016 (qui presso Naturalia-BAU)

Under Construction 2015-2016. I partecipanti.

Dodici tra i migliori professionisti e ricercatori under 35 selezionati da tutta Italia formeranno tre gruppi, ciascuno coordinato da un tutor IDM o EURAC. Dopo due settimane di moduli formativi, i partecipanti svilupperanno insieme a imprese selezionate uno studio di fattibilità per il risanamento sostenibile di tre hotel altoatesini, focalizzato sul comfort e l’innovazione.

Con la collaborazione di



Scarica qui il bando.

Iscrizione | contatto
entro il 31/07/2017

Giulia Faiella
+39 0471 094231


Obiettivo nZEB.

Case in legno a impatto zero con Living Building Challenge.
Palazzo Rinaldi – Sala verde, Treviso  25 Maggio 2017 ore 16:00-18:00.

Stilenatura, azienda trevigiana costruttrice di case bioecologiche in legno ad alto risparmio energetico, organizza un evento in collaborazione con il Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy, incentrato sugli edifici a bilancio energetico quasi nullo (nZEB) e sull’architettura rigenerativa.

Questo tipo di edifici sarà obbligatorio in tutta Italia a partire dal 1° gennaio 2019 (per edifici pubblici) e dal 1° gennaio 2021 (per quelli privati), secondo la direttiva 2010/31/UE. Quali sono le prospettive del mercato, le metodologie e le soluzioni disponibili? Oltre alla testimonianza di Stilenatura, approfondiremo il tema con il contributo di

Naturalia-BAU, l’azienda altoatesina che da 25 anni propone prodotti e sistemi naturali di alta qualità per una casa sana e rappresenta in Italia un importante punto di riferimento del settore bioedile.

Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy, un gruppo di professionisti volontari impegnati per la sostenibilità, la formazione e l’attuazione del Living Building Challenge, lo standard di sostenibilità dell’ambiente costruito più avanzato al mondo.

Posti gratuiti limitati, iscrizione obbligatoria.


15:30 Registrazione partecipanti
16:00 Saluti e introduzione a cura dell’amministrazione comunale di Treviso
16:15 Costruzioni ecologiche in legno Xlam: differenziarsi nella qualità lungo il processo costruttivo. Francesco Perozzo, Stilenatura.
16:40 Comfort e salubrità negli edifici nZEB. Il diavolo sta nei dettagli? Matteo Pontara, Naturalia-BAU.
17:10 Oltre gli nZEB, edifici a impatto zero con Living Building Challenge. Carlo Battisti, Living Buiding ChalIenge Collaborative: Italy.
17:40 Domande e risposte
18:00 Rinfresco.

Informazioni e registrazione

Dove:  Palazzo Rinaldi, Piazza Rinaldi, 31100 Treviso
Parcheggi:  consigliato Piazzale Burchiellati (ex pattinodromo)
Informazioni:  +39 347 7098013
Registrazione:   Partecipazione gratuita, posti limitati.
Iscrizione tramite Eventbrite qui
Scadenza per la registrazione: martedì 23.05.2017
Scarica il programma qui.

Feeling REGENERATED, at last.

Five takeaways from REGENERATION 2017, 3rd edition.

Another edition (the third) is gone and I think of the punctual and constant work we did in these five months (yes, that is what it takes to organize REGENERATION) to get the most out of these 64 hours (from Wednesday, 26 at 9 o’ clock, to Friday 28, April night at 1 AM, April 29) super-concentrated of enthusiasm, innovation, creativity, internationality and robust technical skills.

I’m often flattering myself that the process is so well-known that I’m not able to grasp the differences between one edition and another. But every time the surprise catches me, little by little as I cross the Centrale Fies gates the days before; I feel the energy that is coming up. It’s never the same experience and I’m fond of people and teams (people make teams …) and so impressed with their willingness to give the best of themselves for a common end result. Also this time it was different, these are my five main take-aways.

1. The force is in the group

People make the group. Thus begins, the theoretical exercise that we make every year at the end of the selection process, to form groups as much balanced as we can. We try to balance everything: architects and engineers, Italians and foreigners (but we are all Europeans, what really changes between an engineer from Turin and a Slovakian architect?), males and females (yes, “males and females”, not “men and women”, as we used to say when we were kids and we went to school ;-), age (the teams are more or less of the same average age, about thirty years old), the areas of sustainability (energy, water or materials? ), curricula, graduates, doctorates, masters, experiences, projects’ portfolio, etc. etc. etc.


Then, throughout the workshop, little by little, it is the group that emerges, it is the group that makes people, and among three teams theoretically perfectly balanced, in the end there is only one who wins; and it is always, I say always, the best-knit. Dynamics, synergies, continuous confrontation, optimism, and a pinch of calm in the creative disorder. After three years I know how you can win REGENERATION 😉

2. If energy is limitless.

Energy begins to grow in the days before the start of REGENERATION. We do the inspections and each time I understand that no coincidence brought us here. Here, where the Fies hydroelectric plant started producing in 1909 to cover the energy needs of the city of Trento, the factory continues to produce creative energy. Energy is not unlimited and it is consumed, someone would think. But when it comes to competition, energy instead of being consumed, is produced, by the quiet and constant interaction of the 15 participants. It’s a renewable energy, actually.

BLUE team (with Martin Brown, tutor)

This year, unlike the previous editions, we anticipated the entire program of half a day, to allow young professionals to conclude the three projects within Friday night, at 1 AM. But they started to stay up late (3, 4, …) already from the first night. When creativity is bulimia. 64 hours x 5 people = 320 men/women hours… I thought they would have been completely squeezed on Friday night… nothing, they were more or less as fresh as a daisy. Energy regenerates. And it is contagious.

3. Living Building Challenge. We can do it.

Once again the Living Building Challenge has been won. You can re-qualify a building with a zero environmental impact; yes, you can do it and it’s also fun. In 2015, the first REGENERATION building was the municipal library of Dro (1975), a building with good potential for transformation, also in relation to the nearby Sarca River. Last year, for the second edition, an additional complication, a historic building with preservation constraints – the Arco Bus Station (1891) – and also in this case the teams (all of them) did it.

GREEN team (with Emanuele Naboni, tutor)

This time, we have broadened the range of action, asking the participants to analyze the relationship between the “A. Zadra” elementary school and the Degasperi district, in Riva del Garda. A jump in scale, where you can see the transition between the building and the community, always following the Living Building Challenge philosophy. And even in this case the challenge (technical, architectural, technological, urban planning) was won. I continue to say, and I really start to convince myself, Living Building Challenge buildings are the buildings of the future, like the NZEBs (Nearly Energy Zero Buildings) that will be mandatory in Italy since 2019 according to 2010/31 EU Directive.

4. A replicable model

2015, Dro. 2016, Arco. 2017, Riva del Garda. We arrived at the lake front. A typical 70s building, a historic building, this time a neighborhood. And now? How to go on? The question turns in my head for a while.

The mechanism is running, the scheme works, and the model is replicable. Boundaries are now too small; the gameplay is ready to be re-presented in new contexts. European, like Europeans are the brilliant professionals who come to Fies every year to come out to promote the principles of the Living Building Challenge in their cities and nations. In addition, the surprising results (the three projects submitted are always valid and feasible) triggered by the almost three days of intense work by each of the three teams, clash with the solid procedures practice (policy choices, funding decrees, bidding, permissions, etc., etc.) and enthusiasm is blurred on time. In short, REGENERATION needs a regeneration…

Centrale Fies

5. Genius loci

The Genius loci is a natural and supernatural entity linked to a place and object of worship in the Roman religion. This association between Genius and the physical site originates from the Augustan age. According to Servio, nullus locus sine Genio (no place is without a Genius) (Commentary to Eneide, 5, 95). Genius loci is now understood in architecture to identify the set of socio-cultural, architectural, linguistic, and habitat characteristics that characterize a place, an environment, a city. A transversal term, which deals with the characteristics of an environment interlaced with man and the habits with which he lives in this environment. It indicates the “character” of a place.

There is a genius in the locus of Centrale Fies. Something that was there, that is there now, that has appeared at each REGENERATION, something that remains behind us as we pass the gate in the cold last night, before the final presentations. Some things are really difficult to be written in a call for a design competition…



It is a design workshop – entirely based on the Living Building Challenge standard – in which teams composed of young professionals under 35 years old, are called to develop a project of sustainable requalification of an existing public building for the local community. Every team should respond to specific requirements defined in the announcement Integrative design, synergistic development of the project and sharing of expertise are necessary prerogatives to tackle this challenge. The purpose of the competition is to show the best sustainable regeneration project for the existing building in terms of architecture, energy efficiency, livability and relationship with social, urban and natural context.

3rd edition teams and projects:

YELLOW team (winner): Francesco Perozzo (leader, Italy), Giulia Guglielmo (Italy), Louise Hamot (France), Sonia-Iulia Raetchi (Romania), Eugenijus Sapel (Lithuania). Project: COLSFOOT.

BLUE team: Estelle Cruz (leader, France), Ilaria Lando (Italy), Marco Rossato (Italy), Anamaria Vasile (Romania), Jurgis Zemitis (Latvia). Project: GROWING BUILDING.

GREEN team: Nicolò Santon (leader, Italy), Marta Frolova (Latvia), Federica Grott (Italy), Isabela Manu (Romania), Marian Ontkoc (Slovakia). Project: L’INFINITO.

REGENERATION è il primo concorso di progettazione per giovani (meno di 35 anni) architetti e ingegneri europei interamente basato sul protocollo di sostenibilità dell’ambiente costruito Living Building Challenge, il più rigoroso al mondo. Giunto alla terza edizione, è organizzato da Carlo Battisti con Macro Design Studio e il Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy e con il supporto dell’International Living Future Institute di Seattle (WA, USA), l’ente che ha sviluppato e promuove lo standard LBC.