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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.

YELLOW team

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…

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What is REGENERATION?

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.

FACEcamp, hub italo-austriaco per facciate ad alte prestazioni.

Un centro di competenza per facilitare lo sviluppo di sistemi avanzati di facciata.

In un edificio la facciata deve assolvere contemporaneamente a diverse funzioni: proteggere dalle intemperie, regolare gli scambi di calore e di energia, permettere un’illuminazione comfortevole e soddisfare una funzione estetica. Nel costruire edifici energeticamente efficienti e in cui si vive bene, la capacità delle aziende di sviluppare facciate complesse sta assumendo negli ultimi anni un ruolo sempre più importante.

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L’esperienza del Gruppo di Lavoro Facciate coordinato da IDM Alto Adige Südtirol prosegue nella realizzazione di un centro di competenza transfrontaliero sulle facciate, all’interno del programma Interreg Italia – Austria. Il progetto (2017-2019) vede Eurac Research come capofila, in compagnia di IDM e delle aziende altoatesine Frener & Reifer e glassAdvisor per la parte italiana, l’Università di Innsbruck e le aziende Bartenbach e HELLA Sonnen- und Wetterschutztechnik per quella austriaca. FACEcamp (FACE = Façades Architecture Construction Engineering) vuole rafforzare la cooperazione transfrontaliera tra imprese e centri per la ricerca e innovazione nel settore dei sistemi di facciata avanzati per la realizzazione di edifici confortevoli ed energeticamente efficienti.

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L’obiettivo di FACEcamp è anche di sostenere gli attori del settore nella valutazione delle prestazioni delle facciate. Dal 2013, nel laboratorio per l’involucro edilizio, i ricercatori di Eurac Research testano dal punto di vista termico ed energetico componenti e sistemi d’involucro come serramenti, pareti opache e sistemi di facciata avanzati. Tra tre anni, quando il centro sarà in attività, le imprese locali potranno rivolgersi a questo hub per avere un supporto nella ricerca e nello sviluppo di facciate complesse. Nel frattempo, gli esperti dei partner di progetto si focalizzeranno sullo sviluppo di metodi di calcolo e misura per valutare in modo affidabile le prestazioni dei sistemi di facciata, il loro contributo alla qualità degli ambienti dove viviamo e lavoriamo, e gli effetti di diversi tipi di illuminamento sul benessere degli utilizzatori degli edifici.

Interreg V-A Italia – Austria fa parte dei programmi di cooperazione territoriale europea per il periodo 2014-2020. Il programma promuove lo sviluppo equilibrato e sostenibile e l’integrazione armoniosa nell’area di confine tra Italia e Austria. Il programma è finanziato dal Fondo Europeo di Sviluppo Regionale (FESR) e da contributi pubblici nazionali per un totale di 98 milioni di euro. Con questi fondi, il programma promuove progetti di cooperazione italiana-austriaca nel campo della ricerca e innovazione, natura e la cultura, espansione delle competenze istituzionali e lo sviluppo regionale a livello locale.

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FACEcamp | Kompetenzzentrum zur Unterstützung der Entwicklung moderner Fassadensysteme

Dieser Antrag zielt auf Stärkung und nachhaltige Stabilisierung transnationaler Kooperationen zwischen Firmen und Forschungseinrichtungen auf dem Gebiet moderner Fassadensysteme mit Fokus auf Energieeffizienz, Komfort und Gesundheit ab. Dabei sollen Stakeholder und Firmen bei der Bewältigung planerischer Anforderungen durch moderne Fassadensysteme unterstützt werden.

Das Kooperationsprogramm Interreg V-A Italien-Österreich ist Teil der Förderprogramme im Rahmen des Ziels Europäische territoriale Zusammenarbeit für die Periode 2014-2020. Es fördert die ausgewogene, nachhaltige Entwicklung sowie harmonische Integration im Grenzraum zwischen Italien und Österreich und wird durch den Europäischen Fonds für regionale Entwicklung (EFRE) und nationale öffentliche Beiträge in Höhe von insgesamt rund 98 Millionen Euro finanziert. Mit diesen Mitteln fördert das Programm italienisch-österreichische Kooperationsprojekte in den Bereichen Forschung und Innovation, Natur und Kultur, Ausbau institutioneller Kompetenz und Regionalentwicklung auf lokaler Ebene.

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FACEcamp | Competence center to facilitate the development of advanced facade systems

FACEcamp project aims at strengthening a long-term transnational cooperation among companies and R&I entities in the field of advanced façade systems for healthy, comfortable and energy efficient buildings. FACEcamp goal is to support stakeholders to cope effectively with the facade performances.

The Interreg V-A Italy-Austria programme is a cross border programme under the European Territorial Cooperation Goal for the programming period 2014-2020, aiming to support a balanced and sustainable development and a harmonious integration of the border region between Italy and Austria. The programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as well as national public contributions for a total of 98 million euro. With these funds, the programme promotes Italian-Austrian cooperation projects in the fields of research and innovation, nature and culture, institutional capacity and community led local development.

Per maggiori informazioni | mehrere Informationen | for further information: carlo.battisti@idm-suedtirol.com

Come join us for LF17 :-)

Living Future unConference 2017
THE LEADING EVENT FOR REGENERATIVE DESIGN

Living Future unConference is an annual event that attracts disruptive design leaders. Join a cross-industry collaborative network that is creating a healthy built environment.


Celebrate Genius and Courage in all of its forms during the 11th Annual Living Future unConference, May 17-19 in Seattle, WA. Join us for unconventional sessions + dynamic speakers, including Van Jones, Naomi Klein, and Kirsti Luke.  Living Future brings hundreds of thought-leaders to the table to create a healthy and just future for all. #ChallengetheNorm and uncover your role to make this future a reality. Register here 🙂

Living Future unConference is the forum for leading minds in the green building movement to make strides toward a healthy future for all. This year, we will focus on the layers of Genius and Courage during unconventional sessions and dynamic speaking engagements with top-notch keynotes. We’ll open the unConference with Van Jones, a civil rights leader, former Obama White House advisor and CNN political correspondent. Celebrate 11 years of innovation and partake in the out-of-the-ordinary experience that is the essence of the unConference.

Unforgettable keynotes

Van Jones is a civil rights leader, former Obama White House advisor, and CNN political correspondent. He is the Founder and President of Dream Corps — an incubator, platform and home for world-changing initiatives that empower the most vulnerable in our society. The Dream Corps three programs,#cut50, #YesWeCode, and Green For All, work to close prison doors and open doors of opportunity. A Yale-educated attorney, Van has written two New York Times bestsellers: The Green Collar Economy, the definitive book on green jobs, and Rebuild the Dream, a roadmap for progressives.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestsellers, No Logo, The Shock Doctrine, and most recently This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate (2014) which is being translated into over 25 languages.  This Changes Everything, the documentary inspired by the book and narrated by Naomi premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2017 she joined The Intercept as Senior Correspondent. Recent articles have also appeared in The Guardian, The Nation, The New York Times, the New Yorker, Le Monde, The London Review of Books.

Kirsti Luke is Chief Executive of Tūhoe Te Uru Taumatua, Ngāi Tūhoe’s Tribal Authority. She holds a Bachelor of Law (LLB), is extremely knowledgeable about the tribe’s treaty claims, and was involved in the establishment of Te Uru Taumatua. Her goal is to build the organization and the tribe’s economy and improve descendants’ quality of life. Her role includes recruiting management staff, building relationships with stakeholders and government agencies, developing policies to improve or coordinate options for housing, health and employment for Tūhoe and providing business recommendations to build up the tribe’s economy.

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The International Living Future Institute is an environmental NGO committed to catalyzing the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. Composed of leading green building experts and thought-leaders, the Institute is premised on the belief that providing a compelling vision for the future is a fundamental requirement for reconciling humanity’s relationship with the natural world.
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The future of LBC Collaboratives in Europe.

Join us for the next Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy meeting on April 28th, at Centrale Fies, Dro (Trento, Italy) during REGENERATION 2017.

Talk with Amanda Sturgeon (International Living Future Institute, CEO), Martin Brown (LBC Collaborative: UK, facilitator), Emmanuel Pauwels (LBC Collaborative: Spain, facilitator). Carlo Battisti and Paola Moschini (LBC Collaborative: Italy, facilitators) will moderate the meeting,

A presentation by Maria Giovanna Sandrini, Brand & Corporate Communication Manager of Aquafil group, will open the meeting. Since 50 years, Aquafil has been one of the leading players, both in Italy and globally, in the production of Polyamide 6: a landmark in terms of quality and product innovation. Additionally, the group is a leader in the research of new production models for sustainable development.

Participation is free and reserved to LBC Collaborative: Italy affiliates, registration here is required. Seats are limited (20). Language: English, without somultaneous translation.

Program

14:00 – 15:00
Aquafil’s path toward full sustainability. With Maria Giovanna Sandrini, Aquafil group.
15.00 – 16:00
The future of LBC Collaboratives in Europe. Talk with Amanda Sturgeon, Martin Brown, Emmanuel Pauwels.


Il futuro dei Collaborative LBC in Europa.

Meeting del Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy, 28 aprile 2017, presso Centrale Fies, Dro (Trento).

Conversazione con Amanda Sturgeon (presidente dell’International Living Future Institute), Martin Brown (Facilitatore del LBC Collaborative UK), Emmanuel Pauwels (Facilitatore del LBC Collaborative: Spain).
Moderano Carlo Battisti e Paola Moschini (Facilitatori del LBC Collaborative: Italy).

Apre la presentazione di Maria Giovanna Sandrini, Brand & Corporate Communication Manager del gruppo Aquafil, della strategia di sostenibilità rigenerativa di Aquafil, da 50 anni uno dei principali attori, in Italia e nel mondo, nella produzione di fibre sintetiche, in special modo di quelle in poliammide 6. Il gruppo è punto di riferimento per qualità, innovazione e nuovi modelli di sviluppo sostenibile.

La partecipazione è gratuita e riservata agli affiliati del LBC Collaborative: Italy, previa iscrizione qui. Posti limitati (20). La lingua dell’evento è l’inglese (senza traduzione simultanea).

Programma:

14:00 – 15:00
Il cammino di Aquafil verso la sostenibilità. Con Maria Giovanna Sandrini, gruppo Aquafil.
15:00 – 16:00
Il futuro dei Collaborative in Europa. Conversazione con Amanda Sturgeon, Martin Brown, Emmanuel Pauwels.

REGENERATION 2017. The Conference.

REGENERATION 2017. The Conference.
Riva del Garda, Italy | Rocca di Riva del Garda.
Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (CEST)

It’s time to imagine a living future and a world of living buildings. The Living Building Challenge is a philosophy, certification and advocacy tool for projects to move beyond merely being less bad and to become truly regenerative. The Challenge defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to rapidly diminish the gap between current limits and the end-game positive solutions we seek.

clockwise: Amanda Sturgeon, Martin Brown, Emanuele Naboni, Emmanuel Pauwels

The conference is connected to REGENERATION, the 64 hours European competition organized by Macro Design Studio and Carlo Battisti together with the International Living Future Institute and also represents the annual main event of the Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy, a community-based group sharing knowledge and creating the local conditions that support development of Living Buildings, Sites and Communities.

PROGRAM

  • 09:00 – 09:30 Registration
  • 09:30 – 09:40 INTRODUCTION | Carlo Battisti and Paola Moschini
  • 09:40 – 10:05 Presentation by the YELLOW team in competition
  • 10:05 – 10:30 Presentation by the BLUE team in competition
  • 10:30 – 10:55 Presentation of the GREEN team in competition
  • 10:55 – 11:25 REGENERATION AND RESILIENCE: COMING TOGETHER FOR A LIVING FUTURE | Amanda Sturgeon, CEO of the International Living Future Institute
  • 11:25 – 11:45 Coffee break
  • 11:45 – 12:05 TOWARDS A NEW HEALTHY AND SUSTAINABLE FUTURE | Martin Brown, founder of Fairsnape
  • 12:05 – 12:25 ARCHITECTURAL DEVICES FOR REGENERATIVE STRATEGIES IN EXTREME CLIMATES | Emanuele Naboni, Associate professor at the Royal Danish Academy Copenhagen, School of Architecture
  • 12:25 – 12:45 HOW TO MAKE YOUR DAILY PRACTICE BLOSSOM WITH LBC? Emmanuel Pauwels, founder of Green Living Projects
  • 12:45 – 13:00 Proclamation of the winners of REGENERATION 2017

ORGANISATION

Where Fortezza Rocca di Riva del Garda (TN) Italy | Coordinates 45.884533, 10.8421131
Parking (toll) Parcheggio Terme Romane, Viale Pilati 2, 38066 Riva del Garda; Parcheggio Monte Oro, Via Monte Oro 1, 38066 Riva del Garda
Information +39 3289797497 | eventi@macrodesignstudio.it
Registration here. Participation is free but seats are limited. Deadline for registration: Friday 28th April 2017.
Language The Conference will be in English (with simultaneous translation).
CEU 4 Educational credits for architects will be provided in agreement with Ordine degli Architetti Pianificatori e Paesaggisti e Conservatori di Trento. This conference has been approved for 4 LFA (Living Future Accredited professional) CEU hours. Attendance certification will be released at the end of the conference.

REGISTRATION

Il wellbeing che vorrei.

Appunti per un comfort sostenibile.

Di ritorno da un weekend in un wellness hotel, la domanda principale che mi sono fatto è “Ma, qual è il wellness che vorrei?”. Perché, diciamolo, l’esperienza mi ha lasciato qualche perplessità e mi spinge a tornare ancora una volta sul tema comfort e sostenibilità, ovvero “Un comfort sostenibile ?” Partiamo dagli hotel, che rappresentano proprio un ambito di riferimento per il tema.

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Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur, Rajasthan (India)

Primo punto. Comfort = lusso? Come in questo splendido hotel indiano? Comfort = abbondanza? Ovvero una lista infinita di possibilità e servizi che è impossibile sfruttare tutti, a meno che non si soggiorni nell’albergo per un mese? Perché se tenti di fare tutto in un weekend (e questo è il tempo a disposizione che mi è capitato di avere) ti ricoverano in preda ad una crisi di nervi. La novità degli ultimi anni è la ¾ pensione, che è più di mezza pensione e meno di una pensione completa. Ovvero, torni presto dalla sciata (ma perché dovresti farlo?) e trovi un buffet per uno “spuntino”, magari alle due o alle tre del pomeriggio, che vi assicuro alla fine è come un pranzo. E all’orizzonte incombe la cena, di almeno 5 portate. Nel mezzo, bisogna affrettarsi a frequentare l’area wellness, sperando che vapori e acqua calda ti brucino qualche caloria (difficile).

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Troppi servizi, troppa offerta … riuscirò a far tutto in un weekend??

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WALL•E – Pixar Animation Studios & Walt Disney Pictures (2008)

Insomma lo scenario apocalittico di una società viziata e sedentaria alla “Wall-e” è dietro l’angolo. Ma tutti i suddetti comfort alla fine vengono dimenticati velocemente, se l’impianto di ventilazione dell’albergo è progettato o realizzato male, e nella tua mansarda arriva sin dal primo mattino l’odore di aglio. Allora, prima curare la corretta ventilazione dell’edificio e poi pensare ai succhi di frutta tropicali nell’area piscina.

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In definitiva, il troppo finisce per darmi fastidio e ripenso al “Less is more” di Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Ed è questa ad esempio la strategia intrapresa dalla catena canadese Alt Hotels, che con l’ossimoro “Affordable luxury” caratterizzano la loro offerta con l’eliminazione di tutto ciò che non è davvero necessario, pur mantenendo un adeguato livello di comfort.

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E poi c’è la questione dei “termostati truccati”. Sì, avete capito bene. Una recente indagine documentata sul Wall Street Journal del 25.01.2017 ha scoperto che in un numero rilevante di hotel i termostati sono bloccati e non consentono la regolazione individuale della temperatura nella camera. Cioè, la rotella del termostato gira, ma in realtà la temperatura della stanza è fissata e regolata centralmente dall’hotel. E così sono spuntati in rete addirittura dei tutorial che spiegano come rimuovere il blocco dell’apparecchio e riprendere il comando delle operazioni. Insomma … “Occupy thermostats”.

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Walden Pond, Concord (MA, USA)

Secondo punto. E se tutto questo approccio bulimico al comfort fosse sbagliato? Se avesse ragione Henry David Thoreau (il più sottovalutato dei filosofi americani dell’800)? Se fosse comfort = frugalità?Walden, ovvero Vita nei boschi” è il resoconto dell’avventura dell’autore, che dedicò oltre due anni della propria vita, nell’estate del 1847, a cercare un rapporto intimo con la natura e insieme a ritrovare se stesso in una società che non rappresentava ai suoi occhi i veri valori da seguire, ma solo l’utile mercantile. Il suo fu un esperimento avente per obiettivo quello di cercare la conciliazione tra artista e il mondo naturale grazie all’ottimismo scaturito dal considerare l’uomo come artefice del proprio destino e come essere dipendente da sensazioni ed emozioni. Il libro fu scritto quasi interamente durante il soggiorno di Thoreau in una capanna, costruita in gran parte da solo, sulle sponde del lago Walden che si trova vicino alla cittadina di Concord in Massachusetts [Wikipedia].

Thoreau è sicuramente un riferimento per l’approccio biofilico. Biophilia = ipotesi scientifica proposta nel 1984 da Edward O. Wilson che rileva empiricamente nell’essere umano la “tendenza innata a concentrare il proprio interesse sulla vita e sui processi vitali”. Si può ottenere un comfort sostenibile seguendo questi principi e ci sono ormai molti studi che dimostrano i benefici tangibili sulla salute della persona e sulla riduzione dei costi operativi legati a una progettazione virtuosa degli spazi abitati. Seguendo ad esempio il protocollo (filosofia e sistema di certificazione allo stesso tempo) Living Building Challenge creato e mantenuto dall’International Living Future Institute (ILFI).

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Terzo punto. Viviamo il 90% della nostra vita all’interno di edifici. E’ una notizia tanto assodata quanto banale, ma poiché lo sappiamo, perché non puntiamo a garantire una qualità del vivere all’interno di questi spazi (Indoor Environmental Quality)? E’ la strategia dell’International WELL Building Institute. La riflessione di partenza è semplice: in un’organizzazione (immaginiamo un edificio per uffici) la stragrande maggioranza dei costi operativi riguarda i costi del personale. Circa il 90%, a fronte di un 1% per l’energia. Negli ultimi anni ci siamo battuti per l’efficienza energetica e questo è un bene, perché l’efficienza energetica è amica dell’ambiente. Ma ci siamo dimenticati delle persone. Bene, con il protocollo WELL rimettiamo al centro la persona. Un progetto certificato WELL ha il potenziale di aggiungere un valore misurabile per la salute, il benessere e la felicità degli occupanti dell’edificio. Detto in altri termini, se le persone vivono e lavorano all’interno di un ambiente salubre e confortevole, ne beneficiano umore, salute e quindi produttività. È migliora il margine di profitto. Si tratta di un nuovo ROI (Return on Investment) a beneficio del capitale investito dal conduttore e dal proprietario dell’immobile.

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Quarto punto. Tutto quanto sopra descritto è un driver micidiale per l’innovazione. Solo per quanto riguarda la misurazione e il mantenimento della qualità dell’aria interna di un ambiente stanno spuntando numerose soluzioni interessanti, come ad esempio il purificatore molecolare di aria interna, sviluppato dalla startup di San Francisco Molekule.

Per questo stiamo stimolando in IDM Südtirol Alto Adige la discussione e lo sviluppo di nuove idee proprio attraverso un Gruppo di Lavoro trasversale dedicato alla tematica del comfort e dell’Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ).

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Quinto punto
. Abbiamo detto di quanto contano gli edifici, perché consumano risorse e con la propria efficienza energetica possono ridurre l’impatto sull’ambiente, e perché la qualità (o la mancanza di qualità) degli ambienti interni influenza direttamente la qualità della vita e il comfort delle persone. Quanto abbiamo detto per gli edifici può essere “scalato” a livello di quartieri, comunità, città intere. Gli “edifici viventi” (i Living Building di ILFI) possono trasformarsi in Living Communities. Possiamo riportare i principi virtuosi (un edificio autonomo, che non impatta sull’ambiente, che produce ciò che consuma, che ha un effetto positivo sulle persone) a una dimensione urbana più ampia. Anche questo (o proprio questo) è wellbeing.

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Riepilogando, ecco il mio decalogo per la discussione:

  1. Definire il wellness (lusso vs. frugalità, mass customization?)
  2. Less is more
  3. Dalla sostenibilità ambientale-energetica a quella delle persone
  4. Misurare e certificare le prestazioni e il wellbeing (la persona nell’edificio)
  5. Monitorare il comportamento e dialogare con gli occupanti
  6. Wellbeing come leva economica
  7. Wellness come driver per soluzioni innovative
  8. Declinare il wellbeing per tipologie di edifici (hotel, uffici, scuole, ospedali, ecc.)
  9. Recuperare il rapporto con la natura (Biofilia, Living Buildings)
  10. Saltare di scala: dai Living Buildings alle Living Communities

Siete pronti per un manifesto del comfort sostenibile, per un wellbeing a misura di uomo e di ambiente? 🙂

[Carlo Battisti è Living Future Accredited e WELL Accredited Professional. Coordina il Gruppo di Lavoro Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) presso l’Ecosystem Construction di IDM Südtirol Alto Adige].

RESTORE | REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy

logo_costApproved by the COST Committee of Senior Officials on 24 October 2016, REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy (RESTORE) is one out of the 25 new Actions that were selected out of 478 eligible proposals collected earlier in April.

RESTORE: ‘to return something or someone to an earlier good condition or position’.

Sustainable buildings and facilities are critical to a future that is socially just, ecologically restorative, culturally rich and economically viable within the climate change context.

Despite over a decade of strategies and programmes, progress on built environment sustainability fails to address these key issues. Consequently the built environment sector no longer has the luxury of being incrementally less bad, but, with urgency, needs to adopt net-positive, restorative sustainability thinking to incrementally do ‘more good’.

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Within the built environment sustainability agenda a shift is occurring, from a narrow focus on building energy performance, mitigation strategies, and minimisation of environmental impacts to a broader framework that enriches places, people, ecology, culture, and climate at the core of the design task, with particular emphasis on the benefits towards health. 

Sustainability in buildings, as understood today, is an inadequate measure for current and future architectural design, for it aims no higher than trying to make buildings ‘less bad’. Building on current European Standards restorative sustainability approaches will raise aspirations and deliver restorative outcomes. 

Walden Pond, Concord (MA, USA)

Walden Pond, Concord (MA, USA)

The RESTORE Action will affect 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 COST proposal will advocate, mentor and influence for a restorative built environment sustainability through work groups, training schools (including learning design competitions) and Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs).

General information:

CA COST Action CA16114 REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy
Start of Action: 09.03.2017  End of Action: 08.03.2021
Proposers: Carlo Battisti w/ Martin Brown, Sue Clark, Emanuele Naboni
Science Officer: Estelle Emeriau
Administrative Officer: Aranzazu Sanchez

For further information: carlo.battisti@eurac.edu

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is the longest-running European framework supporting trans-national cooperation among researchers, engineers and scholars across Europe. It is a unique means for them to jointly develop their own ideas and new initiatives across all fields in science and technology, including social sciences and humanities, through pan-European networking of nationally funded research activities. Based on a European intergovernmental framework for cooperation in science and technology, COST has been contributing – since its creation in 1971 – to closing the gap between science, policy makers and society throughout Europe and beyond.