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REGENERATION 2017 – Apply now!

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Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy with Macro Design Studio and Carlo Battisti is organising the third edition of: REGENERATION , the design competition in Europe entirely based on the sustainability certification standard Living Building Challenge.

The competition is open to professionals (architects, engineers, environmental sustainability and landscape experts) in Europe, under 35 years old. The deadline for the request of participation is next January 31^st, 2017. We will select the best 15 on the basis of the documentation submitted.

The event will take place at Centrale Fies, Dro (Trento – Italy), on April, 26^th to 29^th, 2017. 64 non-stop hours of integrative design in which each team, assisted by tutors expert of LBC, will compete in designing the best redevelopment project of an existing local public building. There will be side events i.e. a final conference open to the public on the issues of LBC as well as the final presentation of the projects, with the proclamation of the best project by an international jury.

Participants (after the selection of the 15) are required to pay a registration fee of 240 € + VAT. Room and board are paid by the organization. The award for the best team of the project is 3,000 € (cash).

You may find all the information about REGENERATION on:

The deadline for the request of participation is next January 31^st, 2017.
Do you want to regenerate with us? Help us spread the word!
Thank you and a warm greeting from

The REGENERATION Team

APPLY NOW!

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We will make our own future.

Lessons from “Billions”.

Billions is an American television drama series created by David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin, starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis premiering on Showtime. The series is loosely based on the activities of crusading federal prosecutor of financial crimes Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Season 2 release date is set at 19 February 2017.

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Main cast is: Damian Lewis as Bobby “Axe” Axelrod, an ambitious hedge fund manager who came from humble beginnings. Paul Giamatti as Charles “Chuck” Rhoades Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Rhoades is ruthless, and has a particular distaste for wealthy criminals who try to buy their way out of justice. Maggie Siff as Wendy Rhoades, M.D, psychiatrist, in-house performance coach at Axe Capital and wife of Chuck Rhoades. Malin Åkerman as Lara Axelrod, wife of Bobby Axelrod and a former nurse. She is from a lower-class upbringing, but has left her former self behind.

Here are the 6 (politically correct …) best quotes (to Help You Take Control of Your Career) as selected by FindSpark.

1. «It’s not easy to do. But people are at their best when they feel appreciated». Your connections are people; treat them that way. Asking for favors all the time, without giving back, makes people feel used. The best way to network is to be generous. Ask people how you can help them; doing favors and making them feel appreciated will make them more likely to help you out down the road.
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2. «This company will not wait for an uncertain future. We will make our own future». Bobby didn’t become a self-made billionaire by sitting around and waiting for things to happen to him, and you won’t find success that way, either. You have more control over your career than you think, and it’s time to take ownership of it. They say it’s all about who you know, so if you don’t know the right people you need to do something about it.
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3. «Are we teaching them daddy’s job is always more important than mommy’s?» Throughout your career, people will try to put themselves before you or tell you that you aren’t important. It’s an unfortunate fact of life – but we know you can handle it. Always remember that your number one priority is you. Stand up for yourself and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.
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4. «What we do has consequences, intended and unintended. The decisions we make, the action we bring, have weight». Chuck happens to be the country’s most successful prosecutor – in fact, he’s never lost a case. You don’t get that far without knowing the importance of your own actions. You matter, and what you do matters.  Every step you take, no matter how small, can have an impact on your career and the people around you.
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5. «Meaning matters more to me than happiness». “Having it all” has gotten to be a pretty ridiculous concept. How can you give 100% to every aspect of your life? More often than not, you need to make sacrifices to do what you love – and that’s ok. Your career isn’t going to be smooth sailing 24/7. There will always be times when you need to reconsider all that you’ve taken on, and it’s okay if it feels like too much.
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6. «It’s not about comp, but it is about value – mine. And growth. As in wheter I am still growing». Sure, we’d all love to have a six digit salary. But your career is about more than the money. Think about every job or internship as a chance to grow in your career. Every experience is an opportunity to learn and gain valuable skills. Take note during your time in your role of all your accomplishments, so you can use them to seriously beef up your resume.
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Do you want to know more about “Billions”? Here is a couple of reviews, one in favor, one against. Enjoy the reading!

The boring savagery of Showtime’s Billions (The Week)
Com’è Billions, la nuova serie tv di Showtime
(Wired.it)

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I’m doing WELL.

The WELL Building Standard (WELL) focuses on the people in the building.

Over the last decade, green building standards and standard-setting organizations have made significant strides towards the market transformation of the building industry, resulting in a rapid expansion of green buildings and environmentally conscious building practices throughout the world.

Over the same period, strategies to enhance human health and well-being have played a relatively small role in the evolution of building standards. The time has come to elevate human health and comfort to the forefront of building practices and reinvent buildings that are not only better for the planet, but also for people.

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The WELL Building Standard (WELL)

  • is the first standard of its kind that focuses solely on the health and wellness of building occupants.
  • identifies 100 performance metrics, design strategies, and policies that can be implemented by the owners, designers, engineers, contractors, users and operators of a building.
  • is based on a thorough review of the existing research on the effects of spaces on individuals and has been advanced through a thorough scientific and technical review.
  • requires that the space must undergo a process that includes an on-site assessment and performance testing by a third party.

WELL is the culmination of seven years of rigorous research in collaboration with leading physicians, scientists and industry professionals. Pioneered by Delos, WELL is administered by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) and third-party certified through IWBI’s collaboration with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the certification body that administers the LEED Green Building Rating System.

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Haworth new showroom, Los Angeles (CA)

What are the interactions between humans and the built environment? Traditional healthcare delivery systems primarily focus on addressing health after people have already become sick. With rising costs and the increased burden of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, people are turning to more lifestyle-oriented and preventative approaches to health.

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LEED: the building as a human body

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WELL: the human body within the building

The WELL Building Standard is founded on the understanding that facets of our environment interact with personal, genetic and behavioral factors to shape our overall health and well-being. WELL measures attributes of buildings that impact occupant health by looking at seven factors, or Concepts, relevant to occupant health and well-being: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind:

Air – Clean air is a critical component to our health. Air pollution is the number one environmental cause of premature mortality, contributing to 50,000 premature deaths annually in the United States and approximately 7 million, or one in eight premature deaths Worldwide.

Water – Drinking water contamination is a major public health issue. Many people receive water that has been exposed to potentially harmful levels of biological, chemical and mineral contaminants. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that almost one billion people lack access to safe drinking water worldwide, and two million annual deaths are attributable to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene.

Nourishment – Nutrition plays a key role in health maintenance, weight management and chronic disease prevention. However, adherence to the dietary recommendations in the U.S. is poor. Similarly, global dietary patterns are also less than optimal; in many countries, people consume more than 500 calories from added sugars per day.

Light – In addition to facilitating vision, light influences the human body in non-visual ways. Humans and animals have internal clocks that synchronize physiological functions on roughly a 24-hour cycle called the circadian rhythm.

Fitness – Modern transportation, labor saving conveniences and sedentary jobs have created an environment in which millions of people fail to achieve the minimum level of activity necessary to help prevent type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, heart disease and other chronic conditions.

Comfort – The indoor environment should be a place of comfort. In pursuit of that vision, the WELL Building Standard® focuses on significantly reducing the most common sources of physiological disruption, distraction and irritation and on enhancing acoustic, ergonomic, olfactory and thermal comfort to prevent stress and injury and facilitate comfort, productivity and well-being.

Mind – While mental and physical health are often conceptualized as separate domains, our minds and bodies are inextricably connected. Because the mind plays a vital role in an individual’s overall health and well-being, an atmosphere that supports a healthy mental state can have significant psychological and physical benefits.

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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh (PA)

If you consider the life of a building over 30 years, personnel costs significantly outweigh any other building and operational cost. By introducing WELL into built spaces, we can significantly reduce personnel costs — health, medical and productivity — in the long run. Clearly long term value can be generated by addressing occupant health in both commercial and residential spaces.

2016_08_18-04 WELL scorecardWELL Certification allows building owners and employers to know their space is performing as intended to support human health and wellness. The WELL Building Standard v1 is optimized for commercial and institutional buildings and can be applied to three project typologies: New and Existing Buildings, New and Existing Interiors, Core and Shell Compliance.

WELL works harmoniously with LEED and the Living Building Challenge. IWBI welcomes projects to pursue both LEED and the Living Building Challenge alongside WELL in order to promote both environmental sustainability and human health. A number of overlapping features exist between WELL and both LEED and the Living Building Challenge, which are described in detail in the appendices of the WELL Building Standard. «Working together to optimize building performance for human health and our environment».

2016_08_18-02 WELL APThe WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) credential is an advanced credential intended for experienced building professionals. The WELL AP ensures to the public, building owners and other building professionals that the credential holder has demonstrated advanced knowledge and proficiency in building wellness and the principles, practices and applications of the WELL Building Standard. A couple of weeks ago I earned the WELL Accredited Professional credential :-).

[Sources: WELL Building Standard® v1, September 2015; WELL Brochure; WELL One pager. Copyright© 2015 by Delos Living LLC. The WELL AP™ trademark is used with permission from the International WELL Building Institute™]

The REGENERATION 2016 Conference.

A “different Saturday” … that will change your minds.

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Centrale Fies, Dro (Trento – Italy)

It’s time to imagine a “Living Future” made of “living buildings.” Living Building Challenge is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy, suitable  for projects that want to go beyond being simply “less harmful”, to truly become “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.

Connected to REGENERATION, the 64 hours non-stop design competition organized by Macro Design Studio  together with the International Living Future Institute, the Conference will return on Saturday, April 16, 2016 morning at Centrale Fies – Dro (Trento). The Conference is the premier annual event of the Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy, a community born with the aim of sharing LBC knowledge and principles and create the local conditions for the development of “living” buildings, territories and communities.

Presentazione standard di PowerPointThe program (the event will be in English)
Saturday April 16th, 2016, h 10-13

  • 10:00 – 10.50: Registration
  • 10:50 – 11:00: INTRODUCTION | Macro Design Studio
  • 11.00 – 11.40: NOW IT IS THE TIME FOR A WORLD OF LIVING BUILDINGS AND COMMUNITIES | Amanda Sturgeon, The International Living Future Institute – CEO
  • 11.40 – 12:00: CHALLENGING UK CONSTRUCTION. THE UK FIRST LIVING BUILDING PROJECT | Martin Brown, Fairsnape – Founder
  • 12.00 – 12:20: THE EXPERIMENTAL UNDERSTANDING OF COMPLEX ENVIRONMENTS FOR THEIR REGENERATION | Emanuele Naboni, Royal Danish Academy Copenhagen, School of Architecture – Associate professor
  • 12.20 – 12:40: REGENERATION 2015. PROUD TO BE ZERO. |  The YELLOW Team, REGENERATION 2015
  • 12:40 – 13:00: Questions and answers

2016_03_22-02 Amanda SturgeonThe international speakers are experts who have long been working to introduce the principles of LBC in Europe, including a special guest: Amanda Sturgeon was appointed by former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton as one of the “10 most important women in sustainability.” FAIA, LEED Fellow, Amanda is from this year President and CEO of the International Living Future Institute after having been Executive Director. She sponsored also the first edition of REGENERATION.

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Martin Brown is the founder of Fairsnape, active since 2005 as a consulting company, providing a wide range of support services to organizations in the built environment. He deals with innovative sustainability, social media and business improvement, with over 40 years of experience. He is a Living Building Challenge Ambassador, with a passion for the promotion of LBC and regenerative sustainability concepts in the UK.

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(BArch, Dip. Arch., MPhil, PhD in Science, LEED AP, Licensed Architect) He is since 2010 an associate professor at the Institute of Technology of the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen, Faculty of Architecture. He teaches and researches in the field of technology and sustainable environmental design.

2016_03_22-04 Team YellowThe YELLOW team is the winning team of the 1st edition of REGENERATION (15-18 Apr 2015) and it is composed of (from left in the picture) Emanuele Mondin (architect, Vicenza), Guido Zanzottera (energy engineer, Turin), Luigi Greco (urban planner, Agrigento), Bernardette Soust Verdaguer (architect, Sevilla) and Maija Krizmane (civil engineer, Riga).

Further information about the event:

When: Saturday April 16th, 2016, h 10-13
Where: Centrale Fies, Dro (TN) | Coordinates 45.986691, 10.926922
Contact: +39 0464 443418 | eventi@macrodesignstudio.it
Registration: partecipation is free but seats are limited. Deadline for registration: Thursday April 15th, 2016. Registration through Eventbrite here.
Language: the conference will be in English (with simultaneous translation).
Educational credits: 3 educational credits for architects will be provided in agreement with Ordine degli Architetti Pianificatori Paesaggisti e Conservatori di Trento. This conference has been approved for 3 LFA (Living Future Accredited professional) CEU hours.

We are waiting for you 🙂

Slow Construction.

Living Building Challenge meets Slow Food.

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“Slow Construction” can be defined as an approach in line with the principles of Slow Food and Living Building Challenge, which aims to tune the buildings with the local environment around them by using local materials, eliminating toxic products, adapting the design to the specific climatic and ecological conditions. The goal is to use technologies appropriately, reducing the environmental impact of buildings and strengthening their social utility. (For further references see this article by Gabe Dunsmith on the International Living Future web site).

Living Building Challenge2016_02_24-02 LBCCI, created in 2006, is a philosophy, an advocacy tool and a certification program that promotes the most advanced sustainability standard for buildings, infrastructure, neighborhoods and communities. The Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy (LBCC Italy) is a group of local professional volunteers committed to sustainability, education and implementation of the Living Building Challenge. The LBCC Italy provides a unique in person forum to facilitate change in the built environment. LBC is the most progressive sustainability standard in the world. LBC is described as “A visionary path to a future restorative” (a visionary path to revitalizing the future).

Slow Food2016_02_24-05 Slow Food TNAA is an international non-profit organization, with 100,000 members, volunteers and supporters in 150 countries, 1500 “Condotte” (local branches) and a network of 2,000 communities practicing a small-scale, sustainable and quality food production. Founded in 1986, Slow Food works to promote interest to food as a bearer of pleasure, culture, traditions, identity and a lifestyle, that is respectful of food as well as of land and traditions. The motto of Slow Food is “good, clean and fair.” Slow Food Trentino Alto Adige is the regional representation, which includes 7 “Condotte”.

LBC already encounters Slow Food, they have several best sustainable practices in common. Hera are some examples.

Urban agriculture

For the intent of the Place Petal, communities need to be supported by a web of local and regional agriculture, since no truly sustainable community can rely on globally sourced food production. A LBC project must integrate opportunities for agriculture appropriate to its scale and density using the Floor Area Ratio (FAR) as a basis for calculation. “Orto in condotta” is a three-year educational journey for sustainable development created by Slow Food where schoolchildren learn to farm their own vegetable garden, thus becoming self-producers.

Biodiversity

For LBC project teams must document site conditions prior to the start of work. On-site landscape must be designed so that as it matures and evolves it increasingly emulates the functionality of indigenous ecosystems with regard to density, biodiversity, plant succession, water use, and nutrient needs. The protection of biodiversity is at the heart of the Slow Food Strategies, understanding that one of the activities that provoked her loss is exactly agriculture. To save this wealth Slow Food has several projects, which manages through its Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity.

Local economy

An LBC project must incorporate place-based solutions and contribute to the expansion of a regional economy rooted in sustainable practices, products and services. Slow Food supports local economy, strengthening the connection between producers, consumers, cooks, schools, local authorities, hospitals and the Slow Food local branches.

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Image: Slow Food

Etc. etc. … If you are (strongly!) interested in these topics you can’t miss this event

Slow Construction. Living Building Challenge meets Slow Food.
Thursday 3rd, March 2016, 5-6 PM
Progetto Manifattura, Piazza Manifattura 1, 38068 Rovereto (Trento, Italy)

organized by the Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy together with Slow Food, Trento branch, Slow Food Trentino-South Tyrol

A roundtable with

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  • Guido Marini, communicator with experience in the non-profit sector, fiduciary of Slow Food, Trento branch, Slow Food Trentino-South Tyrol
  • Paola Moschini, architect, facilitator of the Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy, co-owner at Macro Design Studio
  • Sara Verones, engineer, energy efficiency expert at the local Agency for Energy and Water (APRIE) and Slow Food member

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M’ama non m’ama. I Petali di Living Building Challenge 3.0 a Rovereto.

Un “Living Future” è sbocciato a Rovereto. Non mancate la prima tappa del viaggio che cambierà l’ambiente costruito che ci circonda.

7 incontri tematici dal 16.12.2015 al 23.11.2016 a Rovereto (TN).

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Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy propone, a partire da mercoledì 16 dicembre, 7 incontri di discussione sui principi del protocollo Living Building ChallengeSM con la presentazione di volta in volta dei “Petali” (le categorie prestazionali di sostenibilità di LBC), il contributo da parte di un esperto sul tema, con riferimento ai regolamenti locali, le pratiche e le tecnologie collegate al tema del petalo, e una discussione aperta con i partecipanti su come sia possibile introdurre i principi di LBC nella pratica progettuale e costruttiva, anche lavorando sulle “policy” esistenti.

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Tutti gli appuntamenti si terranno  di mercoledì dalle ore 16.00 alle 18.00 presso Progetto Manifattura, Piazza Manifattura 1, 38068 Rovereto (Trento, Italia). Gli incontri prevedono la moderazione di Carlo Battisti, ingegnere, e Paola Moschini, architetto, titolari di Macro Design Studio, ambasciatori LBC e facilitatori del Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy. La formula degli incontri è 30’+30’+30’+30′: 30 minuti registrazione e networking, 30′ spiegazione dei requisiti del “Petalo”, 30′ presentazione da parte di un esperto delle tecnologie e delle “policy” legate alla tematica del petalo, 30′ discussione con i partecipanti su come applicare LBC nella pratica.

La partecipazione è gratuita a posti limitati (max 30 partecipanti), si richiede però per motivi organizzativi l’iscrizione su Eventbrite al seguente link. Per l’intero ciclo di incontri vengono riconosciuti 14 crediti formativi (2 per ogni incontro) presso il Consiglio Nazionale degli Architetti Pianificatori Paesaggisti e Conservatori (CNAPPC). Ogni incontro è inoltre valido per 1,5 crediti LFA.

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Questo il programma degli incontri:
“M’ama non m’ama. I Petali di Living Building Challenge 3.0 in sintesi”:

  • Petalo PLACE – Mercoledì 16 dicembre 2015
  • Petalo WATER – Mercoledì 17 febbraio 2016
  • Petalo ENERGY – Mercoledì 18 maggio 2016
  • Petalo HEALTH AND HAPPINESS – Mercoledì 15 giugno 2016
  • Petalo MATERIALS – Mercoledì 21 settembre 2016
  • Petalo EQUITY – Mercoledì 19 ottobre 2016
  • Petalo BEAUTY – Mercoledì 23 novembre 2016
Scarica qui il programma completo. Maggiori informazioni qui.
Posti limitati. Iscrizioni su Evenbrite qui.
Pagina Facebook
Twitter @LBCItaly
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Il clima sta cambiando, ok??

E i nostri edifici sono parte del problema.

Lunedì scorso presso EURAC con Daniele Pernigotti, Ulrich Santa (Agenzia per l’Energia Alto Adige – CasaClima) e Roberto Lollini (EURAC, Istituto per le Energie Rinnovabili) abbiamo preso spunto dalla splendida iniziativa di Daniele e dei suoi amici Ride With Us (da Venezia a Parigi in bicicletta per partecipare alla conferenza COP21) per parlare di cambiamento climatico e di edifici ecosostenibili.
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Due fatti sono ormai inconfutabili. 1. Il clima sta cambiando, 2. La responsabilità è dell’uomo e dipende in buona parte dai consumi energetici e dall’impatto ambientale degli obsoleti edifici nei quali viviamo, lavoriamo, studiamo.

Il clima sta cambiando.

«La scienza non è una democrazia. È una dittatura. Sono le evidenze che guidano questa dittatura.» dice John Reisman. Gli eventi estremi sono più che raddoppiati rispetto agli anni ’80, soprattutto per quanto riguarda l’acqua, ad esempio con le cosiddette “bombe d’acqua” neologismo pericolosissimo che fa sembrare questi fenomeni come assolutamente eccezionali, mentre in realtà stanno diventando consueti.

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Ghiacciaio della Marmolada (foto: forum.meteo4.com)

Diverse situazioni nel mondo lo dimostrano. Lo scioglimento dei ghiacciai, vedi ad esempio lo splendido film documentario “Chasing Ice” e le foto del ghiacciaio della Marmolada.

Kiribati (Oceania), 33 isole sparse in un’area larga quattromila chilometri per duemila, abitata da poco più di centomila persone, che rischiano di scomparire per sempre nell’arco di pochi decenni, a causa dell’innalzamento dei mari per il riscaldamento globale (con il primo caso di “richiesta di asilo climatico” rifiutata dalla Nuova Zelanda). La storia di Siabatou Sanneh, che si è presentata allo start della maratona di Parigi lo scorso aprile con una tanica in testa e una scritta appesa al collo “Questa è la stessa distanza che in Africa le donne fanno per prendere l’acqua”. E tanti altri esempi.

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Arcipelago Kiribati (Oceania)

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Siabatou Sanneh, Maratona di Parigi 12.04.2015

La colpa è dell’uomo

Il “Consensus Project” ha misurato il livello di consenso scientifico internazionale sul fatto che gli esseri umani stiano causando il riscaldamento globale, analizzando 21 anni di articoli “peer-reviewed” (cioè validati da esperti del settore). Tra i 12.465 documenti, sono stati identificati oltre 4.014 articoli scritti da 10.188 scienziati che hanno preso posizione sul riscaldamento globale e tra questi il 97,1% è del parere che sia scientificamente provato che questo cambiamento dipende dall’uomo. I media in generale non hanno ancora preso atto definitivamente di questa condivisione planetaria, continuando ad alimentare una confusione generale nella discussione su questi temi. Le opinioni di segno opposto vengono spesso esposte ad arte come se il mondo scientifico fosse diviso su questa tematica con un rapporto 50/50, quando in realtà il rapporto è appunto 97% contro 3%.

Lo denuncia in modo divertente “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (della rete HBO) inscenando un finto dibattito sul cambiamento climatico come davvero dovrebbe essere. Insomma, possiamo definitivamente archiviare il negazionismo, iniziando a lavorare tutti per invertire la tendenza e mantenere l’aumento della temperatura media del globo sotto quei fatidici 2° C che rappresentano la soglia della catastrofe.

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Sono gli edifici ad avere il maggior impatto ambientale

Molti pensano che le industrie, il traffico, i trasporti siano i principali responsabili. No, l’impatto ambientale maggiore è provocato dagli edifici. Per questo è importante realizzare nuovi edifici ad alte prestazioni energetiche ma soprattutto è di gran lunga più importante migliorare prestazioni di quelli esistenti. Ed è altrettanto fondamentale adottare sistemi di misurazione oggettiva e olistica della sostenibilità come i protocolli internazionali riconosciuti (LEED). Le tecnologie necessarie già esistono ma non basta, è indispensabile un profondo e diffuso cambiamento culturale, che va dall’adozione di idonei regolamenti al comportamento virtuoso degli utenti. Tutti possono fare qualcosa, tutti i giorni, sia nelle piccole azioni che nei grandi cambiamenti. E questi cambiamenti possono avvenire solo con il contributo di tutti.

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Cosa fare? Bisogna cambiare marcia

La politica e l’industria rispondono con lentezza, lontane dall’essere all’altezza delle sfide mondiali“. È il messaggio di assoluta chiarezza contenuto nell’ultima enciclica di Papa Francesco, “Laudato si’”. La lentezza con la quale stiamo agendo su questi problemi non ci consentirà mai di arrivare a risolverli efficacemente. Si sta manifestando un fenomeno che potrebbe essere spiegato con la storiella della rana e della pentola d’acqua sul fuoco. Se gettate (non fatelo, è un esempio!) una rana viva in una pentola d’acqua che bolle, questa schizzerà fuori all’istante. Ma se mettete una rana in una pentola d’acqua fredda e riscaldate l’acqua fino a ebollizione, la rana morirà bollita, perché si è adattata via via all’aumento della temperatura.

E sta succedendo proprio questo; resilienza e capacità di adattamento stanno rallentando la battaglia contro il cambiamento climatico, dato che la velocità di adattamento dell’uomo si sta rivelando molto maggiore di quella del cambiamento climatico. Un esempio? La creazione negli USA, di un sistema di certificazione delle “case resilienti” (FORTIFIED Home), dove la strategia è quella di non agire direttamente sulle cause, ma continuare a vivere con lo stile di vita corrente, cercando di mettersi il più possibile al riparo dalle conseguenze. È insomma un grave problema di percezione. Ma ripeto, le tecnologie e i sistemi ci sono ed è il caso di affrontare la questione tramite un approccio radicalmente innovativo, ad esempio sposando una filosofia e una metodologia per progettare e realizzare edifici, come il Living Building Challenge.

Ancora Papa Francesco: “Affinché sorgano nuovi modelli di progresso abbiamo bisogno di cambiare il modello di sviluppo globale“. E allora è forse proprio il caso di ripensare la nostra strategia di sviluppo, come ci ammonisce Pepe Mujica, l’ex presidente uruguaiano, in uno stralcio dell’intervista tratta dallo splendido “Human” di Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

Vuoi rivedere la presentazione fatta durante Ride With Us (EURAC, 23.11.2015)? Clicca qui 🙂