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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…

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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.

Pioneering a new frontier for healthy buildings.

The WELL Faculty™ Program is a network of educators – authorized by the International WELL Building Institute™ (ILFI) – who are highly experienced and knowledgeable on the topic of the WELL Building Standard™ and who have demonstrated and maintain well-honed presentation and facilitation skills.

After becoming in 2016 the first in Italy to earn the WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP™) credential, Carlo Battisti has just entered – first in EU – the WELL Faculty family, placing him among a group of leading professionals who are dedicated to supporting human health and well-being in the built environment. There are currently 32 WELL Faculty educators under the Program (11 of them are outside US).

Our buildings have a profound impact on our health, well-being and productivity.

WELL is an independently verified, performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of buildings that impact human health and well-being. WELL is also the first building standard to focus exclusively on the human health and wellness in our buildings and communities.

WELL combines best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research – harnessing buildings as vehicles to support human health and well-being.

WELL Certified™ spaces can help create buildings that improve the nutrition, fitness, mood, sleep patterns, productivity and performance of its occupants.

WELL is composed of over 100 features that are applied to each building project. Each WELL feature is designed to address issues that impact the health, comfort or knowledge of occupants through design, operations and behavior.

Our buildings can shape our habits and choices, regulate our sleep-wake cycle, drive us toward healthy and unhealthy choices, and passively influence our health through the quality of our surroundings.

WELL provides a framework for project teams to incorporate a variety of strategies to integrate human health and well-being at the heart of building design, construction and operations. WELL also allows project teams to innovate and transform the way humans can interact with the buildings and spaces they live in. WELL allows people to connect with buildings. [Sources: WELL Brochure. Copyright© 2016 by Delos Living LLC]

Carlo Battisti is WELL AP™ and WELL Faculty™. Interested in hosting a WELL presentation or conducting a WELL pre-assessment of your project? Contact and information here.

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.

The full program

Browse the full LF17 program here.


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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

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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