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Collaboration + abundance at #LF19.

[If there is collaboration, there is also abundance].

Join me at Living Future 19 in Seattle for another incredible #LF unconference 🙂

Living Future is all about cross-industry collaboration. We believe regenerative design can only happen when all voices are brought to the table. If you’re interested in making a difference in your community, then there’s a place for you at Living Future.

Keynote speakers will be: Bill McKibben (350.org, Founder), Mary Robinson (Former President of Ireland, UN Special Envoy on Climate Change), Mustafa Santiago Ali (Hip Hop Caucus, Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice, & Community), Sara Sanford (GEN, Executive Director), Mark Chambers (Chief Sustainability Officer, City of New York).
Moreover, there will be a number of sessions, workshops, tours and … happy hour events. Not to forget, the launch of the new version of the Living Building Challenge standard, LBC 4.0 and the new version of JUST 2.0. This is the leading event in regenerative design you can’t miss 😉

I will have the great opportunity to present in two sessions:

The International Summit
Wednesday May 1, 2019 1:00pm – 4:00pm,
Hyatt Regency – Sol Duc Room # 708

Join participants of the Living Future Network around the globe to discuss the creation of Living Buildings, Products, and Communities outside of the US.
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REthinking Sustainability Towards a Regenerative Economy: The RESTORE Project
Thursday May 2, 2019 3:45pm – 5:00pm
Hyatt Regency – Willapa Room #512
w/ Martin Brown and Emanuele Naboni
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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’.
This session will focus on the work that the COST RESTORE project has been achieving in Europe over the last two years to accelerate the adoption and awareness of restorative buildings. The session will review research, collaboration and projects that have emerged from this partnership of 130 organizations and institutions. The panellists will elaborate also on how the Living Building Challenge can bring restorative principles to building projects through this Action across Europe.

So, what are you waiting for? … Ready to jojn us at #LF19? Registration here. See you in Seattle 😉

Carlo Battisti is Chair of the COST Action 16114 RESTORE and European Executive Director for the International Living Future Institute.

The RESTORE Challenge.

Join us for the mid-term (un)conference in Bolzano, March 14th, 2019.

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’.

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

In 2015, world leaders at an historic UN Summit adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In 2016, the Paris Agreement on climate change entered into force, addressing the need to limit the rise of global temperatures.

The Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.

The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030.

Main goal of the event is to analyse through a multidisciplinary collaboration and using an edutainment approach how the RESTORE Action is aligned or may be better aligned with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and can effectively contribute to their achievement.

This event is based upon work from COST Action RESTORE CA16114, supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology). COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a pan-European intergovernmental framework. Its mission is to enable break-through scientific and technological developments leading to new concepts and products and thereby contribute to strengthening Europe’s research and innovation capacities.

www.eurestore.eu

Organisation: Eurac Research – Bolzano, Italy
Credits: 5 LFA (Living Future Accredited professional) CEU hours
Date: Thursday 14 March 2019
Hours: 08:00 – 17:00
Venue: Bolzano, NOI Techpark, Via A. Volta 13, 39100
Participation free of charge, places are limited.
Registration here.

Download full program here.

Join us in Malaga for a journey into Sustainability 4.0

Industry 4.0 is the name given to the new era of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies, including the Internet of things (IoT), cyber-physical systems, cloud- and cognitive computing. This is or it is expected to be the fourth industrial revolution … Ok, nice, but what about sustainability? When it comes to sustainability, still today the cornerstones of the discussion are the concept of a sustainable development (1987, 31 years ago) and the triple bottom line (1994, 24 years ago)…

El Palmeral de Las Sorpresas (Junquera Arquitectos) – Port of Malaga

With RESTORE we are going further, envisioning a restorative/regenerative sustainability, where we are required to do “more good” instead of “less bad” if we really intend to subvert the current pace in the fight against the climate change, recovering an approach that is both human and natural. We know that the building industry is rapidly moving towards a full digitalization, where tools (the means) look sometimes more important than purposes. How can digitalization follow through this transition in the concept of sustainability? Is the new generation of skilled professionals of the digital design age capable to embed the new principles of sustainability in their every day work? How can we restore a balanced relationship between humans and nature – inside and outside our buildings, districts, communities – exploiting the new tools that industry 4.0 make us available? Is a (digital) sustainability 4.0 feasible?

Join us in Malaga next 15-19 October for the International Conference on Regenerative Design in the Digital Practice to discover it 😉

Plastic model of Malaga – Edificio Múltiple de Servicios Municipales

The main focus of the Conference Week in Malaga, organized in the frame of Cost Action CA16114 RESTORE CA16114, is the Digital Implementation of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and Regenerative Sustainable Design principles in the practice of design. Via the integrated use of freeware digital parametric modelling, the discussed challenges are to adapt to climate change, improve outdoor microclimate qualities and indoor health/ wellbeing, operating a transformation that responds to the criteria of Circular Economy.

What: International Conference on Regenerative Design in the Digital Practice
When: 15-19 Oct 2018
Where: in Malaga at
– Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Málaga – UMA – Plaza el Ejido 2. Campus El Ejido. 29071 (from October, 15th to 18th)
– OMAU – Camino de la Desviación s/n. 29017 (October, 19th)

Participation is free of charge upon registration here on Eventbrite, but places are limited. For updates / news / photos, check out #RESTOREMalaga
Special side event on Friday 19th: Visit to Malaga Cathedral retrofit work by Juan Manuel Sánchez La Chica.

Program:

Monday 15-10-2018 / 09:00 – 13:30


Morning Conference on ‘Regenerative Design & Integrated Parametric Modelling‘.

Presenters: Emanuele Naboni (KADK, Copenhagen, DK), Martin Brown (Fairsnape, UK) and Terri Peters (Ryerson University, CA), Jonathan Natanian (TUM, Munich, DE), Silvia Vian (Foster + Partners, UK), Luca Finocchiaro (NTNU, Trondheim, NO), Dimitra Theochari (Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl, DE), Negar Mohtashami (RWTH, Aachen, DE), Herman Calleja (ChapmanBDSP, UK), Pietro Florio (EPFL, Lausanne, CH), Angelo Figliola (Sapienza, Rome, IT), Jonas Gremmelspacher (Lund University, SE), Juan Pablo Sepulveda Corradini (AECOM, AU)

Location: Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Málaga – UMA – Plaza el Ejido 2. Campus El Ejido. 29071.

Tuesday 16-10-2018 / 09:00 – 13:30


Morning Conference on ‘Design for Climate Adaptation‘.

Presenters: Chris Mackey (Ladybug Tools, USA), Theodorus Galanos (Construction Company, EL), Kristoffer Negendahl (BIG & DTU, DK), Ata Chokhachian (TU Munich, DE), Emanuele Naboni (KADK, Copenhagen, DK), Chris Kongsgaard (DTU, Kongens Lyngby, DK), Antoine Dao (Mallzee, UK), Daniele Iori (Sapienza, Rome, IT), Ilya Dunichkin (MGSU, Moscow, RU), Katharina Manecke (GIZ, DE)

Location: Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Málaga – UMA – Plaza el Ejido 2. Campus El Ejido. 29071.

Edificio Múltiple de Servicios Municipales, Ayuntamiento de Málaga

Wednesday 17-10-2018 / 09:00 – 13:30


Morning Conference on ‘Design for Life Cycle Impact Reduction‘.

Presenters: Alexander Hollberg (ETH Zürich, CH), Panu Pasanen (OneClickLCA, FI), Tiziano Dalla Mora (University of Venice, IT), Lisanne Havinga (TU/e, Eindhoven, NL), Kristoffer Negendahl (BIG & DTU, DK), Kasimir Forth (TUM, Munich, DE), Andrea Meneghelli (POLIMI, Milan, IT), Mateusz Ploszaj-Mazurek (Warsaw University of Technology, PL), Alina Galimshina (ETH, Zürich, CH)

Location: Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Málaga – UMA – Plaza el Ejido 2. Campus El Ejido. 29071.

Thursday 18-10-2018 / 09:00 – 13:30


Morning Conference on ‘Design for Wellbeing‘.

Presenters: Amanda Sturgeon (International Living Future Institute, USA), Angela Loder (International WELL Building Institute, USA), Terri Peters (Ryerson University, CA), Wilmer Pasut (Eurac Research, IT), Emanuele Naboni (KADK, Copenhagen, DK), Eugenijus Sapel (Vesta Consulting, LT), Szabina Varnagy (ABUD, HU), Clement Jaffrelo (Sinteo, FR), Vincenzo Costanzo (University of Catania, IT)

Location: Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Málaga – UMA – Plaza el Ejido 2. Campus El Ejido. 29071.

La Santa Iglesia Catedral Basílica de la Encarnación, Málaga

Friday 19-10-2018 / 09:00 – 15:30


Final Conference on ‘Regenerative Design & Competition‘.

Presenters: Carlo Battisti (Eurac Research, IT), Amanda Sturgeon (International Living Future Institute, USA), Emanuele Naboni (KADK, Copenhagen, DK), Angela Loder (International WELL Building Institute, USA), Chris Mackey (Ladybug Tools, USA)

SPECIAL LOCATION: OMAU – Camino de la Desviación s/n. 29017.

Friday 18-10-2018 / 15:30 – 17:00


Visit to Malaga Cathedral retrofit work by Juan Manuel Sánchez La Chica

SPECIAL LOCATION: Malaga Cathedral – Calle Molina Lario, 9, 29015.

We are looking forward to welcome you joining us in the journey into Sustainability 4.0 #RESTOREMalaga #CostRestore 🙂

Escuela de Arquitectura en Málaga

Regenerative Design in the Digital Practice.

Apply for the 2nd RESTORE Training School 🙂

Supported by  the Institute of Architecture and Technology (IBT) of The Royal Danish Academy (KADK) and COST RESTORE Action CA16114.

Are you a European professional or a researcher with demonstrated experience in Regenerative Design? Or have you been applying Grasshopper based modelling of Outdoor Climate,  LCA-Circular Economy, or Indoor Wellbeing? Do you have experience in Grasshopper based integrated design? If the answer is yes to any of this question, and you would like to exchange and further develop your research and practical skills in an intensive design competition, this Training School in Malaga (15th to 19th of October, 2019) is for you. By the way, you will be co-funded with 800 euros to participate in 5 days of pure design and modelling,  digital tutorials from the international trainers and scientific conferences.

Click here for details and apply by August 5th, 2018.

The International Trainers

Emanuele Naboni (KADK), Chris Mackey (Ladybug Tools and Payette, USA),  Amanda Sturgeon (International Living Future Institute, USA), Negendhal Kristoffer (BIG, Denmark), Angela Loder (International WELL Building Institute, USA), Martin Brown(Fairsnape, UK), Ata Chokhachian (TU Munich, Germany), Daniele Santucci (TU Munich, Germany), Munch-Peterson Palle (Henning Larsen and KADK, Denmark), Alexander Hollberg (ETH Zürich, Switzerland), Panu Pasanen (One Click LCA, Finland), Wilmer Pasut (Eurac Research, Italy).

Regenerative Design: from Theory to the Digital Practice.

The aim of the conferences and the training school is the digital implementation of Regenerative Sustainable Design principles in the transformation of existing sites. Via the use of freeware digital parametric modelling, the challenges are to improve outdoor microclimate qualities and the indoor wellbeing, operating a transformation that responds to the criteria of Circular Economy.

The research and design project will represent, in this regard, an opportunity for enhancing life in all its manifestations. This presumes shifting the focus from a solely based human-centred design process into a nature-centred one, where “people and buildings can commit to a healthy relationship with the environment where they are placed”. Such approaches are discussed in morning conferences and in the afternoon scientific driven design developments.

The Barrio of La Luz, which was built after 1960 in Malaga is used as a reference. The site is a polluted heat-island, disconnected from sea breezes, with a spread hardscape, and with no presence of natural elements. Furthermore, the urban dwellers experience poor wellbeing due to the deprived quality of the units, being these modified by tenants often leading to obstructing natural ventilation and light. The projection of climate change will further exacerbate such outdoor and indoor conditions, and there is a need for an example of interventions that are scalable to the Spanish national level.

20 trainees will form four groups that will develop four competing transformation design proposals. The design that shows a qualitative creative solution with the higher simulated performances will be awarded. Criteria for evaluation will also include the quality of the digital modelling phases and the dynamics of development of the integrated strategies. To assess the projects’ success, the jury is composed of a mix of international and local professionals and scientist, with experience in architecture, performance and modelling.

Sustainability, Restorative to Regenerative.

An exploration in progressing a paradigm shift in built environment thinking, from sustainability to restorative sustainability and on to regenerative sustainability.

Do you want to explore the new frontiers of sustainability? From the work of the COST Action CA16114 RESTORE: REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy, Working Group 1. Restorative Sustainability, here is our first booklet (downloadable for free). Enjoy 🙂

With contributions by Martin Brown, Edeltraud Haselsteiner, Diana Apró, Diana Kopeva, Egla Luca, Katri-Liisa Pulkkinen, Blerta Vula Rizvanolli and many others …

This publication, with contributions from over 20 EU countries is an exploration in progressing a paradigm shift in built environment thinking, from sustainability to restorative sustainability and on to regenerative sustainability.

It presents a reference document for future work of the RESTORE Action, for other Cost Actions and for built environment academia and industry organisations.

VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver (CAN)

Summary

  • Introduction
  • Definitions – the Language for Sustainability
  • Social, Health and Participation in Sustainability
  • Living Buildings
  • Regenerative Heritage
  • Circular Economy
  • WG1 Activities
  • Epilogue
  • WG1 People

Portland Japanese Garden, Portland (OR, USA)

(From the Introduction by Martin Brown and Edeltraud Haselsteiner)

It is now some 30 years since Brundtland defined sustainable development, broadly defined as not doing anything today to compromise tomorrow’s generation, and in doing so defined sustainability for business and enterprises globally.
Many in the built environment have taken this passive ‘do nothing’ approach, as license to do the least possible. Consequently, we have and we continue to compromise future generations.
The built environment is a huge influencer on ‘sustainability’, we spend over 90% of our time working, living and playing within our buildings. Despite sustainability and corporate social responsibility initiatives it is irresponsible that we have generally failed to grasp our influence and to address the potential to move the needle on wider global sustainability and climate issues.
Buildings, and the manner in which we design, construct and maintain them have been a significant contributor to climate breakdown we are witnessing.

Restorative and regenerative approaches can flip this enabling buildings to become part of climate regeneration solutions.
Maybe sustainability is not a journey, but a state of equilibrium, based on giving as much as we take. On the negative side where we take more, we are unsustainable and no matter how much we reduce our impacts we will always remain unsustainable. On the positive side ‘to do more good‘ we open doors to
restore environments and communities, and to create and enable conditions for environmental, social and economic regenerative growth […].

We no longer have the luxury of just being less bad.” (RESTORE)

Restorative Budapest.

ABOUT RESTORE

RESTORE advocates for a paradigm shift towards restorative sustainability for new and existing buildings across Europe.
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’.
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 a particular emphasis on the salutogenic 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 can and will raise aspirations and deliver restorative outcomes.
RESTORE CA16114 is an EU COST Action network with 130+ participants across 38 countries, representing a wide spectrum of academic, client, design and construction individuals and organisations.

Night view of The Széchenyi Chain Bridge from Buda Castle

RESTORE CONFERENCE, BUDAPEST

The conference in Budapest will cover exciting new insights in restorative sustainability for new and existing buildings across Europe. The event will focus on Restorative Sustainability and Restorative Design.
Restorative Sustainability is an Evolving Agenda of Restorative Design, which introduces the evolving spectrum of paradigms, design challenges, opportunities, and perspectives for sustainable architecture and urban design. It discusses the knowledge, skills, and competence that should inform and orient the practice shift required by an approach to architecture informed by restorative sustainability.
Restorative Design focuses on processes, methods and tools for Restorative Design. Primarily based on case studies derived from workshops, it constitutes the core of the action and intends to provide “hands-on” guidance to the practice of restorative design.

The building of the Hungarian Parliament

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

  • 09.00-09.15 Welcome
    Dr. András Reith, ABUD, RESTORE WG5 Vice leader
  • 09.15-09.30 Status of sustainable building in Hungary
    Gábor Radványi, Vice President of HuGBC, Chief Architect of Futureal
  • 09.30-09.45 ONE YEAR OF RESTORE
    Carlo Battisti, Eurac Research, RESTORE Chair
  • 09.45-10.15 Sustainability: from Restorative to Regenerative
    Martin Brown, Fairsnape, RESTORE Vice-Chair & WG1 Leader
  • 10.15-10.45 Processes and Tools for Restorative Design
    Emanuele Naboni, KADK Faculty of Architecture, RESTORE WG2 Leader
  • 10.45-11.05 COFFEE BREAK
  • 11.05-11.50 STSM: FROM EXPERIENCE TO DISSEMINATION
    Chair: Michael Burnard, University of Primorska, RESTORE STSM Manager
    Krzysztof Herman (PL) – STSM Title:
    Traces of upcycling and low-budget design in the public space of Faro
    Madalina Sbarcea (RO) – STSM Title:
    A Biophilic Mindset for Restorative Buildings
    Thomas Panagopoulos (PT)
    Experience of STSM Host Organization, University of Algarve, Faro
    Lisanne Havinga (NL) – STSM Title:
    Life Cycle Assessment as a Tool to Guide the Regenerative Design Process
    Giulia Sonetti (IT) – STSM Title:
    Outdoor Space Comfort Perception in University Campuses
  • 11.50-12.05 RESTORE: HOW TO GET INVOLVED?
    Bartosz Zajączkowski, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, RESTORE Science Communication Officer
  • 12.05-12.15 Questions and Answers
    Dr. András Reith, ABUD, RESTORE WG5 Vice leader
  • 12.15-12.30 Final Remarks & Closing
    Dr. András Reith, ABUD, RESTORE WG5 Vice leader
  • 12.30-13.00 TOUR IN THE KINNARPS HOUSE
  • 13.00-14.00 LUNCH AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY

Date: February 13th, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Venue: Váci út 92. Kinnarps House, Jarl Conference Hall
Budapest , Hungary
Website: http://www.eurestore.eu/restore-public-conference/
Registration: here
Program and further details

Quel treno per Lancaster.

La prima scuola di formazione di RESTORE.

È passata già una decina di giorni dal ritorno da Lancaster, e sono ancora un po’ stordito. Mi aiuta a fare chiarezza lo scrivere cinque concetti principali che mi sono portato a casa. In inglese li chiamano “takeaway”, proprio come il “cibo da asporto”, avete presente il cartoccio di “fish and chips”? Anche se non è proprio così. Ti sembra di portarti via delle cose dal luogo dove hai vissuto un’esperienza intensa; ma in realtà molto di quell’esperienza rimane in quel luogo, ti tocca tornarci per riconoscerlo. Credo che tornerò a Lancaster, sì.

1. Il dono della sintesi

Ora è più che mai necessario. Avevo scritto il precedente post sulla “Restorative week”, che ci apprestavamo a vivere, ma mi sbagliavo, per difetto. Lancaster è sì stata anche la settimana “restorative”, l’immersione totale in ciò che RESTORE si appresta a diventare, una nuova concezione dell’ambiente costruito e degli edifici del futuro (come i living building di Living Future). Ma è stato molto di più. La training school di Lancaster segna un punto di non ritorno o meglio il “turning point”, il punto di svolta. Nulla davvero potrà essere come prima, l’arca di RESTORE (con i suoi 120+ partecipanti da 37 nazioni …) è salpata definitivamente.

Una mole di concetti, idee, spunti, prospettive, che raccontano un nuovo quadro di riferimento, un nuovo “framework”. Non ci siamo fatti mancare proprio nulla: restorative e regenerative sustainability, sustainability education, biophilia e biophilic design, sustainable heritage, mindfulness for sustainability, landscaping for regenerative sustainability. Ora ci attende un compito delicato e necessario, riuscire a realizzare una sintesi e a trasferire questo tesoro di conoscenza ai gruppi di lavoro che stanno arrivando e che dovranno tradurlo in linee guida, processi, metodologie, strumenti.

2. Il viaggio conta più della meta

Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston (UK)

Il programma a ritmo serrato di questa settimana mi ha fatto perdere spesso di vista un concetto. Non è la meta, è il viaggio che conta. Siamo passati da un workshop a una lezione, a una presentazione, a una lecture, il tempo è volato, con il rischio di perdere il valore del sapere acquisito. Ma c’è il momento dell’apprendimento, c’è il momento della discussione, poi arriva il momento in cui devi spegnere tutto e fare sedimentare ciò che hai assorbito. Come in quel cammino circolare di venerdì mattina attraverso le paludi di Brockholes. Non siamo entrati subito nel centro visitatori, abbiamo fatto un giro lungo, apparentemente senza meta, e abbiamo preso il tempo, per ricollegarci con la natura e con noi stessi. È in quei momenti, di sospensione, che ciò che hai imparato diventa davvero patrimonio personale.

3. Le idee non sono nulla senza le persone

Sono convinto che “C’è una cosa più forte di tutti gli eserciti del mondo, e questa è un’idea il cui momento è ormai giunto” (Victor Hugo) e ciò mi porta a dire che per l’idea che è alla base di RESTORE i tempi sono maturi. Se ne avevamo bisogno, la comunità di “like minded people” (una quarantina di persone è già una comunità) che si è riunita a Lancaster – la stragrande maggioranza senza essersi mai vista prima – è la prova che questa idea è già forte, c’è e risiede già nella testa di quei molti professionisti pronti a (cambiare) salvare il mondo.

Ma le idee esistono perché esistono le persone. E presto scompare ogni differenza tra docente e alunno, e tutto diventa un continuo workshop collettivo, di nuovo un viaggio insieme. Grazie Martin per lo sforzo enorme e generoso e grazie a Edeltraud, Dorin, Emanuele e a tutto il “team Lancashire”: Ann Vanner, Alison Watson, Joe Clancy, Jenni Barrett, Paul Clarke, Simon Thorpe, Ann Parker, Barbara Jones e naturalmente Elizabeth Calabrese e Amanda Sturgeon. È stato soprattutto un “dare”, gratuito, nel senso nobile del termine. E grazie ai trenta “agenti del cambiamento” , queste “best minds” da Croazia, Danimarca, Germania, Ungheria, Irlanda, Italia, Lituania, Macedonia, Portogallo, Regno Unito, Romania, Slovenia, Spagna. Sono loro i “restorer” del futuro prossimo. “Credici. E sei già a metà strada.

4. Prima la filosofia, poi la tecnica.

La prima training school di RESTORE aveva l’obiettivo di trasferire ad un primo gruppo di professionisti un nuovo paradigma della sostenibilità, sviluppato nel primo “pacchetto di lavoro” del progetto. L’approccio è stato quindi volutamente più sistemico che tecnico e tecnologico. “Moving beyond the state of the art: where do we want to be?” recita una delle domande introduttive al corso. Per questo è importante prima capire cosa vogliamo essere, dove vogliamo andare (parlo soprattutto del nuovo futuro dell’ambiente costruito che ci immaginiamo). Poi arriva il momento della tecnica e della tecnologia, dei metodi, delle pratiche. Le soluzioni ci sono, già oggi, dobbiamo renderle funzionali ad una visione.

5. Il genius loci

We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” diceva Winston Churchill. C’è un percorso logico evolutivo che ci ha accompagnato dal primo all’ultimo giorno di questa settimana densa di ispirazione. Abbiamo vissuto, studiato, lavorato, mangiato e dormito in edifici, ci siamo mossi da un edificio all’altro. E questi edifici hanno “formato” il nostro modo di viverli. Ci ripenso, è stato un lungo elenco – lo Storey, (costruito per essere un luogo per l’istruzione scolastica nel 1898, ora è un centro per l’industria creativa); la Toll House Inn (splendida taverna dell’800), il castello di Lancaster (del 1100, è stato una prigione fino al 2011), il ristorante Water Whitch, i numerosi pub, ecc.. Poi, venerdì, come al termine di un’iniziazione, siamo usciti all’aperto (Brockholes e Cuerden Valley Park)  per riconnetterci con la natura. Abbiamo dovuto guadagnarcelo, questo incontro finale con l’ambiente che ci circonda. Sì, così ha un senso.

Cuerden Valley Park, Preston (UK)

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