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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].

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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REGENERATION rocks!

A “Rocky Station” for REGENERATION

Good also the second one, one might say, after the conclusion of REGENERATION 2016 which repeats, after one year, the success of the European design competition by Macro Design Studio in collaboration with the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), that promotes the Living Building philosophy, the most rigorous standard in the world for sustainability of the built environment. REGENERATION is not just a design contest, it is a multi-disciplinary experience, a real evolutionary path bringing through the technical challenge of Living Building Challenge the best young architects and engineers from all over Europe to face the future of our communities, by combining with a systemic approach to the problems a creative freedom with a robust technical competence.

2016_04_21-02 team blueThe competition among the projects of the three international teams was so heated, that the international jury composed of Amanda Sturgeon, chairwoman of ILFI, Michele Stramandinoli, of Inarcassa Foundation and Giulia Peretti of Werner Sobek Green Technologies encountered difficulties in choosing the winner. So, at the end of the 64 hours workshop, it was the “Rocky Mountain” project of the YELLOW team (composed by Jernej Markelj, architect of Ljubljana, Cinzia Polesini, architect of Rome, Zuzana Prochazkova, engineer from Bratislava, Marco Scarlini, engineer from Modena and Cecilia Tosto, architect of Catania) to take home the € 3,000 prize offered also this year by the Italian Foundation of freelance Architects and Engineers.

2016_04_21-06 Rocky StationThe renovation project of the decayed bus station building in Arco presented by the yellow team combines highly sustainable performances (LBC design requires a building environmental impact equal to zero) with an interesting redevelopment of the surrounding area (another need expressed by the Municipality of this Alto Garda city). Why ‘Rocky’? Because one of the strong ideas of the winning project is the construction of a climbing wall adjacent to the building (a pastime while waiting the coach?), designed to ideally connect the local transport hub with the beautiful cliffs and the sporty vocation of Arco.

2016_04_21-03 Amanda SturgeonThe award ceremony of Saturday, April 16 afternoon was the final event of the three days in Central Fies dedicated to a regenerative approach, beyond a mere sustainability for buildings and communities. Principles that have been presented and discussed in the event of the morning, REGENERATION. The Conference, where Amanda Sturgeon described how ILFI is currently focusing on the transparency of manufacturing companies (Declare is de facto an ingredient label for construction products, which prefigures an epochal revolution) and how to switch from building to ‘living communities’ certification . Martin Brown, a prominent UK figure of sustainability, then told us about the growth of the first project in UK that will achieve the LBC certification. Emanuele Naboni, Italian professor at KADK, Faculty of Architecture of Copenhagen, led some examples of architectural solutions designed for extreme environments (from the Amazon to the Arctic). In closing, the testimony of the winning team of REGENERATION 2015, with the “Proud to be zero” project, regarding the redevelopment of the city library building in Dro.

2016_04_21-05 Stazione ArcoAlso this REGENERATION edition showed that a zero impact redevelopment project of a public building is not only technically feasible, but it can start positive energies such as to stimulate the regeneration of a whole community. With the added complication this year of an intervention on a historic building bound by the local Conservation Authority, which has greatly restricted the space for participants’ manoeuvre.

To thank individually all the people, companies and institutions that have collaborated in 2016 REGENERATION would require too much time; we send a huge thanks to everyone. Without so a choral participation and commitment REGENERATION simply wouldn’t exist.

The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen’.- Frank Lloyd Wright.

REGENERATION. Reloaded.

2015_10_28-05 ReGenerationAfter the excellent feedbacks of the 1st edition, REGENERATION will be repeated. Macro Design Studio in collaboration with the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) and the Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy is proud to organize REGENERATION, the 2nd edition | 2016, the European design competition entirely based on the LBC protocol.

What
It is a design workshop in which three teams composed of young professionals are called to develop a project of sustainable requalification of an existing public building for the local community. Each 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 relationships with social, urban and natural context.
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Where
Centrale Fies (Dro – Trento, Italy) is the physical place where the competition will take place and is the home hosting the teams for their stay on site.
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When
REGENERATION will take place at Centrale Fies, Dro (Trento – Italy), on April 13th to 16th, 2016.

Who
– 15 graduates with technical or environmental degree, and with professional licence
– teams: 5 participants each team
– age under 35 years
– from European Union member countries
– the team can work only inside the dedicated spaces
– 3 tutors at teams’ disposal
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Applications
Selection of 15 young participants is open! Download and send the Application Form to eventi@macrodesignstudio.itThe deadline is January 29th 2016.
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Official language: English.

For more information visit the Macro Design Studio website or join the REGENERATION group on Facebook.
Send us your Application Form! Do you want to regenerate with us? Spread the word!

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Highlights from LF15.

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Janine Benyus, The Biomimicry Institute

Home again, after three days as a “sponge” in Seattle, absorbing a fascinating mix of technical knowledge, sustainability principles and visions of the future. A Living Future, like the name of the ninth annual “unconference” organized by the International Living Future Institute. Architects, landscape architects, engineers, ecologists, manufacturers, and other professionals focused on sustainability in the built environment from all over the world gathered to discuss how a sense of place and community (this year’s theme) can play a role in restorative design.

Here are my highlights.

The Living Product Challenge (LPC), ILFI’s new certification protocol seems to be the most complete, powerful and holistic standard to reduce a product’s footprint throughout the manufacturing process. Like LBC, the Living Product Challenge includes seven “petals”: beauty, energy, equity, health and happiness, materials, place, and water. The introduction by Kathryn Langstaff, LPC manager at ILFI showed all its potential.

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The development of ILFI continues: as described by Jason F. McLennan, ILFI’s CEO and president, seven new certified projects this year, like the Bullitt Center in Seattle and the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Center in Pittsburgh, the first LBC certified project in China, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Offices in Beijing and others. There are now 25 certified projects but above all 250 registered projects in 12 states and five countries.

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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Center for Sustainable Landscapes, Pittsburgh (PA)

U.S. Green Building Council has started accepting the energy and water imperatives from LBC as an alternative compliance path (ACP), as said by Scot Horst, responsible for all product research, development, implementation and execution at USGBC. In other words, projects meeting these two requirements in the LBC will be technically equivalent in LEED.

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Jason F. McLennan, the International Living Future Institute

Flooring materials company Mohawk has been awarded by Amanda Sturgeon, Executive Director of ILFI, with 2015 Manufacturer’s Award due to its 19 different Declare certified products. Declare is like a nutrition label for the building industry, requiring companies to disclose all the ingredients of their products. It marks the horizon of the construction market, requiring total transparency from manufacturers.

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REGENERATION. The Conference.

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It’s time to imagine a living future and a world of living buildings. The Living Buildings 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.

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

Program

  • 2015_03_11-01 ReGeneration Conference10.00 – 10.50: Registration
  • 10:50 – 11:00: INTRODUCTION | Macro Design Studio
  • n11.00 – 11.40: LIVING BUILDING CHALLENGE: A VISIONARY PATH TO A REGENERATIVE FUTURE | Amanda Sturgeon, The International Living Future Institute – Executive Director
  • 11.40 – 12:00: FutuREstorative. INSPIRATIONS AND CHALLENGES FOR A FUTURE SUSTAINABILITY | Martin Brown, Fairsnape – Founder
  • 12.00 – 12:20: Scale Jump: Living from the NeighboUrhood to the City Level | Sue Clark, Sweden Green Building Council – LEED Manager
  • 12.20 – 12:40: SUSTAINABILITY 2.0 | Emanuele Naboni, Royal Danish Academy Copenhagen, School of Architecture – Associate professor
  • 12:40 – 13:00: Questions and answers

Speakers

Amanda SturgeonAmanda Sturgeon has been designated by Former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton as one of GB&D Magazine’s “10 Most Important Women in Sustainability”. Amanda Sturgeon, FAIA, LEED Fellow became the Executive Director of the International Living Future Institute in August 2014 after being with The Institute for four years, most recently as the Vice President of the Living Building Challenge.

Martin BrownMartin Brown is founder of Fairsnape, a consultancy firm trading since 2005, providing a full range or support services for organisations in the built environment. Innovative sustainability, social media & business improvement consultant with over 40 years experience. Living Building Challenge Ambassador, with a passion for promoting the Living Building Challenge and the concepts of restorative sustainability in the United Kingdom.

Sue ClarkSue Clark is a LEED AP BD+C with Sweden Green Building Council, where she serves as LEED Manager. She is also a green building consultant with NCC Teknik. Sue received her Master of Architecture from the University of Waterloo in 2009, and was awarded the Ontario Association of Architect’s Guild Medal for outstanding thesis work. After moving to Sweden in 2011, Sue brought her expertise in LEED to Sweden Green Building Council, where she organized the council’s LEED Committee and working groups to address issues of implementing LEED in Sweden.

Emanuele NaboniEmanuele Naboni (BArch, Dip Arch, MPhil, PhD in Science, LEED AP, Licensed Architect) is, since 2010, Associate Professor at the Institute of Technology of the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen, School of Architecture. He teaches and researches in the field of Architectural Technology and Environmental Sustainable Design.

Centrale Fies

Centrale Fies, Dro (Trento – Italy)

Where: Centrale Fies, Dro (TN) Italy | Coordinates 45.986691, 10.926922

Information: +39 0464 443418 | eventi@macrodesignstudio.it

2015_03_11-02 EventbriteRegistration: Participation is free but seats are limited. Deadline for registration: Friday 10th April

Please register through Eventbrite at this link: http://regeneration-conference.eventbrite.it

Language: the conference will be in English

Educational credits: 4 credits for architects in collaboration with Ordine degli Architetti Pianificatori Paesaggisti e Conservatori di Trento. Attendance certification will be released at the end of the conference.

ReGeneration

MDS-01Macro Design Studio in collaboration with The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) is proud to organize REGENERATION, the first design competition in Europe entirely based on the LBC protocol.

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REGENERATION as the first “generation” of young professionals (architects, engineers) that can “regenerate” with their own ideas the built environment, getting the best possible performances for the building.

REGENERATION is the first design competition in Europe entirely based on the Living Building Challenge protocol.

living_building_challenge_logoThe Living Building Challenge™ (LBC) is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that 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. LBC is a Visionary Path to a Regenerative Future.

REGENERATION is a design workshop in which teams composed of young professionals are called to develop a project of sustainable requalification of an existing public building for the local community.

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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 an existing public building in terms of architecture, energy efficiency, livability and relationship with social, urban and natural context.

Centrale Fies

Centrale Fies, Dro (Trento) – Italy

REGENERATION will take place at Centrale Fies, Dro (Trento – Italy), on April 15th to 18th, 2015.

Selection of 15 young participants is open! See the Application Form as attachment.

The deadline is January 30th 2015.

Official language: English.

For more information on the purpose and how to participate, we invite you to consult

Web sites and socials:

Do you want to regenerate with us? Help us spread the word! 🙂

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