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Feeling REGENERATED, at last.

Five takeaways from REGENERATION 2017, 3rd edition.

Another edition (the third) is gone and I think of the punctual and constant work we did in these five months (yes, that is what it takes to organize REGENERATION) to get the most out of these 64 hours (from Wednesday, 26 at 9 o’ clock, to Friday 28, April night at 1 AM, April 29) super-concentrated of enthusiasm, innovation, creativity, internationality and robust technical skills.

I’m often flattering myself that the process is so well-known that I’m not able to grasp the differences between one edition and another. But every time the surprise catches me, little by little as I cross the Centrale Fies gates the days before; I feel the energy that is coming up. It’s never the same experience and I’m fond of people and teams (people make teams …) and so impressed with their willingness to give the best of themselves for a common end result. Also this time it was different, these are my five main take-aways.

1. The force is in the group

People make the group. Thus begins, the theoretical exercise that we make every year at the end of the selection process, to form groups as much balanced as we can. We try to balance everything: architects and engineers, Italians and foreigners (but we are all Europeans, what really changes between an engineer from Turin and a Slovakian architect?), males and females (yes, “males and females”, not “men and women”, as we used to say when we were kids and we went to school ;-), age (the teams are more or less of the same average age, about thirty years old), the areas of sustainability (energy, water or materials? ), curricula, graduates, doctorates, masters, experiences, projects’ portfolio, etc. etc. etc.

YELLOW team

Then, throughout the workshop, little by little, it is the group that emerges, it is the group that makes people, and among three teams theoretically perfectly balanced, in the end there is only one who wins; and it is always, I say always, the best-knit. Dynamics, synergies, continuous confrontation, optimism, and a pinch of calm in the creative disorder. After three years I know how you can win REGENERATION 😉

2. If energy is limitless.

Energy begins to grow in the days before the start of REGENERATION. We do the inspections and each time I understand that no coincidence brought us here. Here, where the Fies hydroelectric plant started producing in 1909 to cover the energy needs of the city of Trento, the factory continues to produce creative energy. Energy is not unlimited and it is consumed, someone would think. But when it comes to competition, energy instead of being consumed, is produced, by the quiet and constant interaction of the 15 participants. It’s a renewable energy, actually.

BLUE team (with Martin Brown, tutor)

This year, unlike the previous editions, we anticipated the entire program of half a day, to allow young professionals to conclude the three projects within Friday night, at 1 AM. But they started to stay up late (3, 4, …) already from the first night. When creativity is bulimia. 64 hours x 5 people = 320 men/women hours… I thought they would have been completely squeezed on Friday night… nothing, they were more or less as fresh as a daisy. Energy regenerates. And it is contagious.

3. Living Building Challenge. We can do it.

Once again the Living Building Challenge has been won. You can re-qualify a building with a zero environmental impact; yes, you can do it and it’s also fun. In 2015, the first REGENERATION building was the municipal library of Dro (1975), a building with good potential for transformation, also in relation to the nearby Sarca River. Last year, for the second edition, an additional complication, a historic building with preservation constraints – the Arco Bus Station (1891) – and also in this case the teams (all of them) did it.

GREEN team (with Emanuele Naboni, tutor)

This time, we have broadened the range of action, asking the participants to analyze the relationship between the “A. Zadra” elementary school and the Degasperi district, in Riva del Garda. A jump in scale, where you can see the transition between the building and the community, always following the Living Building Challenge philosophy. And even in this case the challenge (technical, architectural, technological, urban planning) was won. I continue to say, and I really start to convince myself, Living Building Challenge buildings are the buildings of the future, like the NZEBs (Nearly Energy Zero Buildings) that will be mandatory in Italy since 2019 according to 2010/31 EU Directive.

4. A replicable model

2015, Dro. 2016, Arco. 2017, Riva del Garda. We arrived at the lake front. A typical 70s building, a historic building, this time a neighborhood. And now? How to go on? The question turns in my head for a while.

The mechanism is running, the scheme works, and the model is replicable. Boundaries are now too small; the gameplay is ready to be re-presented in new contexts. European, like Europeans are the brilliant professionals who come to Fies every year to come out to promote the principles of the Living Building Challenge in their cities and nations. In addition, the surprising results (the three projects submitted are always valid and feasible) triggered by the almost three days of intense work by each of the three teams, clash with the solid procedures practice (policy choices, funding decrees, bidding, permissions, etc., etc.) and enthusiasm is blurred on time. In short, REGENERATION needs a regeneration…

Centrale Fies

5. Genius loci

The Genius loci is a natural and supernatural entity linked to a place and object of worship in the Roman religion. This association between Genius and the physical site originates from the Augustan age. According to Servio, nullus locus sine Genio (no place is without a Genius) (Commentary to Eneide, 5, 95). Genius loci is now understood in architecture to identify the set of socio-cultural, architectural, linguistic, and habitat characteristics that characterize a place, an environment, a city. A transversal term, which deals with the characteristics of an environment interlaced with man and the habits with which he lives in this environment. It indicates the “character” of a place.

There is a genius in the locus of Centrale Fies. Something that was there, that is there now, that has appeared at each REGENERATION, something that remains behind us as we pass the gate in the cold last night, before the final presentations. Some things are really difficult to be written in a call for a design competition…

#REGENERATION

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.

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

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Anno nuovo, nuovo logo (ma non solo).

logo Carlo BattistiBuon Anno! … che comincia con il logo rimesso a nuovo (by Ideenfabrik). Gestione e consulenza di progetti di innovazione sostenibile, nell’ambiente costruito (ma non solo). Se pensate che passiamo il 90% della nostra giornata all’interno di edifici – per vivere, lavorare e studiare – e quando ci muoviamo lo facciamo spesso per spostarci da un edificio all’altro… Insomma la sostenibilità dell’ambiente costruito è importante, rappresenta un valore e un’opportunità di innovazione che va affrontata con un approccio di project management. Qui trovate la lista aggiornata dei servizi di Carlo Battisti | Sustainable Innovation Management & Consulting. E qui i principali progetti in corso. Se poi credete nell’aggiornamento continuo e nel valore dei contatti e delle reti, qui trovate una lista dei principali eventi di quest’anno di interesse su innovazione, sostenibilità, project management. Buon lavoro 😉

A proposito, io mi occupo di questo, ma … cosa fanno gli altri 7.476.672.269 (circa) persone nel mondo ?? (grafica di Funders and Founders)

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business-cardHappy New Year! … which begins with an updated logo. Management and consulting for sustainable innovation projects in the built environment (but not limited to). If you only think that we spend 90% of our time inside buildings – to live, work and study – and when we move we commute from one building to another … shortly, sustainability of the built environment matters, it is a value and an innovation opportunity that should be addressed with a project management approach. Here you may find the updated list of Carlo Battisti services | Sustainable Innovation Management & Consulting. And here the main projects in progress. Lastly, if you believe in the value and continuous learning and networking, here is a list of this year’s main events in the fields of innovation, sustainability, and project management. All the best 😉

“Casa SN”. At Arco the first LBC registered project in Italy

Arco opens the way for the “Living Buildings”.

Living Building Challenge2016_05_30-01 LBC (LBC), created in 2006 by the International Living Future Institute (Seattle, WA), is a philosophy, an advocacy tool and a certification program. The LBC is the most advanced sustainability protocol for buildings and communities. A year has passed since the establishment of the Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy (the group of volunteers based at Progetto Manifattura in Rovereto, committed in the implementation of the LBC principles in Italy) and the second edition of REGENERATION (the first European design contest for young architects and engineers entirely based on LBC) has just ended. The “cultural” investment promoted by Macro Design Studio, the proactive consulting company of Rovereto working on the sustainability of the built environment, begins to bear fruits.

Casa SN” will be built in Arco and it is the first Italian project pursuing the Living Building Challenge certification. There are more than 330 LBC registered or certified projects in the world so far (the certification program was launched eight years ago) and the number is growing, not only in the US but also in Europe, in different climate zones and with different typologies (schools, offices, communities, research centers, dwellings). “Casa SN” will demonstrate that it is possible to create a building without environmental impact. It is a radical change: instead of designing buildings that consume a bit less than the traditional ones, we will create buildings that are capable of creating a positive impact on the environment.

2016_05_30-04 Casa SNThe design process of Casa SN is in full swing, the beginning of the construction phase is scheduled for this summer. They expect to complete the project sometime during 2017. One of the features that radically differentiate Living Building Challenge from other certification programs the final certificate may be issued only after twelve months of operations, in which the consumption will be periodically measured. The building will prove to be completely self-sufficient in terms of energy through the use of renewable sources. The Living Building Challenge already anticipates what before long will become the new standard for European construction.

Further information: battistic@alice.it

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Arco (photo: vacanzatrentina.it)

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.