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“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.

The REGENERATION 2016 Conference.

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

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Centrale Fies, Dro (Trento – Italy)

It’s time to imagine a “Living Future” made of “living buildings.” Living Building Challenge is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy, suitable  for projects that want to go beyond being simply “less harmful”, to truly become “regenerative”. The Challenge defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to rapidly diminish the gap between current limits and the end-game positive solutions we seek.

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

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

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

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

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

2016_03_22-03 Emanuele NaboniEmanuele Naboni
(BArch, Dip. Arch., MPhil, PhD in Science, LEED AP, Licensed Architect) He is since 2010 an associate professor at the Institute of Technology of the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen, Faculty of Architecture. He teaches and researches in the field of technology and sustainable environmental design.

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

Further information about the event:

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

We are waiting for you 🙂

Slow Construction.

Living Building Challenge meets Slow Food.

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

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

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

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

Urban agriculture

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

Biodiversity

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

Local economy

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

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Image: Slow Food

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

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

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

A roundtable with

  • 2016_02_24-04 Urban AgricultureCarlo Battisti, engineer, facilitator of the Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy, co-owner at Macro Design Studio
  • Guido Marini, communicator with experience in the non-profit sector, fiduciary of Slow Food, Trento branch, Slow Food Trentino-South Tyrol
  • Paola Moschini, architect, facilitator of the Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy, co-owner at Macro Design Studio
  • Sara Verones, engineer, energy efficiency expert at the local Agency for Energy and Water (APRIE) and Slow Food member

2015_03_11-02 EventbriteRegistration on Eventbrite here (the event is in Italian)

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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L’autunno è green con il nuovo ciclo di convegni MDS.

Dopo il buon riscontro della prima edizione del 2014, ritorna l’appuntamento con “Sostenibilità e valorizzazione del patrimonio edilizio“, il ciclo di 5 convegni organizzato da Macro Design Studio sempre il giovedì, nei giorni 08.10, 29.10, 12.11, 26.11 e 10.12.2015, presso Progetto Manifattura Rovereto, orario 14:00 – 18:30. Sulla base dei risultati del primo ciclo, ci sono diversi relatori nuovi e i contenuti sono stati aggiornati. Il programma vale quindi anche come aggiornamento professionale (sono disponibili 20 crediti formativi per architetti e periti industriali) anche per coloro che avessero già partecipato nel 2014. Sconto del 20% per gli architetti e ingegneri iscritti alla Fondazione Inarcassa.
Di tutto rilievo i numeri di quest’anno:

  • 5 eventi tematici
  • 20 0re di formazione qualificata
  • 27 relatori
  • 21 partner
  • 20 CFP – crediti formativi professionali (architetti e periti)

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Come nella prima edizione, 5 sono gli “hashtag” ovvero le tematiche attuali che caratterizzano quello che è ormai diventato il programma di aggiornamento professionale nel settore delle costruzioni sostenibili di riferimento a livello regionale.

#retrofit
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Il risanamento del patrimonio edilizio è la vera grande sfida oggi per il rilancio economico e il risparmio energetico del settore delle costruzioni. Obiettivo del seminario è quello di dare strumenti utili al fine di risanare il patrimonio edilizio esistente sia per quanto riguarda le prestazioni passive che per quelle attive. Il convegno si rivolge a professionisti del settore delle costruzioni che hanno interesse nella riqualificazione del patrimonio esistente e nella conservazione delle risorse e delle energie, nello sviluppo sostenibile e nella qualità dell’abitare degli edifici e della città. Appuntamento con RISANAMENTO DEL PATRIMONIO EDILIZIO: 8 ottobre 2015, ore 14:00-18:30.

#standard
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La sempre maggior richiesta di qualità e sostenibilità ambientale nel mondo dell’edilizia ha portato ad un proliferare di protocolli di certificazione. Obiettivo del seminario è quello di fare chiarezza sullo stato dell’arte dei più diffusi protocolli di certificazione di sostenibilità degli edifici, anche alla luce delle nuove normative europee. Il convegno si rivolge a professionisti del settore delle costruzioni che hanno interesse nella riqualificazione del patrimonio esistente e nella conservazione delle risorse e delle energie, nello sviluppo sostenibile e nella qualità dell’abitare degli edifici e della città. Appuntamento con CERTIFICARE GLI EDIFICI: 29 ottobre 2015, ore 14:00-18:30.

#facciate
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L’involucro è diventato ormai il sistema più importante di un edificio. Architettura, durabilità ma soprattutto scambio energetico tra interno ed esterno. Obiettivo del seminario è quello di dare una panoramica sull’innovazione nelle facciate e descrivere lo stato dell’arte tramite progetti realizzati e attività di ricerca e sviluppo focalizzate sugli aspetti energetici. Il convegno si rivolge a professionisti del settore delle costruzioni che hanno interesse nella riqualificazione del patrimonio esistente e nella conservazione delle risorse e delle energie, nello sviluppo sostenibile e nella qualità dell’abitare degli edifici e della città. Appuntamento con INVOLUCRO TRASPARENTE: 12 novembre 2015, ore 14:00-18:30.

#legno
2015_09_11-05 Ciclo MDS
L’involucro è diventato ormai il sistema più importante di un edificio. Architettura, durabilità ma soprattutto scambio energetico tra interno ed esterno. Obiettivo del seminario è quello di dare una panoramica sull’innovazione nelle facciate e descrivere lo stato dell’arte tramite progetti realizzati e attività di ricerca e sviluppo focalizzate sugli aspetti energetici. Il convegno si rivolge a professionisti del settore delle costruzioni che hanno interesse nella riqualificazione del patrimonio esistente e nella conservazione delle risorse e delle energie, nello sviluppo sostenibile e nella qualità dell’abitare degli edifici e della città. Appuntamento con COSTRUZIONI IN LEGNO: 26 novembre 2015, ore 14:00-18:30.

#EPD
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Da materia prettamente accademica, le analisi del ciclo di vita dei prodotti stanno diventando sempre più un’occasione per ripensare i processi produttivi delle costruzioni. Obiettivo del seminario è quello di descrivere l’applicabilità di queste analisi e l’importanza delle etichette ambientali nel nostro settore, anche nell’integrazione con i protocolli ambientali. Il convegno si rivolge a professionisti del settore delle costruzioni che hanno interesse nella riqualificazione del patrimonio esistente e nella conservazione delle risorse e delle energie, nello sviluppo sostenibile e nella qualità dell’abitare degli edifici e della città. Appuntamento con VALUTAZIONE LCA ED EPD DEL SETTORE DELLE COSTRUZIONI: 10 dicembre 2015, ore 14:00-18:30.

Scarica il programma. Per informazioni: eventi@macrodesignstudio.it
Iscrizioni (entro 3 giorni prima del convegno) su Eventbrite qui

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.