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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)

RESTORE web site

La 1a RESTORE training school

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A Restorative week.

The first RESTORE Training School is going to take place in Lancaster, UK between 14th and 17th November 2017. We have 30+ trainees attending, representing a great spectrum of sustainability disciplines, experience and EU countries. We have brilliant international trainers and guest lecturers. In addition, we will be joined by 12 RESTORE core group members. It’s going to be a great event and one not to miss.

Lancaster (Lancashire), UK

Focusing on Restorative Sustainability, Biophilia, and Sustainability Education, in four days trainees will gain a deep understanding of Restorative Sustainability and the key topics from RESTORE working groups. Training School trainees (students, educators, and practitioners) will participate in multiple introduction seminars, action learning, team and individual presentations, study tours, and much more.

School Highlights

  • Introduction to Regenerative Sustainability and the work of RESTORE Working Groups.
  • Guest lectures including Digital Approaches for Regenerative Design, Mindfulness for Sustainability and more.
  • Regenerative Sustainability Education with Class Of Your Own.
  • Biophilic Design Sessions. We are delighted to have some of the world’s leading experts on biophilic design join us for a powerful biophilic design afternoon of lectures, workshops and webinars.
  • Regenerative Sustainability Tours (Brockholes BREEAM Outstanding and Cuerdon Valley Park, Living Building Challenge Project).
  • Planting trees at the LBC Project (in part to offset carbon from travel, but also to provide locally available Larch timber for any future cladding replacement of the Visitor Centre).

the venue – The Storey, Lancaster

The Training School will operate as a train the trainer course; equipping delegates with techniques and knowledge to run restorative sustainability education modules within their own institute and networks. The RESTORE Training School has been approved by ILFI (International Living Future Institute) for 20 LFA (Living Future Accredited) professional CEU hours.

Confirmed Trainers and Guest Lecturers

Martin BrownRestorative Sustainability
Innovative sustainability & business strategist & advisor @Fairsnape. Author FutuREstorative. UK Living Building Challenge Ambassador and COST Restore Vice Chair. Forest of Bowland, Lancashire, UK.

Alison Watson –  Sustainability Education
Founder and Chief Executive at Class Of Your Own Limited. Clitheroe, Lancashire, UK.

Edeltraud HaselsteinerRESTORE Working Group 1
Urban planning Consulting & Research, Lecturer (University of Technology Vienna, Faculty of Architecture and Planning. Institute of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture). Vienna, Austria.

Emanuele NaboniRESTORE Working Group 2
BArch, MArch, PhD in Science, LEED AP, Licensed Architect. Associate Professor at the Institute of Technology of the Royal Danish Academy (KADK) in Copenhagen, School of Architecture. Copenhagen, Denmark.

Joe ClancyBiophilia
CMLI Project Landscape Architect at Bradley Murphy Design. Landscape Institute. Biophilic Design Consultant, Co-Author 14 patterns of Biophilic Design. Cubbington, Warwickshire, UK.

Elizabeth CalabreseBiophilic Design
AIA, Architect, Educator WELL Faculty. Author. Fostering health and wellbeing through biophilic and ecological design. Burlington, Vermont, USA.

Amanda SturgeonBiophilia (via webinar)
FAIA, CEO of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). She is the author of Creating Biophilic Buildings, the founder and driving force behind the organization’s Biophilic Design Initiative and is a sought-after expert on biophilic design around the world. Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA.

Simon ThorpeProject Manager Cuerdon Valley Park LBC Project. Lancashire, UK.

Ann VannerSustainable Heritage
MCIAT. ARB. FHEA Architect/Technologist/Designer. Maker/Doer/Finder. University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK.

Anne ParkerMindfulness for Sustainability
Coach, trainer, mindfulness teacher. Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, UK.

Jenni BarrettLandscaping for Regenerative Sustainability
Researcher, consultant, lecturer. Senior Lecturer at University of Central Lancashire. Preston, UK.

Barbara JonesStraw Works
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, manufacturing and commerce (FRSA) in 2009. She was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from Women in Construction in 2011 and received a Woman of Outstanding Achievement Award from UKRC in 2009.

We look forward to welcoming you to Lancaster for the First RESTORE Training School 😊

RESTORE (REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy) is an EU COST Action that will advocate for a paradigm shift towards restorative sustainability for new and existing buildings across Europe. It will promote 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. The RESTORE network currently has 120+ participants across 37 countries, representing a wide spectrum of academic, client, design and construction individuals and organisations.

Ride With Us a Bolzano … e tre, verso Bonn.

RIDE WITH US 2017
Da Venezia a Bonn, una lunga pedalata per il clima
1 novembre – 10 novembre 2017

TORNA A PASSARE PER BOLZANO LA CAROVANA DI BICI PER IL CLIMA
Dopo Copenaghen, Parigi e Torino Ride With Us, la carovana simbolica di biciclette che dal 2014 parte da Venezia e attraversa l’Europa per diffondere il messaggio di urgenza e gravità del cambiamento climatico, torna a fare tappa a Bolzano il 2 novembre c.a.
Quest’anno il gruppo di ciclista si dirige verso Bonn (1.300 km), sede dell’incontro delle Nazioni Unite sul cambiamento climatico (COP23).
Nella città tedesca i rappresentanti di tutto il mondo si troveranno per discutere come dare attuazione all’Accordo di Parigi del 2015 e i ciclisti di RWU vogliono mantenere alta l’attenzione sull’importanza dell’incontro attraverso un tour ciclistico aperto a tutti e l’organizzazione di una serie d’incontri serali lungo il percorso dedicati al cambiamento climatico.

La partecipazione al progetto è cresciuta nel tempo e ai due ideatori del progetto, Daniele Pernigotti e Claudio Bonato, si sono poi unite diverse associazioni e molti singoli cittadini che condividono le finalità del tour. Saranno, infatti, 22 le persone che pedaleranno fino a Monaco e 15 di questi continueranno fino a Bonn, per raggiungere la sede della COP23. Il gruppo pedalerà in completa autonomia, con i propri bagagli a seguito e senza nessun automezzo di supporto.
Le varie tappe del tour sono l’occasione per affrontare a livello locale i temi connessi col cambiamento climatico.
Dal sapore provocatorio l’evento che avrà luogo il 2 novembre dalle 17.30 alle 17.30 presso la sede dell’EURAC research, Viale Druso 1, 39100 Bolzano (sala SEM7): Va bene i green building, ma basteranno?

L’evento vedrà la partecipazione di Daniele Pernigotti (Ride With Us), Marco Caffi (Green Building Council Italia), Roberto Lollini (EURAC research, Istituto per le Energie Rinnovabili), Ulrich Santa (Agenzia per l’Energia Alto Adige – CasaClima) e sarà coordinato da Carlo Battisti (IDM Südtirol Alto Adige).

L’indomani mattina il tour ripartirà da Bolzano per affrontare il Brennero e fare tappa a Innsbruck. L’iniziativa ha ottenuto il patrocinio di molti Comuni lungo il percorso, tra cui Venezia, Bolzano e Bonn, oltre che del Ministero dell’Ambiente italiano e d’importanti associazioni che operano in materia di cambiamento climatico, come Kyoto Club e Italian Climate Network.
La lista completa dei patrocini, oltre che il tracciato delle singole tappe del tour Venezia-Bonn e la documentazione dei viaggi precedenti è disponibile nel sito www.ridewithus.eu. Chi volesse unirsi alla pedalata può facilmente identificare la posizione della carovana ciclistica geolocalizzata nella sezione live del sito.

LE TAPPE
La partenza avverrà simbolicamente venerdì pomeriggio 31 ottobre con il prologo Venezia-Mestre, mentre la mattina del 1 novembre vi sarà la partenza ufficiale del tour da Marghera.
Di seguito il dettaglio delle tappe del tour.

I CONTATTI
Daniele Pernigotti dpernigotti@aequilibria.com 340 9783337
Alberto Fiorin (Pedale Veneziano) afiorin@libero.it 320 4253630

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The RESTORE web site is online.

The RESTORE web site is on line 😊

We are happy to announce that the RESTORE website is now up and running. You can visit it at http://www.eurestore.eu

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

The RESTORE website is designed to provide you the most important information about RESTORE COST Action. You will be able to find all necessary details about the people involved, their work, the work and outputs from the Working Groups, but also about Short Training Scientific Mission funding opportunities and Training Schools.

Many sections of the website are still under development, but our goal is to make these web pages your hub for RESTORE information. We plan to communicate and disseminate the outcomes of the Action, but we also want to provide you with the information about the activities and involvement of our members. If you are organising any kind of event that might be of interest of other RESTORE participants, please contact us. We will happily share the information.

A reminder that applications for our First Training School are now invited. Please spread the word and be sure to apply if you are at all interested in Restorative Sustainability. Click here for more information.

Our goal is to make this page your hub for RESTORE information. We plan to communicate and disseminate the outcomes of the Action, but we also want to provide you with the information about the activities and involvement of our members. If you are organising any kind of event that might be of interest of other RESTORE participants, please contact us. We will happily share the information.

We look forward to seeing you engage with other RESTORE participants through the important and vibrant discussions and information sharing on our Twitter account and Facebook pages.

The website is based upon work from COST Action CA16114 RESTORE, supported by COST Programme (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).

Copyright © 2017 COST Action CA16114 RESTORE, All rights reserved.

  

 

 

 

Train the trainer … to RESTORE.

The 1st RESTORE Training School, Lancaster (UK) 14-17 Nov 2017.

We are delighted to offer our first RESTORE Training School that will take place in Lancaster, UK between 14th and 17th November 2017. It will focus on Restorative Sustainability, Biophilia, and Sustainability Education. In four days trainees will gain a deep understanding of Restorative Sustainability and learn about key topics from RESTORE working groups.

Training School trainees (students, educators, and practitioners) will participate in multiple introduction seminars, action learning, team and individual presentations, study tours, and much more.

We are hopeful that the Training School will operate as an accredited train the trainer course; equipping delegates with techniques and knowledge to run restorative sustainability education modules within their own institute and networks, and in doing so, receive recognised certification.

Interested in bringing Restorative Sustainability knowledge to your institute and country?

Learn from experts and others experiences from restorative projects and share your own experiences.

APPLY NOW! Making your case: why is this Training School important for you, and, how will you use it to expand Restorative Sustainability understanding in your country.

Applications Open: 15th July 2017
Applications Close: 15th September 2017
Announcement of the selected trainees: 30 September 2017
Deadline for e-Cost registration and confirmation: 13 October 2017
Training School will start Tuesday, November 14, 2017 and end Friday, November 17, 2017
Location: Lancaster (closest airport: Manchester and then by train) 

Suggested Hotels: Sun Hotel 0.2 miles, Borough 0.1 miles, Toll House 0.2 miles, Lancaster University 2 miles.
About Lancaster: http://www.visitlancashire.com/explore/lancaster
Local Host Organisation: Class of Your Own (RESTORE Member, UK MC Sub).
Training School Director: Martin Brown (Fairsnape, Vice Chair RESTORE, Lead WG1).
Who can apply? Students (including PhD), Early Career Investigators, Educators, Practitioners, Change Agents.

The Training School will be limited to 35 delegates, 30 funded through the COST Action and 5 self funded or sponsored opportunities.

Financial support from COST Action RESTORE: the selected trainees will benefit of a grant of 640 Euro. The Trainee Grant is a contribution to the overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the Grantee. The trainees must sign the meeting attendance list on each day that they attend the event. The grant will be received one month after the training school.

Important! Read the Vademecum www.cost.eu/Vademecum for eligibility for funding.

Training School Themes:

  • Restorative Sustainability (new perspectives on sustainability thinking)
  • Sustainability Education
  • Sustainability learning, sharing and advocating

CA COST Action CA16114
REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy
(RESTORE)

   

From LCA to RESTORE.

Seminar “Carbon Footprint and LCA
25 July 2017 (h: 15.30 – 17.30)
Location: EURAC, Conference Hall
Viale Druso 1, 39100 Bolzano – Italy

Omega Center for Sustainable Living, Rhinebeck, New York – Photo: Farsid Assassi, via BNIM Architects

Carbon Footprint represents one of the most relevant indicators of building environmental sustainably, measuring the carbon dioxide emissions over its life cycle. The carbon dioxide is considered as the major responsible for the greenhouse effect and, therefore, of the global warming and climate change. Sustainable buildings are critical to a future that is socially just, ecologically restorative, culturally rich and economically viable within the climate change context. Within the built environment sustainability agenda a shift is occurring, towards a broader framework that enriches places, people, ecology, culture, and climate at the core of the design task, with particular emphasis on the benefits towards health.

The seminar aims at providing research results on building life cycle assessment, presenting research project RESTORE on a new paradigm for restorative sustainability, and at opening discussion with all interested researchers and practitioners on approach for addressing building design decision process towards sustainability.

Agenda

15:30     Welcome from EURAC. Introduction on Carbon Footprint and LCA
Roberto Lollini, Institute for Renewable Energy, EURAC Research

15:40     Building carbon footprint: challenges and opportunities. Results of the embodied carbon research at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), Chicago
Andrea Meneghelli, visiting researcher at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), Chicago

16:10     Research studies on whole life cycle embodied carbon in building structures (MIT) and best-practice of industry leaders in the implementation of Whole Life Carbon in the building Sector
Catherine De Wolf, Phd in Building Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston

16:40     Introduction to RESTORE project: REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy
Carlo Battisti, RESTORE Action Chair, EURAC Research

17:00     Open discussion with participants
17.30     Closure

Registration:
Please write to gloria.peasso@eurac.edu by 20/07/2017 if you are interested in attending the Seminar.

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.cost.eu

 

RESTORE | REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy

logo_costApproved by the COST Committee of Senior Officials on 24 October 2016, REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy (RESTORE) is one out of the 25 new Actions that were selected out of 478 eligible proposals collected earlier in April.

RESTORE: ‘to return something or someone to an earlier good condition or position’.

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’.

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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 particular emphasis on the 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 will raise aspirations and deliver restorative outcomes. 

Walden Pond, Concord (MA, USA)

Walden Pond, Concord (MA, USA)

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

The COST proposal will advocate, mentor and influence for a restorative built environment sustainability through work groups, training schools (including learning design competitions) and Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs).

General information:

CA COST Action CA16114 REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy
Start of Action: 09.03.2017  End of Action: 08.03.2021
Proposers: Carlo Battisti w/ Martin Brown, Sue Clark, Emanuele Naboni
Science Officer: Estelle Emeriau
Administrative Officer: Aranzazu Sanchez

For further information: carlo.battisti@eurac.edu

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is the longest-running European framework supporting trans-national cooperation among researchers, engineers and scholars across Europe. It is a unique means for them to jointly develop their own ideas and new initiatives across all fields in science and technology, including social sciences and humanities, through pan-European networking of nationally funded research activities. Based on a European intergovernmental framework for cooperation in science and technology, COST has been contributing – since its creation in 1971 – to closing the gap between science, policy makers and society throughout Europe and beyond.