Post-graduation

Theory and Practice of Social and Sustainable Architecture

COVID-19 Update: All theoretical parts will be available online and not affected by the travel restrictions. The schedule of the in-person workshops might be adapted according to the restrictions to combat the corona-pandemic. At this moment, the workshops are planned to happen at the end of each semester.

(~ February/ March 2022 and June/July 2022).

Sustainable-Sustainable Architecture

Sustainable-Sustainable Architecture is an English-taught postgraduate programme structured into online courses and practical workshops. The program focuses on architecture practices that consider the layered dimensions of sustainability. It combines 90 hours of theory with 210 hours of hands-on-experience bridging topics of sustainable construction, natural building, just urban development, participatory design and social project management. The programme is initiated by Critical Concrete in collaboration with ESAP – Escola Superior Artistica do Porto and assisted by guest lecturers and mentors with recognized experience.

Students will co-design and build real social projects in Portugal, as the course is embedded in a project aimed at refurbishing houses of low-income families and public spaces for local communities.

Degree: Post-Graduation in Sustainable Architecture

Duration: October 2021 – July 2022

Tuition Fee: € 2.590

Language: English

Course Format: E-Learning, Participatory Design, and Applied Practice

Application: 2nd open call until September 10th 2021

Contact: ssa@criticalconcrete.com

For more information see the Q&A and
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COVID-19 Update: All theoretical parts will be available online and not affected by the travel restrictions. The schedule of the in-person workshops might be adapted according to the restrictions to combat the corona-pandemic. At this moment, the workshops are planned to happen at the end of each semester.

(~ February/ March and June/July 2022).

Sustainable-Sustainable Architecture

Sustainable-Sustainable Architecture is an English-taught postgraduate programme structured into online courses and practical workshops. The program focuses on architecture practices that consider the layered dimensions of sustainability. It combines 90 hours of theory with 210 hours of hands-on-experience bridging topics of sustainable construction, natural building, just urban development, participatory design and social project management. The programme is initiated by Critical Concrete in collaboration with ESAP – Escola Superior Artistica do Porto and assisted by guest lecturers and mentors with recognized experience.

Students will co-design and build real social projects in Portugal, as the course is embedded in a project aimed at refurbishing houses of low-income families and public spaces for local communities.

Degree: Post-Graduation in Sustainable Architecture

Duration: October 2021 – July 2022

Tuition Fee: € 2.590

Language: English

Course Format: E-Learning, Participatory Design and Applied Practice

Application: 1st open call till August 13th 2021

Contact: ssa@criticalconcrete.com

For more information see the Q&A and subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date.

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What will I learn?

Modules

What will I learn?

Modules

Sustainable Construction focuses on environmentally friendly and socially relevant approaches to building and (self-)construction by introducing low-tech solutions and circular economy logic.

Natural Building introduces natural materials that can be applied in architecture to substitute harmful materials in structure, insulation, finishing and treatment.

Ecological Cities takes a look at urban practices and approaches to answer the current environmental and climate emergencies.

Social Cities asks the question what sustainability means in the societal dimension of architecture and cities in order to create a just habitat for all.

Vernacular Architecture trains the ability to disclose the potential and applicability of vernacular techniques to contemporary contexts.

Participatory Processes presents tools and strategies to empower communities and to confront biases and preconceptions.

Sustainable-Sustainable Projects gives impulses how to start and run a social project in an ethically moral manner while simultaneously being economically stable.

Each module will consist of different courses and will be addressed within the workshops according to the given context.

Diagram showing course structure

Sustainable Construction focuses on environmentally friendly and socially relevant approaches to building and (self-)construction by introducing low-tech solutions and circular economy logic.

Natural Building introduces natural materials that can be applied in architecture to substitute harmful materials in structure, insulation, finishing and treatment.

Ecological Cities takes a look at urban practices and approaches to answer the current environmental and climate emergencies.

Social Cities asks the question what sustainability means in the societal dimension of architecture and cities in order to create a just habitat for all.

Vernacular Architecture trains the ability to disclose the potential and applicability of vernacular techniques to contemporary contexts.

Participatory Processes presents tools and strategies to empower communities and to confront biases and preconceptions.

Sustainable-Sustainable Projects gives impulses how to start and run a social project in an ethically moral manner while simultaneously being economically stable.

Each module will consist of different courses and will be addressed within the workshops according to the given context.

People sitting on a table and discussing plans

How will I learn?

Online Learning & Theory

Online-Courses will be available on our platform, criti.co. The courses combine theoretical input, interactive communication tools and, – where applicable – hands-on assignments. One course will cover a specific topic and usually last for 4-8 weeks with a workload of 2-6 hours per week.

Participatory Design

Within the frame of Critical Concrete’s upcoming projects, the students will participate in the co-design process with the inhabitants. The process will be moderated by our team.

People sitting on a table and discussing plans

How will I learn?

Online Learning & Theory

Online-Courses will be available on our platform, criti.co. The courses combine theoretical input, interactive communication tools and, – where applicable – hands-on assignments. One course will cover a specific topic and usually last for 4-8 weeks with a workload of 2-6 hours per week.

Participatory Design

Within the frame of Critical Concrete’s upcoming projects, the students will participate in the co-design process with the inhabitants. The process will be moderated by our team.

Construction Workshop in Porto

The practical workshops are the heart of the programme. Two workshops of 3 weeks each will be held at the end of each semester, translating the input from the online-courses and the results from the participatory design into real hands-on and social practice.

Construction Workshops in Porto

The practical workshops are the heart of the programme. Two workshops of 3 weeks each will be held at the end of each semester, translating the input from the online-courses and the results from the participatory design into real hands-on and social practice.

Who will accompany me during this year?

One outstanding aspect of our programme is the fact that it brings together students and mentors from a very broad geographical and professional background. In our first round, we had students coming from Europe, Africa, North and South America as well as from South Asia, while our mentors cover practical and theoretical experience from Architecture and Urbanism to Art, Ethnography and Social Science.

Samuel Kalika, Founder and Director of Critical Concrete, Porto

Ana Baptista & Hugo Dourado, architects and founders of Colectivo Mel, Porto

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Gianluca Stasi, architect and founder of Crtz, Sevilla

Marcela Lopez, urban geographer and lecturer at TU Berlin as well as initiator of Contested Urban waterscapes

Bernardo Amaral, architect and founder of BAAU, Porto

Hélène Veiga Gomes, anthropologist and lecturer at Paris Malaquais School of Architecture as well as founder of H+V/G studio, Lisbon

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Martina Eandi & Ginevra Agosti, mycelium researchers at Critical Concrete, Porto

Pietro Degli Esposti, architect and founder of Matierra

Stephanie E. Raible, assistant Professor and Faculty Director of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Delaware and Founder of Central Impact

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Sergio Mendes, architect and teacher at ESAP, Porto

Lambert Dauvillier, architect and coordinator at RéáVie, Paris

Karsten

Karsten [Karl] Michael, founder of  STUDIO IN//stabil &  mikromakro, lecturer at the University of Vienna and the Vienna Art School and co-founder of „The slowest Fast Food Restaurant in the World“ in Vienna.

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Paolo Marcolin, architect and director of the postgraduate programme at ESAP, Porto

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Joaquim Flores, architect and urbanist as well as teacher at ESAP, Porto

Graduates of this post-graduation will
be provided with the knowledge and tools
to co-design projects with a direct social
and ecological impact.

What competencies will I gain during the programme?

The programme aims to set up a conceptual base for an ecological and social approach to architecture and urbanism and gives its graduates competencies in starting and managing projects in the respective field.

What competencies will I gain during the programme?

The programme aims to set up a conceptual base for an ecological and social approach to architecture and urbanism and gives its graduates competencies in starting and managing projects in the respective field.

After finishing the programme, students will

  • be aware of the need for changing the conventional ways to build and design
  • understand principles and strategies for environmentally friendly construction
  • know methods and techniques regarding ecological and natural building as well as low-tech and low-waste applications
  • be able to transfer vernacular construction techniques to today’s needs
  • be able to apply a sustainable and inclusive approach to the design and implementation of their architectural and construction projects

 

Furthermore, the students will 

  • be conscious of the need of intersectional and inclusive approaches in neighborhood and city planning
  • understand bottom-up approaches and how to engage local population and institutions
  • be able to empower communities through participatory design in order to increase the involvement for people at risk of social exclusion
  • be given the frameworks to run and fund a sustainable and/or social project

After finishing the programme, students will

  • be aware of the need for changing the conventional ways to build and design
  • understand principles and strategies for environmentally friendly construction
  • know methods and techniques regarding ecological and natural building as well as low-tech and low-waste applications
  • be able to transfer vernacular construction techniques to today’s needs
  • be able to apply a sustainable and inclusive approach to the design and implementation of their architectural and construction projects

 

Furthermore, the students will 

  • be conscious of the need of intersectional and inclusive approaches in neighborhood and city planning
  • understand bottom-up approaches and how to engage local population and institutions
  • be able to empower communities through participatory design in order to increase the involvement for people at risk of social exclusion
  • be given the frameworks to run and fund a sustainable and/or social project

And what do the students say
about the programme?

Meet three of our students from the year 2020/2021. Agnieska, Viviana and Helena had joined us in our first workshop in 2021 to refurbish a traditional house in Esposende, a little town north of Porto.

Watch the videos to get to know what they learned during the workshop and what they liked about their favorite online-courses.

And what do the students say about the programme?

Meet three of our students from the year 2020/2021. Agnieska, Viviana and Helena had joined us in our first workshop in 2021 to refurbish a traditional house in Esposende, a little town north of Porto.

Watch the videos to get to know what they learned during the workshop and what they liked about their favorite online-courses.

Frequently asked questions

Can I work full time while I take part in the project?

Yes, our online courses are structured in a way that most of the input and assignment can be done according to your own schedule. The live sessions won’t be mandatory and in case you cannot participate in the session you will be able to send your question prior to the event and have access to the recording.  The practical part is condensed into two blocks of 3 weeks each,  so you can combine your holidays or days off to participate in the workshop. In case you cannot participate in the workshops, we will find individual solutions together.

Nonetheless, you have to be aware that while working full-time and obtaining a degree you might face periods where you will be pretty busy.

What is the working language?

A good command of English is absolutely mandatory. During the in-person workshops, speaking Portuguese can be very helpful but it is not necessary.

When will the online content be available?

The online content will be made available progressively during the year, starting from October. In total you will have between 16 and 20 different online courses of different workload and duration stretched over the whole year. You will have to work on 2-6 different online courses simultaneously.

How will the practical workshop be?

The workshop will be intensive hands-on activities, in which we will implement the solutions co-developed previously with you and the inhabitants. To get an idea of the type of workshop we developed in the past, see the Summer School 2019.

What is the deadline to complete all the online and presential modules?

The post-graduation course is a two-semester programme. By the end of each semester, assignments and reports will be due, in case you fail to meet the requirements, there will be a chance to re-submit once. Due to the current global uncertainties, eventual extensions of the programme might be considered by Critical Concrete and the board of the ESAP.

What kind of diploma will be awarded for the programme?

A postgraduate diploma in Sustainable Architecture will be delivered by ESAP – Escola Artistica do Porto and Critical Concrete following the successful completion of the course.

How do you calculate the hours of online and presential learning?

We aligned the volume of the content to traditional postgraduate programmes, which is 280h of contact hours, plus homeworks. 210 hours will be dedicated to the workshops (3*70 hours), and the rest will be divided in online courses and co-design of the projects.

When do I need to pay the programme fee?

After the payment of the inscription fee and the insurance (580€)

There are three modalities of payments of the programme fee (2010€):

Option 1: 10 monthly payments of 201€

Option 2: 2 payments of 1005€, before the start of each semesters

Option 3: 1 payment of 1959,75€ (includes 2.5% discount), before the start of the programme.

What is (not) included in the fee?

Fee includes: participation in the practical workshops with vegan lunch on site, the access to all theoretical courses and materials, supervision for individual research as well as administrative support.

The fee doesn’t include travel costs, accommodation, board offsite and insurance. We need you to have health insurance to participate in the hands-on workshop, and will ask for its proof!

Is there any scholarship available?

There is one scholarship available granted by the Millennium bank. If you are really unable to cover the fee, let us know in your application form.

I work fulltime..?

Yes, our online courses are structured in a way that most of the input and assignment can be done according to your own schedule. The live sessions won’t be mandatory and in case you cannot participate in the session you will be able to send your question prior to the event and have access to the recording.  The practical part is condensed into two blocks of 3 weeks each,  so you can combine your holidays or days off to participate in the workshop. In case you cannot participate in the workshops, we will find individual solutions together.

Nonetheless, you have to be aware that while working full-time and obtaining a degree you might face periods where you will be pretty busy.

Working Language?

A good command of English is absolutely mandatory. During the in-person workshops, speaking Portuguese can be very helpful but it is not necessary.

Online-Courses?

The online content will be made available progressively during the year, starting from October. In total you will have between 16 and 20 different online courses of different workload and duration stretched over the whole year. You will have to work on 2-6 different online courses simultaneously.

Workshops?

The workshop will be intensive hands-on activities, in which we will implement the solutions co-developed previously with you and the inhabitants. To get an idea of the type of workshop we developed in the past, see the Summer School 2019.

Deadlines?

The post-graduation course is a two-semester programme. By the end of each semester, assignments and reports will be due, in case you fail to meet the requirements, there will be a chance to re-submit once. Due to the current global uncertainties, eventual extensions of the programme might be considered by Critical Concrete and the board of the ESAP.

Diploma?

A postgraduate diploma in Sustainable Architecture will be delivered by ESAP – Escola Artistica do Porto and Critical Concrete following the successful completion of the course.

Hours calculation?

We aligned the volume of the content to traditional postgraduate programmes, which is 280h of contact hours, plus homeworks. 210 hours will be dedicated to the workshops (3*70 hours), and the rest will be divided in online courses and co-design of the projects.

Fee due when?

After the payment of the inscription fee and the insurance (580€)

There are three modalities of payments of the programme fee (2010€):

Option 1: 10 monthly payments of 201€

Option 2: 2 payments of 1005€, before the start of each semesters

Option 3: 1 payment of 1959,75€ (includes 2.5% discount), before the start of the programme.

Fee covers what?

Fee includes: participation in the practical workshops with vegan lunch on site, the access to all theoretical courses and materials, supervision for individual research as well as administrative support.

The fee doesn’t include travel costs, accommodation, board offsite and insurance. We need you to have health insurance to participate in the hands-on workshop, and will ask for its proof!

Scholarships?

There is one scholarship available granted by the Millennium bank. This scholarship is only available to applicants from the first call. If you are really unable to cover the fee, let us know in your application form. We encourage candidates to also investigate other scholarship opportunities they might be eligible for.

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APPLICATION

Start of the programme:
October 2021

APPLICATION FORM

Application open till:
August 13th 2021