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One-year programme

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 The presential workshops and seminars will only start when the travel restrictions are repealed.

Sustainable-Sustainable Architecture

Sustainable-Sustainable Architecture is an English-taught one-year programme starting in autumn 2020 and is structured into online and presential lectures, seminars and practical workshops. The programme focuses on sustainable architecture practices both environmentally and financially. It combines 70 hours of theory with 210 hours of hands-on-experience bridging topics of sustainable construction, participatory design and social project management. The programme is initiated by Critical Concrete 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, funded by Portugal Inovação Social (PIS) and in collaboration with the municipality of Esposende and the Junta de Freguesia de Ramalde.

Degree: Specialization Programme in Architecture

Duration: 2 terms // October 2020 – June 2021

Tuition Fee: € 2.590

Language: English

Course Format: Online and Presential Lectures, Block Seminars and Practical Workshops

Application: 1st call open till June 15 2020

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all-online-programme coming soon!

COVID-19 Update: All theoretical parts will be available online and not affected by the travel restrictions. The presential workshops and seminars will only start when the travel restrictions are repealed.

The programme Sustainable-Sustainable Architecture is an English-taught one-year programme starting in autumn 2020 and is structured into online and presential lectures, seminars and practical workshops. The programme focuses on sustainable architecture practices both environmentally and financially. It combines 70 hours of theory with 210 hours of hands-on-experience bridging topics of sustainable construction, participatory design and social project management. The programme is initiated by Critical Concrete 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, funded by Portugal Inovação Social (PIS) and in collaboration with the municipality of Esposende and the Junta de Freguesia de Ramalde.

Degree: Specialization Programme in Architecture

Duration: 2 terms // October 2020 – June 2021

Tuition Fee: € 2.590

Language: English

Course Format: Online and Presential Lectures, Block Seminars and Practical Workshops

Application: 1st call open till June 15 2020

Apply

Cannot participate in the presential parts?
Subscribe for more information about our
all-online-programme coming soon!

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Certificate in Theory and Practice
in Sustainable-Sustainable Architecture

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2.590 Euro

Structure & Content

Four Main Modules

Sustainable Construction focuses on environmentally friendly building methods – natural and low-tech solutions – and the benefits of implementing a circular economy logic within construction.

Human Settlement Development addresses the importance of rethinking how we build our cities and common spaces from an intersectional and inclusive perspective. Various kinds of occupation cases and environmentally friendly alternatives to the conventional urban lifestyle will be presented and discussed.

Sustainable-Sustainable Projects reviews how to plan, fund and run a social project within a legal framework.

Methodology embraces a design strategy consisting in researching vernacular techniques, and integrating them within today’s construction methods and engages in sociological and anthropological sciences applied to urbanism and architecture.

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Structure & Content

Four Main Modules

Sustainable Construction focuses on environmentally friendly building methods – natural and low-tech solutions – and the benefits of implementing a circular economy logic within construction.

Human Settlement Development addresses the importance of rethinking how we build our cities and common spaces from an intersectional and inclusive perspective. Various kinds of occupation cases and environmentally friendly alternatives to the conventional urban lifestyle will be presented and discussed.

Sustainable-Sustainable Projects reviews how to plan, fund and run a social project within a legal framework.

Methodology embraces a design strategy consisting in researching vernacular techniques, and integrating them within today’s construction methods and engages in sociological and anthropological sciences applied to urbanism and architecture.

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Hands-on-Expierence

The practical work takes place across the four modules, applying the knowledge obtained during the (online-)tutoring to real case studies while also integrating the local community.

Individual Research

In an individual research paper at the end of the program the students have the opportunity to reflect on and document their learnings and experiences.

Hands-on Experience

The practical work takes place across the four modules, applying the knowledge obtained during the (online-)tutoring to real case studies while also integrating the local community.

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Individual Research

In an individual research paper at the end of the program the students have the opportunity to reflect on and document their learnings and experiences.

Main Modules and the respective Submodules

Note: The content and scope of the submodules shown below might be objectives for minor changes.

Sustainable
Construction

Sustainable
Construction

Installations and Technologies for Energy Efficiency and Comfortable Life

Insulation and Heating

Water Management, Collection and Filtering

Natural Building

Construction Waste Management

Emergency and Accessible Architecture

Human Settlement
Development

Human Settlement Development

Ecological Urban Development

Social and Affordable Housing

Cities against Climate Change

Urban Food Production

Gender Perspective and Inclusive Cities

Playful Cities

Temporary Architecture – Void Occupation

Sustainable-Sustainable
Projects

Sustainable-Sustainable Projects

Sustaining a Social Project

Legal Framework and Financing Opportunities

Methodology

Methodology

Vernacular Construction Today

Participatory Design and Communication

Social, Political & Anthropological Science Basics related to Architecture and Urbanism

Goals & Objectives

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 strategies for environmentally friendly construction, circular economy, proper water management and energy efficiency.
  • 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 conscious of intersectional and inclusive approaches in neighborhood and city planning.

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

Furthermore, the students will know

  • how to run and fund a sustainable project and how to be a responsible professional from the design to the building and maintaining processes.
  • how to apply a bottom-up approach and engage local population and institutions.
  • how to empower communities through participatory design  in order to increase the involvement for people in risk of social exclusion.

Goals & Objectives

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 strategies for environmentally friendly construction, circular economy, proper water management and
    energy efficiency.
  • 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 conscious of intersectional and inclusive approaches in neighborhood and city planning.

Furthermore, the students will know

  • how to run and fund a sustainable project and how to be a responsible professional from the design to the building and maintaining processes.
  • how to apply a bottom-up approach and engage local population and institutions.
  • how to empower communities through participatory design  in order to increase the involvement for people in risk of social exclusion.

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

APPLICATION

Start of the programme:
October 6th 2020

APPLICATION FORM

Application open till:
June 15th 2020