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 The presential workshops and seminars will only start when the travel restrictions are repealed.

At this moment, the workshops are planned to happen two times for three weeks, in February 2021 and May 2021.

Sustainable-Sustainable Architecture

Sustainable-Sustainable Architecture is an English-taught post-graduation starting in autumn 2020 and is structured into online courses and practical workshops. The programme focuses on sustainable architecture practices both environmentally and financially. It combines 90 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 in collaboration with ESAP – Escola Superior Artistica do Porto and assisted by guest lecturers and mentors with recognized experience.

Student 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 2020 – October 2021

Tuition Fee: € 2.590

Language: English

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

Application: Open call till September 15th 2020

Contact: ssa@criticalconcrete.com

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 The presential workshops and seminars will only start when the travel restrictions are repealed.

At this moment, the workshops are planned to happen two times for three weeks, in February 2021 and May 2021.

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:
October 2020 – October 2021

Tuition Fee: € 2.590

Language: English

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

Application:
1st call open till July 1st 2020

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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.

+ Course Elements

Installations and technology for energy efficiency and comfortable life; insulation & heating; water collection, filtering & management; natural building; construction waste management; emergency and accessible architecture.

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.

+ Course Elements

Ecological urban development; social and affordable housing; cities against climate change; gender perspective in architecture and urbanism; gamicipation approach to urbanism; urban food production; temporary architecture – void occupation; sustainability beyond architecture.

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

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(Financially) sustainable project management of sustainable and social projects, finances and bureaucracy.

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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Social, political & anthropological science basics related to architecture and urbanism; how to apply participatory design and vernacular construction techniques and materials today.

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Online Learning & Theory

e-learning // Online-Courses will be available on our platform to share the theoretical knowledge, underlined with practical assignments the students will do in their surroundings with our online supervision.

building community // In each online course, community tools will be embedded to share results and create conversation among participants.

Participatory Design

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

Online Learning & Theory

e-learning // Online-Courses will be available on our platform to give the theoretical knowledge needed, underlined with practical assignments the students will do in their surroundings with our online supervision.

building community // In each online course, community tools will be embedded to share results and create conversation among participants.

Participatory Design

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

Presential Practice

The practical course will be held in the form of 3 workshops of 2 weeks each, in a similar fashion of our summer school programme.

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

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Presential Practice

The practical course will be held in the form of 3 workshops of 2 weeks each, in a similar fashion of our summer school programme.

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.

three students on a construction platform

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.

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.

FAQ

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

Yes. You can do the online assignments when you want. Content will be progressively online as we develop it with all the involved mentors. There will be some live sessions – not mandatory, and if you cannot assist to the session you will be able to send your question prior to the event and have access to the replay.

When it comes to the practice, you will take part in 3 of any of the 7 intensive workshops developed in the coming two and a half years, so you can combine your holidays or days off with these two-weeks workshops.

When will the online content be available?

The first courses will be available in October, and the following will be made available progressively during the year.

How will the practical workshop be?

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

What is the working language?

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

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

The post-graduation course is a two-semester programme. 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?

This diploma is delivered by ESAP – Escola Artistica do Porto and Critical Concrete.

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 and theoretical courses, supervision for individual research, administrative support. It doesn’t include travel costs, stay, your wifi access, food 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, granted by the Millennium bank. If you are really unable to cover the fee, let us know in your application form.

Who will be the involved teachers and mentors?

The list is still in development, but you can have a clear idea of our mentors’ pool here: https://criticalconcrete.com/summer-camp/mentors/

Ana Antunes, Colectivo Mel, Samuel Kalika, Levente Polyak, Gianluca Stasi, etc. will accompany you in this wonderful journey.

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

For the first edition, we aligned the volume of the content to traditional post-graduation 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.

APPLICATION

Start of the programme:
October 2020

APPLICATION FORM

Application open till:
July 1st 2020