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Design as a tool for REcovering processes

Tools to REach sustainability goals

REbuild new opportunity areas through design

Urban environments are changing at an unprecedented pace and scale. High-density sprawl is a constant and new megacities are being built all over the world in record time, often without standard protocols or procedures of the established design and urban planning professions. Our cities tend to grow denser and disperse generating a continuous and complex landscape. However, at the same time new opportunities appear in urban gaps and voids.

Pressing cultural concerns are demanding new sustainable environments with extraordinary ecological performance, energy use, mobility and density relationships, and the deployment of dwindling resources. What is more, optimizing the use of existing resources and having access to emerging technological solutions are priorities in a global context of economic crisis. These and other factors challenge the intelligence and efficacy of urbanization forms and existing typologies for development, especially in times of humanitarian crisis when a quick an effective response is needed.

Therefore not only it’s essential to improve the way existing resources are used and foster alternative uses for this areas, architects and designers also face the need of recalibrate their knowledge to meet today’s global challenges. REcycling and RE-using are key issues when building a new sustainable environment. That’s why our main goal is to foster growth within the existing limit of cities through projects that are able to RE-ACTIVATE the existing urban infrastructure taking into consideration contemporary sensibility towards sustainability, diversity and adaptability.

 

 

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Theoretical Research

CURRENT STATE: History of Construction Materials.

KNOW-HOW: New Humanitarian Aid.

INNOVATION: Industrialization, Technology, Energy.

Applied Research

The hypothesis defined during the theorteical reserach fase are tested in this second stage by designing and developing building systems, integrating production and supply chain analyses and building and testing 1:1 scale prototypes.

Light Weight Building Materials.
Folding Mobile Structures
Smart Building Skins. Facades that Breathe.
Built in Modular Systems
Urbanism. Sustainable Cities– Social Cities.
Landscape and visual impact assessment.
Architecture for Humanitarian Emergencies.

laboratorio Technological Development

The main goal of  thethird and final stage of our research is to foster technological development in the form of Patents and Utility Models.

As a companion area within the Group research topics, the Technology track allows our researchers to pursue a broad spectrum of inquiries, including fostering new construction technologies that answer the inputs of responsive environments. All the projects developed share this in common: a commitment to challenge existing modes of practice and design through technological invention.

This results in the promotion of a National Patent for an Emergency Housing  System and in the development of REBfloorREBskin and REBenergy