Architecture as a Social Business: Regenerating the Urban Environment by Creating Job Opportunities
- Track Leader: Martina Ruini
- 5 months, full time in teams
The objective is to develop concrete projects aimed at the transformation of urban spaces, the retrofit of existing buildings and the recovery of unused.
To date, 3.5 billion people, approximately half of the global population, live in cities: this urban population concentrated on 2% of the Earth’s surface, releases into the atmosphere 70% of global CO2 emissions causing an enormous impact on the environment. According to demographic projections by the United Nations, by 2030 the world population will increase by 1.5 billion, or about 100 million more people per year. This implies tremendous expansion, mainly in urban centers. Based on these data, cities are facing a period of great social, economic and environmental transformation, which is the subject of the course. The economic and production crisis, environmental challenges, new migration, and social integration, recuperating abandoned buildings to combat further land consumption, all require a new approach, to be contemplated and shared among the citizens rather than imposed from above.
Designers, administrators and local entrepreneurs are invited to engage with the huge stock of existing buildings in the city, to improve quality of life and to respond to the call for citizens to transform their cities. Regenerating neighborhoods and public spaces, rethinking planning processes according to the environmental agenda, activating processes of urban social and environmental regeneration, redesigning the building envelope to increase comfort and reduce energy expenditure, as well as reopening urban relationships lost with the historic city are some of the potentialities that a sustainable approach to design can offer us.
The application process is open all year round. However, due to the limited number of seats, the selection of applicants is based upon a "first come first served” basis. Therefore the school indicates deadlines to guarantee that the applicants can finalize the process in advance to the start of the course in October.
Admissions & Application Guidance
SOS - School of Sustainability welcomes applications from all over the world. SOS seeks recent graduates and emerging professionals with diverse backgrounds to form a multidisciplinary group capable of undertaking environmental challenges using a research-driven creative approach. The program and particularly the project tracks are aimed primarily at architects, engineers, and designers although the School invites candidates with other profiles, on the basis of their motivation and skills in relation to the issues proposed in the courses.
The criteria for acceptance are talent and motivation, along with the commitment and the ambition to contribute to the spreading of the culture of sustainability.
Application Process e Entrance Requirements in a few steps
- Prepare documents
- Cover Letter
- Curriculum Vitae / Resume
- Design Portfolio
- Apply now using the contact form on the school webs
- Interview Selection
The Entrance Examination consists of an assessment of the application, portfolio of work and motivational letter, followed by an interview.
Candidates are assessed on their qualities as proven in their work as well as on their potential to benefit from the program and to achieve Post Graduate standards overall as demonstrated in their interview. The assessment will consider: creativity, vision, and innovation as shown in their work; ability to articulate the objectives of their work; intellectual engagement in relevant areas; appropriate technical skills; overall interview performance, including oral use of English.
Students should have achieved a high-quality professional bachelor's or master's degree in architecture, engineering, design, and others. Preference will be given to candidates with at least one year’s work experience in a design office.
Students are required to submit a completed SOS application form and a portfolio of completed student projects together with any relevant supporting design material.
Candidates who do not speak English as their first language will be required to provide evidence that they have achieved an overall English B2 Level(CEFR), or upper intermediate spoken/written validations through official certificates.
Personal and Contact Details: previous education details and previous experience.
Details should be entered in the online form and a copy of your degree or diploma should be uploaded. All candidates with overseas undergraduate degrees must also enclose a full transcript of their first-degree course covering each year of their studies and stating subjects taken and marks obtained. The offer of a place to a candidate who is undertaking a degree at the time of application will be dependent upon the candidate producing proof of having fulfilled the College’s criteria for admission.
We invite applicants to apply as soon as they are ready to submit the requested documents, as applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis, and if you delay your application, the program may be full for the year, and your application may be rejected on that basis.
- Include motivations to be admitted to the course.
Curriculum Vitae / Resume
- Include degree information and professional practice experience.
- You should submit a digital portfolio in PDF format of a maximum of eight + cover A4 pages, and a max file size of 10 MB, including between four to six projects. Each project should include a title image and up to 4 supporting gallery images. You should provide a description of a maximum of 50 words for each title image and a caption of up to 25 words for each supporting gallery image.
When submitting collaborative work, specify this and clearly indicate your role and responsibility.
The submission of any material not listed above will not be accepted.
All applicants must pass an aptitude interview. The School will contact you if you have been shortlisted and invite you to the interview.
You should bring to the interview your complete submission in its physical form, and any recent work or work in progress that you deem relevant to the assessment. If it will not be possible to manage an interview in person, it will be scheduled via Skype.
Results will be communicated via email as soon as possible but no later than the 30th of July.
About the School
SOS - School of Sustainability - based in Bologna, Italy, is a post graduate practice academy by Mario Cucinella focused on training emerging professionals in the field of sustainability.