Post Carbon Architecture: designing the next generation of buildings
- Track leader: Andrea Rossi
- 5 months, full time in teams
The objective is to design buildings with low technology (in terms of the physical plant) and to work with the form and the materials as new agents of performance.
The real estate and the construction sectors are responsible for 50% of global CO2 emissions. Growth forecasts indicate that over the next 20 years, built areas will increase by 50%, which will have a significant impact on the resolution of the environmental crisis. Despite the great attention paid by international politicians (The Conference of Parties, Europe Roadmap 2050, Architecture 2030) towards the de-carbonization of our society, to date building professionals and the construction industry lack the knowledge and skills needed to develop buildings with zero impact.
A holistic approach to design allows for environmental strategies specifically suited to the local context and avoids seemingly appropriate choices, made at the design stage, which may have negative impacts in later stages (construction, use, reuse, recycling, disposal). Choices of materials and construction techniques become crucial to reducing the environmental impact of the building during its entire lifespan.
One of the challenges today is to redefine the relationship between architecture and engineering as not only technological but genetic. Building owners, designers, and builders are called upon to radically change their design approach, identifying the evolution of traditional building techniques and searching for emerging technologies for unique opportunities to restore a deep connection with the climate, the culture and the natural landscape of the site of each intervention.
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.
- Cover Letter
- Include motivations to be admitted to the course.
- Curriculum Vitae / Resume
- Include degree information and professional practice experience.
- Design Portfolio
- 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.