Architectural Design and Sustainable Development

Natural materials and building techniques in Italy and in the Southern World

On 3rd December 2014 SIT – Social Innovation Teams together with “Svolta Studenti” organised an event for all the people who want to spread/ develop/ discuss the issues related to architectural design conformed with sustainability, thanks to the establishment of a balanced relationship between the building and the environment.

The conference focused on the issues of bioarchitecture and on the use of natural materials, through the presentation of sustainable architectural projects begun in developing countries. The final debate focused on the discussion within high-professional specialists and students, stimulating the exchange of ideas and innovations on the issue. Among the participants, Elisabetta Tonali of Materiavera showed some samples of natural materials currently used in her projects, while some SIT (Social Innovation Teams) members displayed some drawings of the projects in India and in Kenya. The conference ended with a networking cocktail offered by SIT, during which the lecturers were available for a useful exchange of information and ideas on the projects on the exhibited materials

The program: Brief introduction on the ethics of Bioarchitecture. Main criteria to choose a natural material. Comparison between the materials commonly used and the respective natural alternatives. Applications: examples of sustainable architectures in the developing countries made of natural materials, such as bamboo, clay or straw. Presentation of the projects promoted by SIT: the school in Dhaki (Kolkata – India), the school in Kibera (Nairobi – Kenya) and the Mobile Clinic. Final debate. Networking-cocktail.

PROJECT LEADERS: Giovanna Tavecchi, Arianna Cattaneo


PROJECT TYPE: Advocacy project

MAIN BENEFICIARIES: University students

AREA: Architecture




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