Prize "Paride Passerini" year 2019

18.05.2020. Mirko Borzone and Roberta Simone, students in Building Engineering/Architecture, were awarded by the prize "Paride Passerini" year 2019 in ex aequo for the best Master’s Degree thesis among those facing the thematic "Design, construction and production solutions for sustainable construction according to consolidated parametric protocols".

The evaluation parameters were the following:

  • the effectiveness of sustainable design choices compared to a traditional design, in terms of performance;
  • the conscious and innovative use of materials and/or technological systems;
  • the optimization of the building energy system;
  • the economic impact of design choices aimed at sustainability, in terms of both design, implementation, management and disposal;
  • the analysis and comparison of reference protocols and their effectiveness on sustainability;
  • the study and implementation of sustainability certification schemes for both buildings and products;
  • the analysis and evaluation of certification’s technological and economic effects on the market, both in terms of improving the construction standard and in terms of spreading sustainability models in the construction sector.

Steel Soul is conceived from the desire to give the Maio area, locate in Casamicciola Terme, back to its residents. This quarter, uninhabited after August 2017 earthquake, is inaccessible due to its precarious conditions for the collapses that have occurred and the buildings’ instability. Steel Soul is a prototype for the anti-seismic design of active buildings with high energy efficiency; the project was developed on three lots along Via D’Aloisio, with the idea of giving a new constructive typology, from the structural, technological and energetic point of view. The project starts with the analysis of the actual state of the buildings in order to classify them according to the level of damage. As a result, the aim is to demolish and redesign the most damaged buildings according to the criteria described above. The project is focused on three intervention sites, C.A.S.A., Re(Ho)use and LaBB, in which there are commercial, residential and hotel functions. The study of the technological solutions applied in the project was conceived taking part to a research project carried out in collaboration with Irondom company. It was conducted in order to define the solutions to use based on the evaluation of technological and energy performance, analysed both on static and dynamic mode thanks to finite-element modelling. The envelope analysis, made for the research building, allowed us to compare different technological solutions and to identify the best suited to the design needs; the stratigraphy defined were then applied in the dynamic simulation model carried out on the C.A.S.A. building, aimed at classifying it according to the Active House protocol. In addition, the structural system used was analysed in detail; first from an analytical point of view with simple profile check, and then numerically, through verifications on single elements and the entire structure, taking into account the seismic behaviour. Steel Soul is the crasis between tradition and innovation. On one side there is the architectural project that promotes the mimesis of new buildings with the existing ones, thanks to the use of typical architectural typologies, materials and colours. On the other side, we propose Active House protocol principles, evaluating comfort, energy and environment parameters. To achieve this goal, design strategies based on energy saving and the use of materials with a low environmental impact are adopted. Moreover, the research project Tepore II allowed the analysis on the PCM functioning, a technological solution adopted in dry construction systems with low thermal inertia. Those are optimal for Ischia’s climate since they allow to add artificial thermal inertia to the building envelope. Steel Soul contains several themes combined to conceive the project: experimentation, research, reuse, resilience are the elements that propose the rebirth of the Maio area considering the long tradition of the place.

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Three AUIC thesis awarded at the Italian Sustainable Architecture Award 2020

Due to the difficult period that marked the beginning of 2020, the successes of our students and graduates arise three awarded Master's thesis.

Congratulations to Tecla Caroli and Claudio Portogallo for the GOLD MEDAL for the category - Architecture and Sustainable Technologies in the context of the Italian Sustainable Architecture Award 2020.

Congratulations also to Arianna Scaioli, Kevin Santus and Stefano Sartorio for the HONORABLE MENTION for the category - Sustainable Urban and Landscape Design.  

Congratulations also to Andrea Bonaiti, Pier Paolo Mainetti and Luca Sironi for the HONORABLE MENTION for the category - Architecture and Sustainable Technologies

  • GOLD MEDAL for the category - Architecture and Sustainable Technologies - Master's thesis in Architecture by Tecla Caroli and Claudio Portogallo, discussed in the session of April 2018, supervisor prof. Andrea Campioli - HOME * project: Humanitarian and (un) Ordinary Machine for Emergency

    Project abstract:
    home* is a home and not only.
    As the name says, it is a home for man, which takes into account the emergency context and offers strength and dignity to living despite the extreme situation. It is a humanitarian intervention (Humanitarian), because the architect's job is to solve the problem of living in any context. It is an ordinary house located in an extraordinary environment (unOrdinary), which continuously offers new possibilities, always keeping in mind the space and time dimensions. It is a machine for emergency (Machine for Emergency) because thought in its each detail, every element is flexible for different needs and different purposes, everything is designed to be effective and efficient, from the method to design, build and live it, to its image and perception.
    It is a thesis project that required a careful and critical study of the context and the operators involved; the design of a housing system and of its entire life cycle, from the planning to end of life phase. The result achieved is a sustainable system at environmental, social and economic  levels that meets the needs of man and the world around him.


    HOME*: Humanitarian and (un)Ordinary Machine for Emergency. Una casa in legno per l’emergenza, in “Legno Architettura”, n. 34, January 2019, pp. 92-99.
    Existenzminimum 2.0. HOME*: Humanitarian and (un)Ordinary Machine for Emergency, in “IoArch”, n. 76, July-August 2018, pp. 28-29.

  • HONOURABLE MENTION for the category - Sustainable Urban and Landscape Design - Master's Degree Thesis in Architecture by Arianna Scaioli, Kevin Santus and Stefano Sartorio, discussed in the session of December 2019, supervisor prof. Ilaria Valente - Cities on the sides project - Circular economy design strategies and resilience in the redesign of Porto di Mare   

    Project abstract:   
    This thesis deals with the regeneration of the area of Porto di Mare, located in the southern part of the city of Milan, whose character is defined by some phenomena of marginality, criticity but at the same time of potentiality. The project is set within a fragile territory, where feeble signs coexist with stratified and consolidated traces of the territory. In this condition, the architectural project can be conceived as a resilient project, conceived not only of responding to the current needs of the place and the city, but also of configuring itself as an adaptive framework, capable of facing climate, environmental, economic and social changes that future prospects. Within this scenario, it’s introduced the concept of circular economy, an instrument for designing, in which the development by temporal phases is combined with the study of the life cycle, in relation to the territory in which it is located. The thesis, therefore, aims to define what are the characteristics of the urban border, in order to pursue the regeneration of a part of the city, through the identification of operational strategies, explained by some project focuses.

  • HONOURABLE MENTION for the category - Architecture and Sustainable Technologies - Master's Degree Thesis in Building Engineeering / Architecture by Andrea Bonaiti, Pier Paolo Mainetti and Luca Sironi, discussed in the session of Otcober 2018, supervisor prof. Gabriele Masera; examiners: prof. Marco Muscogiuri, prof. Marco Pesenti, prof. Darko Radović, prof. Giulio Zani - project: AGRI+CULTURE / The New City Centre of Casatenovo

    Project abstract:  
    The thesis project AGRI+CULTURE started from the 2010 competition for the redevelopment of the Vismara Area. During the following eight years several urban projects have been developed, but none of them is yet implemented. The Vismara is an industrial area that influenced the urbanistic and economic growth of Casatenovo, a small village in Brianza.
    Starting from the tender of 2010, the aim of this master thesis is the development of an urban project for the whole area, with a special focus on the study of a new library for Casatenovo. (...) Every aspect of the project has been systematically developed with deep analysis and specific software simulations. Then, the results have been implemented according to a multi-disciplinary approach, finding out the best architectural or engineering solution.

pdf 2020_sostenib-oro-_TESI_Comunicato_stampa.pdf Press Release - Premio Italiano Architettura Sostenibile 2020 (in Italian)

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