The Right to (Quality) Shelter: Sustaining Human Development and Building Resilience
- Track leaders: Alessio Batistella, Irene Giglio
- 5 months, full time in teams
The objective is to prepare designers who are able to analyze the site of intervention, identify the territory’s potentials and thus determine the strategies that will increase the resilience of local communities, helping to reduce their vulnerability to future environmental, economic and social change.
Now is an important time for the international community, with the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals, which have allowed us to significantly improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable segments of the populations on the planet according to principles of, dignity, equality, and fairness. Despite great efforts to reduce extreme poverty and promote education and health, some of the main objectives were not achieved, such as the conservation of natural resources, the control of CO2 emissions and access to essential services.
At present, about one-third of the urban population lives in slums without basic services (water, sanitation, and energy), 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water and the number of new refugees has tripled in the last three years. With growth forecasts for the world population estimated at 3 billion more people by 2050, it is clear that in the absence of concrete actions, these statistics will only worsen in the coming decades, underscoring the urgent need to rethink development strategies.
To restore dignity to the people and at the same time provide sustainable economic and social development and to ensure adequate emergency resilience, it is necessary to adopt long-term development programs that leverage the knowledge and resources in the region.
Optimization of energy and natural resources present on-site, reuse of materials, and design according to climatic requirements are transformed into the need to improve living conditions and access to resources in any location but especially developing countries.
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.