A week prior to the award ceremony, the Archiprix workshop takes place. All Archiprix participants of the 2019 edition are invited to participate. The tasks, progress, and the results of the workshops are presented here. As are records of the previous workshop editions.
The United Nation Environment Programme and different international agendas for sustainable development have been drawing attention on the huge environmental impact generated by urban growth. As existing cities expand and new ones emerge, material consumption is predicted to grow even faster, presenting a huge challenge in the face of scarce resources and intensifying environmental problems. The challenge is designing cities for people, not cars; allowing everyone access to urban opportunities; investing in resource-efficient buildings, transport, energy, water and waste systems; and enabling cities to experiment and to learn from each other.
This means producing greater economy value and wellbeing with less resources and less waste, alleviating the impacts on the environment and human health. Sustainable urban interventions need to understand which resources are being used, where, by whom, and for what purpose, if we want to connect the increase in resource efficiency to the overall goal of environmentally sustainable and socially just cities.
The workshop will explore the way that the design and construction of an urban intervention can create a more resource-efficient neighborhood. We will look at the international agendas to understand the global urban resource-efficiency problem, to rethink innovative solutions at a local scale. Today, the Matadero-Franklin neighborhood in Santiago, Chile, is going through a rapid transformation that gives an opportunity to examine pressures for change within a resource-efficient path.
Alejandra Cortés is an architect from Universidad de Chile with a Master of Science in Environmental Design and Engineering from the University College London. Published in several journals, her research fields cover sustainable architecture, energy efficiency, health and comfort in buildings, and indoor air quality. She currently teaches at Universidad de Chile, where she is also one of the coordinators of the Energy Poverty Network (RedPE) lead by this institution.