The competition

``The revitalisation of urban building stocks is the key focus of the SDE21. The scope of the Competition centers around the value added renovation, transformation or reuse of existing apartment buildings for densifying cities. This creates a platform for high impact solutions in typical European contexts, and urban challenges in general. There will be a strong orientation toward viability and importance for the wider public. Linking the SDE21 Competition to current architectural discussions, building research and social aspects of urban living is a key focus.

In the 21st century, humanity is at a turning point: our planet cannot sustain current human activity, and proliferation of highly populated cities is in full swing. This statistic is evolving upward, and radically. Buildings generate about 40 percent of EU energy consumption and emit 36 percent of CO2 emissions. About 50 percent of waste in Germany is generated by the construction sector, and about 75 percent of EU building stock is energetically inefficient. If building practices are not altered, half of the IPCC CO2 budget aimed at a two-degree climate target will be consumed.``

We want to continue the story of Solar Decathlon in Romania and prepare the next generation of experts. Thus we set out to participate at the 2021 Solar Decathlon in Wuppertal, Germany.

SOLAR DECATHLON WUPPERTAL 2021

10 INTERDISCIPLINARY CHALLENGES

01. Architecture

juried

02. Engineering & Construction

juried

03. Energy Performance

monitored

04. Communication, Education & Social Awareness (CESA)

juried

05. Innovation

juried

06. Affordability & Viability

juried

07. Sustainability

juried

08. Comfort

monitored

09. House Functioning

monitored

10. Urban Mobility

juried

One Project _ Two Challenges _ 10 Contests: The whole project splits up into a design challenge for a whole building project and the challenge to deploy the design, to build and operate a Demonstration Unit.

Our proposal

We propose an innovative housing model based on the cohabitation between the young and the elderly generation. This concept will focus on creating mutually beneficial relationship within a community, by maintaining the balance between private and shared spaces. The building will be a plug and play framework that will offer the possibility to be upgraded over time, in terms of space and technologies. We go beyond designing an efficient building to increasing attractiveness of sustainable practices for the wider public.

The project combats the epidemic of loneliness among young people and seniors by encouraging social interraction within 2 layers: incidental and intentional.

We propose an innovative design that will have a citywide impact, with the integration of sustainable living models, community catalysts and smart mobility systems.

The main expected outcome is a socially sustainable living model, centered around a mutually beneficial relationship between young and old cohabitants, that brings a relief to the real estate market. Its implementation on a larger scale would have a positive impact on the amount of pollution generated by the building sector, both during construction and usage. Finally, the scaling of the proposed mobility concept would significantly reduce the noise and air pollution caused by traffic and increase its efficiency.