18 August 2014

Senior Lecturers in Sustainable Architecture develop research and teaching links with Brazil

Dr.Paola Sassi and Maita Kessler, Senior Lecturers from the School of Architecture will deliver a second research and design workshop in Brazil. The trip will also include a visit to universities in Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Recife and Porto Alegre to discuss potential joint research projects.

Dr. Sassi was awarded a Santander Partnership Development Grant to travel to Brazil and meet with representatives of three universities to develop joint research projects and, together with Maita Kessler, run the second Built Environment Sustainability and Quality of Life (BESQoL) workshop. Dr. Sassi was also invited by the Universidade de Brasília to present a lecture on Design for Deconstruction and Resilience during the visit.

The Federal University of Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil invited Dr. Sassi and Maita Kessler to run their first Built Environment Sustainability and Quality of Life (BESQoL) workshop in January 2014. The workshop was directed in conjunction with Professora Monteiro and other teaching staff from the Federal University of Pernambuco. The event was also attended by local council employees and a number of students of architecture and related subjects. The aim of the workshop was to investigate potential sustainable and quality of life solutions for the communities along the Capibiribe River.

The second BESQoL workshop will be hosted by the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil the 2-9th September 2014. The event will focus on the potential developments along the canal side and Avenue Ipiranga in Porto Alegre.

Speaking about the project Dr. Sassi said “The event in September will build on the first successful BESQoL event which took place in Brazil in January 2014. The workshop outcomes in Recife have been used to inform the city’s plans for the riverside development and we hope we can contribute to the local community in Porto Alegre in a similar way.”

More information about Dr Sassi’s research interests and projects