Critical Concrete 2018

Critical Concrete, Porto (Portugal) 2018

Critical Concrete (Independent)

Practice & Theory of Sustainable and Social Architecture

Critical Concrete promotes a new model to refurbish socially-relevant spaces – social housing, cultural centres, and public spaces – through educational programmes. We offer a summer school program for architecture, design students and makers who are interested in both the theory of sustainable architecture and getting physically involved in the construction work. In this process, summer school participants contribute to the thorough refurbishment projects that could not normally be afforded by the social housing occupants or covered in full by public funding.

On top of rehabilitating social housing, we also conduct refurbishment projects for cultural and public spaces. These projects serve as connective tissues in neighborhoods that we work closely with. In the Summer Course, we offer a completely unconventional and cutting edge programme. We will work on innovative solutions for social housing, while simultaneously developing new working methods. Both students and young professionals will explore models of cooperative planning in interdisciplinary groups, design and build their projects!

Client: Maria Lurdes, Joaquim and Laura

Students: Abbie Jerrard, Adriana Ocasio, Anastasiia Baranova, Arcangela Varela Tavares, Aurélie Griveaux, Calie De Joseph, Clara Bitter, Emily Marion Wildfong, Francisco Martins, Gabriela Ferraz Gonzalez, Giulia Pantò, Idri Tati, Imane Outmani, Jake Obichere, Jan-Niklas Klein, Jasmina McKenna, Johanna Schwarz, Juana Joceline Acevedo Hülsbusch, Kerem Orhan, Lambert Dauvillier, Laura Milena Schubert, Lennert Van Rompaey, Loyse Rebord, Margarita Konorova, Mario Jorge Pessa, Figueiredo Costa, Mateja Stanislava Rot, Thomas Gardner, Valentin Schmehl,Yana Mkrtchyan,Zuzanna Montwill


Practical mentors: Pedro Santos, Hugo Dourado,João Moura and Samuel Kalika
Theoretical mentors: Andreas Krüger (Belius) Anja Planiscek, Antoine Aubinais (Bellastock), Bernardo Amaral, Christof Mayer (Raumlabor Berlin), Julia Krafft, Ligia Nunes (ASF international), Levente Polyak, Patricia Jeglitsh (Skrei)
Critical Concrete team: Fernando Nehm, Anna Johansson, Caroline Chevallier, Liliana Torres, Elena Fünfer, Martina Eandi, Daniel Rodríguez Carvajal, Julia Sabala, Fanny Wattier

Research Question: Along with the goal of the summer school which is the refurbishment of a house of a family in need, we applied our last research on insulation. We isolated the house with cardboard insulation panels. Then, we searched and experimented further on the mycelium insulation production with the help of our local mushroom producer, Jorge Miguel Rocha Rodriguez from Cogumelos Do Migaas and the expertise of Maurizio Montalti from Officina Corpuscoli.


+, 11-50, Architecture, Critical Concrete, Days, Extra-curricular, Foundation, Graduates, Initiated by institution, Permanent, Phd, Portugal, Postgraduate, Self-funded, Sponsorship, Students with researcher, Students with tutor, Undergraduate