AuRA ● Grenoble, France
University ● Grenoble School of Architecture
task ● renovation & extension, Col de l‘Arzelier, Château Bernard
About the team
The team will be jointly guided by both the Grenoble National School of Architecture (ENSAG) and the Grands Ateliers Innovation Architecture (GAIA) which is the biggest French technical platform dedicated to innovation and experimentation in the field of architecture. These two institutions have been historically deeply involved in the previous SDE adventures the team AURA participated in. The team will also include 9 other schools of Grenoble and around.
Everybody in the Team AURA shares motivations around three main topics:
First of all, students from diverse specialties work together so that the best of every knowledge can widen the architectural spectrum. This cross-disciplinarity collaboration devises a multicultural and participates in the decompartmentalization of disciplines between designers and manufacturers.
In addition to this wealthy human experience, environmental and societal issues are a great motivation. Students are enthusiasts to imagine a better tomorrow through a real project and Disseminate to a wide public our vision of resilient territories and our vision of sober and enjoyable architecture. Finally, this experience is very formative for us, future young workers. To work from A to Z on a real project prepares us for the world of tomorrow.
We are developing our project through three different scales:
1. The territorial scale: What alternatives to metropolises and megacities?
There is a real territorial balance to be established between large metropolises and less densely populated areas in France. The team asserts that an equitable balance will increase the whole territory resilience to meet energy, health and climate constraints which are set to increase in number and intensity in the coming decades. So, rather than working on the densification of the city, the notion of Distributed Urbanism will be developed.
2. The local scale: How to promote the development of communities that are resilient, fertile and at least partially self-sufficient?
We are aiming to create a housing cooperative by renovating the existing building stock and integrate public spaces to reinforce the community spirit. We think that a housing cooperative is an organization that enables the creation of more resilient communities. This model is not new as he was encouraged by the French authorities in the late 19th century. We think that developing this model halfway between property and leasing is an essential way to go against property speculation. Plus, it is a model that will enable to bring the architectural and environmental concerns back to the center of the construction project. It is also a way to forge social ties and to experiment with a housing method of governance that is more democratic. Ultimately, this allows replacing the user as an actor of the conception of their housing.
3. The architectural scale: Sobriety, energy efficiency and use of renewable energies in renovation projects: towards an architecture compatible with the rarefaction of resources.
We are working on a CORE-SKIN-SHELL tripartite decomposition of the building, to use the most adapted production process for each of the different parts. The idea is to mix high-tech and low-tech so that high-performance standards can be reached and local preserved. In the continuity of the Armadillo Box® project, the Canopea® project and the Terra Nostra project, Team AURA will keep working on this concept for the existing building stock renovation. Moreover, particular attention will be paid to the reuse of building materials. Besides, the team will use bio and geo-sourced resources and will rely in particular on the expertise of its research laboratories to integrate earth materials in its proposals.
The texts were written by the teams themselves and will be updated during the competition.