Much of the quality of life and social cohesion of cities and regions depends on the way that architects, planners, urban designers and landscape architects provide spaces for communities to live and work in. The collaborative work of all stakeholders involved in the process of designing, developing and producing architecture and urban or regional spaces as well as the use of building materials and processes has wide-spread and long-term effects on the economic, sociological, environmental and cultural conditions of European cities and regions. Given the complexity and urgency of these interrelations, the BauHow5 alliance aims to promote innovation in architectural research and practice, to enable a dynamic exchange and to increase cross-border collaboration between those involved in research, development, education, business and policy-making, as well as to increase the impact of architectural research and entrepreneurship for the wider benefit of the economy, society and cultural life. It also wants to foster career development both in academia and in practice by providing necessary skill sets for the future of work in architecture. Furthermore, it intends to have a lasting impact upon policies for built environment research and innovation, the quality of research-based education in the field, and the establishment of local, regional and transnational partnerships between higher education institutions and various stakeholders.
Strengthening Architecture and the Built Environment Research (SABRE)
The BauHow5 alliance has been successful in winning an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership Grant for a period of three years (2017 – 2020) with their project “Strengthening Architecture and Built Environment Research (SABRE). In this project, the alliance expects to develop as an output a European PhD Core Curriculum for Architecture and the Built Environment, by sharing existing courses among the partners, adopting high-quality courses from other European universities, and creating new courses or reworking existing courses into open formats (i.e. MOOCs). An output on architectural entrepreneurship will establish a test-bed and model for adapting fast-track educational formats from other fields (e.g. management/ engineering/design/business), as well as for linking academia and construction/creative industries. Further, a method for collaboration on real-world problems to make the knowledge triangle work, called ‘Design Dialogues’ will be developed, elaborated and refined, by updating and adapting knowledge/methods for different societal situations across European countries. Last, the output “Applied Research in the Marketplace – Architectural Design Research” will focus on design research going on in architectural practices, showcasing housing projects for London and Gothenburg by use of online Design Research Folios. Multiplier Events towards the end of the project will include a more diverse range of Architectural Schools and Universities within broader Europe, in order to further disseminate its outcomes and discuss them critically.