Creating a sustainable habitat prototype
To develop “Terra Nostra”, students from the ENSAG and ENSAL Architecture Schools of Grenoble and Lyon (France) chose to work with a multidisciplinary team, composed of teachers, researchers, architects, engineers, technicians and constructors. Their aim was to create an energetically efficient prototype of sustainable collective housing that respects the environment. One of the main notions guiding their creative process was “doing more with less”.
The prototype was presented to a large audience at Lyon’s National Architecture Days in October 2016. Terra Nostra is currently on display until 2019 at Lyon Confluence, Lyon’s urban development area, after which it will be presented in Grenoble. The ambition of this architectural project is to build awareness among construction professionals as well as architects, economists, elected representatives, politicians, funders, land developers, engineering departments, craftsmen or industry professionals on the following issues:
- Using bio-based raw materials;
- Providing housing for all;
- Eco-friendly cities of tomorrow.