The main objective of our protocommunity TECHNICAL AND SOCIAL CHALLENGES FOR SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS, CITIES AND COMMUNITIES is to foster a multidisciplinary ecosystem that brings together as a large international umbrella, and facilitates the transversal collaboration of professors, researchers, companies, professionals, and civil and social associations, taking advantage of the synergy to educate students and accelerate the transition to energy efficient, socially, economically and environmentally sustainable buildings, cities and communities. An ecosystem to enrich and evolve traditional training towards more active, participatory, and innovative educational models that foster the engagement of students’ energy, dynamism, and creativity to learn, but also to contribute to social commitment and bring fresh ideas and support to the technical and social challenges that our mission requires.
The Educational Model’s transformation (Digital Transformation included) must necessarily be progressive and integrative, and we propose a soft transition that will begin with the refocusing of some optional subjects and experimental workshops of the bachelor’s and master’s existing degrees. These pilot experiences will be combined with some workshops that will progressively increase in number and scope, and the participation in some shared projects. This progressive plan makes it possible to have undergraduate and postgraduate pilots without altering the current curricula, making use of the free configuration credits for the workshops and participation in shared projects.
Education in the pilot initiatives is characterised by being transversal, interdisciplinary, and progressively inter-university and international, seeking to take advantage of Community synergies. It is not so about studying but about imagining, creating, solving, doing, working, exploring, analysing, modelling and participating. With educational innovation strategies such as Learning by Doing, Problem Based Learning, Design Thinking and Cooperative Learning. They also have the particularity that a system of feedback and continuous improvement is foreseen to guarantee the advancement of knowledge for the community, departing in each edition from the previous work, with an international repository of classes, essays, experiences, case studies, systems of recognition, awards, publications and MOOCs.
The workshops and initiatives to be developed will be of a technical nature focused on specific challenges, or social commitment (service-learning), progressively increasing the offer to students until covering all the capabilities of our community. TFG, TFM, summer schools, joint workshops with professionals are milestones to cover.