Join us for a lecture by Mileto & Vegas, Friday, November 4 at noon in the Dean's Conference Room. Historic preservation and building conservation are, by nature, sustainable practices. Achieving sustainable solutions rely on the architect imagination and architectural intervention strategies, which aim to achieve what is known as 0 km architecture. The 0km architecture mode of practice uses local materials, techniques and labor avoiding a greater carbon footprint while promoting the local economy. It is sustainable architecture. This lecture will show examples of the built work of the authors using local materials, techniques, and resources in order to encourage sustainability, both in new design and preservation of historic buildings. The goal is to show how this form of contemporary practice in Spain sharpens the wits and the designer's imagination, boosting the development of trades and local economy while teaching the community to appreciate architecture as a legacy of the past to be preserved and designed for the future.
Camilla Mileto and Fernando Vegas are architects and professors at the Universitat Politècnica of València (Spain), where they teach architectural composition and conservation both in graduate and postgraduate courses. They have been guest lecturers in the universities of Venice and Palermo (Italy), Cordoba (Argentina) and the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, USA) and have given lectures in many other universities. They have received several international awards for their research, new projects and built work on architectural conservation, like the 1st European Union Prize (2004, 2011), Europa Nostra Awards (2008, 2013), the Domus Award 2012, among others.