Critical ConcretePorto, Portugal
DescriptionCritical Concrete is an educational and social initiative dedicated to rehabilitating social housing and improving public and cultural spaces in low-income communities. Critical Concrete develops and shares research in sustainable architecture, materials reuse and upcycling, and low-tech construction through community-facing publications and hands-on workshops. Its project space, meanwhile, serves as a hub for co-building, knowledge and skill exchange, and community engagement. The space hosts open events including film screenings, markets, workshops, Repair Café events, and architectural experiments while also making tools and work space available to the community.
To make sustainable and socially-responsible design/architecture
To make sustainable and socially-responsible design/architecture more widely known and to disseminate the relevant knowledge, skills, and attitudes to inspire behavior change and foster a community of practice working on solutions to social, ecological and economic crises.
Supporting experiential learning
Supporting experiential learning in sustainable, vernacular construction and social urbanism that can provide high-quality local jobs.
Increasing the quality of the services
Increasing the quality of the services offered by 10 to 15 participating self-organised initiatives, using active and collaborative methods to ease their members’ participation, and fostering civic awareness and engagement, especially among youth and social entrepreneurs.
Contribute to the field of social innovation
Contribute to the field of social innovation, and especially fostering a new and more diverse range of participatory working methods.
Generating new connections
Generating new connections and encouraging cooperation between European stakeholders actively promoting active citizenship and inclusive sustainable development throughout Europe.