Dare2Build – building together for an inclusive city, by Emílio Brandão and Effrosyni Roussou | Protostructure, construction and landscape, by Laurent Chassot and Agathe Mignon

Synopsis: Series of three conferences within the scope of the in situ project/ (http://insitu.autonoma.pt/), organized by CEACT/UAL and the Department of Architecture of the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (29-31 March 2021). | Series of three conferences within the scope of the in situ/ (http://insitu.autonoma.pt/), organized by CEACT / UAL and the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa Department of the Architecture (29-31 March 2021).


Emílio Brandão (Chalmers UT, ACE, Div. of Urban Design and Planning); architect SAR/MSA; Director of Master's Program Architecture and Planning Beyond Sustainability (MPDSD). He is an artistic teacher, leading the Social Inclusion masters studio and the Dare2Build course. He focuses on social sustainability, co-creation and participation in action, building on several years of architectural practice experience and engagement in Architects Without Borders (ASF).

Effrosyni Roussou (Chalmers UT) Architect MSA, graduated from the Master's Program Architecture and Planning Beyond Sustainability (MPDSD) at Chalmers UT, Sweden. She is interested and experienced in lifting the social perspective in architecture and she really enjoys hands-on, co-creating projects. She has been part of the teaching team of “Dare2Build” for the past 3 years.

Laurent Chassot lives and works in Lausanne. After his graduation in architecture in 2012 at the EPFL, he works independently in the field of architecture and construction, first by founding a collective structure together with Giona Bierens de Haan and Simon Pillet “Le Repaire Fantastique”, then in his own office “Studio 17 architectes” founded in Lausanne in 2017. He is specifically interested in the careful choice of building materials, spatial and constructive experimentation, as well as the excellence in details and realisation. Parallely to his independent activity, he chooses to engage himself in the academic and pedagogical field, with a great interest in transmitting the knowledge and following the students through their development. First, from 2013 to 2015, he is teaching assistant for Professor Nicola Braghieri at the EPFL, dealing with the representation, drawing and pictorial culture courses for both Bachelor and Master students. Then, he occupied the position of the studio director for the architectural design course for the 1st year architecture EPFL students into the ALICE LAB, under the direction of Dieter Dietz 2015 and 2019. During these years, he participated to elaborate the pedagogical programm and has students been co-project leader for the pedagogical coustructions “House 3”, built by the students in Brussels, inside the KANAL Center Pompidou, and “Houses/Gardens” in Évian-les-Bains, cohabiting with Jean Prouvé's Buvette and Patrick Bouchain's Grange au lac.

Agathe Mignon is an architect, she currently teaches at the École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne (EPFL) in the field of digital representation. Following studies shared between Marseille and Lausanne, she completed her PhD in 2018 under the supervision of Professor Dieter Dietz. With the title “Protostructure, archeology and hypothesis of an architecture-support”, her work tries to draw the contours of an architecture whose longevity remains on the resilience with which it accepts the transformations linked to the uses which are made of it. This work is based on the analysis of a body of housing projects for which a part of the design, and sometimes the realization, were the subject of shared work between architects and users. What were the basis on which the discussions between the actors were established? How well does the result meet users' expectations? And finally, how does the architecture adapt to the changing needs of each? These are the questions the thesis aims to answer by defining the concept of protostructure. Neologism formed by the prefix proto-, which means first, and the substantial structure, from the Latin verb struere, construct, it designates a structure or a system in a state, devoid of the artefacts of which it provide the primary support. The concept of protostructure applied to the architectural project acts like a game rule: it forms the collective basis for a process of individual appropriation. Beside her teaching and academic activities, Agathe works as an architect in a small local studio.