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Climate crisis, resource depletion, social segregation and other societal challenges - humans are increasingly threatening their own conditions of existence. The necessity for systematic change appears to be obvious, but how to enact this radical transformation is still unclear.

Within the last three decades discussions concerning ‘sustainability’ have in architectural debates and practices become mainstream and caused much confusion and haziness, in which easy rhetorical use masks lack of real change, commitment and responsibility.

The project Radical Architecture Practice for Sustainability (RAPS) is characterised by a departure from narrowly instrumental debates and instead geared towards re-thinking architectural design and research practice for sustainability with the aim to advocate innovative approaches and systemic change. This project seeks to explore the role of architecture and architects in promoting sustainability. We argue that architecture / architects need to be more aware about their potential contributions throughout the entire design process in order to play an important and proactive role in this transformation.

Sustainability in architecture is necessarily interdisciplinary and complex. Thus, this project aims to propel a broad understanding of sustainable architecture that includes diverse interdisciplinary perspectives: technology, materiality, responsibility, ethics, knowledge production, philosophy, social sciences, aesthetics, politics, agency and more. A broader understanding of sustainability in architecture, that includes questions how knowledge is generated, problems are framed, design targets defined, concepts created, choices made and how these shape design development, building materialization and operation.

Thus, this project aims to explore, create, develop and encourage future concepts, propositions and scenarios geared towards radical change.

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Dr Sonja Dragojlovic-Oliveira

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Jonathan Mosley

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Dr Torsten Schröder

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Ana Betancour
Professor of Architecture
UMA-School of Architecture
Umea University, Sweden
Member the advisory research group to the Delegation for Sustainable Cities, Sweden
Member of board of direction of University of the Arts in Stockholm

Xavier Bonnaud

Professeur d'architecture
ENSA Paris la Villette
Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France

Anđelka Bnin-Bninski
Faculty of Architecture
University of Belgrade, Serbia
Associated researcher at the Laboratory GERPHAU, Paris, France

Dr Roberto Cavallo
Architect, Associate Professor
Chair Architectural Design Crossovers group
Head of Section Theory & Territories Department of Architecture
Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment
Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Elena Marco
Professor of Learning and Teaching in Architecture
Head of Department of Architecture and the Built Environment, UWE Bristol, UK

João Manuel Barbosa Menezes de Sequeira, Full researcher, Research Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Design (CIAUD-UBI)-Beira Interior University
Research Collaborator Centre for Art History and Artistic Research-Evora University
Coordinator of LabART, Laboratory for Architecture and Arts, Portugal

Chris Younes
PHD Philosophy
Founder and member of Laboratory GERPHAU and of the international network PHILAU-Philosophy Architecture Urbain
Professore at the Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture, Paris, France
RAPS is an initiative developed primarily by the three initiators, but supported by a wide range of networks, most importantly ARENA. RAPS contributes to and strengthens ARENA’s wider mission to promote, support, develop and disseminate high-quality research in all fields of architecture in the widest sense.

Dr Sonja Dragojlovic-Oliveira


Dr Torsten Schröder

Dr Sonja Dragojlovic-Oliveira is an architect and sustainable design innovation strategist. She is also an Associate Professor of Design Innovation and Sustainability at UWE, an honorary lecturer at UCL and a visiting lecturer at a number of architecture schools across Europe. She is internationally recognized for her work on socio spatial energy behaviour and smart housing and design innovation, where her recent contributions include identification of socio-spatial impacts on energy behaviour in domestic environments, need for multi-layered design and social innovation in housing and energy modelling integration in architecture.

Associate Prof. Oliveira has over 20 years innovation experience in the sustainability and design sector as a senior manager and principal consultant having led delivery of complex multidisciplinary projects ranging in value from £200k-£29mil in the UK and internationally. She also recently edited the Energy Modelling in Architecture, A practice Guide (RIBA, 2020), initiated the Radical Architecture Practice for Sustainability working group via ARENA ( and developed research challenge response for SHAPE Energy (

She is a board member of the World Green Building Council (Serbia), a scientific and industry advisory member of numerous scientific committees and is currently researching a new residential energy code for India [EPSRC RESIDE] and lead investigator on the smart energy evaluation work on the REPLICATE project ( Her research and innovation practice focuses primarily on experimenting and exploring the socio-spatial effects on peoples’ use of energy through buildings and technologies using visual methods. She is a firm believer in an action led knowledge exchange approach to accelerating sustainable outcomes in the design environment.

Jonathan Moseley is an architect and Associate Professor of Architecture and Experimental Practice at Bristol UWE leading Design Research. In collaboration with artist Sophie Warren he pursues a research-based practice that experiments with radical occupations and interventions within found or newly designed space, towards enhancing our collective and affective relationship with architecture. The work is playful, discursive, frequently participatory and rogue. Projects have been commissioned by organisations internationally including Tate, Modena Museet, ResArc, Casco, Eastside Projects, Institut Français, The Showroom, Spike Island, Arnolfini, SantralIstanbul and received awards from Arts and Humanities Research Council, Arts Council, British Council and Rootstein Hopkins Foundation.

Dr Torsten Schröder is an architect, researcher and design strategist. Currently he is Assistant Professor of Sustainability in Architectural Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His key research interests are sustainability and circular economy within architecture and cities. Drawing on Science and Technology Studies (STS) he focuses on how the concepts of sustainability and circularity can be translated into building design practices in more innovative, meaningful, and effective ways. Torsten co-founded and co-directs the ArchiLab a university based architectural and urban think tank dedicated to exploring, creating and developing concepts and scenarios for sustainable futures. He obtained his PhD in the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science, winning the prestigious RIBA PhD research award in 2015. Torsten has participated in and led diverse research projects on national and European scale. He offers a unique blend of practical and research expertise. He has more than 10 years of experience in designing and realizing a wide range of outstanding architectural projects for leading design practices, amongst others for Rem Koolhaas / Office for Metropolitan Architecture as architect and project leader on projects in the USA, Germany, South Korea and China.

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The RAPS Programme consists of a broad spectrum and portfolio of intended activities and events. Our ambition is to kick of RAPS 2021 with our first event in Bristol focused on overall theme of 'Radicality'; leading onto a further event in Eindhoven in 2022. In addition to events we are looking to develop a diversified approach to sharing, discussing and practicing radical modes of architecture through exhibitions, podcasts, debates and writings.


Submit your abstract by 31st March for consideration in the Bristol 2021 Conference on 'Radicality'


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Bristol 2021

Overall Conference theme: Radicality

Bristol aims to explore, imagine and radically shift conceptualisations of architecture practice for sustainability. Our premise comes from our interest in understanding how we get to and overcome ‘the root of something’ and how radical architecture can manifest and thrive in its multiple and many modes that shift current dominant paradigms of evidence based and quantifiable measures to deliver sustainable outcomes. A radical approach specifically aims to uncover root causes as opposed to surface explanations, viewing ecological problems as rooted primarily in socio-political notions of nature, multispecies activity and needs, building and not building, activating and resisting as well as entangling.

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