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Technologies for Mediterranean Dwelling Laboratory

The Technologies for Mediterranean Dwelling Laboratory has as its aim activities related to teaching, research and knowledge transfer of a new building culture that is based on the principles of sustainability in the environmental, social and economic context of the Mediterranean. TAM operates in the field of integrated development for dwelling in the Mediterranean region, in support of the scientific research, teaching, knowledge transfer and services activities of the Department of Architecture, the School of Architecture and the University of Florence, and together with the activities of the Inter-University Research Centre ABITA (which is a part of DIDA), as well as in partnership with other departments and research centres both in Italy and abroad. The Laboratory is a multi-functional, multi-media space as well, devoted to the presentation of innovative systems and components for sustainable construction.
 

Opening hours

 

Open to the public:

Monday, Wednesday  and  Friday 9:30 - 12:30



Services

 

The Technologies for Mediterranean Dwelling Laboratory carries out activities in support of teaching, research and knowledge transfer of a new building culture that is based on the principles of sustainability in the environmental, social and economic context of the Mediterranean.


Specifically the TAM Laboratory:

  • offers support to students, teachers and research personnel through a multi-functional, multi-media space devoted to the presentation of innovative systems and components for sustainable construction using 1:1 scale models of quality building components related to Mediterranean dwelling, in collaboration with students (through the Traineeships) and companies;
  • carries out and promotes educational activities in the field of sustainable technologies for Mediterranean dwelling and continuing education directed both to the students of the School and to external professionals;
  • promotes a cycle of conferences / lectures on the sustainability of the project for Mediterranean dwelling, through specific theoretical / monothematic lectures on topics related to Mediterranean architecture;
  • organises courses on control, simulation, representation and graphic support technologies and instruments, as well as on the use of specialised software;
  • the courses are open to all students enrolled in the Department – School of Architecture;

The display of materials and components.

The TAM Laboratory is mainly a multi-functional, multi-media space devoted to the presentation of innovative materials, systems and components for sustainable construction using 1:1 scale models of quality building components related to Mediterranean dwelling and to second and third cycle teaching and research activities.

The display follows the constructive path, and allows the user to physically see and touch in full scale the technological systems, including those concerning the foundations, external walls, roofing and equipment, as well as the innovations regarding active and passive systems (solar and photovoltaic panels, green walls, solar shielding, dynamic facade systems, dry construction elements, etc.).

This activity envisages:

  • guided thematic visits to the display;
  • visits to the Abimed exhibition centre in Lucca;
  • visits to the Test cell.

The TAM Laboratory through its exhibition space favours educational activities, both concerning academics (first, second and third cycle degrees) and the continuing education of architects (mandatory professional updating) of civil engineers and surveyors, and establishes itself as an centre of excellence in technological knowledge transfer.

Workshops:

The TAM Laboratory favours as well the integrated development of research activities concerning new building envelope systems and components, collaborating with firms active in the field and providing them with support at all phases, from the design to the experimentation, testing and technological transfer, thus linking the project to the production, especially through:

 

  • direct communication with businesses and presentation of the components / materials;
  • 2-3 day workshops with visits to the factories and the design of a component which uses the company's products;
  • projection of films in the classroom with the presence of the firm concerning production methods and operation of their products;
  • presentation of the activities in the form of a competition / contest (organised visits to the company) and final exhibition of the products made and the possibility of publishing the results in a specialised review;
  • production, in collaboration with the company, of building components with performance characteristics appropriate for Mediterranean dwelling.
The activities of the Laboratory are assisted by technical personnel and tutors operating in the above-mentioned areas.

 

Open-air testing chamber for facade components

 

The TAM Laboratory runs the Test Cell (Labimed), an open-air testing chamber for measuring the dynamic thermal and energy performance of wall components under changing external climatic conditions.

  • Provides support to students, teachers and research personnel concerning the study of facade components, through the possibility of carrying out controlled.

 

Traineeships

 

The Laboratory envisages vocational and educational activities, including traineeships related to the research projects in process, up to a maximum of three active trainees at a time (up to 4 in case of overlapping trainees).

Activities envisaged:

  • creation of the multi-functional, multi-media space devoted to the presentation of innovative materials, systems and components for sustainable construction
  • activating and sustaining relationships with selected third parties and firms for the mounting of the display
  • technical support to companies for the display of samples
  • production of posters and information brochures on products and components
  • management of the exhibition space
  • multi-media activities related to the Laboratory (communication with companies, scouting for new products, drafting of newsletters, internal communications for students of DIDA, communications with Professional Orders and other educational centres).

Trainees may also participate actively in the research projects and activities undertaken under agreement by the TAM Laboratory.

The Traineeship will provide the student with CFU (University Educational Credits) and in agreement with the Order of Architects, with CFP (Professional Educational Credits).

 

 

Scientific Director
Marco Sala


Santa Verdiana
Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti, 27
Firenze

tel. 055 2755338
marco.salaatunifi.it

 

 

 

 

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last update: 05-Oct-2015
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