Investigation into the challenges, opportunities and trajectories open to small-scale environmentally aware practices in specific parts of the world, with a particular focus on women-led firms.

The project is an attempt to develop a data management software that can facilitate balanced and informed decision making over a territory, thus ensuring its sustainability. On the basis of work already carried out by two of the research partners (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and EPFL), the project seeks to intervene on a functioning population carrying capacity model designed for Easter Island (Chile), and turn it into a planning and management Software-as-a-Service technology for municipalities in South America experiencing demographic and environmental pressures. The municipality of El Quisco, Chile, will provide the pilot for the software.

If we consider professional practice as a social construct conceived to mediate between human aspirations and environmental possibilities, what form could or should it take in architecture today within the means at our disposal vis-à-vis the challenges? Do models of practice exist that could be seen to be more contemporary than others in light of their capacity to interpret perils and possibilities of our times? If so, are these models a continuation of established trajectories of architectural professionalism, or do they imply a break with the past and the emergence of new actors?