DGLA and URU: building a new country


Design Group Latinamerica joins the 45th anniversary celebration of Rafael Urdaneta University (URU) in western Venezuela with a proposal for sustainability and energy efficiency.

The Rafael Urdaneta University (URU), located in Maracaibo, celebrated more than four decades shaping the future, integrating art and science with basis on freedom and integral formation of the citizen, recognized as a transforming agent involved with families, society and the university itself; aiming to become an immediate reference of academic excellence inside and outside the country.

Regarding this occasion, URU’s Rector, Jesus Esparza Bracho, spoke on behalf of the university about the national reality, clarifying its position as optimistic and the positive vision of the country facing the tendency to confine the universities to a second plane. Esparza says that the University will stay open and plural, showing constant gratitude to all the Zulia family that has allowed URU to become the privileged headquarters of intellectual work.

Under these principles, an institutional message of optimism and gratitude was diffused and repeated through a week full of activities; from art exhibitions and cultural activities such as theater and concerts, to events for the debate of ideas such as conferences, forums, informative talks, research and scientist talks; counting on the participation of Design Group Latinamerica.

Therefore, the Director of DGLA, Michele Casarin, gathered with the academic community on October 22th at the Aula Magna’s facilities to present his dissertation about the impact of residential and industrial energy consumption in Venezuela regarding the construction of buildings and emphasizing in Maracaibo’s registered figures obtained from several investigations related to this subject.

The presentation also compared international figures and the results obtained from regulations and incentives implementation to reduce energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, the use of renewable energy sources,  waste management  and natural resources. The synthesis of the study laid the foundations to generate a proposal for “Ordinance of sustainability and energy efficiency in buildings”, as an update to improve the current Thermal Quality Ordinance in Maracaibo.

Additionally, DGLA joined the business sector on october 23th during the second edition of the “Expo Empleo y Pasantías URU” an employment fair that received the most important companies in town, to demonstrate their interest in offering the best job opportunities for its students, graduates and the whole community; managing the link between the society with comercial and industrial organizations aligned towards the construction of a new country.