Architecture goes beyond buildings. A building is a concentration of activities in a particular location which should be responsive to concrete cultural, social, economic and technological conditions. In the 21st century, the buildings are more than machines for dwelling in. They should be living organisms, capable of interacting with their environment, following the principles of ecology or biology rather than those of mere construction. In effect, a building should be like a tree, which is able to rooting itself in a particular place, generating its own energy, interacting with the natural networks around it and creating complex ecosystems and landscapes together with other trees.
In this framework the Introductory Studio group 2, led by Edouard Cabay, with Rodrigo Aguirre, presented their projects today to an international jury board composed by: Areti Markopoulou – IAAC Academic Director, Silvia Brandi – IAAC Academic Coordinator, Lluis Víu – Max de Cusa Arquitects, Jordi Pagès – Creative Director & Motion Designer, Jaime Coll – COLL-LECLERC, Pepe Ballesteros – Pasajes Arquitectura, Javier Peña – Xpiral and Marcella del Signore – x-topia.
Today were the MAA02 Design Studio, directed by Javier Peña, Rodrigo Rubio and Silvia Brandi, Final Presentations. The projects presented were an exercise directed to experimenting with the idea of the self-sufficient habitat. In the occasion of a competition in which IAAC has been invited to participate, along with the other architecture schools of Barcelona, the studio explored the development of a Self Sufficient House. The site is located in Torre baró, in the Collserola hill, between the city of Barcelona and the Collserola Natural Park.
The project proposals were presented to an International Jury board composed by: Areti Markopoulou – IAAC Academic Director, Marjan Colletti – marcosandmarjan design limited, Gonzalo Delacámara – IMDEA and Marcella del Signore – x-topia.
This year’s group 1 Introductory Studio was developed around a series of questions, posed in reference to the context of Torre Baró: How can we transform a landscape into a productive one? How does water, solar energy, wind or biological processes affect sustainable design cycles for structures and landscape? Which strategies and which technologies are appropriate for such social and environmental context? The Introductory studio will focus on the topics of designing and implementing a self sufficient green house and a productive land, where “production” is understood as the production of food, energy, materials, and knowledge.
The Introductory Studio led by Claudia Pasquero and Carmelo Zappulla focused on the topics of energy, natural process, bio materials and environmental resources. The projects received feedback from an international juryvoard composed by Areti Markopoulou – IAAC Academic Director, Silvia Brandi – IAAC Academic Coordinator, Jonathan Minchin – Green Fab Lab Coordinator, Marjan Colletti – marcosandmarjan design limited, Sandra Manso – UPC and Lluis Víu – Max de Cusa Arquitects.
Today the MAA01 students presented their final works for the Introductory Seminar in Digital Fabrication, led by Alexandre Dubor with Sofoklis Giannakpoulos and Anna Popova.
The works consisted in projects developed throughout the term focussing on exploring the design opportunities arising from three common digital fabrication process that will be explored during the course : Laser Cutting, CNC milling and 3D Printing.
This year the exercise was articulated around the design of a differentiated component (composed of 2 material types) proliferating to form a volume. Each component was part of a common family, sharing the same constructive logic, while being slightly different from each other, evolving from a high density to a low density component.
The outcome of the exercise was a constructed assembly of at least 10 components which inhabited a given shape to create a suspended lamp.