SO.2 – Elective Seminar
Tutors: Manuel Gausa, Maite Bravo, Ricardo Devesa, Jordi Vivaldi

Robert Gerard Pietrusko, Mass Flow, 2012; in Projective Ecologies (Actar, 2014)

The seminar will explore relevant architectural referents, in order to construct a critical body of knowledge that will serve as instruments (both theoretical and practical), that could provide important concepts related to the emergent paradigm around advanced architecture. The contents will be exposed within a contemporary theoretical frame, supported by a series of readings, analyzing a series of projects, and further complemented with some open lectures at the IaaC during the development of the course.

The series starts with a general overview of the Transversal Logics evident in architectural culture since the end of the Twentieth Century, triggered by the vast advancements in specialized knowledge, the impact of what has been often called the information society, and some pressing environmental concerns, which are deeply questioning and transforming contemporary architectural practice.


MAA1 14-15 – Advanced Architecture Concepts DIGITAL LOGICS_INDIVIDUALITY IN ARCHITECTURAL REALMS – Michelle Tzuman Tseng, MohamadMahdi Najafi, Orion Gorrao Moreira Campo

The Relational Logics frame is often present between the advanced architecture and its environment, between cities and nature. To make this relation explicit, the perceptive phenomena originated among the domestic spaces and elements annexed to these are further analyzed.

The Digital Logics frame examines solutions based on computation tools and information, incorporating innovative design methodologies, exploring new construction techniques, and investigating novel materiality.


“Advanced architecture is to the digital society what modern architecture was to the industrial society: an architecture bound up with interchange and information. With the capacity for displacement and  modification. With the dynamic evolution of process and their associated spatial definition. Advanced architecture occurs, in fact, as an outcome of direct process of interchange; in synergy and flexible interaction with the environment which it acts. It is an act of active ecology that interacts decidedly with the environment, whether natural, artificial or digital. Advanced architecture is, therefore, a reactivating architecture to the extent that it strives to react with reality in order to restimulate it. Innovating it: at once reinforming it and recycling it. Exchanging information with and within it.”

From: “The Metapolis Dictionary of Advanced Architecture” by Manuel Gausa, Vicente Guallart, Willy Müller, Federico Soriano, Fernando Porras, José Morales, ed ACTAR, 2003.

MAA1 13-14 – Advanced Architecture Concepts Creating a map for the theory course. Cloud Exercise

The seminar will be delivered in a format of 3 Frames in a total of 2-20hr courses:

  1. Frame 1- Systems/Strategies — Transversal Logics: information – cities
  2. Frame 2- Systems/ Environments — Relational Logics: cities – natures
  3. Frame 3- Systems/Process — Digital Logics: natures – information.