Workshop: Atlas on Density: The Battle of Cities for Sustainability

With Madrid serving as headquarters, case study, and site for field research, students will investigate specific urban sustainable challenges. The workshop will foster a debate about the future of cities based on the positive or negative consequnces of density, embedding sustainability into deep int the design process. Is there a possible urban density that supports ecosystem regeneration and relation with nature? We will explore the way toward a new notion of density, one the oscillates between the quantitative and qualitative properties of architecture and the city.
Students will be divided into 3 small unit design studies, taught in Spanish or English accoding to student profile. Each init will approach the workshop agenda using a distinctive background: from the sprawl of American suburbs to the extreme density of Asian cities. The output will take the form of animations, built prototypes and elegant drawins, models and renderings. Significant architects from IIT, University of Malaysia and Spain will join as workshop tutors.
The course aims to target enthusiastic architectural students at any point of their studies and recent graduates. It will provide a stage for debating contemporary architectural and urban ideas, digital and analogue techniques, with an emphasis on inventive design and communication abilities. A number of expert lectures will be part of this architectural design research-based architecture workshops. According to IE educational profile, intensive courses on digital design tools and communication abilities will also support the production of individual and collective work.

Visiting: David Goodman, Illinois Institute of Technology
Teachers: R&D Studio, Jason Pomeroy, Mapua Institute of Technology, University Technology Malaysia, Broadway Malyan, Belinda Tato, Ecosistema Urbano.
Date: July 8-15, 2011
Location: IE School of Architecture, Madrid, Spain
Organizer: IE School of Architecture and IIT College of Architecture
Date: Registration and Opening Day — July 8, 2011; Final jury and Cocktail — July 15, 2011

For more information (fees, application): Here and Here.

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