For the next academic year, students will have an option of five vertical studios. Each studio has its own philosophy and pedagogical agenda to support students to achieve RIBA/ARB criteria, intrigue their creativity and provoke innovative approaches to architecture. Scroll among the five studios to explore them:
OPEN CITIES LAB: DESIGN FOR EMERGENT URBAN TERRITORIES
The unprecedented pace of global urbanization and the current climate emergency are calling for an urgent need to re-think how we design and build our cities. Global population living in cities is set to increase to 68% by 20501. The efforts to respond to this population growth will be incredible. Globally, more than 40% of the material urbanization of 2050 still needs to be built2. The Global South is where urban growth will be more dramatic. Indian cities still have to build nearly 80% of the infrastructure that will exist by 20503. Between 2010 and 2013, China used more cement than the United Stated did in the entire 20th century2. If the urbanization process of the next 30 years will follow a western model, this will inevitably put further pressure on the natural resources and the ecosystems, worsening an already dramatic future scenario. It is clear how we need new radical approaches in the way we think, organise and build cities. How can cities be designed to be more flexible and adaptable to change, sustainable and resilient? Which urbanization models can re-balanced the built environment with the global ecological system? Can cities vehicle a reduction of our Ecological Footprint whilst keep improving the Human Development? To respond to these questions, a multidisciplinary approach is needed. One that is able to embrace the spatial, social, environmental, financial, and political dimensions of planning our futures. Through a series of lectures, students will be made familiar with the most recent debates on global urbanization, UN-Habitat Agenda objectives and Sustainable Development Goals. Students will be asked to coordinate a relational research on a range of global urbanization processes – within areas of one square km- by using advanced methods of spatial analysis, mapping territorial dynamics through data visualization, and understand their inherent DNA features (residential density, mobility patterns, socio-economic data, footprint, history, etc.). Throughout the academic year, students will reflect on alternative models of development, elaborate territorial solutions on a strategic level and develop an architectural hybrid typology able to address and solve the site-specific issues as mirror of the global urbanization challenges previously identified. The structure of the module will allow to produce a series of snapshots of key urbanization hotspots of one square kilometres that can be compared and collated in an ‘atlas’ of urbanization. Depending on the quality of the outputs, a publication will be sought.