Seeking to explore power as crucial factor in the design of the built environment, we will look at energy systems and related objects, from sites of generation to spaces of consumption, from distribution networks to control rooms.

Tutors: Filip Geerts and Sanne van den Breemer
Director of Studies: Salomon Frausto

Contributors: Santiago Ardila, Juan Benavides, Daniella Camarena, Stef Dingen, Marco Fusco, Jack Garay Arauzo, Theodora Gelali, Shaiwanti Gupta, Hao Hsu, Marianthi Papangelopoulou, Felipe Quintero, Gent Shehu, Siyuan Wang


Idealization of a system, Housing, RecycleNational, Transportation, Technology, Drawing

Satoyama is the territory in between the flat land where people can settle (sato) and the mountain or foothills (yama). In a Satoyama there is a local agricultural community that manages through their everyday activities the surrounding ecosystems, both forests and farmlands. Sustainability is the core of such societies where every activity is carried out to serve all parties: community, wildlife and natural environment.For example rice fields not only are food sources. Post harvest straw provides the community with necessities such as raincoats, thatched roofs and raincoats, while the remaining straw is given as food to the animals or fertilizer for the corps. The mixed Satoyama landscape also provides a variety of different habitats to numerous wildlife species.
    Postwar changes in lifestyle and industry have been endangering Satoyamas. Fewer people are getting involved with such a lifestyle while at the same time the long time obtained wisdom regarding the perseverance of such environments is being lost. Moreover the introduction to chemical fertilisers and shift in resources such as oil instead the charcoal and firewood has damaged the chain of the ecosystem. Throughout the 80s and 90s Satoyama conservation movement was being implemented. As from 2001, Satoyama landscapes as models of biodiversity and human well being are recognised as world heritage sites that must be preserved.