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

If metabolisms can be simplified in what on the one end is injected into a system—drawing from and limited by an environment, possibly artificially enhanced by technology and transportation—and on the other end what is processed and excreted by the system, back into that environment, the following central themes emerge: energy (input), waste (output), and ground (environment).
    For the Spring 2020 semester, the technocratic vantage point will be energy: the power required for the metropolitan metabolism. Project Global will deal with a pair of cities: Paris and Tokyo. A European “model” metropolis that is introduced to serve as an index for investigation, and a global metropolis that becomes the situation to both interrogate the model in the form of an atlas and the context for the project.

Part 1: Catalogue and Lexicon
Part 2: Atlas
Part 3: Architectural Projects


Algae Biomass and Energy System R&D Center was established at the University of Tsukuba on July 1, 2015. Consisting of fifty members of the university, this algae biomass research center is one of the largest of its kind in Japan.



From left to right: Meguro Parasitological museum, Shitamachi Museum, Tokyo Sewerage Museum "Rainbow", The Criminal Materials Museum, Ghibli Museum, Tobacco and Salt Museum, Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum and finally Algae Museum outline the quaint "museumophilia" of Tokyo.



“This is a city where integration does not require synthesis”, yet it does require photosynthesis. The pursuit for idealized systems has always followed Tokyo.



The Japan Meteorological Agency Seismic Intensity Scale quantifies the intensity of local ground shaking caused by earthquakes in Japan. It is expressed as a numerical value called shindo (震度, "seismic intensity") and its calculations are obtained from a network of about 200 seismographs and 600 seismic intensity meters.



Waste Truck Scale, Platform, Waste Bunker, Waste Crane, Forced Draft Fan, Incinerator, Boiler, Cooling Tower, Bag Filter, Gas Scrubber, Catalyst Reaction Tower, Induced Draft Fan, Stack, Wastewater Treatment Facilities, Central Control Room. [1] The cycle of the consummation system faces the same fatal fate, yet it seems that with each end of a cycle, it gains more and more power.