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


The “pushing the red button” gesture has a performative meaning, as it causes the irremediability of its consequences. The performance initially takes place in the control room, where from a switchboard panel the operator manages parameter, such as the reactive power, active power, synchronism, current and tension, related to the dam performances.



In the middle of the Shuto expressway, just above the Nihonbashi Bridge there is a structure holding a single old street lamp. Shortly before the 1964 Olympics an express way was built over the Nihonbashi Bridge obscuring the classic view of mount Fuji from it.



Family mart is Japan's largest convenience store chain brand. There are more than 16,000 Family marts in Japan. Like other convenience stores, they all have 24-hour business hours, sell food and beverages and daily necessities, and also provide ATM, printing, sending and receiving Courier, tax payment and other services.



Louis Vuitton and Moët Hennessy merged in 1987, to create the world’s largest conglomerate specializing in luxury goods. In the years that followed, brands like Givenchy (1988), Céline (1996), and Marc Jacobs (1997) were acquired, indicating a big change in the global fashion industry.



Gas stations and petrol pumps form the nodal points where the fuel after completing its long journey finally reaches the consumption zone. The physical act of filling the vehicle is quite determinant in its realization and is the first visible sign of fuel in a metropolis.