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 average size of an apartment is sixty seven square meters per household. Many agents will refer to the price of the apartment per tsubo (one tsubo = 3.3 sqm).



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.



An electronic meter is an automatic reader that measures electricity usage and monitors power quality, communicating the data to the gateway node.



Titans of industry have long made contributions to charitable causes. Modern philanthropy is a Gilded Age invention, meant to battle the increasing socio-economic inequality following industrialization. Steel magnate Andrew Carnegie was the first to give away most of hist vast fortune to endow – among others – universities, concert venues, and almost three thousand libraries.



A frozen food grocery for the busy person or families sells as the dream for modern society. Established in France as a solution for consumers to have good taste without any time spent in cooking. The frozen food store is now placed with three locations in Tokyo; Aoyama, Azabu-Juban and Nakameguro.