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.



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



The Metropolitan Expressway Company is the company that operates and maintains the Shutoko, a network of toll expressways that connects Tokyo. The Electronic Toll Collection system patented by Akio Kuramoto in the early 2000’s is what most of the cars and taxis in Tokyo carry that allows them to pass through the toll gates almost seamlessly, getting charged only the segment travelled from entry to exit.



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.



Coin parking lots in Japan seem to be run almost effortlessly. These pay-by-the-hour parking lots are found even in the most uncommon corners both in the middle of the city and in between houses in neighborhoods. Paraca is a japanese operation, management and asset management of parking lots company, they own from parking lot buildings with 300 spaces, to coin parking lots with 3.