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


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.



“Chisan-chissho” is a japanese expression that literally means “local production, local consumption”, as it advocates particular local dynamics in relation to power, and therefore distribution and consumption on the smaller scale.



When it comes to Fuel, public opinion has been determinant in defining what is an environment friendly means of running our cities and what is not. What is a ‘Clean’ fuel and what are the ‘Dirty’ ones.



According to the IFR (International Federation of Robotics) Japan is the largest manufacturer of industrial robots worldwide, supplying 56 percent globally. Nonetheless it places fourth in the 2016 ranking with 303 robots installed per 10,000 employees in the manufacturing industry.



In the late 70s the Japanese government in collaboration with the private sector started a research on how to design housing that can last longer while being able to adapt to the changes that come with time. Kodan Experimental Housing Project (KEP) was one of those researches.