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).



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.



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.



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.



Yakuza in Japan is a crime business fully organised in its rankings, forming different syndicates not only to cover better the territories, but also to cover all kinds of different sectors in business, industry, politics, commerce and so on. Kodo-kai is one of yakuza’s branches described as a “financial mafia”, due to their focus on banking investment and real estate business.