Infrastructures as a Tool to Rethink the City
The design studio “maib24 2018-2019” tutored by Cecilia Chiappini focuses on the value of infrastructures as tools to explore the city, as they tend to gather qualities that give space to manifestations of urbanity and collectivity, emergent appropriations and unexpected processes. The aim is to explore those qualities and to use them in design, as developing alternative urban models that questions the dialects between technical and social assemblages.
During an intensive research-design studio, students will discuss conceptual issues, develop and test explorative tools to address the topic, especially looking at “spatial configurations, marks of human presence and voices” around infrastructures;1 deploying a “learning from…” approach. The students will produce an architectural-urban design-case based on their enquiries on a specific location. Based on their explorations on-site, they will define the users and programmes, areas and scope of intervention. Infrastructures as urban spaces at different scales are to be at the core of the proposals. This semester’s site is the transformation process of Glories Square in Barcelona, Spain. The students will go on a trip to the city during the first weeks of the semester and will develop their research and design cases at the campus Sint-Lucas, Brussels during the entire semester.
1. As developed in close relation with the tutor’s PhD-research on Infrastructures under Transformation as Spaces of Collectivities”
2. Inspired by Learning from Las Vegas and Made in Tokyo. See References.