Tutorials W-10

Next Tuesday 29th of November we will review readings, the reviewed conceptual brief of your high-rise, models and new transformations of your proposal. We will finish tutorials viewing a documentary on Neoliberalism. Tutorials will be as follows,

From 10 to 1pm : Valeri, Rin, Pranav, Karim, Arvind and Oussama
FRom 2 to 6pm: Nefeli, Alex, Clara, May, Sonia, Marion, Kwang & Catalin

6pm- Cinema watch documentary on Neoliberalism


The second exploration will consist in a twofold investigation. Neoliberal reforms
implemented in the first 2000´s decade and their consequences in the city as well as
Bogota and Medellin’s majors civic and infrastructural initiatives will be discussed.
A critical session during tutorials reviewing specific texts and documentaries will be part of the unit agenda.

Documentary: The Shock Doctrine by M. Whitecross & M. Winterbottom, 2009.

-Sader, Emir: The Weakest Link? Neoliberalism in Latin America, New Left Review,
n.52, 2008.
– Gilbert, Alan: “Urban governance in the South:how Bogota lose its shine”, us-bogota-shine-1 pp.1–20
– Harvey, David: A brief History of Neoliberalism, Oxford University Press 2005.
– Tafuri, Manfredo: Architecture and Utopia: Design and Capitalist Development
,Cambridge: MIT Press: 1976.


Pin-up of urban fabric group exercise will be on 25th of November (from 10 to 1pm) in Rear Second Presentation Space. Prepare the combined pdfs for the presentation.
Group L (Catalin, Kwang & Alex)-
Group M1 (Marion, Sonia, Clara & May)
Group M2 (Valerie, Rin & Nefeli)
Group S (Karim, Pranav, Oussama & Arvind)

Afterwards we will have individual tutorials for your work in progress of Form exercise from 2 to 8pm.


A research on Colombian socio-cultural, political and economic issues as well as Bogota
city physical form will inform aspects of the high-rise building brief and its relation
to the city. This investigation will be conducted before and during the unit trip and
summarised in a collection of maps, diagrams, photographs and video fragments.

Before deepening into material aspects of the block the unit should be familiarize with
the different formal aspects of Bogota city. In groups, the unit will create an archive
of drawings in different scales with information about the urban grain, voids, density
and urban form of the area defined by the new Bogota metro line. Readings on Bogota
city history will be also conducted to understand the evolution of its urban fabric.
Seminar: Bogota urban history and contemporary configuration (18.11.16)
– Arango Cardinal, Silvia: Bogotá y la Sabana: guía de arquitectura y pasisaje = an architectural and landscape guide, Junta de Andalucía, Consejería de Obras Públicas y Vivienda, 2012.
– Urban Age: South American Cities: Securing an Urban Future, London: LSE, 2007.
-McGuirk, Justin: Radical cities: across Latin America in search of a new architecture, London: Verso, 2014 . Chapters Bogotá and Medellín.



Pin up of Form brief will be on Friday 18th of November (from 10 to 6pm) in Rear Second Presentation Space.  In this pin-up  we will review all Form phase work,but you might need to bring a page with your shape to understand the evolution of it.

Bring your pages as a pdf combined in your laptop to be projected onto the wall and your new conceptual models. The whole package of pdfs should include:
-2 pages with Set of rules that structure your building before and after the transformations
-4 pages with form case studies (Voids, Free Section, Circulation, Public/private articulation and modularity) and proposal transformations.
-2 pages with testing mixing concepts
-A whole page axonometric with all spatially organisation elements mention above in a “final” solution.
-A drawing that express your main conceptual idea of the proposal

The presentation could also include:
–  Interior perspectives
-Models of the whole high-rise building transformation or a model showing a part of fraction of it.

After the pin-up we will present the new brief regarding the city.

Tutorials W7

In Tutorials on Tuesday 15th of November we will review your iterations and case study analysis. You need minimum:

-four pages analysing: Voids, Free section, Circulation, Public and Private. Each page should contain maximum four iterations and a conclusion of what was found in them.
-two pages with diagrams combining each category till finding a new logic that improves your set of rules.
-one page with all your rules summarised (text and diagrams) with a title that synthesizers your main conceptual idea.

You can also speculate where your housing and public programs will go within your building.

The order of the tutorials will be as follows,

Morning (from 10 to 1pm) – Third Years: Karim, Marion, Arvind, Sonia, Valeri & Catalin.

Afternoon (from 2 to 6m) – Second years: Rin, Oussama, Pranav, Nefeli, Kwang, Alexnadru, Clara, & May

Tutorials & visit W6-2

Next Friday 11th of November we will meet at 10.15am at the entrance of 20 Fenchurch Street tower, “walkie-talkie”, by Rafael Viñoly. We will visit this building top “public” garden to continue walking later in the area sightseeing “the shard” and other towers.

Map towers      TICKETS


In the afternoon we will have tutorials as follows:
From 2pm to 7pm : Pranav (Model), Oussama, Nefeli, Kwang, May, Alexandru,  Clara, Marion & Catalin.

As we cannot allocate all tutorials on Friday, we will seethe following students on Saturday morning as follows:
10:30 Rin (Model)
11:00 Sonja (Model)
11:30 Valeri (Model)
12:00 Arvind (Model)
12:30 Karim (Model)

We expect for this tutorial a page with all rules regarding your initial proposal, three or four case study analysis and they applied to your proposals individually.