·     Area of study: Design, Building, Final Degree Project
·     Beginning and ending date: 
30th July to 09th November 2012
·     Number of students: 
80
·     Schedule: 
Thursdays: 16:00-18:00
·     Credits: 
12 hours per week
·     Teaching team: 
Head teachers Liliana Bonvecchi, Guillermina Abeledo; assistants Fernando Pérez Losada, Virginia Sorribes, Nicolás Zullo, Juan de Souza

·     Cluster: Argentina – Panamá

Theme: “ENTROPIC INNER SPRAWL. Market + HOTEL + ???  Belgrano Buenos Aires”
Introducing the city go into the building refers to the entropic growth that we have to face, as one of the opportunities of urban development. In parallel of the expansive growth of the urban surface, all actions (or inactions) over the territory of the city cause situations of degradation in local sites that become “backward”. Solving these conditions through multidisciplinary design actions can produce entropic growth fed by the energy that conventional growth cannot guide. Compared to the icons of the former model, today we must envisage projects that do not behave like objects that have just landed; instead we must be like sculptors of the empty spaces making public space dynamic.

Successful urban places are those that give pleasure. We are just leaving behind an era too technical that has lost the sense of pleasure, the sense of direct experiences, of meeting other people. A space that has been lived has a great load of affection. There is a kind of poetry in the spontaneous city. To recover this respectable quality, we must “fill our new page” taking into account the earlier page. Entering the discourse about the city is an act quite similar to visiting a bazaar where conceptual confusions and trans-disciplinary hibridization live together with reduced sectors of great scientific rigour. This is what we mean when we speak about inventing empty space.

Objectives of the local design studio
Local design studio, “Entropic inner sprawl. Market + Hotel + ??? – Belgrano, Buenos Aires.” All social forces have their precedents and analogues in the past; their roots. Such multiple genealogies invade the city, pushing us to synchronize historical clocks. The subject of the market appears therefore as an activity that is part of urban dynamics of all times. It is not a matter of reproposing the market, but of re-creating it suggesting links to other activities, apparently heterogeneous: the intention is to stimulate new urban mythographies by associating the market to the tourist’s activities, a transient inhabitant. Also, incorporating some different activity of the student’s choice, one that willl serve unsatisfied needs of the area where we are working.

ADU aims to be tested
1.   Interdisciplinary working dynamics
Testing the ability to integrate the visions, working methods of different disciplines in the parallel design studios and its related production of knowledge. Interaction with cultural, theoretical, economic, mediatic and technical consultants.
2.   Creative thinking and Creative learning environment
Relationship between the used working methods and the outcomes in order to stimulate creativity by applying the different components by applying the following steps: Dislocation – Fragmentation – Integration, in both “research oriented studio” and “artifact oriented design”.
3.   Social and cultural relevance of the contents and outcomes
The creative process is based on social and cultural references, provided by site choice, program and theme. The Urban Market issue passes though the inherent socio-cultural dimension of international participants.
4.   Materiality
physical models, impact of site visits, prototypes, simulations, hand on studio, considering their materials before and during the processes.

Methodology and relation with partners

· Cultural component
Territorial tactics-Site analysis-Density-Connectivity-Relation center/periphery-Generation of new centralities-Meaning of spaces
The Market as intangible heritage
Consultant: Arch. Stella Maris Casal
Product of this component: Report

· Ideological-Theoretical component
Analysis of texts-Search for referents;creation of data files-clue words as a conceptual synthesis
A conceptual framework: architectural stance
Guest consultant: Dr. Arch. Alfonso Corona Martínez
Product: clue words and Report

·Economical Component
Comparative analysis of the real estate market- Definition of the program-Economical sustainability-Definition of the product and expected target.
The hotel as an economical-financial motor
Consultant: Arch. Gervasio Ruiz de Gopegui
Product: Report, program, diagram of surfaces

·Mediatic component
Relation of the building/s with environment and user-Definition of language and composition-Façade studies-Sustainability in the design
Sustainable Aesthetics
Presentation of the Research of the LABPRA group
Materials database for the creation of built solutions in the frame of a sustainable esthetics.
Laboratory Director : Arch. Liliana Bonvecchi
Bioclimatic study of the architectural skin
Consultant: Arch. Claudio Delbene
Product: Report, bioclimatic analysis of the site and selection of materials

· Technological component
Constructive systems-proposals for appropriate structural design
Working drawings and documents
Consultant: Arch. Maria Teresa Egozcue
Product: Report structural schemes and proposed facilities

Alongside each of the products corresponding to the steps outlined, monitoring is done through the presentation of drawings, plans, renderings and, above all, models at different scales.