1. BERLIN SUMMIT
The three Global AD programs (Barcelona, Berlin, Prague) had a Summit in Berlin in late March. The Summit was lead by the program Academic Director Maria Aiolova, and it was attended by students, faculty and administration from all three sites. Among other things, students from each city presented their work to the rest; they explored Berlin in teams in order to discover the city’s past, present and future; and they participated in a Symposium about Speculative Praxis at the Deutsches Archtiektur Zentrum (DAZ):
"Speculative practice focuses on the act of invention today in order to have an impact in thefuture. Scientists always begin their investigation by pure speculation that is often not expected to materialize in ten, fifty or even a hundred years. Design is not simply a creative process; it is also another form of a focused scientific endeavor. Like science, design is experimental, but in a way that prominently recognizes invention. Speculative practices attempt to establish new forms of knowledge at the confluences of design and science activity".
2. BIKE TOUR
Studio instructor Antonio Sanmartín and several of the Global AD students took a bike tour through the Barcelona coastline. This area has undergone significant change as a result of urban planning set into place for the Olympics in 92. The tour started in the Olympic Village and finished at the Besòs river, the area that the students are using as the basis for their projects. The group not only enjoyed a fun afternoon in the city but visited interesting architectural structures such as the Forum, Diagonal Mar Parc, the Olympic Village and other more unknown areas like Can Casacuberta or Escola La Llauna.
3. MIDTERM REVIEW
Students have been progressing with the production and development of their “Besòs River Transcription Prototypes”. A review session took place on March 4th where Barcelona-based architects Judith LeClerc, Oriol Carrasco and Berta Cusó accompanied course faculty Javier Peña and Antonio Sanmartín as jury critics. Students had created five models that will settle the basis for their work to be developed during the second part of the semester: the Future Speculative Master Plan for the final section of the Besòs River.