WORKSHOP: Diagrammatic architecture. American University in Dubai (AUD):
19,20 y 21 de Enero, Miguel Luengo estará en la American University in Dubai
(Departamento de Arquitectura. Escuela de Arquitectura, Arte y Diseño)como
profesor invitado junto a la (asombrosa) Tala Vaziri impartiendo un workshop de
Teoría y Diseño Arquitectónico que hemos llamado: “DIAGRAMMATIC
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In January ’14, Prof. Miguel Luengo will be lecturing at the American University in Dubai with (amazing) Prof. Tala Vaziri in a workshop of Theory and Architectural Design called: “DIAGRAMMATIC ARCHITECTURE”.
See you there, dear AUD professors and students!!!
diagram is architecture. Without the need to transform it into something
“higher”. Le Corbusier, with regards to abstraction wrote in 1923 “It appeals to the highest
faculties by its very abstraction. Architectural
abstraction is both specific and magnificent in a way that, rooted in brute
fact, it spiritualizes it. The brute fact is subject to the idea only through
the order that is projected upon it”.
architects (such as OMA, SANAA, Ben Van Berkel, MVRDV…) reconsidered the
powerful idea of abstraction and transformed it into an architectural tool, a
device to visualize, put together and match complex connections or links.
goal of this workshop is twofold, first to analyze contemporary examples of
diagrammatic architecture in order to understand the inner (although
controversial) logic and power of this design tool.
theorethical background of diagrams will also be provided and discussed with
the students. From Durand treaty to OMA’s Library in Seattle through Peter
Eisenman’s works on the 70’s and 80’s as part of the concept’s big picture.
second goal ot the workshop will embrace the diagrammatic logic as a design
use an ongoing international competition for an Architecture School Tower in
Dubai that would “offer an alternative environment for studying and traning to
become an Architect within this global city” (from the brief of the
the Architecture School Tower, each group of students
develop a DIAGRAMMATIC skyscraper that will adress
International Competition brief. A graphic translation
the original programme will be provided and each group
have to add an extra 20% of an original, unusual, even
function as a catalyst of the whole proposal.
site will be located next to AUD facilities as showed
the programme for the building. Make it a vertical (or not exactly) arrangement
where the stacking is logical. Make a cutaway sectional model of solid
material, for instance wood, polystyrene foam or coloured slices of plasticine.
Study various stacking possibilities by
shifting storeys around, rotating them, creating voids, and so forth. Examine
any patterns emerging from the vertical routeing and logistics, from the
direction of lights and views, or from
the storey height. Keep going until a useful vertical concept emerges.
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January 19 th:
9:00am / Workshop and International Competition
presentation. General concepts and documents delivery
10:00am-11:00 am / Lecture: Diagrammatic architecture
(or, is a diagram architecture?)_Prof. Miguel Luengo
11:00 am-2:00pm / Class work. First analysis of the program
and diagrammatic intuitions review. _Prof. Tala Vaziri /
Prof. Miguel Luengo
9:00am / Lecture: Translating diagrams. Contemporary
examples of diagrammatic projects_Prof. Miguel Luengo
10:00am-2:00pm /Presentation of Draft diagrams & discussion
_Prof. Tala Vaziri / Prof. Miguel Luengo
4:00pm / 4:30 Lecture: Strategy vs design. The diagram as design tool
4:30pm-5:00 pm / Class work. _Prof. Tala Vaziri / Prof. Miguel Luengo
5:00pm-6:00 pm / Diagrams presentations, conclusions and Jury