Tutorials W9

Tutorials at the end of the week will be as follows:

Friday 15th of March – Second years
10 Logan
10.30 Sonia
11 James
11.30 Defne
12 Marina
12.30 Laetitia

Saturday 16th March
3 Carlo
3.30 Cheri
4 Emily
4.30 Dana
5 Mira
5.30 Jumana

Tutorials 3rd years

Tutorials next week for 3rd years will be as follows:

Monday 11th of March – from 5.30 to 6.30 – Emily Cheri and Carlo
Tuesday 12th of March – from 5.30 to 6pm – Dana and Mira

Tutorials W8 2T 2

Tutorials this Friday will be divided in two sessions:

Morning – Final review of table format presentation
10:30 Jumana
11 Marina
11:30 Carmen
12 James
12:30 Defne
2 Laetitia
2:30 Sonia
3 Logan

Late Afternoon- Review of 3rd year portfolios
3:30 Carlo
4 Cheri
4:30 Dana
5 Mira
5:30 Emily

Tutorials W8 2T

Next Tuesday tutorials will be to check work in progress as follows:
10 Sonia
10.30 Laetitia
11 Carmen
11.30 James
12 Defne
12.30 Jumana

2 Marina
2.30 Cheri
3 Emily
3.30 Carlo
4 Dana
4.30 Mira
5 Logan

TS Previews

We will have Inter 8 TS Previews on Monday 4th of March from 10.30 to 1pm at 33FFF. Every students should be at the room at 10.30 with booklet printed, not bound, and testing models if so. Perhaps bringing a model from first term related to what is researched might help to understand the proposal.

Tutorials W7_2T_2

Tutorials this Friday 1st of March to check 2nd year portfolios and work in progress will be as follows

10.30 Logan
11.15 Jumana
12 Carmen
12.45 Sonia

2 Defne
2.15 Laetitia
3 Marina
3.45 James
4.30 Third years


Tutorials W8 2T

Tutorials next week will be as follows

Monday 25th of February
3 Carmen
3.30 Jumana
4 Defne
4.30 Logan
5 Sonia
5.30 Laetita

Tuesday 26th of February
2 Cheri
2.30 Carlo
3 Dana
3.30 Emily
4 Mira
4.30 James
5 Marina

Please bring your work on Jury feedback, plans-elevations-section on site and programme/activities research and layout.

Tutorials W7 2T 2

Tutorials next Friday will be as follows,

10.30 Cheri
11 Jumana
11.30 Logan
12 Defne
12.30 Emily

2  Laetitia
2.30 James
3 Marina
3.30 Carmen
4 Sonia
4.30 Carlo
5 Dana
5.30 Mira

Programme and Activities

Field research into political, sociocultural and economic aspects of Havana done in the First Term and Unit Trip will inform the programmatic CONTENT of each STRIP-BLOCK proposals. Responding to the conflict generated by foreign private investments and local public governmental strategies in this city context, the SB proposals will respond with a certain programmatic composition A specific investigation on permanent and temporary housing related to local and tourist ways of living and everyday life in city streets will be done before composing the entrails of the SB. All research documents will be compiled in a SMALL UNIT BOOKLET.

– Iñaki Abalos: Good life : a guided visit to the houses of modernity, Barcelona : Editorial Gustavo Gili, 2001.
– Klaus Domer, Hans Drexler & Joachim Schultz-Granberg (Ed): Affordable living : housing for everyone, Berlin : Jovis, 2014
– Camila Piñeiro (Ed.): Cooperatives and socialism : a view from Cuba, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
– Richard Sennet: Together: The Rituals Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation, London : Penguin, 2013.
– Richard Sennet: Building and dwelling : ethics for the city, London : Allen Lane, 2018
– Bernard Tschumi, “Program”, in Architecture and Disjunction, Cambridge: MIT Press, 1994.
– Andrea Colantonio, Robert B. Potter.: Urban tourism and development in the socialist state : Havana during the “special period”, Aldershot : Ashgate c2006
– Robert. Polidori (Photos) Elizabeth Culbert; Eduardo Luis Rodríguez (Ed.): Havana, Göttingen : Steidl 2001
– Gianni Basso Vega, MG (Photos), Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez Angelika Taschen (ed): Inside Cuba, Koln : Taschen, 2006.

Havana Interiors

Tutorials W7 2T

Tutorials next week Tuesday 19th of February will be as follows:
10 Mira
10.30 Marina
11 Cheri
11.30 Carlo
12 James
12.30 Laetitia

1.00 Whole unit Meeting to talk about next brief

2 Emily
2.30 Defne
3 Carmen
4 Dana
4.30 Sonia
5 Jumana
5.30 Logan
Please review comments and bring work in progress

Mid-Term Jury

Mid Term Jury will be on Friday 15th of February in 38 GFF from 10 to 1 and from 2 to 6pm. In this Jury you need to show ALL work since the beginning of the year. You should have the following information ready: Argument, research, site, programme/activities layout (a list of building content) and users of your building defined. Our guest critics will be: Sylvie Taher (AAInter11), Pierandrea Angius (AA DRL), Xristina Argyros (AAInter15), Catalina Mejía (University of Brighton), Arturo Revilla (Heatherwick, AA PhD) Costandis Kizis (AA HT & AA First Year) and Angel Lara-Moreira (AATS DPL).

Please prepare your portfolio pages printed, as this will be a Jury table review. Content of the Jury will be the work from the beginning of the year till now. In addition to what you did last term, and its corrections, will be : the thesis argument, research to support it, field-work in Havana unit trip, site definition and explanation, building on site (3D, plan, section/s, axonometric and model), programme and users defined.


Cuba for sale

Cuba for sale: ‘Havana is now the big cake – and everyone is trying to get a slice’





Tutorials W6

Tutorials on Monday 11th Tuesday 12th of February will be to review research pages printed, argument page and implementation of building on site. This is the last review before the Mid Term Jury. Tutorials will be as follows:

Monday 11th
2 James
2.30 Marina
3 Laetitia
3.30 Sonia
4 Jumana
4.30 Carlo
5 Dana

Tuesday 12th
10 Defne
10.30 Mira
11 Carmen
11.30 Emily
12 Logan
12.30 Cheri

Pin-up Thesis and Argument

Next Monday 4th of February we will have a pin-up at unit space to review thesis and research on Havana. Presentations should be 10 minutes long with printed pages on table format. Morning (from 10 to 1pm) will be for third year students while afternoon (from 2 to 6pm) will be for Second years).

Housing in Havana

HOUSING IN CUBA by Mario Coyula




Ciudadelas consist of a single or double row of rooms built along a long, narrow courtyard. They began as weekday housing for poor single men from rural areas who worked at Havana’s big markets.They usually appear in the inner city, adapting to its narrow, deep lots. A single or double line of rooms, one or two floors; one family per room, develop along a narrow court with collective bathrooms, toilets and kitchens at the bottom. As in cuarterías, most residents end by building their own facilities into their rooms, but worsening natural ventilation and lighting. Both types, cuarterías and ciudaelas, appear mainly in the central city and were the dominant type of housing for the urban poor, with a strong presence of Afro-Cuban religion and culture (especially dance and music), lack of privacy, noise but a strong sense of sollidarity among neighbours. Sometimes the front rooms have direct access from the street (so they are called accesorias) and have slightly better living conditions.

Cuartería is a large former mansion or older hotel or boarding house
subdivided into rooms, one family per room, sometimes with over 60 families. . Residents initially shared common bathrooms, toilets and kitchens, but in time many brought these functions within their own domain, either by addition or subdivision. Generally, these interventions were makeshift and contributed to aggravate natural ventilation and lighting, and also distort the architectural and urban image.

Casa de vecindad is a smaller subdivided house, generally with 12 rooms or less.

Pasajes are a double row of small dwellings (similar to efficiencies) consisting
of a living-dining room, kitchenette, one bedroom, bathroom and a small service courtyard, set along a long, narrow alley usually open to streets at both ends. An improved version of ciudadela, equivalent to an efficiency, where each family has a very small apartment (living-dining, bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette and a minimum laundry court. Units form a single or double row along a narrow central public court, that often opens into two streets. Access to the units is through that court, which in fact perform as an alley.

Solar is the popular term to refer to all forms of buildings subdivided into single-room units, usually with shared services.

Barbacoa is  a makeshift loft, usually self-built with scraps of wood and metal. Barbacoas use the traditional high ceilings in old buildings at the central city to create extra livable space. They usually violate many building regulations, are hazardous, hot, uncomfortable and distort the facades and the streetscape.

Casetas are shacks usually built in the flat roofs (azoteas) at the central city. They often start with leftover materials and improve gradually until some become regular dwellings. They have  good views and ventilation. But they often violate the codes and the rights of other neighbours, accelerate
leaks from the roofs, and make illegal sewer connections to the rain water collection system.


Instituto Nacional de Ahorro y Vivienda, INAV 1959-1971

A housing programme that used National Lottery to finance social housing. INAV built 10,000 good quality dwellings throughout Cuba from 1959-1961, with 6,000 done in Havana. This included the best Cuban social housing complex, the Unidad # 1 at Habana del Este (called afterwards Ciudad Camilo Cienfuegos), that was designated in 1991 as a National Landmark. A fully-equipped and landscaped neighborhood unit for 8,000 with 1306
apartments in four-story walk-ups and eleven-story slabs was designed by a group of young architects and self-taught urban planners (Mario González, Hugo D´Acosta-Calheiros, Mercedes Alvarez, Reynaldo Estévez and others) and built under the direction of Roberto Carrazana.


La Pastorita 1959-1962


Unidad Vecinal N1, Habana del Este 1959-1961







Housing blocks constructed under the Soviet KPD large concrete panel housing system after the donation of Soviet factories and technological know-how. This programme started in Santiago de Cuba in 1965.




The Microbrigades provided an alternative to the construction of dwellings by State building enterprises that had the advantage of personal motivation.  a massive housing program combining active participation of future residents as construction workers with strong State support in building materials and equipment, and technical advice.

In this way, semi-prefabricated buildings were built, with traditional technologies, which did not require highly skilled labour. The population (not necessarily the future inhabitants of the houses) participated in the construction of the buildings, but not in their planning and design. Alamar neighbourhood in Habana del Estehas many examples of this type of housing construction.




Tutorials W4 2T 2

This Friday tutorials will be in groups. We will check your building location and its implementation on site. You should bring site axo with strip block printed. We can also check arguments and research work in progress.

2 Logan James and Marina
3 Mira and Defne
3.45 Emily and Carmen
4.30 Carlo and Dana
5.15 Jumana and Cheri
6 Laetitia and Sonia

Tutorials W4

Tutorials next Monday 28th of January will be as follows,

10.30 Emily
11 Defne
11:30 Dana
12 Jumana
12:30 James

2 Carmen
2:30 Mira
3 Logan
3;30 Cheri
4 Carlo
4:30 Laetitia
5 Marina
5:30 SOnia

After Friday feedback and discussion, everyone should review argument, rewrite and change or finish collage of building on site if so. Everyone should have for Monday the strip block schematically redrawn on site in 3D and Plan.

Pin-up Site Investigation

All your research work so far will be reviewed in a pin-up next Friday 25th of January in 33 Ground Floor Back  from 11 to 2pm and from 3 to 6pm. Please bring all your pages as a digital file to be shown on the screen in a presentation format. You should also bring your small unit trip portfolios and videos with you.

After this review, all of you should have a clear argument and a research to support it,  site location, residents or users to target and a broad building programmatic brief.

Our guest critics for this pin-up will be Elias Tamer, Fang Lee, Stavros Papavassiliou, Catalin Crina.

We will finish the day with Kwang Yi Goh presentation of his portfolio from Inter 8 on generating new communities in Bogota, Colombia

Politics of the Strip-Block – City Insertions

Building on the discussing on formal aspects started in the first term, the politics generated by the SB in the city fabric after placed will be assessed and discussed. Collages and short texts will define each proposal critical position.

Afterwards, SB proposals will be interrogated regarding their relationships with its immediate context and the passer-by. The placement of the SB in its particular location will bring the context forward in the progress of design definition. Its capability in specific locations to engage with the city public space will be also put into question.

– Pier Vittorio Aureli, “Rossi: The Concept of the locus as a political category of the city”, in The Project of Autonomy, NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2008, pp.53-69.
– Rafael Moneo, “On Typology”, in Oppositions reader : selected readings from a journal for ideas and criticism in architecture, 1973-1984, New York : Princeton Arch Press, c1998.
– Francisco Gonzalez De Canales & Nicholas Ray (Ed):”Form” in Rafael Moneo : building, teaching, writing, New Haven : Yale University Press, 2015.
– David Harvey: Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution, London; New York : Verso, 2012.
– Reinhold Martin: The Urban Apparatus: Mediapolitics and the city, University of Minnesota Press, 2016.
Lecture: Canales & Lombardero, “New Formalism”, Lecture at Architectural Association, 2017.


Tutorials W3 2T

Tutorials on Tuesday 22nd of January we will review your work in progress on research, argument and site before Friday Pin-up. Please bring pages done printed to review graphics. We will see you as follows,

10 Carlo
10.30 Dana
11 Cheri
11.30 James
12 Marina
12.30  Defne

1pm – All unit together. Irene Squilloni will present her portfolio at unit space.

2 Jumana
2.30  Sonia
3 Logan
3.30 Laetitia
4 Carmen
4.30 Emily
5 Mira

Everyone should have a page at this point summarizing your position towards the city of Havana and what the building is doing in the city following this position.


Tutorials W2 2T-2

This Friday 18th of January we will review in tutorials your work in progress. Research and main city argument will be the major focus. But if you still have some work to complete last term work, we will review it as well to close it. Tutorials will be as follows:

10.00 Cheri
10.30 Dana
11 Logan
11:30 Marina
12 Jumana
12:30 Sonia

2 Mira
2:30 Carlo
3 Emily
3:30 James
4 Carmen
4:30 Defne
5 Laetitia


Tutorials W3 2T

We will continue working on Havana research this week. Next tutorials will be on Tuesday 15th of January at unit space as follows:

Morning – Third Years Cheri, Dana, Mira, Carlo and Emily

Meeting altogether at 12.30am to talk briefly about how to represent research on portfolio pages.

Afternoon- Second Years James, Carmen, Laetitia, Logan, Jumana, Marina, Defne and Sonia

Please do your reading on city history and keep researching on socio-economic and political-planning issues to back your context and content decisions.

Mario Coyula – The Bitter Trinquennium and the
Dystopian City: Autopsy of a Utopia READ- 2

Oficina del Historiador http://www.habananuestra.cu/

Mario Coyula – Historian and Urban Planner

Tutorials W1 2T 2

Next Friday 11th of January we will end the week with tutorials to give a final check to the work done on portfolios following notes and feedback from End of First Term Jury, and discuss new work on your individual researches and changes on unit trip portfolios.Please bring work printed. The order will be as follows:

Morning :
10.30 Emily
11 Jumana
11.30 James
12 Laetitia
12.30 Carmen

2 Logan
2.30 Sonia
3 Marina
3.30 Defne
4 Dana
4.30 Carlo
5 Cheri
5.30 Mira

Investigating Havana Urban Complexity

A research on Cuban sociocultural, political and economical issues will be continued after the UNIT TRIP. A research-planning should be individually defined following observation during the trip. Readings, visioning of documentaries and check of references will help in this process. This investigation will have a major focus on tourist temporary inhabitation experience, local ways of living, different cultural customs and spatial characteristics where everyday life takes place.

Findings will be expressed in different analytical diagrams and information maps.The major aim of this exercise is to build individual political arguments that will defi ne each STRIP-BLOCK proposal CONTEXT and CONTENT.

Reference books for diagrams:
– Rebecca Solnit: Infi nite City: A San Francisco Atlas, San Francisco: University of California Press, 2010.
– David McCandless: Knowledge is Beautiful, London: William Collins, 2014.
– Steven Heller: Infographics Designers’ Sketchbooks, New York: Princeton Architectural Press , 2014.
– Robert. Polidori (Photos) Elizabeth Culbert; Eduardo Luis Rodríguez (Ed.): Havana, Göttingen : Steidl 2001
– Gianni Basso Vega, MG (Photos), Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez Angelika Taschen (ed): Inside Cuba, Koln : Taschen, 2006.
– Chip. Cooper Néstor Martí; Magda Resik Aguirre; Philip D Beidler: Old Havana : spirit of the living city, Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, 2012.

– Roberto Segre: Havana, Grove Art Online: Oxford University Press 1996
– John Miller and Susannah Clark (Ed): Havana. Tales on the city, San Francisco : Chronicle Books 1996.
– Aviva Chomsky, Barry Carr and Pamela María Smorkaloff (Eds): The Cuba reader: history, culture, politics, Durham, N.C. ; London : Duke University Press, 2004.
– Andrea Colantonio, Robert B. Potter.: Urban tourism and development in the socialist state : Havana during the “special period”, Aldershot : Ashgate c2006
– Alfredo Jose Estrada: Havana: autobiography of a city, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
– Oscar Guardiola-Rivera: What if Latin America Ruled the World? How the South Will Take the North into the 22nd Century, London: Bloomsbury, 2011.
– Guadalupe García: Beyond the walled city : colonial exclusion in Havana, Oakland, California : University of California Press 2016

Documentaries: Havana Documentary by Jasper Goldman (2017)
Movies: Yuli by Iciar Bollain (2018), I am Cuba by Mikhail Kalatozov (1954), Buena Vista Social Club by Wim Wenders (1999), Suite Havana by Fernando Perez (2003), Havana Blues by Benito Zambrano (2005) & 7 days in Havana
by Various directors (2012)

First Tutorials Term 2

Following previews term last tutorials and final jury feedback, we will start the term reviewing  the work done during the break to complete portfolios on Monday 7th of January. Those who needed further development will have a progress review. We will send individual emails with this particular information.

Unit trip portfolios and/or videos will be also reviewed during tutorials. Please look to the following references to inspire your own. Originality, clarity and argumentative portfolios will be appreciated.

Fang Lee´s portfolio – fang_walls-of-lima-spread

Clara Dahan´s Portfolio – 3-clara_unittrip_booklet

Nacha Palomeque´s Portfolio Mexico Booklet1

Calle, Sophie: Double game, London : Violette, 1999.

Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour: Learning from Las Vegas,  Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, 2017

Joy Matashi´s Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcXeShQWNiY

Tutorials order:

Morning – Third Years: Carlo, Dana, Cheri, Emily and Mira

Afternoon – Second Years: James, Jumana, Logan, Carmen, Marina, Sonia, Dephne & Laetitia


Unit trip to Havana

The next weeks 11 and 12, we will travel from Saturday 8th to Thursday 20th of December to HAVANA, capital city of Cuba. Specific visits to local exemplary buildings in Havana will be arranged, such as the exceptional National Art Schools by Ricardo Porro, Vittorio Garatti, Roberto Gottardi, the wavy concrete shells of the Nautic Club and Tropicana Cabaret by Max Borges y Recio, and gigantic Coppelia ice-cream parlour by Mario Girona.  Besides these architectural highlights, some visits will be focus on understanding past and new housing examples.

This trip will help to get certain knowledge of local architectural culture, material experimentation and ways of living. After the unit trip, some analytical drawings of the architectural examples visited should be elaborated. All documents produced will be compiled in a Unit Booklet or Video that will complete the first hypothesis reflected in London. A conclusion from this portfolio will help later to define both the CONTEXT or location for each building proposal and its programmatic CONTENT.

– Luis Eduardo Rodriguez, The Havana Guide: Modern Architecture 1925-1965, Princeton Architectural Press, 2000.
– John A. Loomis: Revolution of forms : Cuba’s forgotten art schools, New York : Princeton Architectural Press, 2011.
– Barry Bergdoll & Carlos Eduardo Comas: Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2015.
– Luis E. Carranza & Fernando Luiz Lara: Modern Architecture in Latin America: Art, Technology, and Utopia, University of Texas Press, 2015.

W11 City Presentation

Tutorials next Tuesday 28th of November will start at 10am with each group presentation of city studies in the following order:

GROUP 1 –L –
GROUP 2 – M1 –
GROUP 3 – M2 –
GROUP 4 – M3

After presentations, we will  check your pdf submission for Tuesday and new models. The time is limited so we will go through your work done in 15min.

Tutorials W10_2

Tutorials on Friday 30th November individual tutorials of work in progress will be as follows:

From 10,30  to 1pm – Third Years- Dana, Carlo, Cheri, Mira, Emily

From 2 to 6pm – Second Years – Jumana, Carmen, James, Marina, Defne, Logan, Laetitia & Sonia

Remember next week Tuesday you should submit all your portfolio pages, including a catalogue of rules and variations over the proposal (diagrams)

Sample of Proposal rules by Kwang Yi Goh (Inter 8 2015-16)

Tutorials W10

Tutorials next Tuesday 27th of November of work in progress will be as follows:

10:00 GROUP 3 – M2 – Emily, Laetitia and Jumana
11am – Lecture on Havana by Kirsten Tan (University of Bath) altogether

12:00 GROUP 2 – M1 – Mira, Defne & Sonia
12:30 GROUP 1- L – Cheri & Marina
2:00  GROUP 3 –M3 – Dana, James and Logan
2:30 GROUP 4 – S –  Carlo and Carmen

From 3 to 6pm- Tutorials of individual work in progress following feedback from Jury. Remember that for the end of the week you should finalise:
– Concept revised – The page or pages with an image (collage or photograph of your proposal) with 300 words and a title summarising your argument (not project description).
– Transformations following key concepts and case studies
– A set of interior perspectives and a collage of your proposal.
– All work in progress and final models of proposal

Field Research

Havana Urban Fabric

Before deepening into material aspects of the block the unit should be familiarise with the different formal aspects of Havana City In groups, the unit will create an archive of drawings in different scales (Large, Medium
and Small) with information about the urban grain, voids, density and urban form. A special attention will be given to urban voids, buildings in derelict state and borders generated by tourist-directed developments and
local constructions. Readings on Havana city history and an understanding of its complex social structure will be also conducted to learn about its evolution and configuration of its urban fabric.

Seminar: Havana urban history and contemporary configuration (date tbc)

– Arturo Almadoz Marte: Planning Latin America’s capital cities 1850-1950, London: Routledge, 2002, pp. 193-213.
– Mario Coyula and Jill Hamberg: “The case of Havana, Cuba”, Understanding Slums: Case Studies for the Global Report on Human Settlements, UCL: London, 2003.
– Joseph L. Scarpaci, Roberto Segre, and Mario Coyula: Havana : two faces of the Antillean metropolis, Chapel Hill ; London : University of North Carolina Press Rev. ed. 2002.
– Roberto Segre, “The Pearl of the Antilles”, in Cruelty and Utopia, Princeton Architectural Press, 2005, pp.134-145.

End of the First Term Jury

First Term Final Jury on Friday 23rdth of November in 32FFB from 10 to 1pm and from 2 to 6pm. Our guest critics will be Naiara Vegara ( AA H&U; AA Semester Program), Pol Esteve (AA First Year), Amelia Vilaplana (AA First Year), Alicia Nahmad (AA DRL),  Georgios Eftaxiopoulos (AA Intermediate 14) & Gabriel Fernandez Abascal (Chipperfield Architects), Nacho Martí (AA First Year) and Francesco Zuddas (AA H&U)

Please place your models in the central table and pin-up drawings on the walls. As wall space is limited, the first three presenting should pin-up the work on the walls at 10am and 2pm, then you will swap with the next ones.

Tutorials W9

Last tutorials before the End of First Term Jury will be at unit space on Tuesday 20th of November as follows,

Morning –
10 Carlo
10.30 Dana
11 Cheri
11.30 Jumana
12 James
12.30 Defne

2 Carmen
2.30 Logan
3 Marina
3.30 Sonia
4 Laetitia
4.30 Mira
5 Emily

Perspective samples from Zaha Hadid


Tutorials W8_2

Tutorials at the end of the week will be on Friday 16th of November at unit space as follows,
10.00 Dana
10.30 Mira
11.00 Cheri
11.30 Emily
12.00 Carlo
12.30 Carmen

2.00 Marina
2.30 James
3.00 Laetitia
3.30 Jumana
4.00 Defne
4.30 Logan
5.00 Sonia

Please bring your work in progress printed!


Tutorials W8

Next tutorials will be on Monday 12th of November at unit space as follows:
10:30 Jumana
11:00 Emily
11:30 James
12:00 Dana
12:30 Logan

2:00 Cheri
2:30 Mira
3:00 Carlo
3:30 Dephne
4:00 Marina
4:30 Laettitia
5:00 Carmen
5:30 Sonia

Tutorials W7

Next tutorials after Rhino workshop will be on Friday 9th of November at unit space as follows:
10:00 James
10:30 Dana
11:00 Jumana
11:30 Emily
12:00 Cheri
12:30 Carmen

2:00 All student sin the unit. Presentation of last year portfolio by Marina Gubbins at unit space.

3:00 Mira
3:30 Dephne
4:00 Sonia
4:30 Laetitia
5:00 Marina
5:30 Logan

Please bring all your work in progress drawings printed and sketch models. It is highly importanmt that drawings are printed.

Tutorials W6

Next Monday 29th of October we will be working all together at unit space from 10am to 6pm.At 10am we will present you new brief. We will check everyone´s work in progress as we will go through the different tables. Please have your formal case studies selected.



FORM 2: Finding Formal Principles

Here, we will study diagrammatically various spatial organisations of medium and small scale buildings to find new composition solutions for this typology. General aspects defining these different examples form, such as voids, modularity, porosity, repetition and circulation, will be explored by diagrams. The initial proposals will evolve through different compositions iterations defining their formal intricacy.


We will be working from models to drawings and viceversa.

Seminar: The Sphere and the Labyrinth – Friday 26th of October at unit space
Workshop: Diagrams with Rhino at the Open Week

– Gonzalez de Canales, Francisco & Alvarez Lombardero, Nuria : “Right to the Form”, Arquitectos, 2010, Núm. 181, pp. 62-63.
– Aldo Rossi, “The Structure of Urban Artifacts. The individuality of Urban Artifacts”, in The Architecture of the City, Chapter 1, MIT Press, 1984, pp.20-57.
-Rafael Moneo, “On Typology”, Oppositions, MIT Press, 1978.

Tutorials W5_2

Tutorials at the end of this week will be on Friday 26th of October at unit space as follows:
10 Carlo
10.30 Chery
11 Emily
11.30 Logan
12 Sonia
12.30 Laetitia
1 pm All the unit case studies presentation and discussion Linear Blocks. Plese put all case studies in one pen drive for making the presentation smoother. you will have 3min to present your two case studies.

2.30 Mira
3 James
3.30 Carmen
4 Jumana
4.30 Marina
5 Dephne
5.30 Dana

6 pm All the unit lecture “The Sphere and the Labyrinth”

Sample pages

FORM 1: Understanding the Strip Block

Following the definition process of individual proposals, examples of linear urban configurations, such as Pedregulho by A. Reidy,  or L’illa by R. Moneo and M. Solà-Morales, will be scrutinised this week to understand this urban typology. As we are working with a building typology with a big presence in the city, critical studies on bigness and large-scale formal proposals will help to understand STRIP-BLOCK spatial organisation. Consequent findings of previous exercise will be later applied to initial SB proposals.

List of Buildings – Linear Blocks

-Ingrid Bock: “Wall: Exodus, or The Voluntary Prisoners of Architecture,, London, 1972Six_Canonical_Projects_by_Rem_Koolhaas” in Six Canonical Projects by Rem Koolhaas


Tutorials W5

Next tutorials will be on Tuesday 23rd of October as follows:

10 Carlo
10:30 Dana
11 Mira
11:30 Emily
12 James
12:30 Laetitia

1.00 All third years meet TS tutors at unit space

Brief meeting all unit at 2pm
2.30 Chery
3 Marina
3:30 Sonia
4 Dephne
4:30 Carmen
5 Logan
5:30 Jumana

Please work on your strip-block concept(samples of pages below) and keep working on your shape pages, models and design.



Shape Jury

First brief Jury will be next Friday 19th of October in 32FFB from 10 to 1pm and from 2 to 6.30pm.

The minimum work to present comprises:
– sketch models from Pin-up
– 1/250 material model of a 100m section of overall strip-block
– 1/500 material model of the whole strip-block and some material tests.
– 3-4  A2-panels with good sketches, drawings (axonometric, plans, section), photographs (general, close ups), a collage showing interior (see previous post samples) and a brief explanation of the proposal.

Other work pieces can be included as well as more A2 pages.

Models should be in a big central table and drawings pin-up on the room walls. Please be there the whole Jury and listen comments for you and your unit mates.

Guest critics are Alexandros Kallegias (AA VS Athens & Bartlett BPro), Fragkiskos Konstantatos (HAKON Studio), Amar Mehta (AA Part2 & Farrells) and Fang Lee (AA Part2 & Cambrige MA).



Tutorials W4

Tutorials before the Jury will be on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th of October in unit space as follows:

Monday 15th
3 James
3.30 Carlo
4 Logan
4.30 Carmen
5 Sonia
5.30 Jumana
6 Defne
6.30 Dana

10 Marina
10.30 Mira
11 Laettitia
11.30 Chery
12 Emily


Tutorials W3_2

Next tutorials this week will be on Friday 12th of October at unit space as follows:

Morning- from 10.30 to 1 – Third Years

Afternoon- from 2 to 6.30 – Second Years

Tutorials W3

Tutorials on the second phase of shape brief, material, will take place on Monday 8th of October  at unit space as follows:

From 10 to 12.30am – Third Years

12.30 to 1pm – All unit together- Presentation of some material examples.

From 2 to 6pm – Second Years

Please bring your work on material to advance on your shape definition. Please have a look to unit bibliography at library shelf on material.

Shape First Phase Pin-up

This Friday 5th of October we will have a pin-up of first schematic models at unit space starting at 10.30 am till 6pm. Bring all your models, sketches and drawings. If you have some material tests for next steps, please bring them as well. Please place your work in the central big table.

Tutorials W2

First tutorials of the academic year will take place on Monday 1st of October  at unit space as follows:

From 10 to 12.30am – Third Years

12.30 to 1pm – All unit together- Presentation of some examples.

From 2 to 6pm – Second Years

Please bring your work on the shape. The models to be produced for Friday are: a 1/500 model of the overall strip-block and a 1/250 model of a 100m section


As a starting point the unit will explore through models the initial shape of 2,5 Ha plan STRIP-BLOCK (SB) For this aim, this exercise will encompass two main explorations: the overall SB shape and the intricacy of its

Firstly, this exploration will be developed in a purely intuitive manner. Different materials, such as paper, cardboard, cloth, foam, cables, wood and metal sticks, will be initially use to have a range of schematic shapes
that will be later used to define formal ideas.

After a critical analysis of these first models to find their intrinsic principles, two models of the SB will be constructed individually. The first a 1/500 scale model showing the overall shape and the second a 1/250 model showing in more detail its intricacy. In this second exploration, the experimentation will be focused on material aspects of the proposal. Stiffer materials such as wood, metal, stone, terracotta and plaster are recommended to discover other possibilities for SB schematic designs. Students are invited to feel comfortable with these materials, and learn rules and modelling criteria out of their manipulation.

References: Mathias Goeritz, Manuel Felguerez, Jorge Yazpik, Jorge Oteiza, Eduardo Chillida, Saloua Raouda , Lygia Clark, Gego and Helio Oiticica, among others.
Reference Books:
– Yve-Alain Bois: Geometric abstraction: Latin American art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros collection, New Haven : Yale University Press, 2001.
– Chris Lefteri: Materials for Design, London: Laurence King Publishing, 2014.
– Studio Aikieu: Material Alchemy, Amsterdam : BIS, 2014.
– Catherine, David: Wilfredo Lam, The EY Exhibition, Harry N. Abrams, 2016.
– Molly Donovan and Ann Gallagher.: Rachel Whiteread, London: Tate Publishing, 2017.


Intermediate Unit 8 Brief

Politics of a Strip Block

Communities beyond two Havanas

“In the Kingdom of Heaven there is no grandeur to be won, inasmuch as there all is an established hierarchy, the unknown is revealed (…). For this reason, bowed down by suffering and duties, beautiful in the midst of his misery, capable of loving in the face of afflictions and trials, man finds his greatness, his fullest measure, only in the Kingdom of this World”

Alejo Carpentier

Considering Cuba’s gradual exposure to a global economy, the future development of Havana City has come into question. Physically frozen for decades, Havana has addressed its slow urban redevelopment with a keen eye on tourism. Clear examples of this tendency can be found in the ongoing plan to build a 42-fl oor luxury hotel and the Ministry of Tourism has proposed the construction of a further 7,500 new hotel rooms by 2025. However, in adjacency, 132,000 Cubans have no home and live in government shelters as urban decay continues to displace Habaneros across the city. All these conditions reinforce the idea of two different, but co-existent Havanas: a visible and festive haven for tourists and certain elites, on the one hand, and a dense and hidden constellation of local communities on the other. This academic year, Intermediate Unit 8 proposes to work on new building typologies in Havana capable of imagining scenarios for a possible inclusion of these ‘two Havanas’ into specific strips of friction.

Students will work on a linear urban block strategy for 3,000 inhabitants (ranging 300 to 500 metres long and 10 to 50 wide) to negotiate these political tensions and their occurrence in urban, social, cultural and material contexts. Examples of linear buildings will be scrutinised so as to understand this urban typology and material experimentations will be conducted to challenge local prefabricated construction methods. In short, confronting the relation of these ‘two Havanas’ not only informs a deeper understanding of local community, but also – as forms of knowledge that can challenge the global status quo – forces a consideration of its technologies and economies.