Diploma 18 Ruth Gattegno, Diploma 18 (2015-16)

BE INDIGENOUS: An Offgrid Paradox

Enric Ruiz-Geli and Simon Taylor

While UN protocols and national guidelines tackle policies and large infrastructures, the domestic inhabitant remains unfazed. Architecture is the main cause of global warming. Architects are the solution. This is the territory where Diploma 18 continues its exploration, by encouraging sustainable living and a holistic analysis of our HOMES: our domain, our family, our studio, our cosmos, our collection of objects, our brain, our lost memory, our headquarters, our exoskeleton, our tribe.

Way of Life You are part of a greater energy, one that supports you while you support it. Be a member of "the new civilisation of Empathy". Be a maker.

Off-Grid Living In terms of energy and self-sufficiency; policy and selfgovernance; self-fabrication, towards making; culture, towards creative consciousness; a Diploma 18 off-grid tribe

Best Places = Best Practices Monument Valley and the Navajo; Taliesin West by Frank Lloyd Wright; Eames Foundation; Art Center College of Design; IDEAS at UCLA; Watermill Center

Science is TS 'Nano' has become a commercially driven term. What we are actually talking about is molecular science. There are three distinctive structures: wire, particle and film - a science towards an "architecture of particles". It's all about particles: our body, our environment, our phenomena, our ecosystem.

Architect as Activist Diploma 18 encourages architects who think out of the box, out of the grid; fight global warming; believe architecture is a political act; think that architecture is an ethical performance and that architecture is the platform of society.


Enric Ruiz-Geli is the founder of Cloud 9 office in Barcelona. He belongs to the Scientific Committee of Tecnalia and is one of the members of Jeremy Rifkin's TIR team. He is the architect of projects such as Villa Nurbs, Airbus FoF, Ampo Retrofitting, Audi AUFA and El Bulli Foundation. His work belongs to collections including MoMA, FRAC Orleans and the CCA, which hosts the full archive of the Villa Nurbs. Cloud 9's project in Taipei, H108 by Farglory, recently earned LEED certification.

Simon Taylor is a founder of the multi-disciplinary communication and design studio, Tomato. He has been recognised by various institutions including D&AD, the BBC and Tokyo TDC. He also works with cultural institutions including the European Commission, Olympic Legacy Corp, the UN, International Expo and has exhibited work in the US, Asia and Europe.

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