Bodega – Enological MetabolismBarcelona
Spain’s great heritage and tradition of wine production has led the country to become the world’s first region in vineyard area and, as a result, the pursuit for quality is already an obsession for many wineries to gain a foothold in the international market. Consequently, a very accurate set of methods and techniques are currently being implanted to ensure a full control over the process of wine making as means of optimization in design.
Relying on the use of diagramming and mapping, we will unfold the metabolism of wine production and dissect techniques and technologies active in the processes. Underlining the characteristics of time information and feedback, we will seek to use the potential of the use of Control Systems as an essential design tool.
Students will be organised in groups and will focus on a different segment of the production. Equipped with analogic or digital tools, students will record quantitative information onsite to understand the variable factors that can influence the quality of the wine. The object of this preliminary phase will be the creation of a series of drawings using digital means to work on the cartographical representation of the information collected onsite.
To conclude, we will address the spatial and organizational attributes of the map to envisage, through the production of drawings, digital and physical models, potential architectural solutions for a contemporary bodega. The results will be presented on the last day of the course to a multidisciplinary panel of experts from the architectural and enological world in a public presentation at the ETSAB, ‘Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya’.
Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed
Students will record quantitative information from the winery to understand the wine production processes. The field work in wineries will consist in data gathering from the wine production and enological processes
The act of drawing and model making are a key part of the course, and occur under the form of translation of the mappings exercise. Both serve as mechanisms to reveal certain characteristics of the context of wine making.
Although not treated as the central requisite, parametric tool will accompany the process of working, in translating information from mapping to drawing.
The successive production of maps, as drawings or models, will unveil opportunities which set the ground to address the design of a new winery.
Open Lecture Series
The Open Lecture Series “Archi/tech/e/nologies” will run parallely to the AA Barcelona Visiting School, featuring international and local architects whose work relates to the contents of the course.
1) You can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page. If you are not able to make an online application, email firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions to pay by bank transfer.
2) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme. A CV or a portfolio is not required.
The deadline for applications is June 2014.
All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.
The AA Visiting School requires a fee to be confirmed per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.
Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.
The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals.
ETSAB - Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona
UPC BARCELONATECH - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Av. Diagonal, 649-651
08028 Barcelona Spain