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Jordi Truco, Sylvia Felipe

Emergent Technologies and Design Open Lecture

Series: Emtech Master Class
Date: Wednesday 5 November 2014
Time: 13:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 80 mins

Emtech master classes provide design inspiration and knowledge of implemented fabrication and struction engineering techniques in a professional field. They deliver an extended presentation about the speaker's work.

Time-based Spatial Formations through Material Intelligence

At HYBRIDa and at the Bio Design laboratory we are fascinated by how biological organisms achieve complex emerging structures from simple components.

This new approach to the design through knowledge of material, its “intelligent” behaviour and the processes of morphogenesis in nature, complemented by the use of parametric software and advanced modelling, will enable us to produce designs that are not only totally innovative in material, form and behaviour, but also able to adapt to their environment.

In short, we will learn that the limit between natural and artificial (or man-made) has been reconsidered from the perspective of biomimetic engineering. 

Sylvia Felipe and Jordi Truco received their graduation at 2000 from Escola Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona, ETSAB. During their stage in London they coursed the Emergent Technologies and Design Masters at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, obtaining several awards.

Once back in Barcelona they founded HYBRIDa, Where they realized that one of the most important lines of work at the office is research, innovation and development focusing in one particular idea in architecture: Should a building be a static, rigid and weatherproof object with several gadgets controlling light, sound and temperature? Or should it be an articulated system, capable of interacting, which continuously relates to its environment, and somehow receives information and reprocesses it to respond to this stimulus by self-regulating? An open, dynamic “live” system?

With the topic of responsive and intelligent architecture, Sylvia and Jordi are directing and coordinating two seventh European Research program FP7. HYPERMEMBRANE Capacityes for SME's, and the HYPERMEMBRANE DEMOPROJECT under a budget of 2.2 milion Euro.


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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.