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MASTER IN ADVANCED ECOLOGICAL BUILDINGS – MAEB
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The Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings is a 12-month immersive academic programme with an emphasis on using a practice-orientated approach to train professionals with advanced expertise in the design and construction of ecological buildings.
The programme takes place in Valldaura Labs, in Barcelona, Spain.
During the first six months in Barcelona, students will embark on a series of intensive and cumulative modules and workshops that will tackle all the fields interrelated with the design and construction of advanced ecological buildings, including material, thermal and metabolic building systems.
After developing the aforementioned skills, students will collectively create the design concept, strategies, fabrication techniques and blueprints for an ecological building prototype that they will build during the last three months of the programme.
CONTEXT AND AGENDA
Current discourses on sustainability and design do not yet adequately frame questions of energy and ecology. Whether you consider how building design overlooks landscapes and urbanisation interdependencies; or incomplete interpretations of ecological processes that could otherwise better support buildings, urbanisation, and life today; or how the material choices in buildings are governed by stylistic abstract notions instead of something ecologically more powerful, the Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings aims for a more ambitious and comprehensive approach of energy and ecology for the built environment.
Following up on the urban researched carried by IAAC in the last years in fields such as Solar Housings, Eco neighbourhoods, Internet of Energy, Hydrogrid, and Digital Fabrication, the Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings is orientated in training professionals in the design, prototyping, and fabrication of buildings as ecological and thermodynamic systems.
This framework of thinking and operating couples both small and large-scale processes: from the material to the geographical scales. For example, the design of urban wood buildings has far-reaching effects on forestry practices or global carbon cycles. How designers might better characterise the exchanges and feedback looks and potential retrofitting of matter and energy across this multiple spatial and temporal scales are central to the pedagogy of this Master.
This approach is necessary for a more thermodynamically forceful and ecologically powerful design practice for the future.
The MAEB allows students to examine material and energy issues – broadly defined, from the material to the geographical – across disciplines and scales, taking full advantage of the unique location of Valldaura Self–Sufficient Labs, IAAC’s fabrication lab located in the forest, its fabrication infrastructure and the potentials of its surrounding territories.
The curriculum of the programme is diverse: from short workshops with leading experts to module courses, regular seminars and lectures, and to a year-long project with an emphasis on real-scale prototyping. The Master addresses the question of the design as a comprehensive, intellectual and applied project in which prototyping and fabrication processes are a central pedagogic component, emphasising the role of the architect as a hands-on applied maker.
Each Master candidate will develop technological and fabrication seminars, ecological and thermal analytical frameworks and real-scale prototypes to have a unique expertise in the development of ecological and thermodynamic buildings. The Master will also provide a unique opportunity to create a real-size building prototype as the final Master project. From the material to the territory, the Master in Ecological Buildings foresees the design, development, and implementation of a new wave of buildings, prototypes, technologies and design solutions of true ecological value that can be extended systematically to be part of the next urban future.
The Master programme is orientated to engineers, architects, artists, makers and designers, and graduates in any discipline related to the crafting of the built environment. The programme will be developed with the collaboration of companies and industry leading experts from around the world with the goal of forming new professionals interested in leading the design of ecological buildings worldwide.
The programme is led by Vicente Guallart, the former chief architect of the city of Barcelona, which is one of the world’s best cities for architecture, constantly developing a signature design and construction of advanced buildings and environments recognised worldwide.
Immersive Education: This Master offers a unique immersive education experience at Valldaura Labs. Sleeping, eating, socialising, studying, prototyping, designing, building happens all at its unique location.
Learning by Doing: Students learn based on their own experience and hands-on building full-scale prototypes. This master is fundamentally hands-on with an emphasis on professional expertise. Every year of the Master program will build a 1:1 building prototype.
Multidisciplinary Education: Students will have access to courses and workshops from all multiple disciplines around buildings.
Connected Education: Students collaborate with other academic design centres and institutions which are developing similar projects.
Recording Process: Each student registers and documents in a unique, open and online platform all the knowledge generated by the Master programme.
International community: This Master programme is oriented towards students both from mature economies, such as Europe or North America, as well as emergent economies such as China, India or Latin America.
MAEB IN BRIEF
EDITION: 1st edition
DIRECTOR: Daniel Ibañez & Vicente Guallart
DEGREE: Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings
CREDITS: 90 ECTS
DURATION: 12 months – From September 2019 to August 2020
MODALITY: Immersive and full time
LOCATION: Barcelona, Spain.
Option 1: 350€/month – Shared double-room with bathroom
ADMISSION: Architecture, Engineering, Design, Bachelor or higher degree from other related professions