Thursday, July 11, 2013

AA Visiting School Barcelona

AA Visiting School Barcelona and Archi/tech/e/nologies (Open Lectures Series)
ETSAB-UPC, Barcelona
July 12-25, 2013

Archi/tech/e/nologies is a lecture series (Sir Peter Cook, Enric Batlle & Joan Roig, Enric Ruiz-Geli, Vicente Guallart and Jaime Coll) open to everyone, which will bring together professionals of all kinds concerning architecture, technology and enology. Local and international architects with expertise in designing wineries will explain their strategies to develop their work in the wine field. Also, enologists and agricultural engineers will support and contrast all the techniques and current technologies used both in the vineyard and the winery to control the whole process of wine making in order to optimize the quality and the design of its coupage. By linking all these disciplines, the students will be encouraged to learn and support their project based in all this knowledge and tools.

Spain’s great heritage and tradition in wine production has led the country to become the world’s first region in vineyard extension and, as a result, the pursuit for quality is already an obsession for many wineries to gain a foothold in the international market. In turn, a very accurate set of methods and techniques are currently being implanted to ensure a full control over the whole process of wine making as means of optimization in design for enologists.
Relying on the use of digital diagramming and mapping, we will unfold the metabolism of wine production and dissect techniques and technologies involved in the processes. Underlining the characteristics of time information and feedback, we will recognize the potential of the use of Control Systems as an essential design tool.
The students will be organised in groups and each will focus on a different production segment. Equipped with analogic or digital tools, students will record quantitative information on site to understand the variable factors that can influence the wine quality. The object of this preliminary phase will be the creation of a series of drawings using digital tools to work on the cartographical representation of the mappings.
Concluding the research, we will address the spatial and organizational attributes of the process to visualize, through the production of drawings, digital and physical models, potential architectural solutions for a contemporary bodega. The results of will be presented on the last day of the course to a multidisciplinary panel of experts from the architecture and enological world in a public presentation at the ETSAB, ‘Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya’.
Field work includes visits to wineries, Media-TIC and la Sagrada Familia.

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