Announcing the Institute for Advanced Architecture's (IaaC) 2016 edition of the Global Summer School - Hyper Cities.
The Global Summer School (GSS) is a platform defined by an ambitious investigation into the implications of emergent techniques on our planned environments. Each year international teams located in key cities around the globe explore a common agenda with projects that are deeply embedded in diverse local conditions. Because of this, participants have an international laboratory to test their design hypothesis. They can understand how locally derived design conclusions can be tested and evolved globally in different cities where other teams live. This intensive two-week course introduces ongoing research agendas in robotics, simulation, physical computing, parametric design, digital fabrication, and other relevant emerging design methodologies.
The 2016 "Hyper Cities" global agenda seeks specific strategies for designing our future cities. The way we describe and understand cities today is radically changing. With this change there is also a radical transformation in the tools we use to design them.
Cities call for a different approach in strategies of urban design and planning solutions. Cities can be described as systems of networked ecologies: a series of co-dependent aggregations revolving around environmental mitigation, land use organization, communication, and service delivery. These generate a complexity that can be organized through technology, laws, political pressures, disciplinary desires, environmental constraints and social interaction. In fact networked ecologies embody the dominant form of organization today: the network, be it physical or social.
GSS16 will focus on the potentials of this network to work not only at an urban scale, but also across diverse cities, interconnecting and expanding them. These will ultimately create a dynamic and interactive system of “Hyper Cities”: A variety of city sensors (digital or analog) processing and transferring information in explicit manifestations, interrelating with the collective environment.
IaaC will direct GSS16 in collaboration with multiple Nodes participating in the course from different parts of the globe. All the Nodes engaged in GSS16 will be challenged to define a 1:1 urban machining intervention transferring and digitally interrelating multiple sets of data collected from hyperconnected cities. The goal is to work as a globally distributed campus to generate a hyper network of interventions that communicate to each other both locally and globally.