Thursday, June 17, 2021

MPDA BarcelonaTech Information Session - June 28, 2021

Andrés Flajszer

The Master Parametric Design in Architecture of UPC School in Barcelona is a unique opportunity to critically review computational design towards a more challenging and self-demanding commitment to environmental constraints.

MPDA is an international program that seeks to teach and explore technology efficiency. It is oriented to integrating computational tools and digital manufacturing technology in building systems and architectural design. 

MPDA focuses in:
  • Design and optimization of lightweight building systems, mainly through form-finding processes, including tensile architecture
  • Generation of efficient form by efficient means: guiding computational thinking and tools to the simplification of processes and material efficiency
  • Integration with professional workflows and industrial standards, although keeping a wide space for experimentation, research, and industry-oriented innovation
This 60 ECTS one-year intense master's degree offers a comprehensive approach training in advanced architectural creation, oriented to efficiency in buildings and commitment to the environment. The course opens with practical digital and physical workshops on parametric software, geometry, and numerical control machines, solving real problems in complex architectural design. The second semester explores real applications through performance-driven design to create interaction and synergies between parametric design and other disciplines such as BIM, urban design, planning, construction, structures, installations, services and climate to obtain more efficient and sustainable results.

It's taught in English at the UPC Barcelona Metropolitan School of Architecture, where its Model Workshop, Digital Laboratory and Technology and Innovation Research Team CODA supports students exploring all the possibilities of parametric design. Students will benefit from a Rhinoceros license during the master, apart from intensive workshops on the most powerful specific plugins and topics: Kangaroo2, Octopus, Karamba, K2Eng, Kiwi3D, Millipede, Honeybee, among others. The program is well known for its intense series of lectures and workshops with internationally leading experts on computation and construction.

MPDA2022 is blended learning: 10 months online and 1 stage phase of 1 month intense Barcelona Experience

Register now for an information session that will be held at 02:30 PM CET on Monday 28-06-2021.

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