Based on the term “Advanced Architecture”, coined in 2003 in the Metapolis Dictionary of Advanced Architecture, the course aims to establish theoretical principles around 3 Conceptual Perspectives: [1] Transversal Logics: Information – Cities; [2] Relational Logics: Cities – Nature; [3] Digital Logics: Nature – Information.
The seminar explores relevant architectural references, in order to construct a critical body of knowledge that serves as a basis (both theoretical and practical), in particular related to the emergent paradigm around Advanced Architecture.


The book The Threefold Logic of Advanced Architecture has confirmed the evidence of a striking change of paradigms in the definition of our spaces of relation, interaction and sociability. These transformations are intimately associated with the embodied and accelerated growth of the technological capacity to process information, increase communication and multiply differential definitions of our environment(s).

Taking this work as a base camp, the seminar will investigate the new theoretical frameworks and challenges that, in the context of advanced architecture, this new decade will face. The term “investigation” comes from the Latin investigare, which derives from vestigium, meaning fingerprint.

On the one hand, to investigate is equivalent to “going in pursuit of the fingerprint of something”, that is to say, “to go after the track of something” in order to discover it. On the other hand, to investigate also means to explore an uncertain epistemological domain in order to increase the field of knowledge on a certain matter.

This seminar will have two main parts. The first one will be delivered in the format of lectures, and will consist in the presentation and discussion of the argument of The Threefold Logic of Advanced Architecture. This will be the base from which the second part of the seminar will depart; delivered in the format of desk crits and with the students as main protagonists, this part will consist in the invention and cultivation of a fictional dialogue involving different characters that, in light of the proposed bibliography, debate some of the key substantial questions that populate the multidisciplinar landscape in which advanced architecture operates today.

The course is underpinned on The Threefold Logic of Advanced Architecture, (Actar Publishers, 2020), and will be delivered in the format of lectures, workshops and critical discussions. However, the target does not consist in reaffirming its text, but in constructing a critical approach towards Advanced Architecture that on the one side, enters in conversation the proposed bibliography, and, on the other side, focuses on how it transcends, expands, increases, interrupts, deviates or insists on the main concepts of the book The Threefold Logics of Advanced Architecture.

Learning Objectives

At course completion the student will:

  1. Familiarise with and understand the complexity of the different phases of the whole process of an academic investigation;
  2. Critically Analyse texts and documents;
  3. Develop analytical thoughts, conclusions and reasoning during the investigations;
  4. Know- how necessary to extract a few theoretical principles as a conclusion in any kind of research;
  5. Write and present a theoretical dialogue that demands to understand various postures and the arguments that each one of them maintain with respect to a contemporary issue directly or indirectly connected to architecture.


Projects from this course

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How do body stereotypes glitch through digital and physical realms? [AuthenticMeNow] : Mhysa started a live video. Watch it before it ends! “♪…Who Can Tell What Magic Spells We’ll Be Doin’ For Us? And I’m Givin’ All My Love To This World Only To Be Told I Can’t See, I Can’t Breathe No More Will … Read more

Naked Pixels

What can a virtual nomadic body do? ACT 1 The Opera’s Main Hall is crowded. Everyone is gazing at each other while the people are still arriving. The clothes and bodies are like in a showcase, competing for the looks. EGO: “Think of “the body as the original prosthesis we all learn to manipulate, so … Read more

In the name of the Master, the Builders and the Tools;

Is there Authorship, Authenticity and Authority in Multi-Natural Design? Synopsis: A fictional conversation following a congregation of a particular and peculier bunch of personalities at Sagrada Familia before its inauguration. Original version of this conversation with its intended layout could be found here: ACT-1: The ethereal sun’s rays pass through the charming brand new … Read more

Planet on the plate

What planet do we design for? Abstract Within this figure, the human ceases to be an agent of planetary processes and is seen more as their accident or aftereffect, a mere medium among other mediums. Act 1 The speech of a congresswoman candidate was just finished. Chairs are moving, people are gathering around the tables … Read more

Flight SA-3.470

How can we design for a world of increasing uncertainty despite ever growing predictive power? ACT -1 Plane taking off. Pilot: Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking, welcome aboard this Saudi Arabian Airlines flight from Berlin to Jeddah. Currently entering Polish airspace, our route will take us across eastern Europe, where you will … Read more

Who am I? AI?

Is AI reformulating Walter Benjamin’s notion of Aura? In the Expansive Theory course, our group is challenged to create a plot regarding the above question, with ideas and citations from bibliographies given by the faculty. Our plot happens in a metaverse gallery. Act 1 introduces opposite opinions regarding the aura of aesthetics through history. Act … Read more

Domestic cloud

How to make things appropriate without appropriating them? Domesticity is generally associated with a human environment, a civilized space that, by conventionally distinguishing itself from nature, is frequently presented as being safe, ordered, intimate, controlled, private, predictable, etc.  But, the modern city was nothing more than the extraordinary invention of a disparate set of places, … Read more


How Does Social Media Showcase Care? ACT 1 Nykita posts: “Introducing ACTIVE EYE – a political, activism focused eye wear line that is relevant for anyone who wants to make an impact. See through their eyes and show that you care by supporting their cause. #WearyourCare Some of the proceeds are donated to the respective … Read more

Guests of Nile

When does the landscape become a machine? Abstract The fictional short narrative that follows develops in a construction site of Nile’s dam. It aims to analyze the relationship between host and guests, in an assumption where the Nile is the changing landscape that welcomes each species. The plot consists of three acts, the first act … Read more