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.


Credits: Manuel Gausa, Jordi Vivaldi


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:

  • Familiarise with and understand the complexity of the different phases of the whole process of an academic investigation; 
  • Critically Analyse texts and documents; 
  • Develop analytical thoughts, conclusions and reasoning during the investigations; 
  • Know-how necessary to extract a few theoretical principles as a conclusion in any kind of research; 
  • 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.. 


Faculty Assistants

Projects from this course

Where Lies the Silver Lining

How Has the Idea of the Panopticon Shaped Smart Cities Surveillance? ACT 1: Surveillance in the Shadows An early morning at the entrance to a building at the Line. It is the first day of setting up a security point, and the atmosphere is tense as the messages have been spread around inviting all the … Read more

A Dammed Conundrum

How to activate uncertainty as a design-tool? Credits Characters Maya- Architect Charlett- Daughter of Architect Alex- Engineer Oliver- Worker It is autumn in Sandouping. The leaves, unsure of their directions float on the edges of a large lake. The lake is shadowed by the construction work of a dam on one of its edges. On … Read more

Mumbai Soundscape

ACT 01 *end of september 2023 in bandra mumbai during ganesha charturthi, celebratory noises are all around. sounds of people, fireworks, music, animals are heard within close proximity of a popular patisserie along turner road, west of bandra in mumbai-india* *kantha bai- a 50 year old local and bitter woman, bothered by the noises from … Read more


What modes of activism does the Anthropocene unleash? ABSTRACT “Activism takes various forms: from Guendalina’s digital activism to Gail’s passionate protests, Stephen’s data-driven focus, and Patricia’s philosophical reflection. Each approach offers unique perspectives in the fight for social and environmental change.” CHARACTERS ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ ㅤㅤ ㅤ[Philosopher] – Patriciaㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ[Influencer] – Guendalinaㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ[Scientist] – Dr.Stephen Numb ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ[Local] – José … Read more

Cloud Caravan

How to conceive the notion of domesticity in a digital nomad environment? ACT 1 Heading West, in an AI-driven caravan, Marcella, and Paul, accompanied by Paul’s feline friend, Buttercup – are setting off on a cross country road trip via a newly released air bnb ‘on wheels’. The vehicle slows for Lisa to board, the … Read more

Five Authors Walk into a Roman Bar

With multiple intelligences informing design, does the notion of the Author in Architecture become obsolete? ACT I Of Pen and Brick Fig 1. Castel Sant’Angelo from Il Ponte Sant’Angelo A towering fortress, a sentinel of time, that has borne witness to the rise and fall of emperors, astounding works of art, the whims of popes, … Read more

Colorful Parachutes

How to inhabit the ends of the world? ACT 1 After a fire in the Amazon Rainforest devastates a nearby town, a politician during his election campaign period travels to the site to show his support and comfort to those affected along with other prominent community members. POLITICIAN – Welcome everyone, I would like to … Read more

All-World Sorority

What planet do we design for? A sorority attempts to reinvigorate and redefine their principles, and how they live. They bring their words and energy to the platform of modern-day social media, but face “real-world interests” in their way. A play that investigates the perspectives of shaping lives with institutions, the voices that speak for … Read more