Conversational Narratives for a Future in Exodus and Exile


The last few years have 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). However, they are also connected with the difficulties to mitigate and even assume the progress of climate change and the inequalities in terms of gender, class, age, species and origin that it implies. Perhaps more than ever, the future is in exodus and exile.

Taking this analysis 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 arguments connected to the previous analysis. 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 bibliography that is adequate to each one of the teams, debate some of the key substantial questions that populate the multidisciplinar landscape in which advanced architecture operates today.  

The course will be delivered in the format of lectures, workshops and critical discussions. However, the target does not consist in reaffirming given positions, but in constructing a critical approach towards Advanced Architecture that on the one side, enters in conversation with the interests of the students, and, on the other side, focuses on how our present conditions transcends, expands, increases, interrupts, deviates or insists on the main concepts with which our present condition can be thought.


Credits: Xenobot, 2019


Credits:  Upsala Glacier, 2020

Learning Objectives

At course completion the student will:

  1. Implement and account for the complexity of the different phases of the whole process of an academic investigation;
  2. Critically analyse and write  texts and documents;
  3. Develop analytical thoughts, conclusions and reasoning during the investigations;
  4. Know- how necessary to be aware, conduct and propose the theoretical principles that propel a design research;
  5. Write and present a theoretical conversation 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


How to imagine Walter Benjamin’s notion of Aura in the field of NFT art? In the heart of Barcelona, the Moco Museum hosts a groundbreaking NFT art auction, igniting a heated debate about the concept of aura in the digital realm. Dr. Alexandra, a nostalgic art curator, Leo, a proud copycat artist, Max, a wealthy … Read more

The beginning of an end

How to inhabit the ends of the world? Abstract The end of the world does not take place once but rather over and over again in numerous manners over the period of time that the universe has existed in the chaotic cosmos. These ends of the world are more often than not categorised as mass … Read more


How Artificial Intelligence Is Reformulating The Notion Of Authorship In Architecture? Also published here: Abstract Cosmic Dust Laboratory (CDL) is an experimental startup where humans and Artificial Intelligence Systems work together to come up with new architectural solutions for Extreme Climates and Conditions in Monegros Desert. An eloquent sponsor named Hannah goes to CDL … Read more

M4dMoz4rt99 Tour 2023

Can there be an emancipatory public sphere in virtual worlds owned by private companies? ACT I The Genesis Plaza of Decentraland was pulsating with excitement as the much-anticipated concert of the famed artist M4dMoz4rt99 was about to begin. The towering digital billboards surrounding the central square had been teasing the event for weeks, and now, … Read more

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure 

Abstract The end of the world does not take place once but rather over and over again in numerous manners over the period of time that the universe has existed in the chaotic cosmos. These ends of the world are more often than not categorised as mass extinctions, of which five are already in our … Read more


Who domesticated? the planet? Us or the food? keywords: domesticated, territorialization, ownership/accountability, ethics of food production, complacency in supporting cruelty, conscience Abstract As the world population increases and the environment changes, one issue that is felt throughout the world is access to food. In many countries, there are examples of mass production, in both the … Read more

Rise of the Cyborg

How do we define the human self in an age of blurry borderline between organism and machine? ABSTRACT A cyborg is an organism with both biological and technological components. Individuals can enhance their organisms, which include improved senses, abilities or implants of their limbs, and communication over great distances. In the past, the concept of … Read more