Syllabus

The second year of the MAA is centred around the development of an Individual Thesis Project, which will be supervised by a Thesis Advisor. In order to support the thesis project development and strengthen the professional and academic profile, students have the opportunity to follow several seminars and workshops. These courses will explore new topics or will broaden student’s knowledge in the fields of Theory and Methods, Advanced Computational and Fabrication tools, Interaction and Prototyping.


Faculty


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Projects from this course

Biochar Composites

BIOCHAR COMPOSITES: The use of biochar composites in architectural applications can significantly improve building performance. Additionally, the incorporation of biochar composites can expand the possibility of carbon sequestration in the architecture and construction sector, contributing to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly built environment. Our current Built Environment is responsible for carbon emissions, accounting for … Read more

IN PURSUIT OF IDENTITY

Here we have photos taken from the same point of view in different years. Most of the buildings were demolished before celebrating a milestone of the Kazan city in 2005. Instead of renovating, restoring and repairing the heritage, the government just decided to demolish not only independent buildings, but some residential neighborhoods. Here we have … Read more

Algorithmic Management

Information flow between people involved in architectural project 00.Problem In today’s rapidly changing world, architecture is undergoing a significant evolution, driven by the convergence of technology advancements and changing societal needs. However, its management has remained traditional. One of the crucial problems in this system is outdated way of information circulation both in architectural office and … Read more

EcoBrickscape

THESIS STATEMENT The objective of this thesis is to investigate the use of sawdust based biocomposite materials in the additive manufacturing of interlocking bricks. EcoBrickscape aims to develop a workflow that facilitates the generation of customizable shapes and infill designs that are optimal for interlocking and aggregating, enabling efficient fabrication and assembly. The study also … Read more

from Earthly Trials to Martian Triumphs

“from Earthly Trials to Martian Triumphs” explores ways to create a sustainable and self-sufficient architecture for uninhabitable spaces on Earth that can adapt, develop, and learn from itself over a long period of time, as a Mars simulation project. This will involve investigating comparative planetology, considering possible challenges of Mars, identifying safe and similar sites … Read more

Digital Heritage

In the past years, the number of 3D Concrete Printed projects has been increasing exponentially. Even though it is becoming an important part of the construction industry, large-scale 3D-printed buildings have shown a lack of aesthetics, as flat walls are normally used, and sometimes even plastered. On the other hand, small-scale printed projects have shown … Read more

Morphology_Designer

Morphology_Designer is a research project that demonstrates a data-driven approach to offer valuable insights for architects, urban designers, and planners by emphasizing the significance of morphological analysis, through building footprint data, and in understanding the spatial characteristics and composition of residential buildings within cities. The derived typologies offer a systematic framework for evaluating the diverse … Read more

Controlled Creativity

Empowering Architectural Design with AI Diffusion This research explores the use of ControlNet with Stable Diffusion to enhance architects’ control over AI generated designs made by diffusion models. The objective is to expand the creative scope in architecture and transform the perception of AI from a potential threat into an opportunity for innovation and increased … Read more

AIReclaim

However, particulate matters are an important source of nutrient for the vegetation in the urban environment. Particulate matters are a vital nutrient for vegetation in our urban environment, and thus a key part of our ecosystem.  The ecosystem we inhabit is formed through complex networks between all the particles; the design approach for the urban … Read more

Procedural Morphologies

Leveraging the Wave Function Collapse Algorithm for Application on Layered Quadrilateral Meshes Abstract Procedural Morphologies is a novel computational design workflow in the field of discrete design. It leverages the Wave Function Collapse Algorithm for application on any quadrilateral mesh. Thus a coherent three-dimensional aggregation solution can be generated for any quad mesh using a … Read more

Paradise Lost-The Ground Tour of Sin-topia

A theory study on exploring new forms for social norms of deregulations in 21st century CRITICAL THINKING:We have conceived a lot of ideal utopian cities from ancient times to the present, but the imagination of modern utopia has led to various real social problems in society and urban, like the irrepressible criminal underclass, the gap … Read more

MODERN MODERNISME

Posidonia Oceanica: The Aquatic Seagrass Species Posidonia oceanica is a species of aquatic seagrass that belongs to the Posidoniaceae family. It possesses roots, a rhizomatous stem, and ribbon-like leaves, resembling those of terrestrial plants. These features allow it to anchor itself to the seabed and spread horizontally, forming extensive meadows in the Mediterranean Sea. These … Read more

CORTEZA

As the world continues to develop rapidly, the problem of noise pollution, especially in metropolitan cities, cannot be eliminated. Not only outside but also inside the old houses. “Corteza” is an experimental design proposal to tackle the noise pollution problem inside Barcelona’s buildings with 3d printed natural cork furniture.  What is noise pollution? And what … Read more

Corteza // Pitch Deck

Introducing Corteza, the innovative solution to noise problems in buildings. Corteza is a line of 3D-printed cork furniture designed to reduce indoor noise levels. Traditional sound-absorbing materials can be unattractive and bulky, but with Corteza, you can have both form and function. The unique texture and design of cork make it an ideal material for … Read more

EcoBrickscape

Types of Reusable Wood Sawdust as a by product Thesis Statement The objective of this thesis is to investigate the use of sawdust based biocomposite materials in the additive manufacturing of interlocking bricks.EcoBrickscape aims to develop a workflow that facilitates the generation of customizable shapes and infill designs for the bricks, enabling efficient fabrication and assembly. The study … Read more

Democratizing Architectural Design: A Participatory Approach through AI

The democratization of the design process through artificial intelligence is the focus of my Master’s thesis. Recent advancements in AI have revolutionized the field of architecture by making it more accessible and inclusive. The necessity for years of experience with professional software is no longer a barrier, as text-to-image AI systems enable non-experts to visualize … Read more

Maker-Place: Co-Creating the City

Similar to a makerspace, a maker-place helps navigate, create with, and demystify the technologies of bureaucratic organization. Where community ideas can receive guidance to the process and get connected to the resources needed to make it happen. Designed as a hybrid digital + physical approach to support small projects outside of the traditional festival scope, connecting … Read more

Paradise Lost-The Ground Tour of Sin-topia

A theory study on exploring new forms for social norms of deregulations in 21st century CRITICAL THINKING: We have conceived a lot of ideal utopian cities from ancient times to the present, but the imagination of modern utopia has led to various real social problems in society and urban, like the irrepressible criminal underclass, the … Read more