Today, cities face important challenges that can be synthesized in four kinds: climatic, social, economic and cultural. According to the UN, 679 of 1146 cities of half million people are vulnerable to tornados, flooding, drought, earthquakes, etc. Global warming and resource scarcity are worldwide problems. Gaia, our interrelated planet, offers no hide either from the urban concentration due to the demographic explosion and the metropolization of the world, which result in different urban diseases (congestion and overpopulation, poverty and exclusion, social segregation and stratification, loss of cultural identity…). Besides, contemporary cities need to cope with the impact of technologies (digital, AI, demand of functional ubiquity) and be as resilient as possible, since the city is an ecosystem in permanent mutation, always incomplete and where temporariness is the credo.
All of these challenges have been promulgated from international institutions as different goals our present generation needs to fulfill in the following years. In the United Nations’ 2030 Goals of Sustainable Development, the 11th urges to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. Meanwhile, the New European Bauhaus reformulates the three Vitruvian principles into “beautiful, sustainable and together”. We can add many other visions and projects: the Green New Deal; “A World of Three Zeros” (0 carbon, 0 poverty and 0 exclusion), from 2006 Peace Nobel Prize M. Yunus, etc.
When we think of these questions and how they affect the final steps of design of an urban development, we like to be inspired by the pioneers of Ecology. Humboldt, Haeckel, Lovelock and others envisioned the Earth as a huge living organism where organic and inorganic matter were all connected. It is this all-inclusive approach to nature as a network of relationships where we want to build upon.


PART 1. Refinement of the Project itself, making coherent all parts (structural system, program, envelope, urban scale and connections, facilities and metabolic systems; and every element of the project).

PART 2. Designing and defining the urban model of the whole “super-illa”. In order to so, students will be working transversally. Each group will nominate one person as the main responsible for the following tasks:
Structure (layering: base, shaft, and capital)
Typology – Climate coherence
Program (agency, biodiversity, logistics, etc.)
Urban scale (circulation, transportation, services, human scale, universal accessibility, sustainability, social inclusion, etc.)

We will discuss these themes in the transversal workshops. This is an opportunity to work horizontally deeper in the urban scale, to further study the connections between the different projects, to take the best part of each proposal to create a coherent and integrated model of a new generation of an urban development responding the planet’s emerging climate and living challenge.


Projects from this course

DZONGHA | Urban Interventions

The Site chosen is Paro, Bhutan is a place of rich culture, high environmental values, and beautiful nature. For the design of a place to learn and exchange traditional handicraft techniques and knowledge, our building follows design values to enhance the space by efficient, environmentally-sound choices. In the first layer of design, we studied and … Read more


Urban Masterplan: Accessability Urban Masterplan: Mobility Interclimatic Urban Masterplan Transversal Section: Tropical - Desert - Arctic Transversal Section: Mediterranean - Continental - Highlands Transversal Section: Arctic - Highlands Transversal Section: Continental - Desert Transversal Section: Mediterranean - Tropical Interclimatic Materialvision Physical Model (1:500) of the Interclimatic Metaverse

AL HABIBITAT | Urban intervention

Aswan, Egypt being a desert city shows diurnal aspects of climate on a daily basis. The same also affects the day to day activity pattern of the community that adapts to the climate at any given time. This analysis indicates at a close relation between climate, people & their clothing & eventually it traces ahead … Read more

MEDITERRANEAN | Urban Intervention

This project was designed embarking on a vision to create a city that embodies sustainability, organic density, decentralization, multipolarity, complexity, transversality, liveliness, resilience, inclusivity, diversity, mixed-use, beauty, biodiversity, cohesion, safety, health, accessibility, and support for an active life and a city of care – all with people at the centre rather than technology or economics. … Read more

THE NEST | Urban Intervention

The design began with the process of understanding the culture, the climate and the people of Accra, Ghana. The design is based in a tropical climate where the temperatures and the humidity are high. This design was then set in a Metaversal city that was a culmination of 6 sites from different regions of the … Read more