Open Lecture: Paul Cabrera

Monday 6th June, 15:00

Paul Cabrera is currently working in Headquarters in Barcelona for MSF Spain since 2008 as the technical referent for Construction and Sheltering following and supervising construction projects in all the missions of MSF Spain. He participates actively in emergencies for example in the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010 both during the emergency phase and the strategic plan of reconstruction and rehabilitation. Graduated in Mexico as a Architect in 1997. While working in design and restoration he got the opportunity to rehabilitate some World Heritage buildings following the earthquake in Puebla, Mexico in  1999. He then moved to Italy after winning a scholarship to make a master degree in Architecture, Urbanism and Technologies for Developing Countries in the Politecnico di Torino between 2000 and 2002.

He worked as architect for one year in Italy and Urbanism in the Balkan region (Kosovo and Montenegro) after the war. In 2004 he started with MSF Belgium (Doctors without Borders) as a part = of the logistic team. Since then he has been working as logistician, constructor and logistician coordinator in Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Pakistan, = Liberia. Author of articles regarding rehabilitation in emergency in urban = settings he is part of the construction working group of all the MSF sections (France, Belgium, Swiss, Holland and Spain).

La International Conference Biodigital Architecture reúne un centenar de profesionales y una veintena de países en la UIC

Unos 30 speakers, ex alumnos de Arquitectura de la UIC, participan esta semana en la International Conference Biodigital Architecture, un foro de intercambio de conocimientos promovido por el Máster Universitario en Arquitectura Biodigital de la ESARQ. La inauguración del congreso que se alargará hasta el sábado tuvo lugar ayer por la tarde en el Aula Magna de la UIC, y contó con la intervención del Catedrático Alberto Estévez, director del máster.

El lunes se inició el workshop del encuentro, que ha reunido a participantes de muy diversas nacionalidades: Italia, Alemania, Serbia, Turquía, Portugal, Ecuador, India, Chile, EE.UU, Bélgica, Rusia, Holanda y México han sido algunos de los países representados en este internacional encuentro.

La International Conference Biodigital Architecture reúne un centenar de profesionales y una veintena de países en la UIC

Cameron Sinclair escoge la Esarq de la UIC

El pasado domingo 22 de mayo, el suplemento Magazine de La Vanguardia publicaba una entrevista al co-fundador de Architecture for Humanity, donde le preguntaron acerca del papel de las universidades y la arquitectura social y escogió el Master de Cooperación impartido en la UIC, del que fue profesor invitado hace escasos 3 meses.

Os dejo la entrevista completa para el que no tuviera la ocasión de leerla. Cameron Sinclair escoge la Esarq de la UIC

Open Lecture: Yves Bussière

Monday 23th May, 15:00.

Yves Daniel Bussière obtained his Doctorate in Economics at the University of  Toulouse, his Masters in Applied Economics at the University of Montreal, and his Masters in Sociology at the University of Aix-Marseilles. He is member of the Montreal Interuniversitary Group, honorary profesor of the University of Quebec and full time profesor at the Faculty of Economics of the “Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla” (BUAP) in Puebla, Mexico. International expert in regional, urban and transportation planning he is author of more than 100 scientific publications and numerous conferences in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, the Caribbean, Latin America.
He has been consultant for various public and private organisms in Canada, Europe, África, the Caribbean and Latin America and he has participated in mayor transportation projects for the World Bank and Public organizations in various cities of México (Puebla, Monterrey, Tijuana, Mexicali, Culiacán, Aguascalientes, Guadalajara, Morelia). Expert in North-South comparative analysis and in prospective, is co-editor of the book “Demography and Transportation: Cities of the North and Cities of the South” published in French in Paris in 2002 and in Spanish in Puebla, Mexico in 2009.

Open Lecture: Daniel Calatayud

Tuesday 17th May, 15:00.

Daniel Calatayud is an architect whose research focuses on carbon footprint of building systems, energy efficiency in building, transport carbon footprint and carbon footprint of urban models. He is a scientific consultant and was vice-president of the AUS -Architecture and Sustainability Association of the Col·legi d’Arquitectes-, he has published in several magazines and won many prizes among them the Solar Decathlon edition 2010 with the project Low 3 ETSAV.

Master in Regenerating Intermediate Landscapes

The need to regenerate the large suburban sprawl, the shopping centers and commercial strips, or to preserve agricultural land and river banks strongly arises in our metropolitan regions. All these episodes no longer respond to local government boundaries, but to ad hoc constraints of functional, morphological or environmental character. Intermediate approaches, those between the local and regional level, are therefore needed to resolve conflicts and develop new opportunities.
The “Master in Regenerating Intermediate Landscapes. Sustainable strategies for contemporary landscapes” is devoted to provide the tools and methodology required to address these needs. This program is based on traditional core values of European planning, specifically: the concern and promotion of local identity and environmental values and the commitment to social equity. This program integrates current research by international experts into a  comprehensive approach where economics and management combine with ecology and culture.
Our program consists of 60 ECTS structured around 4 modules and 8 courses during one academic year made up of two semesters. In order to see our syllabus, course description and financial aid check out our BLOG:

Biodigital Conference with Alberto T. Estévez

In the twenties and thirties of the 20th century, when some architects were disposed systematically to configure modern world, they did it stimulated for a cultural pressure, for a correct adaptation to new times, and fighting for minimum conditions of human existence. On the other hand, today the urgency is bigger. It is about the entire planetary subsistence. The question is not any more a simple caprice, neither an intellectual necessity, neither sensibility for losing less favoured people. Now, the necessity is global, without reservations of classes, races or religions. The whole planet is in front of danger of no-sustainability for all mankind.

By chance, now in this crucial moment, are offered new techniques of an enormous potential: biological techniques and digital techniques. And even fusion of both, in something that can be named biodigital architecture. One that has incorporated the advantages proportioned by the understanding of genetics in both ways, the biological and the digital way, that permit to face with hope some continuity also worthy, but this time a dignity for all The Earth.Then, as the ones that made efforts to break with the ancient classical tradition to found the new modern tradition, we are in front of the challenge of creating the future tradition of biodigital and genetics. For this is necessary that people work on three key elements: researchteaching and profession. This is exactly what we have been doing in Barcelona from 2000, with the Genetic Architecture Research Group and Ph.D. Programme, with the Biodigital Architecture Master’s Degree and with the Genetic Architectures Office. There we learn & teach, we make research and we design: Knowing that there are sufficient differential parameters to predict a complete age’s change. Today, after the first decade of our new Century, it is time to explain, to check, to discuss, fascinations, inspirations, experiences, that the graduates of these Research Group, Master’s Degree and Architecture Office have done in the developing of this biodigital architecture and genetics, up to now.

Alberto T. Estévez Conference Chair

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