August - December 2021

16 weeks >> 5 blocks >> 5 topics on urban regeneration and sustainability >>



Block 1. Resilience, urban regeneration, and habitat transformation for emerging landscapes.

Luciano Landaeta: Towards a global future of local urbanism. Scales and complexity between nature, society, and infrastructure.


Ricardo Sanz: Recycling of buildings in decaying urban centers. Transformation of obsolete cities.

Alfredo Brillembourg: Urban Paradigms within Sustainable Living, Empowered Methods of Participatory Building, Innovation and Emerging Practices of Social Design.


Rafael Machado: Urban architectural transgressions.

Joao de Freitas: Physical rehabilitation of neighborhoods. Experimental models for urban developments within degraded areas.

Block 2. Ecology, resource management, nature, and energy optimization in the tropics.

Daniel Otero: Urban metabolism, landscape infrastructure design and speculative cartography.

María Beatríz (Mabe) García: Climate change and sustainable cities. Life cycles for resources and their repercussions on landscape construction.

Antonio ''Toño'' Salas: Bioclimatic strategies for designing balanced structures with the entourage.

Walter Leone: Sustainable human resources, building materials and techniques.


Daniela Atencio and Claudio Rossi: Bio-lent cities: Programmed landscape ruination.

Block 3. Technological implementation, systems, and efficient endogenous structures.

Sara Valente and Marcelo Ertorteguy: Architectural artifacts, intangible installations, hybrid objects and instruments, rehabilitation and prefabricated systems.

Julio Kowalenko and Rodrigo Armas: The formal, aesthetic and cultural condition of objects and their significance in the creation of non-standard everyday spaces.

Khristian Ceballos: Investigation on design systems that produce an intersection between latent territories and cultural dynamics.

Carla Collevecchio: Fundamentals, techniques and project methodologies. Concepts and synthesis processes for utilitarian structures.

Maya Suárez: The coherence of the form, the relevance in the place, and the genuine application of diverse production techniques.

Block 4. Local skills, capacity development, and self-sufficiency in popular settlements.

César Figueroa: Management of creative and project processes, site cartographies, playful strategies for conceptualization and collaboration, Project communication methods.


Servando García: Right to the city, and social production of habitation means educational tools included.

Marcos Coronel: Disruptive actions, consultative design and precise operations from existing and unconventional urban conflicts.


Rodrigo Marín: Practical knowledge and intelligent models. Experimental technologies in growing communities.

Gabriel Vistonti: Towards an open urbanism. The social, economic and political dimension of design in pushful communities.

Block 5. Experiments in the global periphery. Scalable intelligences for the prototyping of sustainable structures in Caracas.

Paolo Cascone: The development of laboratories with the use of advanced technologies with equitable applications.  


Estelle Poisson and Soraya Haffaf: Realistic Utopias. Responsible and reasoned architectures. Integrative projects with endemic intelligences between different characters.

Oliver Schütte and Marije van Lidth de Jeude: Economy, Ecology, Equity and Space. Equitable social development, responsible management of natural resources and sustainable growth.

Diego Peris: Tools, methodologies, and frameworks for citizen innovation spaces, through direct socially effective actions. 

Juan Alfonso Garduño: Strategies for common issues in city-making, by inverting the existing prevailing model for the reactivation of the collective realm.




Stage 1

We think, ruminate, offer ourselves a chance to discovery our limits.


This stage is conceptual, theoretical and virtual. 

Weekly desk crits, climate change knowledge enmeshed into the choices we make for project designs and systems approaches.

Stage 2

Conceptualize in the field. Year 1 we go to Costa Rica to learn net zero engineering and architectural references from firms across the globe.

We meet in-person and work out conceptual ideas, final critiques on projects in-person.


We create a community, mold into a network, and pivot into a profession. 


We build capacity for technical development of skills needed to build the city of the future. 

Stage 3

We construct out project together. We get our sleeves up, and build. We build in Caracas, Venezuela. We test our limits on analyzing socio-economic and political obstacles. We learn to manage them within the built prospect of our projects. 

Year 2: Mexico - we learn about how sustainable policy developed from MDBs into country national plans that offer a stream way to development pathways. 

Year 3: Uruguay: We test our ideas in fertile ground. 

We archive our experience and write our book and offer our movie in small documentary pieces of 13 minutes. We play. 

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Executive direction Mabe García Rincon | Creative direction Marcos Coronel | Contents and Media direction Khristian Ceballos | Conceptual advise Alfredo Brillembourg, Luciano Landaeta, Alejandro López, Henry Rueda | Arts and Graphic producers Marcelo Ertorteguy, Sara Valente, Julio Kowalenko | Methodological design Ricardo Sanz, Rodrigo Marín | Filmmaking Bárbara De Sousa, Ángel Mendoza | Photography Madelaine Mendoza