jueves, 9 de enero de 2014

WORKSHOP: Diagrammatic architecture. American University in Dubai (AUD):

Thank you all AUD family!!!

El 19,20 y 21 de Enero, Miguel Luengo estará en la American University in Dubai (Departamento de Arquitectura. Escuela de Arquitectura, Arte y Diseño)como profesor invitado junto a la (asombrosa) Tala Vaziri impartiendo un workshop de Teoría y Diseño Arquitectónico que hemos llamado: "DIAGRAMMATIC ARCHITECTURE".

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In January '14, Prof. Miguel Luengo will be lecturing at the American University in Dubai with (amazing) Prof. Tala Vaziri in a workshop of Theory and Architectural Design called:  "DIAGRAMMATIC ARCHITECTURE". 

See you there, dear AUD professors and students!!!


A diagram is architecture. Without the need to transform it into something “higher”. Le Corbusier, with regards to abstraction wrote  in 1923 "It appeals to the highest faculties  by its very abstraction. Architectural abstraction is both specific and magnificent in a way that, rooted in brute fact, it spiritualizes it. The brute fact is subject to the idea only through the order that is projected upon it”.

Contemporary architects (such as OMA, SANAA, Ben Van Berkel, MVRDV...) reconsidered the powerful idea of abstraction and transformed it into an architectural tool, a device to visualize, put together and match complex connections or links.

The goal of this workshop is twofold, first to analyze contemporary examples of diagrammatic architecture in order to understand the inner (although controversial) logic and power of this design tool.

A theorethical background of diagrams will also be provided and discussed with the students. From Durand treaty to OMA’s Library in Seattle through Peter Eisenman’s works on the 70’s and 80’s as part of the concept’s big picture.

The second goal ot the workshop will embrace the diagrammatic logic as a design tool.

We’ll use an ongoing international competition for an Architecture School Tower in Dubai that would “offer an alternative environment for studying and traning to become an Architect within this global city” (from the brief of the competition).

For the Architecture School Tower, each group of students

will develop a DIAGRAMMATIC skyscraper that will adress

the International Competition brief. A graphic translation

of the original programme will be provided and each group

will have to add an extra 20% of an original, unusual, even
strange function as a catalyst of the whole proposal.
The site will be located next to AUD facilities as showed


Analyse the programme for the building. Make it a vertical (or not exactly) arrangement where the stacking is logical. Make a cutaway sectional model of solid material, for instance wood, polystyrene foam or coloured slices of plasticine. Study  various stacking possibilities by shifting storeys around, rotating them, creating voids, and so forth. Examine any patterns emerging from the vertical routeing and logistics, from the direction of lights and  views, or from the storey height. Keep going until a useful vertical concept emerges. (Neutelings&Riedijk)


A single (1) board horizontal digital image. Image Format: A single zipped or compressed JPG extension file. Dimensions: 3500 width x 2600 height (pixels) or 36.45 x 27.08 inches or 92.6 x 68.79 cm to 96dpi.


January 19 th: 
9:00am / Workshop and International Competition 
presentation. General concepts and documents delivery

10:00am-11:00 am / Lecture: Diagrammatic architecture
(or, is a diagram architecture?)_Prof. Miguel Luengo

11:00 am-2:00pm / Class work. First analysis of the program
and diagrammatic intuitions review. _Prof. Tala Vaziri / 
Prof. Miguel Luengo

January 20th: 
9:00am  / Lecture: Translating diagrams. Contemporary
examples of diagrammatic projects_Prof. Miguel Luengo

10:00am-2:00pm /Presentation of Draft diagrams & discussion
_Prof. Tala Vaziri / Prof. Miguel Luengo

January 21st:  
4:00pm / 4:30 Lecture: Strategy vs design. The diagram as design tool

4:30pm-5:00 pm / Class work. _Prof. Tala Vaziri / Prof. Miguel Luengo

5:00pm-6:00 pm / Diagrams presentations, conclusions and Jury