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Structure

Each specialty seminar is coordinated by a technical director who lectures together with a group of teachers and specialists from all over the world. Specialty seminars have different teaching hours each, which can slightly vary from edition to edition. In any case, the approach is basically practical. 

MCH 2023

HYTAC - 3D PRINTING

Felipe Santamaría

Through this HYTAC 3D Printing seminar, MCH participants learn how to use 3D printers for many kinds of models, from Urban Design big scale models, through volumetric architectural pieces, to façades with textures or sections of the final architectural typology.

The hardware used is the Prusa i3 MK3S printers, and the material used in this case is PLA, one of the most sustainable materials for 3D printing, because it is biodegradable.

Most common printing/modelling problems are tackled, as this is key to avoid wasting time and material.

specialty leader Felipe Santamaría
guests

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time 3 days
topic "HYTAC - 3D Printing"

CLIMATE, METABOLISM &ARCHITECTURE, towards post-sustainability

Javier García-Germán

This specialty explores the design opportunities which the field of thermodynamics and ecology is opening to architecture, and specifically to the field of collective housing. From a practical and project-oriented stand point, the module focuses on connecting thermodynamics and ecology to architecture with the objective of finding potential design strategies which bridge the void between quantitative and qualitative approaches. Contrary to current energy approaches to architecture, which are based on quantitative analysis, the module bridges the gulf between energy and architecture, exploring those disciplinary parameters —such as spatial and material structure, program or perception— which are specifically connected to its material and atmospheric performativity.

HOUSING PRACTICE

Fernando Altozano

The new speciality of Housing Practice is the result of merging the previous specialties of "Housing theory" and "Housing projects". The first one analyzed the different solutions of each period, finding the elements to recognise an architecture far removed from fashions and which became a point of reference due to its universality. The second one dealt with the central theme of the subject through the experience of professional architects who have made an important contribution in the field of collective housing.

The specialty will be led by Fernando Altozano, and during the development of it, participants will study the experience of several classic cases in the history of housing, explained by some of today’s greatest architects, and they also will develop their critique skills on the most relevant projects in the recent history of multi-family housing, through research and debate.

CONSTRUCTION & TECHNOLOGY

Ignacio Fernández-Solla, ARUP

The aim of this course is to analyse the building as a physical system within the technical and integration systems in the design process. The theory is focused on the description of the main solutions given by architects in their most relevant buildings and the analysis of the different technical systems that make up the building.

Highly experienced professionals in housing construction and design will transmit their experience and knowledge in these fields.

specialty leader Ignacio Fernández-Solla
guests

David Castro

Archie Campbell

Diego García-Setién

credits 6 ECTS
time 10 days
topic "Syllabus"

LEADERSHIP, PROCESSES & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Sacha Menz

The knowledge of management tools is an important factor that determines the quality of the education that this course offers. By these means, the architect not only becomes the project designer, but also the economic manager.

Participants will learn basic concepts of management such as value, cost, price and time, which will help adding realism to their architecture proposals, enabling them to be part of the economic debate during the building process.

This specialty is enclosed in a context determined by globalization and deals with the experience of professional architects and companies that have spread their activity worldwide.

specialty leader Sacha Menz & Axel Paulus, ETH
guests

Rafael de Lahoz

AEDAS Homes

Jorge Sotelo

credits 2 ECTS
time 6 days
topic "Syllabus"

SOCIOLOGY, ECONOMY & POLITICS

Daniel Sorando

This course, which is subdivided into three other specialties, deals with housing from the disciplines that complement the other architecture-related fields. The scope of work of the three disciplines is tightly related, overlapping each other in many cases.
Sociology will include the study of residential behaviour, housing demand and characteristics, evolution and changes in households, typology and land use development, among others.
Economy will study financing and valuation, the economic impact on housing production, house emancipation and youth housing, patrimony and investment, among others.

LOW RESOURCES & EMERGENCY HOUSING

Elena Giral

The seminar will cover a broad range of topics which look at housing and crises from different perspectives introducing the issues around informal settlements, displacement and emergencies, humanitarian contexts as well as illegal occupation and homelessness. The main objective is to be thought-provoking and to encourage students to question their role as architects in the current world context, standing out from ‘’regular architecture and urban practice’’ and observing things from a different angle, giving the students a clear picture of reality on the ground, away from too theoretical frameworks.

 

The lectures will revolve around real case studies, involving experts on each topic who will present scenarios in which they have been actively involved (through either emergency responses, design projects or research). These will be complemented with a number of horizontal topics such as water and sanitation, gender, sustainability and environmental aspects. Finally, a number of sessions will be devoted to introducing instruments that the students will be able to apply in their future career such as community participation techniques or Project Cycle Management tools and the main actors involved in the international response to emergencies and crises

CITY SCIENCES

Susana Isabel, ARUP

Cities will attract 2.5 billion inhabitants by 2050 as stated in 2014 by the Population division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Thereby, cities will need an intensive housing development in the coming years. The key of this growth is being sustainable.

Cities are the natural ecosystem for architects but cities are a complex system difficult to be understood. This module provides the main tools to manage the complexity of the city backed by its twinned Master in City Sciences.

specialty leader Susana Isabel y Julia Landáburu (ARUP)
guests

Daniel Sarasa

Francisco Javier Rubio

Gustavo Romanillos

Andrés Monzón

Iria López

Óscar García

Rafael Borge

credits 3 ECTS
time 5 days
topic "Present & Future Cities"

URBAN DESIGN & LANDSCAPE

José María Ezquiaga

The dwelling and the house: to speak and to think about what we could call "the dwelling discourse", is intimately and inevitably rooted in the deeper and more essential core of the architectural discipline.
Implicit within the dwelling/project, there are to try out full genomes. An explicit one: to optimise the domestic space, and what could be obtained in and from it; and an embedded one: to anticipate a city/project, and viceversa, to translate it in so far as the city/project sets up essential conditions for future dwelling/projects (often without saying or knowing it, and only occasionally in an explicit way).

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