Berlage Institute's Relational Urbanism Programme: TERRITORIALISM (Relational urban strategies for the design of cities) "The fundamental aspect of a relational paradigm is its inherent potential to open new domains for investigating agendas which exploit cracks in contemporary business as usual planning and design disciplines and seek new perspectives to spatially deﬁne the cities we live in."
"The project aims to create a more dynamic system of multifunctional clusters that can better adjust the future changes in the growth of the city. A higher density allows to respect the original goals of the master plan placing all the functional clusters in the reclaimed area, thus preserving the linear villages. At the same time, the solution to the drainage problem gives the opportunity to create a new network of canals and water bodies that organize and structure the new urban fabric, becoming a crucial element for the public space. The new design maximizes the coast line, generating a higher land value that compensates the costs of the dredging and earthwork needed, making the development economically attractive." Nicola Saladino (2010)
"In the XI Costa Rica Architecture International Biennale, Carlos Umaña won the Honorary Mention in the Research Category with the project Tactical Morphologies, developed for his final project at the MA in LU programme at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London UK. Also, LUCR former students Sergio Frugone and Ricardo Sevilla were honoured two honorary mentions each in the categories of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism, at the Architecture International Student Biennale, with their graduation projects in the LUCR unit at Véritas University School of Architecture."
"Our project is a masterplan that is being informed with the landscape previously scanned by swarming robots in order to be able to classify certain geological condition, to produce the network structures on site. It is a non-additive architectural approach highly interrelated with the landscape through the creation of an artifcial terrain that has multi layer spaces and machinic ornamentation. The project is being developed through multi-agent system that are inspired by nature, in our case desert, dune feld pattern-formation, desert erosion processes, which are proliferating continuous spaces that have striated, contoured, cavernous surface aesthetics.We are envisioning with the addition of digital tools an advanced industrial process that would allow to create more responsive architectural solutions, low impact materials, which will lead toward better efficiency, and also more economical for long term use." The Environmental Scientist Village (ESV) is a research center for housing development in desertification endangered areas. DuneLab is a team of architects (Asa Darmatriaji, Timothée Raison, Olga Kovrikova) researching on the topic of adapting the living condition in desert. The research is being conducted at the Dessau Institute of Architecture, Germany under the program of STUDIO X, lead by professor Christos Passas.