UAS_Urban Architecture Studio: From Barcelona to Chicago

ARCH 574 | Fall 2013
Visiting Professor Adolf Sotoca

Barcelona  is  known worldwide for  the  urban  dimension  of  its  architecture.  After  the exceptional experience of urban regeneration during the 1980s and 90s a step forward in urban-architecture was recently fulfilled: twelve multifunctional urban-scale nodes will become the stage of future urbanity and a paradigm for the future post-­‐-­‐-­‐industrial city.

Urban Architecture Studio (UAS) will test on Chicago the design techniques and methodologies that placed Barcelona as a first class city in Architecture and Urban Design, thus challenging the European approach in the American context.

The  studio  will  pay  special  attention  to  the  relational  dimension  of  Architecture  by developing  a  multifunctional  program  of  420.000ft2 (cultural  &  technological facilities, multi-­‐-­‐-­‐family housing and commercial uses are the main activities of the program).

The  site  is  located  in  the  Schoenhofen  Brewery  Historic  District  (SBHD ) (Chicago),  where  an important urban transformation is planned for a mid-­‐-­‐-­‐term scenario. The need of urban regeneration, as well as the increasing demand for added-­‐-­‐-­‐value economy sites alongside the South Branch of Chicago River, points SBHD as one of the most exciting areas in the city. The area of the site is around 10 Acres, being 5 of them reserved for public space.

UAS will use the Barcelona experience as a corpus from where to infer lessons on urban architecture. Abundant information about paradigmatic case studies will be distributed and analyzed in the frame of the studio.