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.