Imagine working with leading architecture and design experts and innovators to complete a real-world design project. Study with the latest thinkers and practitioners to gain an understanding of architecture and design within an emerging global context. Pursue hands-on design work in a state-of-the-art studio using the latest technology to address an aspect of the current global environmental crisis. And observe 2,000 years of architectural history up close at historical and current architectural sites throughout Spain – all with CIEE.


This course seeks to introduce participants to the role of computational design and digital fabrication in the architectural creative process. Through technical and practical exercises students will learn different strategies that will allow taking a digital model towards a built output.

The aim of the course is to explore the design opportunities arising from three common digital fabrication process: Laser Cutting, CNC milling and 3D Printing. Assignments will be supported by an iterative exploration of each technology and material, going through conceptual and prototyping process of design each week. By the end of the course, every student should be familiar with digital modelling, fabricating, documenting and assembly of a structure. Students should be able to invent strategies to translate geometry into an articulated constructible solution, produce the CAD – CAM file for production and use the CNC machines by themselves. During the course, students will also learn the principle of a FabLab and learn how to use this collaborative makerspace in a safe, clean and respectful way.


The course will investigate a series of interrelated themes of fundamental importance to the health of cities: political will and political failure in the determination of urban policy; the role of the automobile in the propagation of suburban sprawl; demographic challenges (shrinking versus expanding cities); the enduring influence of specific modern urban movements (Garden City, modernism, postmodernism, “Critical Reconstruction,” “New Urbanism”); contrasting patterns of racism, poverty, and immigration; the emergence of a “planet of slums;” security in an age of war, chronic criminality and terrorism; the threat of disease and epidemics. Global warming and environmental degradation will be a central concern. The accelerated consumption of oil and energy, the unregulated creation and dispersion of pollution, the alarming increase of CO2 emissions, and the consequent alterations to the earth’s climatic equilibrium are no longer phenomena that can be ignored by architects and urban planners.


Head of Studies: Dr. Mathilde Marengo


Coordinator: Kevin Matar 



Daniel Sorial – Future Cities Design Studio
Valentino Tagliaboschi – Science, Engineering & Technology Workshop
Mariano Gomez-Luque Future Cities Seminar


Faculty Assistant:

Victor Engelhard Suarez – Future Cities Design Studio
Neslihan Gülhan Future Cities Seminar


Student Assistant:

Swohm Chattopadhyay – Science, Engineering & Technology Workshop


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