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The 2016 Hyper Cities global agenda seeks specific strategies for designing our future cities. The way we describe and understand cities today is radically changing, and alongside this change there is also a radical transformation in the tools we use to design them.

Hyper Cities

Cities call for a different approach towards the development of new multi-scalar strategies in urban design and planning solutions. Cities can be described as systems of networked ecologies: a series of co-dependent aggregations revolving around environmental mitigation, land-use organization, communication and service delivery. These generate a complexity that can be organized through technology, laws, political pressures, disciplinary desires, environmental constraints and social interaction. In fact networked ecologies embody the dominant form of organization today: the network, be it telematic, physical or even social.

GSS16 will focus on the potentials of this network to work not only at an urban scale, but also across diverse cities, interconnecting and expanding them. These will ultimately create a dynamic and interactive system of “HYPER- CITIES”: A variety of city-sensors (digital or analogue) processing and transferring information in explicit manifestations, interrelating with the collective environment.

The GSS16 will be directed by IaaC in collaboration with multiple Nodes participating in the course from and in different parts of the globe. All the Nodes engaged in the GSS16 will be challenged to define a 1:1 urban machining intervention transferring and digitally interrelating multiple sets of data collected from hyper-connected cities. The goal is to work as a globally distributed campus to generate a hyper-network of interventions that communicate to each other both locally and globally.

For further information please visit the Global Summer School page www.globalschool.iaac.net

Local Briefs

Our cities are space-time systems, constantly exchanging information among themselves and each other, mutating and fluctuating in an evolutionary manner. The traditional City lost its clear connection to a single static space location, underlining the emergence of a new elastic territoriality, a new informational order, in which traditional infrastructure networks coexist, and expand, into immaterial connections. A combined, evolutionary set of Hyper-ecologies, referring to multiple physical and virtual cities.
Through data exchange and interaction, GSS16 – BCN will explore the connection between multi-territorial cities, collecting and visualizing data into projections, interpretations, actions translated through robotic process of fabrication. This process of materialization will not only be used as an information exchanging system but as a decision making tool for the city, citizens and its environment.
The students will be engaged in an heterogeneous learning process exploring multiple urban strategies, shaping the invisible correlation between space and information. Data collection, Material interpretation, robotic aerial fabrication will be interrelated into a design process interacting with the networked system of the hyper-city.
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Cities are continuously produced through entropic processes that mediate between complex networked systems and the immediacy urban life. Emergent media technologies inform new relationships between information and matter, code and space to redefine new urban ecosystems. The GSS16-NYC aims at investigating emerging forms of production of urban spaces reimagining the physical city through intelligent and mediated processes.
Through data agency and mediated urban processes, GSS16-NYC will explore the connection between the production of expanded territories and fabrication and robotic practices. Focus will be placed on the feedback mechanism between scales, investigating the continuous loop between the micro and the macro urban scale.
The city of New York will be the expanded site of exploration. Interacting, Integrating, Expanding, Networking and Hacking will be the operational categories to re-imagine future territories and urban practices. The investigations will critically reflect on the city as the shared, the common, the civic and the public enterprise.
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Every city has its own personality; located in a territory providing natural and cultural context. The interrelation of these factors, their flows and network systems, along with the cultural model slowly shape a new reality. This new reality is what we now identify as the city: these processes allow for a city to be or not to be, a cultural focal point of a country or region. GSS16-MTY will explore these natural and cultural behaviors as a starting point for understanding the city as a system of systems. Identifying potential models of the new nature of the city to find the interconnections and develop prospective patterns for the production of new urban spaces enhanced through advanced technologies. The connection between new models of public space, generation of data, and advanced manufacturing methodologies will be explored during GSS16-MTY through the exchange of data and interaction.Monterrey is one of Mexico’s cultural focal points, with a great industrial tradition and accelerated growth, processes that aid in the generation of the city we have today. Hence when visiting Monterrey the opportunity arises to ask yourself what the city really is, and what the limit between the ideal theoretical model and the relativistic evolution of a territory is.
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