Last week Mumbai hosted the first ever Biennale for innovators from the field of design and architecture where IAAC Head of Studies Mathilde Marengo and alumni participated in sessions and conferences aiming to promote disruptive innovation and design thinking 

Mathilde Marengo gave the conference “Shaping the Future of Cities, Technology and Architecture” in which she addressed the current challenge of constructing sustainable or even self-sufficient prototypes, living organisms that interact and interchange resources with the environment and that function as entirely self-sufficient entities. As a guest speaker in the event, our Head of Studies pointed out how necessary architecture is to address the responsibility of responding to emerging needs, technologies and an ever-changing environment.

According to IAAC’s Head of Studies, architects and designers should answer these questions to face new challenges. These experts should be responsible for imagining habitable organisms that are capable of developing functions and integrating the processes of the natural world. In this sense, the participants attending the Fab Biennale discovered the Advanced Architecture agenda taught at the IAAC, which establishes the responsibility of tackling the global urbanisation process from a multi-scale and operational perspective, as well as through the development of prototypes that promote environmental, economic and social sustainability.

This event was also attended by other IAAC experts such as Mark Burry, guest faculty at our centre and head of Master in Advanced Architecture’s Seminar Bifurcation, also participated in the event as a speaker with his talk “That Difficult Nexus: Traditional Practice, Evolving Technology and Scale”. FAB Biennale also counted on the presence of several IAAC Indian alumni, including Shreyas More (Master in Advanced Architecture 2013-2015) who is currently working as an adjunct professor at ISDI Parsons in Mumbai and organized the exhibition New Materials with his students.