AA/IE Madrid Summer School 2009
In July 2009 two leading independent schools of architecture, the Architectural Association, London and the IE School of Architecture, Madrid/Segovia, will join forces to launch a new summer school in Madrid, one of Europe’s most dynamic capital cities. The intensive 10-day studio-based design workshop is open to students, young architects and other designers worldwide. Participants will investigate new architectural and urban design approaches within the context of Madrid. The workshop will focus on the redesign and redevelopment of an iconic site located in the core of the city.
(text from the Summer School Poster)
Flyer and Summer School Poster :
The AZCA district in Madrid underwent a rapid transformation in the middle decades of the twentieth century. Designated as a special zoning district, the 190-hectare site was envisioned as a great business centre with high-risebuildings for finance, offices, housing, hotel, commercial use and open space. Following models derived from old dominant principles, it was driven by a combination of factors that quickly contributed to its decay, demise and disuse. Like other large-scale developments elsewhere in Europe, it became obsolete as it failed to keep pace with the many ways in which building
types, open spaces and public use patterns evolved since the time of its construction. Focusing on the AZCA district, the workshop will emphasise the way in which emergent urban ideas, experimental design strategies, processual working methods and hybrid
public initiatives can be brought to bear on such sites in order to fundamentally improve public life in the city.
Text: extract from the Summer School Poster
Image from google Earth.