IAAC and Woodbury University San Diego - Global School San Diego/ Tijuana

The Global School programme seeks to investigate common agendas in global locales. For the 2013 edition, we are seeking participation from institutes in Australia, Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, and North America.

2013 GSS Agenda: Productive City

The production of energy, food, knowledge, and objects are key elements which establish the basic necessities to create self-sufficient habitats. The 2013 Edition of the IAAC GSS wants to address the challenges and opportunities which exist in our urban environments with regards to the production of these elements.

As with each Global School, a multiscalar, and multi-site approach will be utilized to explore how the agenda unfolds with the particular economic, biological, and social factors of each locale.

-At the urban scale, we will identify potential productive regions in our urban habitats.

-At the building scale we will reconstruct a ‘smart city block,’ capable of producing and mitigating its production to and from the city.

-At the tectonic scale we will explore productive facade systems which are responsive to their location and local necessities.

The 2013 IAAC GSS seeks to generate a series of fabricated prototypes which address the agenda through multiple scales.

Location: San Diego, California, U.S.A.
Institution: Woodbury University
Faculty: Rene Peralta, Woodbury Instructors, and IAAC Alumni
Local Brief: Productive Border – The border between Mexico and the United States is the most traveled in the world, generating an incredible number of interchanges between people, energy, and consumable goods. It is an attractor for all types of illegal and legal activities and because of its scale, this has multiscalar effects. The frontier, the actual wall, appears like a great infrastructure that presents great opportunities.

More info Here : http://www.iaac.net/globalschool/2013/


L+U News

We have finished our first two semester of the new Master of Science program with emphasis in Landscape + Urbanism at Woodbury San Diego. We are very excited to begin our summer thesis semester with a project in the city of Lima, Peru, where we will be focusing on the urban renovation of an underuse warehouse district in downtown Lima. We visited Peru last semester and began conversations with the city authorities and collaboration with the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria to work together on such an important project for the city. While in Lima this spring, we also took on the challenge to research and create a video of the experimental housing project PREVI built 40 years ago. The project showcased work of famous international and Peruvian mid century architects. Our work focused on the sentiment towards the 4-decade evolution of the project from the perspective of the user/owner and from architect/academic. The video can be seen here https://vimeo.com/65442438

We are now in the process of looking for candidates for our 2013-14 class to continue our research and work in contested territories and urban renewal projects along side our great faculty and their courses in GIS, Theory of Globalization, Urban and Economic systems across regions. The second year will continue to focus on foreign study and challenge our student to work with government and academic institutions as well with community groups. Our candidates should seek to engage new proposals regarding the disciplines of landscape and urbanism as well be motivated and take advantage of Woodbury’s regional context of the US/Mexico border it finds itself in. This is a program with a global perspective and yet at the same time focuses on the dynamic and volatile contexts in developing regions.


Work from our study abroad trip to Lima. Peru from the landscape+urbanism program at Woodbury University

On March 2013 as part of the second semester graduate studio in Landscape + Urbanism Program and focusing on Woodbury’s concept of Field Work, students visited the city of Lima, Peru and the experimental housing project of PREVI (Proyecto Experimental de Vivienda).

PREVI was a singular housing project funded by the UN and the Government of Peru to produce incremental social housing using novelle constructions techniques. A competition that included some of the most recognized international and Peruvian architects of the time. 

The architects involved include: 
Toivo Korhonan, Charles Correa, Christopher Alexander, Iniguez de Ozono  & Vazquez de Castro, Georges Candilis, Alexis Josic, Shandrach Woods, James Stirling, Esquerra & Samper, Aldo van Eyck, Kikutake, Kurokawa & Maki, Svenssons, Hanson & Hatloy, Herbert Ohl, Atelier 5, (Jose Antonio Coderch Jury member)

This video includes the experiences of the residents who have lived in the development since its construction 44 years ago and academic opinions by professors of the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, regarding the urban impact and prototypical housing designs of the project.

Click the image above to go to the video!


Los Cabos river urbanism by 2012 L+U Grad Students

Woodbury University School of Architecture has a new webpage come in and take a look. 

Our one year Masters of Science in Architecture with emphasis in Landscape Urbanism is still open for Fall 2013 directed by Rene Peralta.  More info Click HERE