2014-2015 Metatropolis

ReGenerative Evolution I: Metatropolis

Jonas Lundberg and Andrew Yau


Diploma 16 continues its exploration of, and search for innovative and visionary design responses in Regenerative Architecture and urban formation addressing large scale infrastructure and extreme urbanization in our rapidly changing environment.

Working with the largest urban expansion in Europe, we continue our design investigations and experiments of East London with a new emphasis of the Thames Estuary (alternative premises and theses within the unit theme are open for discussion with final year students).

Can the design and materialization of architecture as both infrastructures and cities capacitate a positive ecological footprint exceeding the adverse environmental effects of construction and building operation? Is it also possible to do so without compromising design quality and sensibility and yet instill a sense of hope and optimism forged by new technology and human endeavour?

Dip 16 firmly believes in the transformative capacity of architectural geometry and design technique, material, fabrication and production processes subjected to a rigorous design feedback mechanism. Dip 16 aspires for a holistic invention and ultimately innovation driven time-based architectural design, intrinsically linked to our natural environment. It is our objective to project regenerative architectural form and cities conceived and materialized for biotic systems (people, plant and animal life) by the modulation of abiotic systems (light, temperature, humidity, Co2 levels) set in the present or near future.


METATROPOLIS searches for design novelty in architecture and cities based on the incidental parameters between urban expansion and large scale infrastructure where decentralized social organization and dense urban living as necessitated by our need to sustain our planet. The change in paradigm from sustainability to regenerative design requires new forms of architecture and urbanism. This ECOTOPIA of sorts, is associated to lean infrastructure, energy production, resource harvesting, waste management. This year METATROPOLIS is focusing on the investigation and development of material, fabrication, production and construction processes as a driver in the pursuit of design projections, novelty, invention and in some cases innovation.

Students are asked to develop their projects based on a comprehensive and critical understanding of environmental assessment and design methods, their key factors and formal consequences. The projects are developed from material, fabrication and production processes to urban prototypes tested on and adapted to a specific urban context. Students prepare and develop a formal research abstract and design thesis geared towards a final manifesto claiming vision, authorship, craftsmanship and technical proficiency. The design thesis is supported by consultancy, supporting documents, large scale models and a super scale singular composite drawings representing both artifacts, time based change and metabolism. The unit is also assisting students to develop their own design repertoire and communications skills based on generative and associative modeling techniques, environmental simulation and digital fabrication through a series of computation workshops.

We expect individual student theses to be clearly positioned, individual and original, and revolve around the critical design relationship between novel material production, fabrication and construction processes, architecture and new urban living. We focus on design quality and sensibility of our living environment and formulate new creative architecture and proto-cities that anticipate a new regenerative future. The final manifestation is the design of a design proposition responding to the promise of regenerative design, a positive environmental impact and the hope for a sustained humanity and planet.


Unit Staff


Andrew Yau & Jonas Lundberg are members of Urban Future Organization, an international architectural practice and design research collaborative. UFO has won a number of international competitions, exhibited its work at the Venice and Beijing Biennales and was featured in 10X10 v2. Currently they are working on large-scale urban and architectural projects in Europe & the Far East.

Dip16 is working with various consultants with expertise in innovative technologies, green industries, environmental & structural engineering, environmental assessments, urban strategies, development enterprises, central and local policies, and communities.



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