This parallel studio is a unique collaboration between Aula PFC Aranguren (School of Architecture of Madrid, ETSAM, Polytechnic University of Madrid) and INDA, the International Program in Design and Architecture, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, and runs over the academic year 2015-2016. For two separate semesters, INDA’s Y4 option studio students are working on a common topic with ETSAM’s Y5 final thesis students.
The topic of this collaboration is Amphibious Architecture. We proposed research in the context of wetlands situated in both countries. The topic encompasses a broad range of issues regarding thresholds, ambiguity, resiliency, as well as adaptability. In the first semester, the projects were situated in Spain, and in the second semester, the site is in Surat Thani, Thailand.
Last semester, the students proposed a broad range of interventions that responded to the dynamic landscape of Cadiz. Proposals include new housing typologies that reactivate abandoned salt pans, transportation infrastructures that serve as an indicator of the tidal shift, and prototypes of expandable platforms that respond to the development of coastal dunes. Every project introduced ‘soft systems’ as strategies to engage the context rather than traditional structures that are more permanent and controlling.
This semester, we aim to continue our investigation into soft architecture, but this time, with a more integrated focus with landscape ecologies and urbanism