Architecture and the Urban Border
(Supervisors: Marina Lathouri, Brett Steele)
The thesis seeks to bridge the gap between the use of digital design methodologies, materialization, and social network practices. By substituting the concept of flow for the engaging properties of process the research studies the specific behavior of the border condition as an interface in which architecture can reactivate its urban potential. By practical and theoretical means, I will develop a range of design exercises using public space as a field to test alternative ways interlocking architecture in to the city. Discreet interventions will explore de idea of process as a alternative structure for architecture to reactivate its role in the development of the contemporary city. A key contribution of the thesis is the integration of morphogenetic processes and social networks in to the constraint diagrams developed to construct design explorers for the experiments. Finally, this thesis argues for a shift away from monolithic, integrated software environments towards open simplified platforms that support user development and increases social participation.
Arturo studied Architecture and Urbanism at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and at the Architectural Association March DRL, in London. His work experience includes projects in Mexico and abroad, he has collaborated with Javier Sanchez in Mexico City and Zaha Hadid Architects in London. Lectures and Workshops include; the UAA University of Aguascalientes, Chelsea College of Art, The Architectural Association, University of Palermo, Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires and the University of Houston. Currently he studies a PhD in Architectural Design at The Architectural Association.