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IIT College of Architecture (Chicago) and IE School of Architecture launch a Summer School in Madrid to examine the cross implications of density and sustainability in architecture.

The Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, Chicago, and IE School of Architecture & Design, Madrid/Segovia, have joined forces to launch the IE/IIT Summer School, set to take place from July 8 to 15, 2011. The course, headed ATLAS ON DENSITY, will explore the cross implications of levels of density and sustainability from the sprawl of American suburbs to the extreme density of Asian cities. 

The intensive 8-day studio-based design workshop will be held in Madrid and will provide enthusiastic architectural undergraduate and graduates worldwide with a stage for debating contemporary architectural and urban ideas, digital and analogue techniques, with an emphasis on inventive design and communication abilities. Using Madrid as a laboratory, participants will explore the architectural, urban, and environmental implications of density. Tutors from Chicago, Madrid, and Singapore, will use their own metropolitan backgrounds to enrich the potential evolution of Spain’s capital. 

With Madrid serving as headquarters, case study subject, and site for field research, students will investigate specific urban sustainable challenges. The workshop will foster a debate about the future of cities based on the positive or negative consequences of density, embedding sustainability deep into the design process. Is there a level of density that fosters ecosystem regeneration and a respect for nature? The course will explore the way toward a new notion of density, one that oscillates between the quantitative and qualitative properties of architecture and the city.

This design and research-based architecture workshop, organized by both schools in collaboration with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, will include a number of expert lectures. In line with IE’s education model, the course will also feature intensive courses on digital design tools and communication abilities, aimed at enhancing both individual and group work.  

Find more information on the program at 

About IIT College of Architecture, Chicago, Illinois.

With a history of design excellence and technical expertise and unmatched professional studio curriculum, the IIT College of Architecture is respected by architectural firms nationwide for its highly professional curriculum and its emphasis on material investigation and fabrication. IIT’s NAAB-accredited College of Architecture draws strength from its Chicago setting, its Mies van der Rohe heritage, and its award-winning faculty.

About IE School of Architecture and Design

The IE School of Architecture & Design educates architects who go on to become global leaders of excellence in design, innovation and management. It is a diverse, international institution which houses an extensive blend of different cultures, with the Spanish culture as a backdrop and topic for analysis. Read more…


Oscar-winning film director Michael Wadleigh will visit IE University and will conduct a seminar on sustainability. Mr. Wadleigh is an acclaimed film director who visited us last November and gave us a very challenging talk on the future of human development. His approach to sustainability is very interdisciplinary as he tackles social, political, psychological, environmental and managerial issues. 

In his next seminar, he is going to discuss his insights on the future of humanity and how the scholars may add the notion of sustainability in their own fields.   

This session will take place in the Chapter Room (Sala Capitular) on February 23rd at 16:30.  

The seminar will be conducted in English.

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El cineasta Michael Wadleigh imparte un seminario sobre sostenibilidad en IE University 

El reconocido director de cine independiente y del género documental Michael Wadleigh, premiado con un Óscar por su documental “Woodstock” (1970), impartirá un seminario en el campus de IE University en Segovia el próximo miércoles 23 de febrero, a partir de las 16,30 horas, en la Sala Capitular.  

Como se recordará, Michael  Wadleigh visitó en noviembre de 2010 el Campus de Santa Cruz la Real de Segovia para dar una charla acerca del desarrollo humano. Francisco Mata, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, subraya que Waidleih aborda el tema de la sostenibilidad “de forma interdisciplinar “ya que toca temas sociales, políticos, psicológicos, medioambientales y de gestión”. En este seminario, Wadleigh mostrará su visión sobre el futuro de la humanidad y cómo se puede involucrar al mundo universitario en la defensa de un desarrollo sostenible.

Wadleigh se hizo mundialmente conocido al obtener un Oscar de la Academia de Hollywood por el documental Woodstock (1970) sobre el legendario festival de música que tuvo lugar en agosto de 1969 en Bethel (Nueva York), que reunió a cerca de 450.000 personas y que se convirtió en símbolo de la contracultura norteamericana.  Desde hace veinte años, este director estadounidense colabora con diversas organizaciones sin ánimo de lucro que trabajan para la comunidad educativa en África y Asia. Michael Wadleigh disertará sobre sostenibilidad; en ella tratará los problemas relacionados con lo que el denomina “desarrollo insostenible”. 

Esta sesión tendrá lugar en la Sala Capitular el 23 de Febrero a las 4:30 pm

El seminario será impartido en inglés.

Noticias relacionadas:

An Interview with Michael Wadleigh at IE University

IE Edutainment 7 – Oscar Winner Michael Wadleigh and Campus Tour

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Conference: Homo sapiens report: the Future of Humanity

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