“Civil world is the free play of forms-of-life; it is the principle of their coexistence” Tiqqun, Introduction to civil world

Intense migration flows witnessed recently in big cities has been challenging the traditional understanding of the political organization of human living in the urban realm. The unprecedented clash of different forms-of-life due to these changing conditions has established not only a new relationship between inhabitation and the city, but also a redefinition of the key agents in political terms. Latest social unrest in Islamic countries has shown us that contemporary society concerns are not discussed in the traditional parliaments or councils anymore, but in the public spaces of the city itself.

Following this principle, Inter Unit 8Politics of fabrication II understands that the coexistence of diverse and conflicting forms-of-life in the contemporary city needs to be readdressed and reframed in the urban ground itself. This implies a new spatial and physical layout of enabling the presence and frictional interaction/negotiation of these forms-of-life of those who share the city. The location chosen is the city of Miami, the major entry point for Latin American immigrants in the United States. In particular, the focus of students work has been the Little Havana neighborhood, for years the epicentre of the political expression of the dominant Cuban immigrants and the most multicultural neighborhoods in the city at the present. In this area a pervading logic of city space privatization has lead to an increasing tension between individuals and groups with different cultural, social, ethnic and economical backgrounds inhabiting the neighborhood. Exploring this particular matter, students have thought about the importance of public space as the necessary space of encounter, interaction and negotiation between these different ways of living now present in the city, and recovering its political value in a contemporary Latin-American metropolis.


Nicolas Quintana

All our gratitude to the great architect Nicolás Quintana. An example to us all as an architect and person. It was a pleasure to share with you that day in December.
Our deepest condolences to family and friends.


Vidhya Pushpanatan

A student of this unit, Vidhya Pushpanatan has got the AA Travle Prize 2011. Congratulations.

Anthony Logothetis

One of Inter Unit 8 has put into the market one of the designs made in the unit. Please have a look!


Projects Review Exhibition

Thank you to all students for their hard work to create such a great spot in the projects review exhibition. Specially to Lara, Vidhya, Yonatan, Eliska & Fatemeh.

Intermediate Unit 8 is on the old computer room, 1st floor back, 36 Bedford Square Building. Enter the room and go left , it is just on the corner.


3rd years Part 1 Check

Please check the time and day of your reviews. Bring your portfolios, models, animations,etc.

Monday 6th June
Table 2

2.00 Mr Pak Yue Wong
2.30 Mr Dimitri Chaava
3.00 Mr Anthony Logothetis

Tuesday 7th June
Table 3

2.00 Miss Adora Shahriman
2.30 Ms Yiming Huang
3.00 Miss Elora Brahmachari
3.30 Miss Eliska Pilna


Tutorials 03.06.11

Next Friday 3rd of June we will give a last review to 3rd year portfolios and models as follows. Please bring them printed.

10.30 Adora
11.00 Elora
11.30 Yiming
12.00 Dimitri
2.00 Anthony
2.30 Joshua
3.00 Eliska


Tutorials 3rd years 01.06.11

Next Wednesday 3rd years will have tutorials to review portfolios. Please bring a A3 copy of your portfolios and your models.

10.30 Eliska
11.00 Joshua
11.30 Yiming
12.00 Anthony
2.00 Adora
2.30 Elora
3.00 Dimitri


Tutorials 27.05.11

Next Friday 27th of May all 3rd years should bring their portfolio pages printed to be reviewed. In addition, Francesca and fateeh should bring their final portfolios printed to be reviewed before final tables.

10.00 Eliska
10.30 Joshua
11.00 Anthony
11.30 Dimitri
12.00 Yiming

2.00 Adora
2.30 Elora
3.00 Fatemeh
3.30 Francesca

Second Year - End of the Year Reviews

Next Tuesday 31st of May 2nd years will have their end of the year reviews as follows,
Table 5
9:30 Miss Francesca Au
10.00 Mr Yonatan Buchhandler
10.30 Ms Vidhya Pushpanathan
11.00 Ms Lara Yegenoglu
11.30 Ms Fatemeh Ghasemi
1:00 LUNCH


Tutorials 25.5.11

Next Wednesday 25th of May all 2nd years should bring their portfolios printed to be reviewed in a tutorial as follows,

10.30 Yonatan
11.00 Fatemeh
12.00 Lara
12.30 Francesca
13.00 Vidhya


Meeting for exhibition

Next Monday 23th May at 2pm we will meet to talk about exhibition ideas.Let's meet in our unit space.Please be all there.


Tutorials 23.05.11

Next saturday 21st of May 2nd years will review their portfolios with us in the Unit Space as follows,

10.30 Francesca
11.00 Fatemeh
11.30 Vidhya
12.00 Lara
12.30 Yonatan

Only the following 3rd years should be there
2.30 Elora
3.00 Yiming

On Monday we will see the rest of 3rd years as follows
3.00 Joshua
3.30 Eliska
4.00 Anthony
4.30 Dimitri
5.00 Adora


Tutorials 18.05-19.05

2.00 Vidhya
2.30 Francesca
3.00 Lara
3.30 Fatemeh
4.00 Yonatan
4.30 Yiming
5.00 Joshua

10.30 Elora
11.00 Dimitri
11.30 Adora
12.00 Eliska
12.30 Anthony


Tutorials 13.05.11

Next Friday 13th of May we will have tutorials in the Unit space as follows.

10.30 Adora
11.00 Francesca
11.30 Yiming
12.00 famh
12.30 Elora

2.00 Dimitri
2.30 Anthony
3.00 Joshua
3.30 Yonatan
4.00 Vidhya
4.30 Lara
5.00 Eliska

keep working on your portfolios according to the individual reports sent to you yesterday


End of the Year Jury

Next Friday 6th of May we will have our End of the Year Jury in 16 Morwell Street building Basement from 10am to 7pm. Our guest will be Simon Beames(AA Diploma), Shin Egashira ( AA Diploma), Adam Kaasa(LSE Cities Programme), Jeffrey Turko (AADiploma & Visiting School Sydney), Melissa Woolford (Nous/Alternative Initiatives), Erik Behrens (AECOM), Fernando Perez (AA TS & IDOM), Konstantin Kastrissianakis(PhD Cambridge) & Brett Steele.

Elora Brahmachari

Eliska Pilna

Yiming Huang

Joshua Wong
Thank you all guest & students for all the effort done in this session.


Tutorials 02.05.11

The next Tuesday 3rd of May we will have tutorials in the unit space as follows,

10.30 Fatemeh -Portfolio
11.00 Francesca -Portfolio
11.30 Yonatan
12.00 Vidhya
12.30 Lara -Portfolio

2.00 Elora
2.30 Dimitri
3.00 Yiming -Portfolio
3.30 Adora

4.30 Anthony -Portfolio
5.00 Joshua
5.30 Eliska

Please bring the new work and portfolio pages (those who were asked for)


Review of the Portfolios

Next Thursday 28th of April we will have a review of all the portfolios in our unit space. Please bring a A2 printed version of your portfolio, models, videos...all the estra work you have.We will see you in the following order,

10.30 Fatemeh
11.00 Yiming
11.30 Dimitri
12.00 Elora
12.30 Francesca

2.00 Anthony
2.30 Adora
3.00 Joshua
3.30 Vidhya

4.30 Yonatan
5.00 Lara
5.30 Eliska


Portfolio Session

Next Wednesday 27th April we will have a small session about portfolio making in our unit space around 6pm.


Symposium "Politics of Fabrication Laboratory"

As part of the Politics of Fabrication Laboratory Workshop held in the Open City, Valparaiso, form the 1st to the 12th of August, we are organizing a symposium in Chile next May. Please read the text below,

SYMPOSIUM POLITICS OF FABRICATION LABORATORY Friday 13th May 2011 E[AD] Escuela de Arquitectura y Diseño Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso From Felix Candela’s double-curvature concrete shells to Eladio Dieste’s undulated brick surfaces or Alberto Cruz Covarrubias poetic wood constructions, Latin American architecture has demonstrated an outstanding vitality in material expression. However, the work of these architects not only traced new symbolic and expressive architectural trajectories in the history of modern architecture, but also challenged the relationship between architecture and the public in a broader sense. Following this tradition, Politics of Fabrication Symposium (PFS) explores the changing political implications of material experimentation when applied to the construction of public spaces. The symposium brings together academic leaders, practitioners and architectural personalities to open up a conversation on the implications between particular socio-cultural conditions and current digital fabrication techniques. Participants will include Brett Steele (AA), Politics of Fabricaton Laboratory (AA), Franklin Lee (AA), Mauricio Puentes Riffo (UPC Valparaiso), David Jolly Monge (UPC Valparaiso), Marcelo Araya (UPC Valparaiso), Rodrigo García Alvarado (U Bio Bio), Juan Roman Perez (U Talca), Juan Baixas (UPC Santiago), Pablo C Herrera (UPC Peru), Drago Vodanovic and Tomas Jacobsen (U San Sebastian). The PFS will be held at the Universidad Católica de Valparaiso (Chile) the 13th of May 2011.


Fabrication on Frame

End of the Second Term Jury








Intermediate Unit 8 End of the Second Term Jury will be on Friday 1st of April in from 10 to 7pm in 32 Bedford Square building Ground Floor Back Our guest will be Lucy Bullivant, Chris Lee (MA Projective cities), Pierre D´Avoine (Pierre d'Avoine Architects), Christina Doumpioti (AA Emtech) , José Sanchez (DRL), Manuel Jimenez (DRL) & Douglas Spencer (AA Landscape Urbanism). Thank you very much to students and guest critcs!

Kinetic Structures

Tim Petrince
George Rickey


Tutorials 28.03.11


Next Monday 2nd years will have tutorials as follows, 10.30 Fatemeh 11.00 Vidhya 11.30 Francesca 12.00 Lara 12.30 Yonatan

3rd Year Preview Tables

Next week Tuesday 29th of March and Wednesday 30th of March 3rd year students in the unit will have their Preview Tables in 36 Rear First Presentation Room.(Old Computer Room). Please be on tiem for your reviews.

Tuesday 29th March 2011
Table 5 – OPEN ROOM 1
14.00 Mr Pak Yue Wong
14.30 Mr Dimitri Chaava
15.00 Mr Anthony Logothetis

Wednesday 30th March 2011
Table 4
10.00 Miss Adora Shahriman
10.30 Miss Elora Brahmachari
11.00 Ms Yiming Huang
11.30 Miss Eliska Pilna

Fabrication Workshop - Hooke Park


Tutorials 25.03.11

Next Friday 3rd years should come with their portfolios to check them in the tutorial. Please bring an A2 printted version of your portfolios. Those who have not finished their models bring them as they are right now. You can finish them later.
3.30 Elora
4.00 Joshua
4.30 Eliska
5.00 Anthony
5.30 Adora
6.00 Yiming
6.30 Dimitri


Fabrication 3 - Hooke Park

From Friday 18th to Tuesday 22nd of March we will go to Hooke Park to build your 1/5 or 1/1 models.On Thursday 17th wee will have a meeting at 7pm in the Unit Space to talk about it.

TS Final Jury

TS Final Submission will take place on Thursday 17th March 2011. On this day you are asked to submit your TS document (with name and unit clearly noted on the front cover) to No 38 First Floor Back at 9.30am sharp. Submission of your work is absolutely compulsory. The work will be assessed by the TS Staff in conversation us during the day and all work must then be collected at 6.00pm on the day of submission from the same room.

Models should be photographed and the images included as part of your paper submission. Actual models should be stored in your unit/studio space and the TS Staff will visit should they need to see in situ.

Tutorials 14.03.2011

Next Monday we will have tutorials in the unit space,
10.30 Adora
11.00 Elora
11.30 Dimitri
12.00 Yiming

2.00 pm Fatemeh
2.30 Lara
3.00 Francesca
3.30 Vidhya
4.00 Yonatan


Mid Term Jury

Next Friday 11th of March we will have a Mid-Term review in 33 Bedford Square First Floor Front from 9.30 am to 6pm. Our guests will be Ricardo Sosa Mejia (Zaha Hadid), Daniel Ayat ( AA H&T), Robert Stuart Smith (AA DRL), Stefano Rabolli Pansera (Inter Unit 5), Clara Oloriz (University of Navarra), Adam. R. Kaasa (LSE), Alexandros Kallegias, Esther Rivas Adrover (Oxford Brookes) and Tao Sule (Cambridge).