MAA Research Trips: Off To the Races

(Above- RS2 at Yas Marina F1 Circuit, Abu Dhabi. IAAC Tweet: “RS2 at Formula 1 Karts! The group had amazing loop times…”)

Students in the Masters in Advanced Architecture Program are split into three Research Studios (RS1: Emergent Territories, RS2: Self Sufficient Buildings, RS3 Digital Tectonics). This past week each explored a different part of the world. Each trip was related to the focus of each Research and Development Studio.

Looking back on the trips each research group spent time learning about architecture and technology through visits to various race tracks, stadiums, and automobile engineering facilities. They explored the many ways that automobiles and racing influence architecture and urban planning and development.

(Above- RS1 at Happy Valley, Kong Kong. IAAC Tweet: “RS1 Impressive the Race in HK!”)


(Above- RS2 at Meydan City, Dubai. IAAC Tweet: “Meydan City-a new concept of urban development based on horse races as the attractor”)

(Above- 2 images, RS2 at Yas Hotel, Abu Dhabi. IAAC Tweet: “RS2 at Asymptote Yas Hotel in Yas Island/huge infrastructures related with Formula 1 industry”)


(Above-IAAC Check-in: “RS3 studio @ BMW World by CoopHimmelblau”)

(Above- IAAC Check in: RS3 Studio @ Mercedes Benz Museum by UN Studio!)


IAAC Everywhere:

Staff members from each Research Studio group chronicled their travels on Twitter.  You can also follow all of IAAC’s future stops around the world on Foursquare.

Next week each of the three Research Studios will present their findings to the entire MAA class. We will post notes from these presentations so you can see in greater detail what the students learned on their trips

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