MAA Research Trips: Pictures from Dubai

(Above: IAAC Inside 0-14 Tower in Dubai. IAAC Tweet: “RS2@O-14 tower by Reiser+Umemoto/amazing concrete exoskeleton structure+skin freeing the building core and the floors from columns”)

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 week each will be exploring a different part of the world. Each trip is related to the focus of each Research and Development Studio.

RS 1:Emergent Territories landed in Hong Kong today. Their first day will consist of a walking tour of Hong Kong to visit relevant projects such as the HSBC headquarters, Bank of China Tower, and The Peak Tower. RS3: Digital Tectonics is currently traveling by bus through Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. Tomorrow they will be in Zurich visiting Blumer-Lehmann, Design to Production and Gramazio & Kohler, Architecture and Digital Fabrication.

RS2: Self Sufficient Buildings has been in Dubai all weekend and have been very busy so far. They’ve been to the top of the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, and to Meydan Race Course. Today the group visited the dxb.Lab studio led by founder Khalid Alnajjar.

Tomorrow the group will visit Masdar City. Masdar City, established in 2006, is a commercially driven enterprise that operates to become a leader in making renewable energy a real, viable business and Abu Dhabi a global center of excellence in renewable energy and clean technology.

(Above: IAAC Tweet “Checking in at Burj Al Arab”)

(Above: dxb.lab. IAAC Tweet- “RS2@dxb-lab architectural office@Khalid Alnajjar,founder of the practise touring the group and presenting projects”)

IAAC Everywhere:

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

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