2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Networked Fabrication for Urban Provocation

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Digital design tools and the rise of fabrication have empowered ordinary citizens to build urban provocations in the dynamic context of abandoned and underused spaces sprinkled throughout cities. It is through a network of architectural interventions located in key parts of areas that communities can be reinvented and regenerated. These ideas demand new valuation methods as the possibilities are endless in a world of incredible movement that exists not only in the places themselves but also on the virtual world in the minds of the society that transits, uses and lives it. This architectural and urban movement is based upon the regeneration of spaces that flow with constant and ever-changing activity. A space in this transition of possibilities is based not only on the mixed use that is quite obvious and necessary in a context such as this, but on the countless opportunities that are offered by a space that is able to house X activities, seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day.



Aaron Gutierrez

Principal in Charge

Amorphica Design Research Office

Born in Tijuana, Baja California, Aaron Gutierrez Cortes was raised in the dual sensibilities of the Tijuana-San Diego region. He studied at The Southern California Institute of Architecture [SCI-Arc], the University of London and is currently a researcher at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Founded Amorphica Design Research Office in 1999. His body of work has been published internationally in periodicals and books such as Arquine [Mexico City], La Tempestad [Mexico City], Pasajes de Arquitectura y Critica [Madrid], Architectural Design [London] and Architectural Review [London] among others. From 2009-2011 he served as professor of urban/architectural design at the Universidad Iberoamericana. He is currently the Principal Architect at Amorphica, an emerging Architecture, Urban Design and Research collective studio that evolves projects internationally with the intention of developing responsive design intelligence dedicated to the service of the public.


Julia Cerrud

Assoc Architect

Amorphica Design Research Office

Julia Cerrud has worked at Amorphica Design Research Office since 2005 as an architect and designer, focusing her praxis on the exploration of the interstices between the virtual model, the prototype, and the built object.
Her academic work includes teaching at Universidad Iberoamericana, UABC, and directing Networked Fabrication for Urban Provocations a course focusing on democratizing access design and digital fabrication tools. She has also lectured and guest critiqued at various universities like: Montana State University, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Some of her work has been published on Huffington Post, Wired Magazine, Atlantic Cities and The Smithsonian, among others.
Her work, Urban Parasol, received a grant from the Urban Prototyping Festival and a Living Labs Global Award to be piloted in Paris.
She and her firm were recently commissioned to design the master plan and oversee the remodel of Universidad Iberoamericana Tijuana.

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