This studio focuses on the large-scale urban building in order to explore strategies for organizing and developing a multi-story building program on a constrained urban site. Program complexity is balanced with program repetition as many floors within the multi-story building type repeat, and are organized by unique spaces that are often public amenities or specific program functions. The gradient of urban to building public space is negotiated at the street-level; consideration is given to hierarchies of circulation as well as internal public spatial character. In addition, investigations develop the multi-story building envelope for performance, technology and a role in the urban-scape.


The studio presents a study investigating the urban mobility and public space integration. The studio emphasis simulated human behavior cues and movement information as input parameters. The research is defined as a hybrid method which seeks logical architecture/urban forms and analyzes its’ performance. The studio project extends urban mobility study by exploring, collecting, analyzing, and visualizing urban information and physically representing the information through various computational technologies.

The studio investigation is intended to realize the potential of quantifying demographic, social, and behavior data into a parametric equation. In the experiments, the integration of non-geometrical parameters within the form seeking and performance evaluation process resulted in a series of conceptual model to represent the movement and access. The projects will be developed by optimizing transportation network, analyzing path finding and human behavior. Ultimately, the studio looks to build upon the strengths pre-defined in the Parametric Urbanism method and capture the benefits of space syntax and Geographic Information System (GIS) by seamlessly integrating vital geo-spatial components in the equation and altering the way people explore the possible design solutions in order to generate the ideal urban and building forms.

Designs should be grounded and linked to research and analysis related to the following topics:

  • Mobility and public space integration.
  • Regional and local urban design impact
  • Urban living, urban economy and creation of jobs
  • Cultural, social and architectural heritage

Tools: Student will explore how to use non-linear procedural modeling such as Grasshopper in Rhino to generate parametrically negotiable solutions across various design professions.


The studio project is the schindler international competition titled “Transforming the urban core:Urban design for coexistence, São Paulo, Brazil”. The competition site is centered on the CEAGESP (Companhia de Entrepostos e Armazéns Gerais de São Paulo) wholesale market, along with its surrounding neighborhood and infrastructures. The CEAGESP will be relocated by the city in the coming years, freeing up a substantial part of the city for redevelopment and change. Its location in the center of São Paulo offers the potential for forward-thinking approaches to the creation of a new centrality within the city, connected and integrated into the local and regional context.


The task of the 2017 Schindler Global Award is to make a comprehensive urban design proposal to address the existing and future challenges on the CEAGESP wholesale market site. The locally focused urban design strategy should be embedded into its context, strengthening the city and the region as a whole. The central themes of the competition are connection and integration, using public space, mobility infrastructures, housing and workplaces as catalysts. Participants are asked to design a sustainable portion of the city by taking a comprehensive look at these topics.

More information about this competition is online here.


Urban mobility

The urban fabric of São Paulo is divided by massive road and rail infrastructures, many of which severely fragment the city. The question is whether – and how – infrastructure can support more diverse uses and functions. Infrastructure could enable more interfaces between uses and users, and become an integrated part of the public realm, rather than a mono-functional element that often isolates neighborhoods. The competition site contains the train station Ceasa, part of the CPTM (Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos) network. The station is segregated from the urban fabric and is only accessible from one side of the adjacent Pinheiros River. Changes to its range of uses and design could potentially create a new urban hub. The relationship of infrastructure elements to public space and how infrastructure functions as public space should be assessed. The design of the network of open spaces, roads and pathways, within and adjoining the competition site, should be planned and incorporated into the overall design.