X-ing Disciplines from Architecture. The Case of Aalto ARTS

Antti Ahlava, Fernando Nieto Fernandez

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In the last years, the new notions of architecture and the new
roles of architects have caused strong changes regarding
architectural education. These changes are demanding a
user-driven strategy more focused on human experiences
and a holistic view of the discipline. This strategy entails
the restructuration of architectural studies, requiring
interdisciplinary action with other agents such as engineers,
economists or designers.

The School of Arts, Design and Architecture at Aalto
University (Aalto ARTS) has been aiming since 2010 to blur
the boundaries between studies and professional practice,
encouraging the search of a new type of professional who
is belated student and newcomer worker at the same time.
Multidisciplinary co-working spaces at university premises
act as incubators, sheltering experienced students and young
professionals. The article aims to explain this situation, focusing
on the Department of Architecture and the role of Group X,
an academic group, which stimulates collaboration between
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTextos de arquitectura, docencia e innovación 3
Place of PublicationBarcelona
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-84-9880-612-0
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


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