Craig Hodgetts SUPRASTUDIO with Marta Nowak

SUPRASTUCIO Cybervilliage will create a master plan for an ideal 21st century community, based on our research of past and present trends. It will be important that we apply modern, rational analysis to these plans, in order to create realistic, yet visionary proposals which, by reason of their radical origins, are capable of challenging and ultimately replacing the outmoded models now employed throughout the world. Each master plan will be governed by a group of restraints, such as economic, sustainability, or governance, which will set the priorities for design without dictating any particular form, yet serve to set the stage for profound differences in infrastructure, lifestyle, and program.

Hypothetical sites, from arid plane to grassland slopes to jagged highland will provide an opportunity to explore various responses to topography, while typological precedents will provide intellectual and conceptual ballast. Various typological scenarios will explore:

• Linear configurations such as the Robertson/Barnett plan for NYC, Marinetti, or Soleri, Paul Rudolph’s Cross-Bronx Expressway, etc.

• Field conditions such as the Berlin Free Library or Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre City

• Topological conditions such as Caesar Pelli’s Sunset Mountain project, or Gian Carlo de Carlo’s Urbino, or Soleri’s Arcosanti

• Megastructures such as Kenzo Tange’s Tokyo Bay project, or SUPRASTUDIO ‘S Endless City

• Walled configurations such as Beijing’s Forbidden City.

• Armature cities such as Archigram’s Plug-in City

The studio focused on developing a program as well as configuration and massing in order to establish a diagrammatic master plan capable of providing a template for further architectural development as projected for the third quarter. Students will work in teams utilizing the model shop, robotics lab, print and graphic media to create a large scale physical model representing their concept. Projection mapping will be employed to describe traffic patterns, day and night time use patterns, amenities and resources, in order to fully explain a “day in the life” of the concept.

Students: Andi Dong, Shiqi Fan, Yunxuan Guo, Ailun Jin, Maria Antony Katticaran, Xiaodi Li, Shanfei Liang, Manju Sanjay Paithankar, Ammar Mustafa Palgharwala, Ziqi Pan, Yao Xiao, Shui Yu, Qiyue Zhang, Shuai Zhang, Yarei Zhang, Yuchuan Zhang, Mengning Zhao, Dan Zhu.

Greg Lynn SUPRASTUDIO with Julia Koerner
Boeing – Collaborative Research & Development Network and PAV Terminal

Today, there is a transformation in the way we collaborate:

                        -  we collaborate together

                        -  we collaborate while spatially separated through machines

                        -  we collaborate directly with machines

The office complex, the lab, the studio, the skunk works, the shop, the garage, the hangar and the research park are all spaces predicated on collaboration in the same space together; often around a shared physical object or a screen. We are learning to collaborate without a static point of reference at many locations simultaneously.
Design for collaboration with spaces that acknowledge and facilitate these new ways of working together.

The distance between concept, engineering and manufacturing is rapidly collapsing. Engineering and development does not remain on the screen.

-       3D printing allows for geographically distributed collaboration around identical physical objects.

-       Augmented Reality allows objects and data to be brought into space and locked to spatial and physical objects without the need for caves and immersive virtual environments.  

Design today requires spaces that integrate technologies of presentation, communication and fabrication into the architecture so they are not just applied equipment.


The students designed two facilities simultaneously and in relation to one another. Understanding that people do not work on one project at a time but with multiple teams on multiple projects, they were asked to question the cubicle and offices and think instead about how to work with teams in both Large and Small Project Centers within their building as well as with colleagues at other locations. For example, an employee might work one full day a week on an incubator project team, mornings with a large project team and afternoons with two small project teams. IN each case they might be working with colleagues both local and remote.


The students were given the task to propose ways in which Personal Aerial Vehicles would impact urban transportation hubs as well as urban buildings.  As a case study the Federal Building at the intersection of Wilshire Blvd. and Rt. 405 was given as a site.  Students considered the site at the building scale, how PAV drone transportation could service the building; and some considered the site at a regional station scale, how a major PAV terminal could integrate with other modes of transportation near the site. Concerns of navigation, aerodynamics, safety, vertical transportation and regional planning were responded to in each project.

Students: Anna Kudashkina, Lyo Heng Liu, Yuchen Liu, Marcelo Marcos Rodriguez, Luis Ochoa, Pegah Roshan, Jorel Emmanuel Sanchez, Chunxiao Wany, Yifan Wu, Ruolin Xu, Ting Xu, Yuekan Yu

Thom Mayne/Now Institute with Eui Sung-Yi
UCLA Grand Challenges: Sustainable Los Angeles 2050

The Now Institute is participating in UCLA’s Grand Challenges as the Spatial Integration Team. Grand Challenges connects UCLA faculty, students and supporters from all disciplines, working together to strategize how the city of Los Angeles can become sustainable by 2050. The principle goals are power with 100% renewable energy, source 100% local water and stimulate biodiversity within and out of the local urban ecologies.

Wilshire Boulevard is the emblematic corridor of Los Angeles, conjoining multiple communities, cultures and histories. Geographically, it anchors downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica and by virtue of this connection is able to span the complete spectrum of urban densities from single family residences to the most advanced high-rises within the city. Due to the importance of Wilshire Blvd as a diagram, its potential as a public transportation spine is finally being understood. It is also projected that the County of Los Angeles will increase its population by 1.5~2.5 million people. It is envisioned a substantial percentage of the new population will reside along Wilshire Blvd. In this context, Wilshire Blvd can be envisioned as an urban prototype for an advanced high-density urban community, capable of resolving the current transportation challenges and offering an advanced sustainable housing community.

The Objective of the Studio is to understand the potential of urban master-planning as a strategy to locate and define urban sustainable solutions. The current discourse in urban design is shifting from the sustainable building to the sustainable district and region and the Wilshire Blvd corridor becomes an ideal platform to prototype and test this theory.

Students: Shareefa Abdulsalam, Yitao Chen, Cagdas, Delen, Ryan Doyle, Elisabet Olle Amat, Beyza Paksoy, Rupal Rathi, Niketa Sondhi, Devika Tandon, Wei Tang, Halina Veloso E Zarate, Rizzie Walker.

Guvenc Ozel with Natasha Bajc

This SUPRASTUDIO: SINGULARITY focuses on the relationship between the user, data, architectural form and motion through pursuing artificial intelligence as a meta-theme.  As objects and environments gain intelligence they develop responses to human presence with varying degrees of autonomy. Current experiments in sensing technology, digital fabrication and virtual environments expresses this desire to transform architecture into an intelligent form of technology that can autonomously negotiate between the human body, human psyche, the environment and other parameters, further erasing the differentiation between the digital and physical worlds within the totality of human experience. Therefore, the studio focused on dynamic formal systems through a methodical exploration of generative design, digital fabrication and media technology. Algorithmic coding platforms, 3D printing, physical computing and virtual reality are some of the tools and methods in which the studio team was explored. Rather than prioritizing a singular technology of architectural production, the studio explored the relationship between various technologies as ecosystems of humans and machine logics.  

Examples of complexity in natural systems like neural networks serve as the models from which we derive an understanding of artificial intelligence. An artificially intelligent architecture, however, can no longer be characterized by its formal imitation of natural processes or its practical response to their existence. Rather it can be defined by the complexity of its own behavior as it autonomously navigates through a singular world of biology and data. When environments gain autonomous intelligence, what form will they take in 
the physical world? Such architecture will need to be active, reactive and interactive. An intelligent architecture would focus on perception and action rather than composition and authorship. Strategies for addressing the problems of motion and action open up new opportunities for form and design. Therefore, main objective for the studio is to challenge the boundaries of the human body and the physical environment through an exploration of architecture as an interactive technology. 

Students: Abdul Waded Ali, Ruslan Antonenko, Mertcan Buyuksandalyaci, Panpan Cao, Tsuyng-Yen Hsieh, Yuanzhi Li, Yimiao Lin, Shahrzad Razi, Simi Shenoy, Chen Sun, Tian Tang, Zheng Yang, Meng Zhang, Xixiao Zhang, Andi Zheng, Yuyun Zheng.