UIC Barcelona, Biodigital Master Program, Director Alberto Estevez, 2019 Professor Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa



“Biodigital Architecture Master Program”, Director Alberto Estevez, Studio: “The Politics of Big Data: From Survey, to Ideal, back to an Informed Realism” by Invited Associate Professor Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa UIC, Studio Summer 2019. Students: Abdulrahman Al-Harib , Valerija Galkina; Secil Afsar, Joy Nakad, Margaret Tara Maalouf; Alexandros Mpougas, Adan Orozco; Iris Andrea Florez Salamanca, Gabriela Bello Ugalde; Mariam Jalloul; UIC 2019 Biodigital Master Studio in Barcelona June 3-June 7th 2019.

Studio Brief:
The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia is a catholic basilica (2010) originally designed by Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926). The church construction began, as a social-political project, in 1882 and it is purposely design and built in parallel to the advancement of its society and through multiple generations, as it happened with churches of the gothic. This is the reason why it is not yet completed, and it is anticipated to be finished due to accumulated funding by 2026. There have been multiple shops in charge of the construction of the church, and as each shop interpreted the drawings, experiments and catenary models by Gaudi. Gaudi innovation for this building consisted on developing a scientific form-finding structural mechanism through analog physical models that work through catenary forces. The form of the building is dependent on physical scaled models that are used to calculate the structure of the building by catenary structures. Different interpretations of the building’s design came to progressively be built thinking the project’s design process and construction as an evolutionary system, studying, displacing and evolving Gaudi’s design as a live process updated by cultural projects as well as technological advances. Jordi Bonet I Armengol and Mark Burry (executive architect and researcher) have been introducing advances in digital technologies since 1980 and different research has been then incorporated, advancing the construction of the church, including computer software, computer numeric control machines and 3d printing.

The UIC studio headed by Visiting Associate Professor Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa worked with Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia thinking its evolutionary design process and towards its completion. Using the opportunity to rethink its design as its gets built deviating from the original project, the studio worked on an analysis and latent relationships to displace the original design.
The Studio first surveyed the building through Big Data gathering and processing, understanding the act of survey as an initiator of the design proposal. Then the studio worked out latent relationships in the building through Big Data processing using dynamic structural simulation and optimization. Therefore the studio, following Gaudi, related form to structural performance through dynamic interactive computational systems. The objective of the studio is to compare the original form of the surveyed building to a contemporary means to measure catenary forces, and from this analysis, critique, find problems and expand opportunities to displace Gaudi’s strategies.



















UIC Biodigital Master Program, Director Alberto Estevez, 2019 Gaudi Analysis, Displacement Professor Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa, Students Abdulrahman Al-Harib , Valerija Galkina



UIC Biodigital Master Program, Director Alberto Estevez, 2019 Gaudi Analysis, Displacement Professor Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa, Students Secil Afsar, Joy Nakad, Margaret Tara Maalouf