Marie Aquilino

SHS et urbanisme
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Dr. Marie Aquilino is professor of architectural history and a specialist in contemporary urban redevelopment at Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture. She leads a program that educates and trains architecture students to work in the context of extreme need and crisis in the developing world. She is also the co-founded Future City Lab, an international consortium of architecture schools studying the pressures on urban life. Marie is the editor and author of Beyond Shelter : Architecture and Human Dignity (Metropolis Books, 2011). She is currently part of an international working group on the reconstruction of Haiti, and is a recent laureate of the Partner University Fund for her work there in Titanyen. A respected specialist in post-disaster reconstruction, Marie speaks frequently at international conferences. Marie holds a Ph.D from Brown University.


Make - Grade 1 Semestre 5
Elective research seminar and mini studio for third-year students. The course is taught In english and English proficiency credit is given to all students who pass the seminar.

The Makers’ Movement has been going strong since 2007 when a group of hardware designers got together to give everyone the capacity to make things through open source tools. The idea is that we should all be capable changing the world !

Open source platforms that enable Making are :

  • changing the global economic environment
  • encouraging radical collaboration and innovation across fluid and porous borders that allow peer-to-peer design.
  • networking intelligence.
  • creating good value through transparency, which optimizes the best solutions for the greatest number promoting radical exchange of expertise, know how, and experience, empowering individuals to add value that creates new opportunities for business.

Do it with others makers have formed dozens of successful companies, including arduino, little bits, ada fruit — that provide the tools to design with the latest technologies. Makers around the world are teaching each other craft, engineering, science, and design skills, provoking new forms of leadership and problem solving. And the learn-by-doing model is helping grassroots movements solve community problems. Makers are also changing the nature of education, calling upon students’ intrinsic motivation to solve problems, Makers celebrate working together, inspire each other to solve problems creatively—through invention and imagination—and fuel innovative open source projects. Makers add value.

Makers find the help they need by sharing and mentoring one another ; Makers are innovators and not innovations ; Makers are igniting innovation by bridging cutting edge technology with creativity and open source access to ideas and tools that are leading to new age manufacturing and instigating new business models.

The seminar encourages students to think of themselves as MAKERS and focuses on our collective capacity to propose creative solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Making, renowned development economist Ha Joon Chang tells me, lifts everyone’s capacity to flourish.
The MAKE seminar spectacularly transforms the learning experience.
The course will be run as a competition. You are responsible for designing the problem, the process and for finding creative solutions. You are expected to collaborate across disciplines (engineering, design, art, social science, public health, business)

Séminaire Ville et envoronnement - Grade 2 Semestre 1 & 2
Optional research seminar and mini-studio taught in english — for 4th-year students

Twenty-six cities support more than 10 million people. Spectacular growth leads inevitably to inappropriate land use, substandard design, and the use of poor building materials. Urban drought, fires, and flooding are becoming common phenomena. Unregulated housing built by people without the help of engineers or architects and without the protection of codes and permits constitutes between 40 and 60% of the world’s housing stock ; one-third of the world’s urban population live here. The need for space forces settlers to select dangerous sites along unstable slopes or spread across fault lines and flood planes.

Climate change is accelerating environmental inequity, magnifying the risk of water and agricultural shortages, widespread disease and chronic repetition, and forcing tens of thousands of people to migrate into already crowded cities.

FCL is an open-source initiative for designing future urban environments and an international consortium of architecture schools interested in the effects of climate change, demographic shifts, urban biodiversity, mobility, as well as the challenges posed by water and food production, aging and energy.

FCL takes a step toward generating a critical, sustained, and reflexive debate within architecture schools that insists on new competence, new levels of responsibility, new federations, which are at once accountable and help to guide research and practice by :

• creatING new strategies of work that alter the way we think about the design process, improve social and economic equity, create new areas of service (such as fiscal solutions that help people access loans and informal banking), and advance partnershipss in public health and urban law, local government, grassroots NGOS.


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