The MA Architecture + Urbanism course is the Manchester School of Architecture's taught postgraduate course which conducts research into how global cultural and economic forces influence contemporary cities. The design, functioning and future of urban situations is explored in written, drawn and modelled work which builds on the legacy of twentieth century urban theory and is directed towards the development of sustainable cities.

Friday, 14 March 2014


MA A+U are very pleased to hear that ODILE DECQ has initiated a new architecture school in Lyon CONFLUENCE: INSTITUTE FOR INNOVATION AND CREATIVE STRATEGIES IN ARCHITECTURE

She says of the new school

"After my time as director of the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris, I have advanced ideas about architectural pedagogy that were blocked by a strict institutional system of education ill-adapted to change.
That is why, I have created Confluence.
I believe it is necessary to change not only the philosophy but also the methodology of teaching and research. Confluence integrates new visions of and about society and also new methods and tools linked to creation, production and communication allowing students to be adapted to the world of tomorrow in which they will act.
More than the site of the confluence in the center of Lyon where it is located, Confluence is the founding idea. Architecture must not be reduced to a professional or specialized instruction: it is a discipline that opens to the world. It is a vision and a capacity to act. Today it needs to return to its more humanist ambitions."
Odile Decq

Admission to the new school is open until 15 May

Odile Decq will be speaking on 1 May in Manchester at the MA A+U Symposium MANUFACTURING UTOPIA: Happiness in Emerging Environments


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