OAB at the Edge

Full price: $67.00
Member: $50.00


Course outline
Course structure and materials
Length of course
CPD hours
Learning outcome
Competency standards

Course outline

From the National Architecture Conference 2018: Edge

In biological terms, the edge between two ecosystems is called an ecotone. In urban habitats, architects and urban planners must understand the importance of this edge as an ecosystem itself. The boundary between landscapes, urban and rural, the edge between different urban fabrics - all those areas have their own specificity and must blend or interact with its immediate environments in a special way. This boundary is not only physical but intellectual, and for instance can be between two cultural inheritances.

This seminar will explore these concepts through several examples of recent works by OAB that confront the circumstances of working at the edge - not only a physical edge, but most importantly an intellectual one.

AACA Competency: Design

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Borja Ferrater: Partner, Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB) Spain

Borja Ferrater is a licensed architect, graduating from the International University of Catalonia (UIC) in 2005. In 2010 he received his Masters degree in Biodigital Architecture and obtained his doctorate in April 2017. Between April 2008 and September 2011 Borja was Vice-Dean of Culture Publications and International Relations at the School of Architecture of UIC, along with being the director of the school’s workshops and lectures annual program.

He is author of the book Synchronizing Geometry published by ACTAR, which has been exhibited in several cities in Europe and America.

Borja is a Founding Partner Architect of the Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB) together with Xavier Marti, Carlos and Lucia Ferrater in January 2006.

Course structure and materials

  • Audio-visual Flash presentation
  • Formal assessment

    Length of course

    1 hour

    Continuing professional development hours


    1 formal Continuing Professional Development (CPD) point.

    Learning outcome

    After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the analogy Borja Ferrater makes between an ecotone and the edge of urban habitats
  • Explain why the edges of different urban fabrics should be considered as ecosystems
  • Describe the processes or activities for which these edges must allow
  • Discuss the proposition that urban edges are not only physical boundaries but also intellectual, and the way OAB has confronted the circumstances of working at the edge

    National Competency Standards in Architecture



    Full price $67.00
    Member $50.00
    Practice Membership / A+ $46.00
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    SONA Member (student) $25.00

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    Published on: 02/08/2018

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