In the current context of rapid urbanization affordability of housing, not only in money terms, but also in terms of the environmental impact, is a growing concern.

There is a tug of war between the environment and de­velopment, with spatial exclusion and social segrega­tion emerging as universal phenomena, affecting even developed countries. Design helps to achieve more with significantly less: better use of ‘human’ resources (intelligence, knowledge, time) can prevent depletion and deterioration of other natural resources. The key to building an affordable future is surely education; and not only increasing access to formal education, but prioritizing lifestyle issues and consumption pat­terns. We have to learn to discriminate between the necessary and the superfluous, so that cities not only survive, but thrive.

This course was an opportunity to envision ‘Urban Eco-Communities’ trough integral rethinking of Architecture and Urban Design in the context of Auroville (India), both from a theoretical and practical approach, addres­sing environmental, social and economic sustainability holistically.

The course was organized around a series of lectures by visiting experts on new urban visions for diverse related topics and a visit to the site.

 Guest Professor

Dr. Anupama Kundoo
anupama kundoo architects

Guest Assistant Professor
Alba Balmaseda

Chair Professor

Markus Allmann
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Institut für Raumkonzeptionen und
Grundlagen des Entwerfen (IRGE)

University of Stuttgart


Photo by Philip Mak


Born in La Coruña, Spain, in 1985. Graduated as an architect from the Polytechnic University of Madrid in 2010. Granted with the Erasmus program in La Sapienza University of Rome in 2007. Diploma Thesis rated as outstanding and winner of a National Prize in 2011. Secured a Master’s Degree in Advanced Architectural Projects at the Polytechnic University of Madrid in September 2011. 

Combines the practice of architecture with academic research and teaching. Collaborated actively with Irisarri+Piñera Architects, Vivero de Iniciativas Ciudadanas (VIC) and Anupama Kundoo Architects. Developed academic research and teaching at Vastu Shilpa Foundation in Amhedabad, University of Nairobi, Tokyo Wonder Site, University IUAV Venice, KAKD Copenhagen or TU Berlin.

Co-founder of the BarrioBalmaseda studio which ran from 2014 to 2020. Since 2020 she has started a new architectural practice focused on design, teaching and research. Currently Guest Assistant Professor at Stuttgart School of Architecture and Planning and PhD candidate at Roma Tre University Department of Architecture. 


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