from policies to design

Modern urbanism involves several disciplines beyond architecture and sociology. Often the rules guiding urban development are established taking into account economical and political factors. In a complex scenario where the future of urban areas is more difficult to predict, how policy makers can take into account public participation? Is top-down approach the best way to guarantee […]


a map of hutopolis

AQSO is pleased to announce the publication of the book ‘A Map of Hutopolis‘, a monograph comprising the projects developed during the Hutopolis research program and a series of articles written by researchers and professors on the topic of Chinese urbanization.

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architect at work

The second edition of the Architects@Work festival, an event showcasing architecture and industry-related products with a special focus on innovation and education, took place in Beijing last December 5th and 6th. AQSO participated both at the ‘Spanish design in China’ seminar, organized by the Spanish Embassy and the conference ‘Hutong to Hutopolis’ supported by the […]


3×3 projects in contexts

Last October AQSO presented the short documentary ‘3×3 projects in contexts’ at the Lisbon Architecture Triennial. The event was complemented with a lecture where the latest works done at the office were presented.  


round table at 751

Cannon Design organized last Sunday a round table at the 751 lecture hall coinciding with the exhibition ‘Unmade in China’ presented at the 2012 Beijing Design Week.   The event started with a short introduction of made and unmade projects done by several offices featured in the exhibition to continue with a discussion about the […]

Strelka Institute. Moscow

identities in comparison

What is the influence on urbanism when a planned economy shifts to a new model of development? How to promote an urban evolution based on soft elements? Can social interactions catalyze strategies of urban regeneration?   During 6 days, students from different backgrounds have worked in multidisciplinary teams researching particular aspects able to generated identity […]

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‘learning from Dashilar’

Organized by ‘Beijing Design Week’, Dashila(b) and Capital M, the event included speakers such Kenya Hara, designer from Nippon Design Center and director of design for MUJI, Fang Zhenning, curator of the Chinese pavilion of the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, Liang Jingyu, architect from Approach Architecture, Giannantonio Bongiorno, curator of Hutopolis and Luis Aguirre from […]


lecture at the Iterate workshop

Last February 7th AQSO participated in the ‘Iterate’ workshop in Beijing with a lecture about the changing conditions of the Chinese cities and the progress of the ongoing research program ‘Hutopolis’. The ‘Iterate’ workshop is organized by the ‘Institute for Provocation’, counts with the support of Huazhong University of Science and Technology and aims to […]

Lecture at the Dashilan design hop

lecture at the Dashilan design hop

Giannantonio Bongiorno, curator of the exhibition ‘Next stop: Hutopolis’, presented together with Luis Aguirre Manso the contents of the research that will start next fall about the Chinese urban conditions.   The lecture started from the facts that convert China in a massive change scenario and pointed out the new potentials of the metropolis. The […]

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lecture at the global pioneer design forum

AQSO was invited to participate at the Global Pioneer Design forum organized by the Galaxy arts center and 5cats editors in Shenzhen, China, last May 26.   During the forum, Luis presented AQSO’s latest projects and he participated in the debate chaired by Ms. Ran Ran, chief editor of 5Cats, and Hongkongese interior designer Mr. Huang Zhida.