Bookworm Academia

Marco, Leung YinSing, Hong Kong

Brian, Mok YingLim, Hong Kong

Dickson, Ma TseWa, Hong Kong


A place for you to LEARN while you EAT

Does LEARNING stops when you graduated from school?

We believe the purpose of education is to light curiosity and enhance our passion to learn, teaching e skills to ask questions and explore answers, beyond one-way knowledge transmission.

Pursuing a continuously learning after graduation sometimes comes with great cost and sacrifice of time, which is holding people back. That is where Bookworm Academia comes in handy and serve as an alternative life-long learning option.

Bookworm Academia promotes a new form of learning culture which you LEARN while you EAT.
We believe by combining the two activities might fits the fast-paced living mode of modern society yet providing an easy and enjoyable learning experience.

Bookworm Academia is a chain brand which you may find one just around your corner. It opens 24 to 7, an option for your private breakfast learning session, lunchtime mini-lecture or dinner discussion group. Multiple courses (and food) are served with multiple scale of rooms for different learning activities.

Come and enjoy the food for your stomach and your brain.
(Reservations recommended on weekends)


Alberto de Salvatierra (Mexican/American)

David Douglas (American)

Carley Pasqualotto (American)

Kyle Saca (American)



The increasing digitalization of education is set to critically redefine higher learning. However, rather than examine a university’s media and methods, this project seeks to catalyze a university’s infrastructure, ormilieu. Often operating at the scale of a neighborhood, universities can be an incredible waste of space when classes are not in session. And even when they are, their building density is poor—often luxuriating in vast campuses across large areas. In the age of climate change where population is set to reach 9 billion by 2050, universities have an opportunity to use one of their most significant assets—space—and flexibly redensify for an increased population while serving as a model of socio-ecological sustainability. UniverCITY therefore deploys nine thousand repurposed shipping containers within an existing, 1.6km2 campus to serve as a case study on the feasibility of urban redensification. The containers act as a datum that reorganize a new grid system optimized for pedestrians—deprioritizing vehicles and ignoring parking lots. Additionally, UniverCITY encourages students, faculty and staff to more communally live amongst its educational buildings rather than commute, and ultimately extend knowledge sharing dynamics beyond the classroom to an entire city—affordably innovating on spatial opportunities.


Daye Kim, South Korea, Seoul National University

Kiwon Jeon, South Korea, Seoul National University


Digitalization of education like MOOC helps everyone to consume different knowledge anywhere. However, learning is more than just consumption. People need a physical tool to interact with others and produce knowledge.

FUN-ITURE is stackable furniture for the people to curate any public space into different size of classrooms. The basic unit is a chair-height furniture frame that is easy to carry around. It is composed of a minimized steel frame to structurally support assembly system, wood table top, and other replaceable parts. The assembly of it reaches the height of the table by stacking two of the basic units and further becomes stairs and auditoriums by further arrangements. This lets people customize the learning space based on their own needs.

FUN-ITURE promotes the spontaneous activity of learning. Anyone can simply start with arranging a stool or desk for watching a TED video. Then another one may connect another unit to start a conversation. A group of people can join and create a discussion with the auditorium-like arrangement. Later the units can be redistributed into smaller groups to write, draw, and photograph different forms of knowledge. It is the pure fun of creating one’s own space that motivates people to go beyond digital education.

Ciudad Libertad Havana

Tom Joseph


The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts


An autonomous space of education

Ciudad Libertad questions the value of autocratic education in an evermore connected yet atomized world. The socialist island of Cuba presents a unique socio-political condition clearly highlighting the disjunction between a traditional ‘good’ education and a fulfilled, contented life.

Here, an authority enforces a rigid set of teachings. This regimented approach, coupled with limited access to information and global connections, doesn’t conduce the free-thought and lateral thinking required to become self-determined.

Welcome to Cuidad Libertad, a platform for learning though free-thinking and experimentation. Assuming a level of autonomy from the State, it is a place of connectivity, with uninhibited access to the internet and secure servers to build autonomous digital-archives.

Reflections upon the implications and paradoxes of Autonomy, spawned the design of a space that enables fluid, autonomous groups to emerge at multiple scales. Autonomous nodes are spread over a large flexible site within which clusters of differentiated spaces are scattered around a circulation-cores of communal facilities. Secondary circulation allows the circumvention of the central cores thus bypassing dominant power. The physicality provides enough structure to avoid anarchy with enough flexibility for creative, co-dependant, adaptive autonomies.

A step toward more connectivity and freedom in learning. An architecture of Autonomy.


Name + Surname: Ivan Felipe Lizcano Rivera

Nationality: Colombian


Public infrastructure for holistic learning

Dear Student,

Welcome to knowLEDge!

knowLEDge is the first public learning infrastructure worldwide that allows citizens to have access to a variety of spaces in which they can study, work, start a business and have fun. Classrooms, offices, coffees and co-working spaces cohabit to give a holistic learning environment while contemplating city views from the endless boundaries of the system. Lighting up our cities, our trademark LED wall display façade projects real-time gradients of color-coded topics, that portrait the citizens’ behavior while consuming digital content from the internet wherever they might be.

Throughout the day, the gradients change according to people’s interests. From dawn to dusk, the city atmosphere tints itself with the color assigned to the trendiest topic: A distinctive identity each day. Each of the build knowLEDgeinfrastructures powered by solar energy, has unveiled and materialized with color some particular interests from capital cities around the world: London in Cooking, Montreal in Art, and Bogotá in Mental Health, among others.

knowLEDge becomes a pivotal tool that provides different settings to learn, and could help to raise awareness about the overlooked topics that people study outside an academic environment. Individually we learn, but knowLEDge gives us collective identity.

Big Data UniverCity

Team members: Artem Sukhoplyuev, Polina Kulagina, Anna Misharina, Keith Chung

Nationality: Russia, USA

Institution: Studio CRIT


In the age of academic inflation and devaluation of higher education, Simulacrum explores new ways of knowledge consumption and production. It is a fair of experiences that produces fluid intelligence. There, knowledge turns into a ceaseless landscape of architecture.


Simulacrum replicates real-life and creates imaginary challenges. The learning becomes a game with an individualized script. Each script has its own reality that plays in an adaptable physical space. Inside Simulacrum, the walls rise and fall; the floor changes its topography. The pumps and engines work non-stop adjusting spaces to the imaginary worlds of educational game. The computers process virtual realms. A student travels through the spaces alone but their path intersects with those of others creating common ground for collaboration. The end of the final challenge means two things: the student failed to advance or dived into the eternal knowledge that can elevate them over competitors in the outside world.



ENTER “Preparation Cell”

INSTALL “Wearable AR Enabler”

BEGIN education

IF education challenge N+X = true THEN

ENTER “Ether”


BEGIN education challenge N

DO WHILE education challenge N = false

IF education challenge N = true THEN

LET education challenge N = true





Buildings’ Free Time

Marharyta Hohun, Ukraine, Os&Partners

Nataliia Bortnik, Ukraine, KNUCA

Sveta Konoplyova, Ukraine, Os&Partners


Thousands of universities in your pocket! Download the app, choose a building and create your own university in it. Or become a student and choose a lecture by your taste. How does it work? Have you noticed that most of the buildings are monofunctional and not “full-time working”? The theater is open just several days a week. The school is empty for several months. We are adding  these buildings to the base. So people can use the BUILDINGS’ FREE TIME for education. Therefore, anyone can become a speaker, work in a team or listen to a lecture. The availability of Wi-Fi, projector, etc. depends on the rating of the building. The professional level of the teacher depends on the teacher’s rating. Enjoy and don’t forget to rate!


Name + Surname: Jose Antonio Carrillo Andrada

Nationality: Spanish

Institution: American University in Dubai (Associate Professor of Architecture)


A journey through architecture and “Haute Pâtisserie”

archEatable is a university course designed with a unique and non-conventional academic approach to teaching architecture.

12 students were asked to design edible works of art supported in the use of architectural concept design processes, specific software like Rhinoceros & Grasshopper and in machinery for digital fabrication like 3d printers and laser cutters. Once they had the physical prototype made they manufactured food grade silicone molds in order to make the final edible works of art .

Seeking to promote trans and inter-disciplinarity at both professional and university level, the course had several external components. First, students established a collaboration with professional pastry chefs. They worked together at the chef’s off campus facilities to learn which techniques were more suitable to make the cakes come true. At university level, the course took on board students of the School of Communication who were documenting all this journey. Finally, students presented the results in an event open to all the industry, academics and students in Dubai Design District.

The course aimed to explore the borders of teaching in architecture through a non-conventional methodology which question the standards on how to educate future architects today. It introduced the students to crossed professional collaborations, to innovation and research, and to a guided trial-and-error ideation and fabrication process with unpredictable but certainly stimulating results.


Looking Glass

Name: Erin (Seo Yoon) Jeong

Nationality: South Korean

Institution: University of Toronto


The world through an academic lens.

“When are we going to be using this in real life?”

The Looking Glass allows for the university students to go through their daily lives immersed in the subject(s) of their choosing. Learning is not simply confined to textbooks, slideshows, or classrooms but found everywhere in the most ordinary of things. Different students may find different information highlighted while looking at the same object, based on their choice of subject. It’s all a matter of perspective. Put on the Looking Glass and see how your education is applied everywhere around you.


Sunho (Tim) Kim (Nationality: Republic of Korea, Institution: Cornell University)

Ji Yoon (Kelly) Lee (Nationality: Republic of Korea, Institution: Columbia University in the City of New York)


University that is:


About finding your own way



A journey for life


University that has:

No time

No professors

No limitations

No end


This space is designed for true learning and self-searching. The MAZE is a higher educational space created by a vision that LEARNING should be about finding yourself, finding your own way.

The MAZE achieves a careful balance between the individual experience and the collective learning. It takes you through a personal journey that is enriched by different layers of encounters — from analog style books and libraries to natural spaces to high-tech assisted galleries. In the midst of being lost, the paths become your own guidance, and the open spaces allow for interactions with the diverse other learners you will meet in your way. Through others, you will NOT be instructed but be inspired and informed.

Variations of circular spaces represent and allow for infinite search for knowledge you desire. After all, education should be endless, a never-ending journey towards knowledge and improvement.

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