HACU  Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
 is pleased to send you a personal invitation to an innovative
workshop that builds capacity for the 21st Century.
  “Synergetic Solutions and Integrated Spatial Tools Workshop”
 This unique opportunity is the outcome of our partnership with

  Los Angeles Trade Tech College Green Workshop Division/CDM Department/Architecture Environmental Design Discipline

in  collaboration with
LATTC ASO Sustainable Design Student Club

  e7 Architecture Studio Internship Program


  On Friday, February 24th, 2012
8:30 to 4:30 
 Location: LATTC Architecture and Environmental Design Studio
400 W. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles California 90015  
$50.00 Registration Fee (includes hotel, materials and food)


 “Synergetic Solutions and Integrated Spatial Tools Workshop” is for all disciplines and occupations. It supports innovative curriculum and solutions for sustainable environments and a new economy. 

These two new perspectives are promising to be the next transformation for our communities, education and the world.

Through an intensive one day program that includes: presentations, personal tutoring, digital exercises, discussions and reflection, participants will create and visualize complex solutions with simple models and templates

We will address questions  like:


What makes geospatial CAD/BIM/GIS tools?


How do we choose which one to use?


Why do we need these tools to think green?


Why do we need these tools for the life cycle of a building?


How we can learn very fast these tools?


What is blocking the change? 


How can we use these new tools to be more agile, effective and transparent?



In a friendly environment this workshop will facilitate a creative experience and hands on workshop using physical and virtual models. The user will walk out of this workshop with incredible resources and templates that took us years to develop.


      We will open on February 23, 2012 with a fantastic dinner in Downtown Los Angeles.  On Friday, February 24, 2012, we will have a full day workshop  at LATTC in the LEED Building Tower and the Architecture Studios.
      Your $50.00 registration fee includes one night hotel accommodations, meals and materials. Click here to register! 


To support your participation, we will pay for a one day accommodation at a USC Radisson Hotel and food will be complementary for the first 20 people to register.


Read about Synergetic Thinking below and watch the introductory video to prepare to this exciting workshop!



Synergetic Thinking and Integrated Spatial Tools

By Marcela Oliva, Architecture Professor


New at Synergetic Thinking?

Synergetic is when the whole is larger than the addition of the individual parts. Synergetic thinking is the interdependence and interconnection among multiple environments and fields; in this new structure, we are able to literally see patterns, relationships, solutions and challenges that we could not see before. It unites the mechanisms of the mind, digital world, natural environments and human physical systems.

Synergetic Thinking models use space and form as a vessel of memory, laden with cultural and social meaning. Space and form creation is a human right and disconnection from it creates unsustainable places destined for failure. We will survive only if we can become co-creators with nature (Fuller 1947) and see ourselves as “envi-organisms” (Lipton 1972).

For natural systems, it rewards energy savings, facilitates material efficiency and discourages waste. For economies, it transforms consumption-oriented behavior into creative-local rapid manufacturing. For social forces, it aligns procedures and technology and ensures that natural resources are used wisely. For business, it improves performance, facilitates core services and guarantees efficiency. For the life cycle, it uses enterprise strategies, national intelligence and high-level standards to assess, design, produce, and display innovative solutions. For education, it sees each person with a mission in life and uses holistic learning to stimulate the sensory system, affecting the intellect and inspiring a desire to create and participate.


New at Integrated Spatial Tools?


Integrated Spatial Tools use the following software; Image Manipulation, Geographical Information System, Computer Aided Design and Drafting, Digital Fabrication, Modeling Tools, Knowledge Architecture and Smart Document Management. These tools are all interconnected to facilitate an unprecedented analytical and comprehensive means of looking at human-made ecosystems and its relationship to the planet.


While some of these tools have been used successfully in design and construction for many years, they now support a broad range of additional applications, such as Sustainable Metrics for water, air and land, First Response, National Intelligence, Operations Planning, Emergency Management, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, Safety Regulations, Space Utilization Efficiency and LEED Neighborhood Planning.


Integrated Spatial Tools hold the following data connected to space; socio-economics forces, natural systems, buildings, infrastructures, business, multiple initiatives and human potential. Integrated Spatial Tools accurate simulation hold a massive amount of spatial information collected through a new way of learning and producing. The virtual models are scientifically precise, representing the real world with all its complexities — buildings, urban fabric, census data, reflection levels, water flow, material qualities, glass thermal capacities, sensors and others.


Spatial tools are the only way to understand the interdependence of the many factors that make up balanced ecosystems. Spatial thinking and new spatial tools can capitalize on current knowledge in ways that are exponential and agile. These new model simulation environments enable all stakeholders to participate, to reuse solutions and to reconnect.


It is time for our nation to have a smart system to manage the built environment, provide agile educational solutions for all, use our natural resources efficiently, use business enterprise solutions, and consider all these variables at the same time.