Aarhus Work from previous years, highlighting the emphasis on complex geometry and digital fabrication, where we have implemented advanced robotic manufacturing.

Aarhus

Rethinking Patterns: Exploring Heterogenic Structures

Wednesday 2 – Friday 11 August 2017

The Aarhus Visiting School is entering its third year in Denmark. The workshop focuses on how geometry can be manipulated at the local and global scale to control light and generate patterns. These investigations are driven through the use of computational tools and digital fabrication at various scales. 

The research will expand on previous agendas in integrating robotic and CNC tools as part of the design and fabrication process in architecture. The Aarhus Visiting School operates in collaboration with the Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark, and will use their state-of- the-art fabrication facility. The workshop will be divided into two research agendas which include ‘Mesh Morphologies’ and ‘Robotic Crafting’.
‘Mesh Morphologies’ focuses on teaching students how to control and manipulate geometry at both the local and global scale based on environmental and material inputs, where a digital fabrication pipeline enables a constant feedback between physical and digital models. This unit favours all levels off grasshopper knowledge, but if you are a beginner this is the unit to choose.
'Robotic Crafting' will engage traditional construction techniques and tectonics systems, reinterpreting them for a digital design and fabrication paradigm. We will develop and implement fabrication processes that integrate material properties and potential feedback systems, and make use of the ABB IRB 6620 and 120 robots available. This unit assumes that you have an intermediate to advanced level of grasshopper knowledge, as we will emphasise individual process and data design.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed
- Novel modelling and parametric techniques based on local ecological factors.
- Introduction to new fabrication techniques that are becoming prevalent in the field of design & architecture.
- Discussions on new architectural processes and theories.
- Applying theories that are highly applicable in contemporary praxis through computation.
- Students will gain new knowledge from leading researchers and theorists through the lecture series as a part of the workshop.

Applications

1) You can submit an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page. If you are a student you will have to apply for a student discount code by providing us with a valid student ID. If you are not able to make an online application, email visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk for instructions to pay by bank transfer.
2) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme. The deadline for applications is: 19 July 2017.
All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.

Location
Arkitektskolen Aarhus, Nørreport 20, 8000 Aarhus C

Fees

The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per student, £995 per professional participants, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.

If you are a student please send your univeristy ID number to visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk to gain access to a concession code which you can use on our online application form to reduce your course fees.

Limited Early Bird Concession: Students will receive £150 off course fees at only £545 including membership and professional participants will also receive £150 off course fees at £845 including membership. Offer runs till the end of March!

Eligibility
The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates and professionals.
Software Requirements:
Adobe Creative Suite, newest version of Rhino and grasshopper. The workshop will not supply you with this software, but can be found here:
Rhino website [www.rhino3d.com]
Grasshopper website [www.grasshopper3d.com]

Biographies
Ali Farzaneh is a PhD Candidate at the Architectural Association. He has worked at Coop Himmelb(l)au in Vienna and SOM in Washington DC and has taught architectural design at the University of Oklahoma and the AA Visiting School in Alexandria, Egypt.
Jens Pedersen is graduate from the Aarhus School of Architecture and holds a Master’s Degree from the Emergent Technologies & Design Programme at the Architectural Association. Jens has worked at the computational design group P.Art at AKTII and has been teaching computational design at a variety of intuitions.

Sponsors
Aarhus School of Architecture
McNeel Rhinoceros
Grasshopper3d

Contacts

Programme Heads
Ali Farzaneh
Jens Pedersen

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782
visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk


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