Alessi AirSpace

Alessi AirSpace

Design at 30,000 Feet

Tuesday 12 December – Friday 12 January 2018

The Alessi AirSpace project is a new learning platform focusing on ‘Design at 30,000ft’ organised in collaboration with Alessi and Delta Airlines. The studio brief focuses on developing innovative directions for airline travel products using advanced computational design and 3D prototyping.

Although these projects begin as architectural investigations of airline and Alessi typologies, they will be informed by contemporary discourse on computational generative processes and manufacture of forms. Making full use of advanced technologies, we will explore the behaviour of form, material and scale in an airspace environment and generate knowledge applicable to such spaces.

The aim of the workshop is to develop airline travel products which redefine our notion of physical space by warping, pulling and pushing the boundaries of objects until they arrive at and constitute both new and unfamiliar territories of design. All objects will be then tested through 3D prototype models showing transformational digital design and emerging additive manufacturing. A selection of 3D prototype models will be further developed for exhibition purposes.

This programme brings together internationally acclaimed architects such as Patrik Schumacher AA, Zaha Hadid Architects, Tom Kovac RMIT while members of the review panel will include Alberto Alessi, Carlo Gasparini and Gloria Barcellini. 

Applications

1) You can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page. 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. A CV or a portfolio is not required.

The deadline for applications is: 15 November 2017.

Location
Architectural Association School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES

Fees

The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £1900 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. A non-refundable deposit of £350 is required when registering with the online form - with the remaining balance due to be paid by the deadline of the 15th of November 2017. 

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.

Visas
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.

Insurance
All participants are reponsible for their own insurance including travel and health insurance. All participants also need to ensure that any equipment and valuable items such as laptops are covered by their own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen.

Programme Heads
Patrik Schumacher & Tom Kovac

Tom Kovac is a Professor of Architecture at RMIT University, Visiting Professor at IoA Die Angewandte Urban Strategies. He has lectured and exhibited in Europe, Japan and the United States. Since 2010 Kovac has directed the Alessi Mutants program with Reiner Zettl at Urban Strategies IoA Die Angewandte, Vienna. Most recently Kovac has participated in the Venice International Architecture Biennale exhibitions, The Milan Triennale, Beijing Architecture Biennial, ZKM Center for Art and Media (Karlsruhe), Mori Museum, Tokyo, The London Biennale and Ars Electronica Linz Austria. Kovac was the Architecture Director of the 2012 European Capital of Culture and Curator of the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale Slovenian Pavilion.

Most recently he was appointed Artistic Director for the Malaysia Biennial 2017. Kovac’s project work is included in the collections of the FRAC Centre Orleans, The American Library of Congress Washington, The Alessi Museum Italy and The Centre Pompidou, Paris France.

Contacts

Programme Heads
Patrik Schumacher
Tom Kovac

Programme Coordinators
Elisa Interligi
Dorotea Petrucci

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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


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