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Cipher City: Revolutions

Monday 31 March – Tuesday 8 April 2014

National Technical University of Athens

What would happen if a structure could transform in real‐time? AA Athens Visiting School embarks on its’ third cycle to address issues of change, adaptation and interaction in the design of an enclosed volume. In this time of social, economic, and environmental uncertainty, it's a quality for the built environment to regard transformation as a way of practice.

Revolutions have occurred through architectural history and vary widely in terms of design methods and fabrication techniques. Focusing on inspiring natural form‐finding techniques, AA Athens VS will work towards producing a large‐scale interactive prototype that will alter the real‐time perception of interior space.

Technology and architecture are coupled for the third year in Athens with a novel agenda of transforming an enclosed area and creating internal contrasting city‐life characteristics that transcend the local conditions. In collaboration with the National Technical University of Athens, Cipher City: Revolutions explores participatory design and active engagement modeling and continues building novel prototypes upon horizontal planes. The toolset includes mainly ‐among others‐ Rhino Grasshopper, Processing and Arduino platforms. With the completion of the Programme participants receive the AA Visiting School Certificate. As in 2013, the design agendas of AA Athens and AA Istanbul Visiting Schools are connected, allowing for a more
extensive learning experience through participation in either one or both Programmes.


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 for instructions to pay by bank transfer. 

2) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment of £600, you are registered to the programme. A CV or a portfolio is not required.

The deadline for applications is 24th of March 2014. All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required. After payment of fees, the AA can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop. 


Fee Packages

1.       Standard application
The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £600 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting Membership. If you are already a member, the total fee will be reduced automatically by £60 by the online payment system. Fees are non-refundable.
2.       Group registration
For group applications, there will be a range of discounts depending on the number of people in the group.  The discounted fee will be applied to each individual in the group.
1. 3-6 people group: £60 (AA Membership fee) + 540*0.75 = £465 (25 %)
2. 6-15 people group: 
£60 + 540*0.70 = £438 (30%)
3. more than 15 people group: 
£60 + 540*0.65 = £411 (35%)
3.       Participants attending AA Athens VS and AA Greece VS | 40% discount
For people wishing to attend both AA Greece VS and AA Athens VS, a discount of 40% will be made for each participant. (The participant will pay the £60 membership fee only once.)
£60 (AA Membership fee) + (540*0.60)*2 = £708
4.       AA students | 50% discount
For current AA students studying in Undergraduate or Graduate programs, a discount of 50% will be made for each participant. (AA students are exempt of paying the £60 membership fee.)

If you are already a member, the total fee will be reduced automatically by £60 by the online payment system.

Fees are non‐refundable.

Fees do not include flights and accommodation, but advice on accommodation options can be given.

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.


The workshop is open to architecture and design students, PhD candidates, and professionals worldwide.


Programme Directors
Alexandros Kallegias

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782

Links & Downloads

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