Brussels European Parliament's TV set. (AAVS Brussels, 2016)


The House of Politics

July 2017 - Dates TBC

The VS Brussels program will explore film as an analytical tool. The objective is to address the role of architecture in representing political communities. We will look at political organizations that transcend the boundaries of the traditional nation-state. The architecture of their institutions will be the object of our investigation. The field work will be developed in Brussels, home of important supranational political organizations like Benelux, NATO and EU. The main case study will be the buildings of the institutions of the European Union.
The workshop departs from the assumption that there is and increasing need for supranational political organizations in a globalized world; and more concretely, the need for a common political project in Europe. Nevertheless, it is evident the lack of identification of the citizens with the European institutions. Architecture, having a prominent role in the edification of visual collective imagination, can help to establish stronger connections between the political organization and the political community that are the citizens.
The output of the workshop will be short films that investigate the hidden poetics and affective potential of the, beforehand, unappealing European Union institutions architecture. The possibility of rebuilding anew all these buildings, in order to improve their spatial quality and disposition in the city, is unlikely. Nevertheless, the analysis of their values can lead to a new understanding of their use: both in terms of their practical functioning and representative role. The objective of the exercise is to identify how could they be transformed in order to operate in the contemporary context. The possibility of becoming instruments of representation has to respond to affect generating strategies depend on digital media to a great extent.
More information can be found on the VS Brussels microsite.


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, you are registered to the programme.
The deadline for applications is 1 June 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.

Faculté d'Architecture La Cambre Horta (ULB)


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.Should you wish to enhance your membership, a Subscribing Membership is available at an additional £70 (£130 in total), full details of which can be found at:
Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised under demand.

The workshop is open to current architecture, design, cinema and related disciplines students, phd candidates and young professionals worldwide.

Programme Heads
Bernard Dubois is a Belgian practicing architect and curator graduated in L’École de la Cambre, Brussels in 2009. Based in Brussels, his studio produces projects in Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy and China. He was co-curator of the Belgian Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.

Pol Esteve is a Spanish practicing architect and teacher graduated from Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona in 2009. He holds Masters in History and Critical thinking by the Architectural Association and is a PhD candidate at The Bartlett (UCL). He has previously collaborated with studios like Cloud9 and R&Sie(n) and founded the practice GOIG in 2015. He is currently teaching design and theory in the AA.

Visiting Teachers
Marina Otero is architect and curator. She is Head of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut. Previously, she has been chief curator of OAT2016 together with the After Belonging Agency, Director of Global Network Programming at Studio-X , and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University GSAPP.

Véronique Patteeuw is an engineer architect, critic and editor. She is an associate professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Lille and lectures at the FRAC Orléans. She is the academic editor of OASE.


Programme Heads
Bernard Dubois
Pol Esteve

Visiting Teachers
Marina Otero 
Véronique Patteeuw

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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