Chengdu Final installation Chengdu Visiting School 2016


Marking the city 2018

Chinese metropolitan cities change rapidly every day - an enormous exodus from countryside as well as from secondary cities in search for jobs or better quality of life.

For many it is the first time living in a city, meaning there is a huge contrast and need for adaption to a new way of living. For instance growing vegetables in public urban landscape as a result of a preexistence of farm land which was transformed into an urban area, or migrants which start living in certain areas and trying to adapt but keeping some rural habits; these behaviors can be seen as an adaptive solution to implement architecture and urban planning, in other cases and widely built are extensions of architecture by DIY structures on rooftops, between buildings, etc.

The understanding of these structures from its use, location and character could become a typology to develop a prototype during the AA Visiting School in Chengdu 2018, how they could inspire the next structures and how this workshop would start to impact the city and MARK IT.


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. A CV or a portfolio is not required.

The deadline for applications is TBC.

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.


The fees for this workshop will be confirmed at a later date.


The workshop is open to architecture, design and art students. 

Students should be aware that visas are required for Visiting Schools held both in the UK and abroad and it is the student's responsibility to investigate what is required via the relevant embassies in their country.

Programme Head
Stewart Dodd


Programme Head
Stewart Dodd

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

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