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Easter Island - Santiago

Easter Rising

Wednesday 12 – Friday 21 July 2017

The 2017 Visiting School to Chile will study from architectural, urban, and territorial perspectives, a series of infrastructures that since the 1960s have been installed in Rapa Nui (Easter Island) because of its extraordinary strategic location in the South Pacific Ocean. These include satellite tracking equipment, seismology and GPS tools, and radio-nuclear detection instruments that came to define global technological projects in the island. In particular, the workshop will focus in the Mataveri Airport which – being the remotest runway in the world – was paved in the 1960s by the United States for the installation of a strategic base and extended again by NASA in the 1980s to become emergency landing for space shuttles. The island, in opposition to usual associations to isolation, was instead expedient for the setting of larger technological networks. While enjoying the extraordinary natural and cultural history of the place, the workshop will explore this technological side, looking for its role within Cold War networks associated to geopolitical concerns of the ‘space race.’

Features of the Workshop

Participants will be asked to document these built infrastructures and conceive projects that will engage with a different kind of archaeology. As a design problem, the workshop will reflect on NASA’s derelict station, and Rapa Nui’s extended runway. Through discussions around such elongated piece of reinforced concrete, we will enter into a plethora of themes seemingly remote from one another, but utterly interconnected, including the repercussions on the tourism industry, and the current relevance of these networks within projects for the remote monitoring of environments linked to global warming and the impact of oceanic currents in the archaeological heritage, both above the ground and underwater. 

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 03 March 2017.  

Please note that applications will close 4 months prior the start date of the VS owing to the need to complete travel arrangements in advance.

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.

Related Websites

http://www.museorapanui.cl/Inicio/

http://www.archdaily.com/803041/aa-easter-rising-visiting-school-to-easter-island 

Fees

The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £1,200 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.

Fees include travel and accommodation to Easter Island, but do not include flights to Chile or accommodation in Santiago. Students need to bring their own laptops and digital equipment. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance, as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.

Eligibility

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, Ph.D candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR7 or later).

 Location/Sponsors

- Catholic University School of Architecture (PUC). El Comendador 1916, Providencia, Santiago. Chile. 
- Museum of Anthropology P. Sebastián Englert.Hanga Roa, Easter Island. Chile.

Programme

Day 1 - Wednesday 12th
15:30 Pedro I. Alonso, Welcoming and introduction to the workshop. FADEU Auditorium, Campus Lo Contador, PUC School of Architecture
16:00 Roberto Moris, Easter Island, an introduction to its infrastructures
16:30 Pedro Ramirez, NASA in Easter Island: 1958 to the present
17:00 Jose Hernandez, Technology transfers: the Space Shuttle versus the Buran
18:00 Book launch:
Pedro Ignacio Alonso (ed.) Space Race Archaeologies: Photographs, Biographies and Design (Berlin: DOM Publishers, 2016)
- Pedro Ignacio Alonso, Towards an archaeology of things moving
- Asif Siddiqi, Another Space: Global Science and the Cosmic Detritus of the Cold War
- Philipp Meuser, Galina Balashova, space architect. The untold story behind
- Hugo Palmarola, NASA, Latin America, and the Archaeology of Branding
Day 02- Thursday July 13th
10:00 Flight to Easter Island.
17:00 Introduction to the workshop’s brief, P. Sebastian Englert Anthropological Museum. Talk by Pedro Alonso and Philipp Meuser
17:30 Talk by Hetereki Huke, Historic traces in the territory. Migrations, Science and Connectivity in the contemporary island lanscape
18:00 Brief 1: Documenting networks - Field work
Day 03 - Friday July 14th
09:00 Brief 1: Documenting networks - Field work Visit to Rano Raraku and Orongo
16:00 Pin-up Brief 1: Documenting networks
18:00 Talk by Edmundo Edwards, Rapa Nui as archaeological site
Day 04 - Saturday July 15th
09:00 Brief 2 - (2.1) Networks and strategies: from the smallest to the global. Vitis to Anakena and Aka Hanga
18:00 Talk by Asif Siddiqi
Day 05 - Sunday July 16th
09:00 Brief 2 - (2.2) Networks and strategies: from the visible to the hidden
Visit to Ahu Tepeu
Pin-up Brief 2
Talk by Philipp Meuser
Day 06 - Monday July 17th
09:00 Brief 2 - (2.3) Networks and strategies: from the static to the mobile.
16:00 Pin-up. Presentation of preliminary results Briefs 1 and 2. P. Sebastian Englert Anthropological. Museum. Jury: Hetereki Huke, Asif Siddiqi, Philipp Meuser, Hugo Palmarola and Pedro I. Alonso.
18:00 Brief 3 – Approaches to design
18:30 Joint Seminar and book launch:
Pedro Ignacio Alonso (ed.) Space Race Archaeologies: Photographs, Biographies and Design (Berlin: DOM Publishers, 2016)
- Pedro Ignacio Alonso, Towards an archaeology of things moving
- Asif Siddiqi, Another Space: Global Science and the Cosmic Detritus of the Cold War
- Philipp Meuser, Galina Balashova, space architect. The untold story behind
- Hugo Palmarola, NASA, Latin America, and the Archaeology of Branding
Day 07 - Tuesday, July 18th
11:00 Return to Santiago
16:00 Free afternoon
Day 08 - Wednesday July 19th
09:00 Architectural tour in Santiago
13:00 Brief 3 – Approaches to design. Individual work
16:00 Pin Up
18:00 Individual work
Day 09 - Thursday July 20th
09:00 Brief 3 – Approaches to design. Individual work.
Day 10 - Friday July 21st
09:00 Brief 3 – Approaches to design. Individual work.
15:00 Final projects review
Jury: Asif Siddiqi, Philipp Meuser, Hugo Palmarola and Pedro I. Alonso.
Campus Lo Contador, PUC School of Architecture
19:00 Final drinks and barbecue.

Biographies

Pedro Ignacio Alonso is Associate Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Together with Hugo Palmarola he won the Silver Lion as curator and author of Monolith Controversies, Chile’s Pavilion at the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture 2014. They have published the books Panel (Architectural Association, 2014) and Monolith Controversies (Hatje Cantz, 2014). He has published articles at AA Files, San Rocco and Manifest, and book chapters with Routledge (2013), and MIT Press (2014).

Philipp Meuser holds a PhD degree in architecture. He is co-manager of Meuser Architekten GmbH and head of DOM publishers. He studied architecture at the Berlin University of Technology, following a postgraduate course on History and Theory of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. From 1996 to 2001 he was policy advisor to the Berlin Senator of Urban Development. Since 2001 he has curated various projects for Goethe Institutes in the former Soviet Union. From 2002 to 2005 he taught master classes in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan, and in 2004 he held a teaching appointment in the Habitat Unit of the Berlin University of Technology. Recent publications include Galina Balashova Architect of the Soviet Space Programme (DOM, 2014), and Die Ästhetik der Platte Wohnungsbau in der Sowjetunion zwischen Stalin und Glasnost (DOM, 2015).

Hugo Palmarola is a designer from the Catholic University of Chile (2004) and holds a MA in Theory and History of Design, National Autonomous University of Mexico (2010). His 2014 Chile Pavilion titled Monolith Controversies, and co–curated with Pedro Alonso, was awarded a Silver Lion during the 14th Venice Architecture Biennial. Together they have curated exhibitions and presented their work at work at the Architectural Association in London, the Pratt Institute in New York, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and the São Paulo Cultural Centre. They are the authors of the books Panel (Architectural Association, 2014) and Monolith Controversies (Hatje Cantz, 2014), which was awarded a DAM Architectural Book Award from the Deutsches Architekturmuseum and Frankfurt Book Fair (2014). He has been International Scholar at The Society for the History of Technology (2008), and member of the Advisory Committee for Exhibitions at Los Angeles County Museum of Art in USA (2013). Palmarola is Professor of the School of Design at the Catholic University of Chile.

Hetereki Huke is an Architect and holds a M.Sc. in Urban Development from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He is a partner of Keho Studio, an architectural practice based in Rapa Nui and dedicated to architecture and planning in island territories. His projects address the challenges of small islands and within them the integration of technical, cultural and ecological aspects, at the crossroads between tourism, archaeological heritage and local communities.

Contacts

Programme Head
Pedro Ignacio Alonso, Ph.D

Tutors
Philipp Meuser
Hugo Palmarola
Hetereki Huke

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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


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