Greece Greece: 0° (Photo credits: Alexandros Kallegias)

Greece

Constellations : 0°

Dates TBC Winter 2017

Our network-based society has amplified global connectivity among cities world-wide. This creates a growing need for our built environment to evolve while maintaining a sense of identity. The swift interchange of world trends, concepts and products has a direct impact on the culture of place. In 2017, AA Greece Visiting School, will address architectural themes involving urban-specific characteristics, dynamic relations between the city and its’ inhabitants via the design and fabrication of urban-informed architectural proposals.

Following the urban explorations outside the country’s capital, the programme focuses on creating design proposals characterised by the city’s local traits and activities rooted with the land and season. The results of these investigations are interpreted through graphs and interactive visualizations for the building of a prototype which bears the potential to communicate aspects of social activity, historic and contemporary events, and urban morphology. Through the use of modelling software such as Autodesk Maya and McNeel Rhinoceros as well as computational tools like Maya dynamics and Grasshopper these are designed, developed and animated. The city extracted information becomes the ‘guideline’ to influence and affect the architectural design of the active prototype and its’ fabrication in one-to-one scale. In “CONSTELLATIONS” a series of morphological parametric and spatial manipulations will be explored through a scientific approach of iterative modelling. Lectures by internationally renowned architects and academics from institutes like the Architectural Association and practices like Zaha Hadid Architects among others, are coupled with design seminars on aspects of computational techniques, construction methods and architectural learning among others.
As every location is distinguished by its’ own unique built environment which allows for a more specialized and genuine set of design qualities, locality becomes essential reference as a dynamic, fluctuating wave of information that get unfolded into analogue and digitally crafted experience models. Each model reflects the city’s personality and will act as a point of connection with the other city prototypes. This process is based on the perennial research of the school’s series, where information extracted from every city will eventually be overlaid with each other, thereby leading to the emergence of complex network topologies which link all cities with different contexts and backgrounds.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed
• Participants become part of an active learning environment where the large tutor to student ratio (4:1) allows for personalized tutorials and debates.
• The toolset of AA Greece includes but is not limited to Maya and Grasshopper for Rhinoceros, as well as design analysis software.
• Participants gain knowledge on digital fabrication techniques.
• Design seminars and lecture series support the key objectives of the programme, disseminating fundamental computational techniques, relevant critical thinking, theoretical understanding and professional awareness.


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 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.

Location
TBC

Fees

The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £600 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.
The AA Visiting School fee 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: https://www.aaschool.ac.uk/MEMBERSHIP/JOIN/becomeamember.php
A limited amount of discounts are available if you are planning to apply as a group. Please contact the VS Director Alexandros Kallegias on Alexandros.Kallegias@aaschool.ac.uk for more details.
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. 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-related field students, PhD candidates and young professionals. The eligibility of applicants who do not have a design-related background will be assessed on an individual basis by the Programme Head/s.

Biography
Alexandros Kallegias is an architect teaching at the Architectural Association since 2011-current, University of Oxford Brookes(2016-current) and University of Liverpool (2013-2015). He is the Programme Head of AA Greece Visiting School, AA Athens Visiting School, and Co-Programme Head of AA Summer DLAB. He is a Senior Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects (2011-current), also acting as BIM Coordinator in different projects. He received his MArch degrees from University of Patras in 2000 (High Honors), and AA Design Research LAB (DRL) in 2011. He is a registered architect in the UK and Greece.

Sponsors
EK Magazine, ArchDaily, Archinect, Bustler, ArchiSearch, Yapi Mimarizm, GreekArchitects, ArchStudies, ARCH2O

Contacts

Programme Head
Alexandros Kallegias

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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


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