Istanbul AA Istanbul 2013/ Noise De-former Prototype detail (photo by Elif Erdine)


Fostered Land

Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

Entering its fourth cycle, AA Istanbul Visiting School, Fostered Land, will continue to develop its agenda of object‐oriented architectures by engaging bottom‐up design methodologies as a response to the question of transforming open spaces. Different patterns of engagement between human activities and spatial aspects will be explored in order to expose latent place‐making qualities in an open space.

The agenda of shifting the perception of the ‘exterior’ towards the ‘interior’ will be investigated by permeating openness with the generation of spatial properties that ordinarily relate to enclosed spaces. The complexity observed in natural systems will serve as the inspiration in creating design alternatives overlaid with multiple spatial, performative, and functional traits. Custom‐made digital design and evaluation tools will be supported with digital fabrication and assembly techniques towards the realization of large‐scale working prototypes.

In collaboration with Istanbul Technical University, Fostered Land continues to build on its prevailing methodology, the investigation of generative design thinking and application through the use of the latest algorithmic tools. The toolset includes Rhino, Grasshopper, and Processing 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 £695, you are registered to the programme. A CV or a portfolio is not required.

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.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 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.

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.


Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

Links & Downloads

Programme site


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