Kuwait 'PixelSpace' Pavilion created during the 2017 workshop, at the central atrium of the 360 Mall in Kuwait.

Kuwait

Emergent Constructions 3.0

Under the title ‘Emergent Constructions’, the Kuwait Visiting School continues on a multi-year research agenda investigating contemporary methodologies for context-specific architectural design. The programme brings together international and local students, academics and practising architects in a twelve day programme culminating in the construction of an architectural pavilion at 1:1 scale at a public location in the city.

The programme offers digital design seminars and advanced site mapping methodologies to engage with the underlying social and cultural mechanisms of public space and evaluate these to create critically informed architectural interventions. Translating these interventions into customised digital fabrication strategies, the workshop will explore new and innovative generative design methodologies, and their capacity to incorporate dynamic social and environmental performance qualities.

The visiting school is set up as a collaboration between the Architectural Association, Kuwait University and several industry partners in Kuwait and will incorporate lectures, debates and a final presentation event to engage with the architectural profession and academia as well as with a larger general audience in Kuwait.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed
The workshop will focus on the theme of ‘Emergent Constructions’, which includes information-based design and digital fabrication. The processing of information, from material experiments and the sensing of people movements and behaviour will form the basis for the geometrical translation and construction of the final installation that will be built during the workshop.

The day to day programme of the workshop is calibrated towards an intensive and productive working schedule, offering a programme of workshop sessions, software seminars, group presentations and discussions, and public lectures by workshop teaching staff and invited local academics and practising architects.

During the workshop, students will gain knowledge in computational tools, material research and experiments, and generative design thinking. The first phase of the programme will include specific software seminars aimed at introducing the participants to 3D modelling and scripting in Rhino and Grasshopper and offer an overview of the implications of these new design methodologies within the practice and theory of architectural design.

The final outcome of the workshop will be a 1:1 scale architectural pavilion located at a highly public site within one of the indoor malls in Kuwait. The pavilion will be open to the public and will remain on the site for several weeks. Through the generative process that will incorporate site-specific data mapping such as people movements, light qualities and views, the workshop aims to capture local Kuwaiti cultural specificities and translate them into the material configuration and capacities for movement, views, seating and social interaction embedded within the pavilion.

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 15 August 2018

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.

Fees

The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £795 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.

Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised.

Eligibility
The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, academics and young professionals.

Participants need to bring their own camera equipment and laptops with the latest version of Rhino and Grasshopper installed. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen during the workshop.

Jeroen van Ameijde is a unit master of Intermediate Unit 6 and director of the MakeLab and Kuwait Visiting Schools. His previous roles within the AA include Head of Digital Prototyping and Course Tutor at the AADRL graduate programme and he has lectured, published and taught workshops on digital design and fabrication worldwide. As registered architect he has worked with offices in The Netherlands, Switzerland, New York, London and Hong Kong. He is co-founder and director of Urban Systems, an office specialising in generative design methodologies.

Sulaiman Alothman is an architectural and computational designer. He graduated with a master of architecture [M.Arch] in Emergent Technologies and Design [EmTech] at the Architectural Association in 2016. He received his bachelor of architecture [B.Arch] with distinction from the College of Architecture in Tucson and has worked as an architect at KEO International Consultants in Kuwait. He has been a visiting researcher at the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT and is currently pursuing research at Harvard.

Contacts

Programme Heads
Jeroen van Ameijde
Sulaiman Alothman

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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


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