L.A. Experiential II AAVSLA 2016/Poetic Kinetics, Pershing Square, Los Angeles

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L.A. Experiential II

Los Angeles

Thursday 6 – Saturday 15 July 2017

L.A. Experiential II builds on last year’s edition and on Los Angeles’ role as the world’s entertainment capital.

Informed by the fast-paced entertainment industry, students will be asked to design an installation for a music festival venue. Students will be presented with typical variables of the festival industry and will challenge the limitations caused by standard material consciousness, budget, client needs, along with the prolonged complication of building construction.
Students will continue exploring new forms of spatial experiences for the media, entertainment, and music festival venues with the added element of virtual reality. So rather than thinking of architecture as a physical/static set for events or performances, a new type of architecture using technology will allow us to tap into unrealized spatial experiences.
Students will simultaneously work through the physical, digital, and virtual world(s), as a design, representation, and experience strategy. All participants will face the challenge of physical constraints and the alternative grounds of experimentation through virtual platforms.
They will experiment the duality of “real” and “virtual” and how it can stimulate or promote new senses achieved through visual and ephemeral technologies that can take over portions of the public realm, to expand architecture and urban space into a performance oriented space.
Music, Theatre and Visual Art will conspire and transport us into a new realm of urban and architectural venture.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed
-Creativity: students will stretch their design ability to create unique experiences merging architecture and entertainment.
-Design according to different parameters.
-Kinetic Designs
-Interactive Spaces
-Immersive Experiences
-Problem solving: use of iterative design and production method.
-Execution into building – physical installation
-Budget moderation
-Working collaboratively from brainstorming, developing, to producing
-3dmodeling, rendering and VR softwares
-Research and comprehension of music festival context, program, and activity


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 5 July 2017
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 RUE : 308 East 9th Street 90015, Los Angeles, CA


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.
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.

The workshop is open to all students and professionals. Architecture, design, engineering, film and music industries students are all welcome as well as artists with an interest in the construction of dreams.
Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR7 or later), Rhino 3D, 3dsmax, unity 3D

Eulalia Moran is a graduate of The Architectural Association School of Architecture. She is a designer and artist. She founded Rosae Architecture in 2014. Previously, she worked for Foster and Partners where she had the opportunity to be involved in office, residential and airport projects in numerous countries such as Taiwan, Portugal and Kuwait. She is currently teaching and working in the Project of the Self-Sufficient city at the IaaC in Barcelona.

Devin Gharakhanian is a creative director, environmental designer, and an artist. He is the co-founder of the emerging architecture publication/media platform Super Architects and is currently sponsored by Sci-Arc Edge Program (fiction and entertainment) to develop his research + design work in world building/speculative narratives experienced through virtual reality (VR). The experimental lab he founded, QUARC, is focused on rethinking spatial atmospheres and experiences, through performing interdisciplinary projects in balance between architecture, media, and technology.


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Eulalia Moran
Devin Gharakhanian

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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