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Los Angeles

Machining Adaptive Living

Monday 16 – Friday 27 June 2014

Los Angeles is known for its sub-urbanity and long history of innovative housing driven by the latest technological developments and social movements.  In stark contrast to old world urban development formed over millennia, Los Angeles and its American sister cities like Atlanta and Houston, present a vastly different argument for how people live within a distributed network of streets and highways defined by the automobile.

We seek, in the spirit of the Case Study project and its antecedents, to go beyond re-mastering current attitudes driven by contemporary issues of parametric design, new materialization and digital fabrication, sustainability, and hypothesize future modes of living, informed by the present.  How will they relate to the recently institutionalized redefinitions of what constitutes a "family"?  What are the new demographics and lifestyles to consider?  Where will our society lead us and how can architecture forestall negative trends in a redemptive drive to once again instill its role in a projective practice.


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 of £695, you are registered to the programme. 

The deadline for applications is 12 June 2014.  

A simple CV or a two-page portfolio is recommended but not required.

Completing the online application registers you to the programme. All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required for entry to the USA, 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 AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting.

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 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 current architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino 5 w/Grasshopper.


Programme Directors
Alvin Huang
Kevin McClellan

Programme Coordinator
Danielle Rago

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

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