LyonSynchronised Movements, Digital Techniques applied to Earth Construction
Tuesday 21 – Friday 31 May 2013
Perform and design with your body like a contemporary dancer. Breathe and feel the pleasure of touching the mud. Weigh every heap of earth you scoop and build your pyramid. Play with it, get dirty and enjoy it! Record and map your actions and results like scientists and explore with cutting edge techniques. At the AA Visiting school at Les Grands Ateliers, a specialized fabrication laboratory, participants will create life-size structures out of earth, applying digital design and rapid prototyping fabrication processes to traditional earth building techniques. In constant interaction with craftsmen, architects, artists, scientists, ethnologists and engineers from CRATerre-UNESCO, experienced in construction in developing countries - earth will be used as a living material – a natural concrete. Our work will be highly experimental, leaving any prejudice behind about material behavior.
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 £590 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting Student 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 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 architecture and design students and professionals worldwide. For further information about this visiting school please contact Lyon@aaschool.ac.uk