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Trans - Computational Membranes 5.0

Friday 13 – Monday 23 October 2017

Trans-computational membranes 5.0 will continue exploring computational design methods through the use of digital-analogue experimentation. With the workshop’s focus on flexible materials, we have developed large scale pavilions and installations during the last four years of research, seamlessly integrating physical simulations in every step of the design process. This has been instrumental for the development of numerous Open Source modelling and generative digital design tools, enabling designers to manipulate flexible materials in a digital domain.
This year’s summer workshop will setup new goals in this research, including digital fabrication modules which plug into digital design tools. Therefore, workshop participants will not only explore new digital design methods, but also novel manufacturing techniques, especially focusing on robotic fabrication of flexible structures. AAVSMadrid 2017 will therefore expand its domain from the digital to the physical in a seamless workflow, where design and fabrication is not only stitched together, but also extremely interwoven at every step.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed
Students will take part in research exploring varied modeling and generative design workshops aimed at digital fabrication of textile prototypes.

The course will be taught by tutors from the AA and the UEM who specialize in simulation techniques and generative design, being assisted by experts in textile materials as well as tensile structures alongside studio-based design tutorials.
Workshop participants will learn computational design techniques, coupled with digital manufacturing processes. The large palette of software and hardware available at the AAVSMadrid streamlines the process of design to manufacturing, offering an intuitive understanding of computational tools.

Our faculty has developed open source software such us Soft-Modelling and Robots for Grasshopper, which allows beginners to master complex design and manufacturing workflows quickly and easily. This facilitates the integration of all levels, allowing the use of otherwise unapproachable tools for beginners, such as industrial robots. While students with basic programming skills could manipulate the software source code; beginners can experiment with these packages and their integration with basic CAD tools such as Rhino, acquiring the basics of computational design while experiencing novel design methods.

The AA Visiting School Madrid Lecture Series is one of the most essential features of the workshop. It configures an arena for debate, where discussions about forward thinking multidisciplinary design methods facilitates the emergence of a unique intellectual discourse. With the collaboration of Roca Madrid Gallery, we have been able to bring some of the most prominent Architects, Designers and Researchers around the Glove, such as Tom Wiscombe, MVRDV, Izascun Chinchilla, Amid (Cero9), Isaie Bloch, Gilles Retsin, Josep Mias, Benjamin Dillenburger and J.M. Prada Poole, amongst others.


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, you are registered to the programme. A CV or a portfolio is not required.
The deadline for applications is 10 October 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.

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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.

To apply for the Early Bird Concession before 15 August 2017 please email:

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR7 or later)

Manuel Jimenez García is the principal of madMdesign, a computational design practice based in London. His work has been exhibited in venues such as Royal Academy of Arts (London), Zaha Hadid Design Gallery, Clerkenwell Design Week, Canada´s Design Museum and X Spanish Architectural Biennale.
Alongside his practice, Manuel directs the AAVSMadrid. He is also a lecturer at The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL (London), where he runs Research Cluster 4, MArch Unit 19, and Plexus lecture series.

Universidad Europea Madrid
COAM (Colegio Oficial Arquitectos Madrid)
Roca Madrid Gallery


Programme Head
Manuel Jiménez García

Madrid Coordinator
Jose Luis E. Penelas

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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F +44 20 7414 0782

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