Hooke Park, MakeLab MakeLab 2016 – 'Digital / Physical Growth'. The growth of the 4.5 m tall cellular tower structure was based on the computational analysis of the environment factors such as light and views, resulting in a dynamic orientation and cantilevering volumes.

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Hooke Park, MakeLab


Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 April 2017

This year the programme will revolve around the theme of ‘surveillance’, investigating the changing relationships between the built environment and its inhabitants through new protocols for the recording and application of user data. The workshop will use the forest as a laboratory for the construction of a large scale 'data space' that incorporates sensors and communication devices, which will then be used to test  complex and evolving recognition and influencing behaviours.Using a live link between the 1:1 data space on site and 3D parametric design software, we will experiment with conceptual and data-driven design methodologies and how these can be applied to future architecture and urban planning and usage processes.The workshop will aim to produce a 1:1 interactive installation and recordings of experiments between the installation and human movement and behaviour, in the form of architectural drawings, photos and film.

Workshop Organisation
MakeLab investigates several different themes surrounding the use of digital technologies in design + build scenarios, working initially in small groups of two or three participants and in the final stage on a single, collaborate project. We will explore an integrated scenario that includes information gathering, generative design, and construction using custom devices and a specifically developed material system.
The programme is led by tutors who have specialised experience with customised fabrication devices and software tools, with backgrounds related to different parts of the AA including both graduate and undergraduate programmes.
The workshop is organised in three quick and consecutive phases, each phase ending with a short round of presentations to the entire group, intended to allow for the sharing and discussion of ideas between all participants. The final phase of the workshop will concentrate on the implementation of each group’s innovative design+build method, using digitally controlled devices in combination with construction activities by all participants. Manufacturing of construction elements using local wood or other available materials will happen in parallel with the digitally directed assembly on site.
Previous experience with specific software or hardware technologies used in the workshop is not necessary, although a general knowledge of digital design and digital fabrication practices will be beneficial. Experience with 3D modelling will useful but is not required, and participants will be contacted prior to the workshop about recommended software installation and recommended readings. The team based approach in this workshop means that generally everyone finds a rewarding position within the groups, as there will be several different tasks ranging from physical model making and prototyping to advanced digital modelling and scripting.


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: 10 April 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.

Hooke Park
Dorset DT8 3PH


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.
The fees for this workshop include all costs for accommodation, prototyping materials and meals, including an excursion to a local seaside restaurant and a barbeque on the final evening. Participants need to make their own travel arrangements to and from Hooke Park which can be reached by train or car from London.

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, academics and 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. As the number of places for this workshop is limited, please apply early to avoid disappointment.

Jeroen van Ameijde is Unit Master of Intermediate Unit 6 at the Architectural Association in London and has been teaching at the AA the since 2007. He has previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Innsbruck and has lectured, published and taught workshops on digital design and fabrication worldwide. He has studied at the Delft University of Technology and worked with offices in The Netherlands, Switzerland, New York, London and Hong Kong. He is the co-founder and director of Urban Systems, an office specialising in generative design methodologies which is currently developing several large scale projects in China.


Programme Head
Jeroen van Ameijde

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

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