Terrain LAB

Tuesday 26 June – Friday 6 July 2018

The AA Terrain Lab Visiting School focuses on the landscapes of the Anthropocene, exploring several design methodologies to reveal its consequences and propose alternative scenarios. The Lab researches the geographical, socio-economic and cultural forces of the territory, to speculate on the future production of a highly managed and cultivated anthrome scape.

In 2018, we will venture to the riparian territories of Navarre, shaped by the large-scale water engineering works developed for its intensive agricultural production. Various cutting-edge technologies – including drone based data collection, landform simulation models, geographic information systems (GIS), analysis and video editing software – will be used to document and speculate on these manufactured territories at multiple scales.

As forensic explorers, we will enter these territories by directly engaging with the communities that occupy them. Workshops, excursions, seminars and lectures will develop a critical toolbox of mapping and visual techniques. Participants will develop a territorial project which will be part of a collective research and proposal to local governments and communities.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

As part of the collaboration between AAVS Terrain Lab and the Universidad de Navarra, participants will gain a theoretical understanding of the anthropocenic landscape and its consequences, challenges and possibilities. The VS will provide workshops, excursions, seminars and lectures to develop a critical toolbox of mapping and visual techniques.

Participants will use methods common to geographers, investigative reporters, architects, cartographers and urbanists to create and edit a media product or documentary in order to broadcast a specific conflict to the wider public.

• Seminars and lectures of invited experts
• Critical thinking and theoretical reflection on relevant topics
• Multi-scalar approach of territorial processes through a critical analysis of site specific conditions
• Cartographical skills for projective and interactive cartographies (Geographical Information System, ArcMap, ArcGlobe, ArcScene; Drone Photogrammetry)
• Computational skills in parametric modelling (Rhinoceros + Grasshopper, CAESAR- fluvial simulation), drawing and editing (Adobe suite)
• Communication skills, video editing and post-processing (Premier)
• Students will receive a certificate from the Architectural Association


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: 16 June 2018.

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.

Calle Universidad, B33, 31009 Pamplona, Navarra, Spain


The fees for this workshop will be confirmed at a later date.


The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals. We welcome students and young professionals of diverse backgrounds such as engineering, geography, anthropology, as well as architecture and urbanism/planning. The eligibility of applicants who do not have a design-related background will be assessed on an individual basis by the Programme Head/s.
Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR7 or later). No previous knowledge of the softwares are required, as they will be taught on the course.

Programme Heads Bio:

Elena Longhin is an architect, urbanist and researcher. She has worked throughout Europe and South America with several practices such as Secchi-Viganò and OMA. She has taught the Intermediate 15 Unit at the Architectural Association in 2015/16 as well as the AA Visiting School in Pyongyang, DPRK. She is a Phd candidate and a registered architect in Italy. Her recent works, including exhibits at the 15th and 14th Venice Biennale, have been published in both printed and digital media, and most recently showcased in Chile, Japan, Hong Kong and the Seoul Biennale. She received her MArch in Architecture and Urbanism from the IUAV and graduated in Landscape Urbanism from the AA.

Silvia Ribot is a Spanish architect and landscape urbanist. She has been a tutor at the AA Visiting School in Mexico City and previously has taught within the Landscape Urbanism Programme. She has lectured in UK and Spain and works between large-scale research projects and practice, collaborating with several established offices in the field of landscape architecture among which GroundLab in the last year. She studied architecture in Madrid and Sao Paulo and gained her MA in Landscape Urbanism at the Architectural Association. 


DroneMadrid, Universidad de Navarra


Programme Head/s
Elena Longhin
Silvia Ribot

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

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