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Terrain Lab

Monday 22 May – Thursday 1 June 2017

The AA Terrain Lab Visiting School will focus on the landscapes of the Anthropocene, exploring several design methodologies to reveal its consequences, challenges and propose alternative scenarios.  We will research the geographical, socio-economic and cultural forces behind each territory, to hypothesize on the future production of a highly managed and cultivated Anthrome Scape.

Every year the VS will travel to different territories discovering both deliberate and unintentional alterations of the hydrological system and its impacts on the local and regional landscape. This year the school will venture to the riparian territories of Navarre, shaped by the large scale water engineering required for its intensive agricultural production. Various cutting edge technologies will be used, including drone based data collection, landform simulation models, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis and video editing software, as a way of documenting and speculating on these manufactured territories at multiple scales.

The AA Terrain Lab will embark on a tour of the world’s human-altered biomes. As a group of forensic explorers, we will enter these territories through a direct engagement with the communities which occupy them. Through the production of a visual media product, we will uncover the local conflicts and reframe them within a global perspective to trigger debates and provoke the necessary ideas, projects and resolutions required.

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 in order 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: 21st May 2017.  A limited amount of early bird discounts are available if you apply before the 5th April.

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.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.

A limited amount of concessions are available at £520 (including a £60 AA VS membership fee) if you apply before 5th April.  Please contact the programme heads at for further information. 

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. We welcome students and young professionals of different backgrounds such as engineering, geography, anthropology, cinema as well as architecture and urbanism/planning.
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.

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 exhibitis at the 15th and 14th Venice Biennale, have been published in both printed and digital media and currently exhibited in Chile, Japan and Hong Kong. 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. 




Programme Heads
Elena Longhin
Silvia Ribot

Pamplona Coordinator
Juan Ramón Selva

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

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