Pune Testing a 1:2 model for the installation, BioMorph 2016 VS

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Friday 7 – Sunday 16 July 2017

The Biological Morphologies workshop main ambition is to understand how morphology is the result of a highly optimized process in nature. Within the primary agenda the following themes will be explored; that of biomimetic method, material science, physical experimentation and digital tools.
Biomimetics is the examination of systems, processes, and elements of nature and how these can be abstracted to provide innovative design solutions. The advancement of digital technologies facilitates experimental building techniques and material systems that can be positioned and respond to local resources that result in dynamic spatial structures. This is researched and accelerated using sophisticated computational tools and delivered with low-tech assembly methods.
Through the analysis of an assigned natural precedent the students will take the core principles to create an efficient structural system. This will be a digital craft workshop that considers the forming and assembly of components, physical model making and material properties all of which have a consistent feedback to computational platforms. Each year the workshop will focus on one material which will result in a site specific architectural intervention.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed
Areas covered in the Visiting School
• Theory of biomimetics, material science and computational thinking, abstracted into innovative design / material solutions.
• Material explorations using new low tech methodologies to produce dynamic forms.
• Tectonics and fabrication methods related to the specific material.
• Introduction to computational tools used to deliver dynamic digital forms into physical geometry


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 7 July 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.

MKSSS Dr. Bhanuben Nanavati college of Architecture for Women ( BNCA)
Maharshi Karve campus, Karve Nagar,
Pune- 411052, India


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £650 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.

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

Heads Biography

Nicolas Cabargas Mori - Licensed architect in Chile, he obtained his Master in Architecture with Distinction from the Architectural Association at the Emergent Technologies and Design Programme (2012-2014). Nicolas is currently partner at OF Arquitectos, Chile; Head of Technologies and Graphic Expression Department at The Architecture School of Universidad Diego Portales (UDP) and Titular Professor at Universidad Andres Bello (UNAB).

Marco Corazza - Marco is a graduate of the Architectural Association earning a Master of Science in Emergent Technologies and Design with distinction in 2013. His thesis, Composite Morphogenesis, was presented at the Acadia academic conference in Los Angeles in 2014. He is currently working as on the Battersea Power Station project at Wilkinson Eyre Architects.

Tejas Sidnal - Architect from Mumbai, India. Tejas earned his B.Arch degree from the University of Mumbai in 2011. Having a strong inclination towards Biomimicry he has been researching over this field from the past 4 years. Successfully completed his Masters on Tata Scholarship in Emergent Technologies and Design (EmTech) with a distinction from Architectural Association (AA), School of Architecture during 2012 – 2013.

Dr. Bhanuben Nanavati College of Architecture, (BNCA), Pune, India.


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Nicolas Cabargas Mori
Marco Corazza
Tejas Sidnal

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Christopher Pierce

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