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Structural Manifestos

Friday 14 – Sunday 23 April 2017

This workshop will explore the cultural roles of parametric design, computationally complex engineering, and the digital fabrication of one-to-one temporary installations in the public space of the manifesto, taught by Architect Arthur Mamou Mami in London http://mamou-mani.com/ and Engineer James Solly of the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design in Stuttgart. http://www.itke.uni-stuttgart.de/
Architects, artists and activists have used the manifesto throughout history as a way of defining a call for social change, often using the urban setting as a venue for public protest. In São Paulo, Avenida Paulista over the last two years, has been the epicenter for historic massive demonstrations, the types of which are now occurring across the world in this new age of political turmoil. Yet different from the international models, recent Brazilian public protests have been a veritable ‘Carnaval’ party backdrop for selfies, surrounded by the physical artifices of ‘trio elétrico’ (the large mobile raised stages used in Carnaval), pop-up information and security booths, city block-long banners, tents and other paraphernalia framed by the towering skyscrapers and fashionable shopfronts of the avenue. Students will explore the changing role of the design of physical installations within the context of the personal manifesto: varying between social propaganda and parasitic commercial infrastructure.
To produce these installations, students will first learn advanced digital modelling, parametric computational design and structural simulations, before deriving their own set of computationally generated prototype proposals using the computer numerically controlled mill and router (CNC) and the 3D printer. Individuals will produce their own series of computational interventions and small prototypes and, as a group produce a large 1:1 installation for an outdoor public space exhibition.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

Computational skills:
Students will learn advance digital modelling tool, as well as scripting and parametric skills in rhino grasshopper, including the structural plug-in, Karamba . No previous experience is needed, all software and fabrication techniques will be taught from zero.
Fabrication: Students will have access to and learn how to program and prepare files to be cut, milled and shaped by the CNC router/mill and 3D Printer.
Teaching team: The teaching team will be led by architect Arthur Mamou Mami and engineer James Solly:
Arthur Mamou Mami AA dipl, ARB/RIBA FRSA (http://mamou-mani.com/) is an award-winning parametric design and fabrication expert and professor. He has designed and fabricated parametric structures for a series of pavilions in the Burning-Man Festival in Black Rock Nevada, for shop-fronts like those he created for Karen Millan and Davidson Tsui, and for the lobby ceiling light ‘Wooden Wave’ structure for Buro Happold Engineers. Arthur is a registered architect, owner of Mamou-Mani ltd and of the self-service fabrication space FabPub ltd. He is lecturer at UCL-Bartlett and University of Westminster in London. Since 2016, he is a fellow of the The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. He has won the Gold Prize at the American Architecture Prize for the Wooden Wave project installed at BuroHappold Engineering. Arthur gave numerous talks including the TedX conference in the USA and has been featured in The New-York Times. Mamou-Mani’s clients include ARUP, Buro Happold Engineering,Karen Millen Fashion, The Burning Man Festival, FoodInk and Imagination Ltd. Arthur is also one of the creators of the 3D printing open-source plugin Silkworm for Grasshopper3D and a parametric software consultant for SimplyRhino ltd. Prior to founding Mamou-Mani in 2012, he worked with Atelier Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid Architects and Proctor and Matthews Architects.
James Solly is a Chartered Engineer (CEng MICE) and a Research Associate at the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart. His research is in the development of virtual prototyping strategies for fibre-reinforced polymers (FRP) as part of the Innochain ETN network and he is also a tutor and lecturer for the ITECH M.Sc Programme. Prior to his current academic role, James worked in practice at Ramboll UK, BuroHappold Engineering and Format En gineers delivering geometrically and computationally complex engineering projects ranging from experimental sculptures to international museums.
James’s most recent project has been the Elytra Filament Pavilion, a biologically-inspired, robotically-fabricated FRP structure that was designed and delivered by a collaborative team from the ICD and ITKE at the University of Stuttgart. Elytra was exhibited in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London as part of Engineering Season during summer 2016 before moving to the Vitra Design Campus, Weil am Rhein for the “Hello Robot Exhibition” which opens February 10th 2017.

The Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design
Under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Knippers , the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart focuses on the development of building structures as an essential and form giving aspect of architecture. Combining teaching and research in a highly interdisciplinary environment, ITKE´s goal is to push the boundaries of engineering design and material science towards new and non-standard applications in the field or architecture. The synergy between research and teaching environment is a central feature of the work carried out at ITKE. The interaction between scientific investigation and academic activities provides a privileged platform to develop high quality research and to establish solid collaborations with industry partners, allowing the continuous trade of original ideas and an innovative approach to structural design which redefines the border between architecture and engineering.
The institute is one of the two lead institutes of the international MSc Programme Integrative Technologies and Architectural Design Research (ITECH) and is a partner in several collaborative research networks including the Innochain Network and the Collaborative Research Centre SFB-TRR 141.

website: http://www.itke.uni-stuttgart.de/
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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 3 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.

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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.

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

Belas Artes University

Franklin Lee and Anne Save de Beaurecueil have ran the AA Visiting Schools São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro since 2010 and have also run a series of workshops that bring leading architects from around the world to rethink the Brazilian urban landscape through combining cutting-edge technology and critical theoretical exploration with local culture, material and labor sources. The are also design directors of SUBdV Architecture, using a mixture of high and low design technologies to generate socially and environmentally responsive geometries for architecture, furniture and urban design projects. They were AA Diploma Unit 2 Masters from 2005 to 2010 and taught at the Pratt Institute and Columbia University in New York, from where they both also received Master’s degrees. They have published, exhibited and lectured about their work worldwide.


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