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Liquid Design - Multiple Scale

Tuesday 22 – Thursday 31 July 2014

During the intense ten-day workshop of the AA São Paulo Visiting School 2014, advanced computational design and digital fabrication will be used to generate speculative new architecture models in the creation of a ‘liquid design’ that can mediate multiple-scale flows. The workshop will explore the redevelopment of a bordering territory along the Marginal Rivers of São Paulo, where in the 1960’s, much of the water-system was disastrously canalized, causing problematic flooding and the creation of ill-conceived residual post-industrial riverbanks that are inhabited by monolithic, large-scale programs such as sports centers, distribution centers, mega-stores and a convention center.   The Visiting School São Paulo will work on bringing a new urban life for these sites by redefining the existing macro-architectural typologies along the river with micro-scale interventions that can introduce new flows of urban street culture. Specifically, the workshop will focus on the reinvention of the large-scale market distribution center, CEAGESP (Companhia de Entrepostos e Armazéns Gerais de São Paulo), to introduce programs and structures that could mediate a new movement of people, commerce, and environmental forces using parametric design and fabrication.  Students can choose to work either at the larger architectural scale or at the scale of the shop-front display, bringing a new contemporary interface between agricultural production and consumption.  


Prominent Features of the workshop

  • Teaching team: The teaching team will include lead tutor Hart Marlow of su11 (www.su11.com) who specialize in advanced digital design, and local-based architects, to promote innovative strategies informed by local political, economic and environmental issues.
  • Computational skills: The workshop will teach advanced digital modeling and parametric design skills and rapid prototyping software:  no previous experience is needed.  A group of specialist computation tutors will conduct an initial skills workshop and continue to assist throughout the workshop to develop the individual projects of the participants.
  • Digital Fabrication: A series of physical models will be built using digital fabrication techniques that will be taught during the workshop, no previous experience is needed.


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 18th July 2014.

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.

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. 


Istituto Cervantes,  2439, Avenida Paulista, São Paulo


Programme Directors
Franklin Lee
Anne Save de Beaurecueil

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

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