São PauloLiquid Urban Architecture
Tuesday 22 – Thursday 31 July 2014
The new São Paulo city government administration has launched a major design feasibility-study competition inviting architects, urban designers and other experts to focus on the redevelopment of the bordering territories along the Marginal Tiete River. The site includes a larger system of connected rivers and water bodies that together comprise a peripheral ring of under-utilized and largely polluted water bodies and their post-industrial riverbanks. In the 1960’s, much of the system was disastrously canalized, which removed some 27 kilometers of river course, causing problematic flooding and other environmental problems. The Visiting School São Paulo will work on developing both a new type of urban fabric and new architectural typologies along the river. The focus will be on developing ecological buildings that emerge from and within newly formed urban artificial wetland systems that restore the floodplains and natural sedimentation of the river bodies. During the intense ten-day workshop, advanced computational design and digital fabrication will be used to simulate and generate environmentally sensitive urban and architectural models that are responsive to a number of natural forces, including sun, wind, vegetation and water. The workshop will create a type of environmentally-sensitive architecture that is formed by a new ‘liquid urbanism’.
Prominent Features of the workshop
- Teaching team
The teaching team will include a mix of tutors from the Architectural Association who specialize in environmental design, and locally-based architects, urban-designers and experts, mediated by locally-based Visiting School directors, 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, as well as digital environment simulation tools: 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 and one-to-one prototypes will be built using digital fabrication techniques that will be taught during the workshop, no previous experience is needed.
The Visiting School São Paulo will be a part of the International Festival of Electronic Language, a major exhibition and set of workshops featuring avant garde digitally interactive artwork.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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