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Lake Mamori, Amazonas

Digital Vernacular

Monday 22 – Sunday 28 August 2016

After studying how the recent arrival of electricity has impacted the small community of Mamori Lake, this year’s edition explores how these changes can inform a new type of vernacular architecture that deals with this new electrified reality and is highly adapted to the rainforest environment. Through the use of biomimicry principles, digital measuring devices, data gathering and analysis, and using digital design tools, participants will propose a new type of "maison tropical digital” that directly responds to the new needs of the inhabitants of the area while preparing them for the imminent digital revolution.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

The workshop will take place in a simple but comfortable wooden lodge by the Mamori lake shore, in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. The initial exploratory days of analysis and data collection will offer the participants the possibility to discover the astonishing Amazon ecosystem and interact with the local communities. Different layers of the Mamori lake reality will be analysed and measured. The social, the mythological, the economical, the natural and the climatological will be overlaid to discover emerging patterns that could inform the design process. The strategies of some plants, insects and animals will be studied to trace parallels between nature and architecture.

· Students will receive a certificate from the Architectural Association.

· Students will receive a 90% discount over the full commercial Rhino licence.

· Students will develop skills in parametric modelling using Rhino and Grasshopper.

· Students will gain an understanding of concepts like biomimicry, emergence, self-organization and, material, biological and energy systems.

Mamori Lake, Amazonas, Brazil


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 18 August 2016.

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 workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals. 


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £960 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. 

Should you wish to enhance your membership, a Subscribing Membership is available at an additional £70 (£130 in total), full details of which can be found at:

Fees include tuition, full-board accommodation and local transportation for the duration of the workshop. Flights are not included. 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 meeting point for all participants will be Manaus city centre, from where the group will travel by boat to Mamori Lake.

Students should be aware that visas are required for Visiting Schools held both in the UK and abroad and it is the student's responsibility to investigate what is required via the relevant embassies in their country.

Students should be aware that vaccinations are required for countries some Visiting Schools are held in.  It is the applicants’ responsibility to investigate the requirements. 

Programme directors
Nacho Marti
Marko Brajovic

Director bio
Nacho Marti graduated from Elisava School of Design and obtained a Master’s in Science in Emergent Technologies and Design from the Architectural Association. He runs his design studio in London while teaching at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.

Marko Brajovic graduated from Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia and obtained a Masters’s in Digital Arts at Pompeu Fabra University and a Master’s in Genetic Architecture at Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, both in Barcelona. Marko Brajovic is founder and Creative Director at Atelier Marko Brajovic based in São Paulo, Brazil.


Programme directors
Nacho Marti
Marko Brajovic

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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