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Su(pe)rReal 3.0 – Compute the Bubbles

Thursday 15 – Friday 23 December 2016

The Beijing Visiting School aims to establish a platform for cross-disciplinary experiment on design projects and techniques. The course offers a great opportunity for those who want to study architectural design abroad or change the major to architecture, as participants will experience the international learning environment with creative thinking, experimental design and systematic methodologies. The underlying agenda of the Beijing Visiting School is to experiment design possibilities spanning from the building scale to the urban scale when Beijing has become a super-power-city after the rapid urbanization and capitalization in the past two decades.

We are in the third year of the theme Su(per)Real, which essentially investigates the meaning of data to design innovation upon the emerging knowledge pragmatically. Such data-based design theme includes but not limit to data collection, data visualization, data standardization, data spatializing, data conceptualization, and data parameterization into spatial orders. In Su(per)Real 3.0, this year, we will initialize design projects on the basis of the current status of one of the iconic post Olympic stadium – the Water Cube to study its performance in multiple dimensions, such as energy, financial, communal, sport and so on. The essential objective of Su(per)Real 3.0 is to evaluate the under-used Water Cube in the context of the urban upgrading around the Olympic site, through the data based design approaches. In the end, we will address our reflection upon the future of Water Cube with speculated images and visualized data representation. In response to the culture of ubiquitous computation in the new era of big data, we aim to initiate a series of design concepts to address the question of what to compute for the Water Cube, so that the outcomes might inspire the local think tank about the future of the Olympic venues in Beijing.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

• Theories & Methodologies:
Lecture series and tutorials during AAVS Beijing are expected to equip participants with sound understanding of the relevant theories and methodologies related to the VS theme, the application of Big Data for visualizing the invisible forces that drive the organization of physical resources.
• Guest Lectures:
Lectures by guest scholars and leading practitioners will showcase both the frontier of applying digital design techniques and theories to the architectural practice in the region, and the methodological explode of the big data through multimedia instruments.


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 6 December 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.


Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting Membership fee. If you are already a member, the total fee will be reduced by £60.
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 anyone who is interested in explore and experience the architectural experimentation in the architectural context of China.

Gao Yan
Assistant Professor, The University of Hong Kong
Principal Architect, dotA
Founding Council Member of Digital Architecture Design Association in China
M.Arch AA, B.Arch Tsinghua University

Mr. Gao has achieved fruitful integration of design practice and research as the founding director of dotA and a scholar with the expertise in computation. Gao’s works are innovative in design concepts, intelligent in design response, critical in design thinking and, diversified in applying computation and data driven design approaches. Being both a professor and a qualified professional, Gao’s design synthesizes forward-thinking and advanced technologies with effective solutions beyond the debate of regionalism versus globalism in Asia.

Soomeen Hahm
Soomeen Hahm is the founder of the SoomeenHahm Design, an architectural designer and researcher based in London teaching in various universities and research programs. She is specialized in coding, digital simulations and 3d modelling in various software platforms. She has taught and lectured at numerous institutions in UK and internationally, teaching studios, workshops and short courses focusing on computational design. She tries to tackle the issue of agent based design paradigm in architecture across multiple scales, through collaboration and exchange of knowledge with other experts from the field. She is currently teaching at the Bartlett UCL co-directing a design studio dealing with unique computational workflow while running her own practice.


Programme Heads
Gao Yan
Soomeen Hahm

Local Co-ordinator
Chang Qiang

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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