São Paulo
Low Line underworld

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Low Line Paulista Faculdade de Arquitetura - Universidade de São Paulo (FAU USP)

Thursday 5 – Saturday 14 July 2018

The mysterious underworld of abandoned galleries underneath Avenida Paulista are in stark contrast to the hot concrete sidewalks above.  As per the proposed LowLine project in New York City’s Lower East Side (http://thelowline.org/), participants will explore how these galleries could be a site for a new ground for much-needed cooling plant-life that could spawn unexpected and alternative cultural interventions and help interconnect and animate the precariously long subway exchange tunnel from Metro Station Paulista to Metro Station Consolação.  The problem of bringing sunlight and people underground, which requires creating a dialogue and a redefinition of the street above as well, forms the focus of the workshop. Students will work with environmental design experts from London and São Paulo, to learn how to employ parametric design with environmental and structural plug-ins, to directly use sunlight and wind forces to sculpt light openings for the suspended gardens into these galleries. Students will also learn to employ digital fabrication in the FAB LAB to prototype and make models of their proposals for this upside-down urbanism.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

  • Teaching team: architects, environmental designers, structural and environmental engineers from London alongside local environmental designers as well as architects from SUBdV architects, a pioneering Brasilian practice in the fields of parametric environmental design.  There will also be a team of Computational Design and Digital Fabrication assistant- tutors.
  • Facilities: the workshop will take place at University Architecture Studios and FAB LAB workshop at FAU USP, equipped with CNC router/miller and laser cutters.
  • Computational skills: students will learn to use Rhino and Grasshopper and specific environmental design and engineer scripts such as Ladybug, Honeybee, and Kangaroo.
  • Fabrication: students will learn to prepare files to be cut and milled by the CNC router/miller, and laser cutters , so to produce prototype models of their lowline proposals.
  • A series of Public Lectures will be given in the evenings by prominent London based Environmental Engineers.


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. 

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: 4 July 2018.

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. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR7 or later)

Programme Heads

Franklin Lee and Anne Save de Beaurecueil have been directors of the AA Visiting Schools São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro since 2010 and have 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.


Programme Heads
Anne Save de Beaurecueil and Franklin Lee

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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