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Berlin, Germany

Monday 6 – Friday 17 August 2018

Animalesque is an intensive fieldwork based agenda with the aim to understand & experience the Animal Kingdom in the urban and cultural space of Berlin.

A city where almost a third of its surface consists of forests, parks, gardens, lakes, rivers or waterways, but also of uncountable pockets of green spaces and abandoned buildings; all together, Berlin host an extensive - but invisible - network of hundreds of animal species living under their own rules and in parallel to the its wider urban system.

This extraordinary Berliner wildlife is the product of the city history and its urban destruction that left an irregular and disintegrated city landscape. Berlin has the richest urban fauna in Europe, where organic green corridors allow many species to get closer, move through or live in the centre of the city. As a complex urban living space, Berlin gives us the opportunity to envision new approaches to physical and spatial relation with nature and animals.

This workshop attempts to establish strong connections with Natural Berlin, detaching students from ordinary media and immersing them through Multisensory methods into different animal realms. 

In order to understand how human beings and animals co-exist together, we will investigate the collective behaviors of a wide range of animals from insects to mammals, their patterns of displacement and territorial domains. Ultimately, our aim is to re-consider the role of design and how architecture can positively contribute to the creation of an urban ‘Animalesque Utopia’.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

  • Multisensory workshop where students will take an eclectic role where you will be immersing yourself in both human and animal environments.
  • Developing sensorial machines in collaboration with FabLab Berlin

All activities will take place at the AEDES Architecure Forum, FabLab Berlin and many wild places of the city. Lectures, films and readings are going to complement this experience giving the students the chance to join a wider, richer and biodiversified community.


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 5 August 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.


Student fees are £695 and fees for professionals are £995. Fees include a £60 Visiting Membership.

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 entire workshop happens at Natural and wild areas of Berlin, AEDES Metropolitan Laboratory and the FabLab facilities.

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR7 or later). Other software and Hardware requirements will be provided by the FabLab Berlin.


ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin, (subway U2 Senefelder Platz)

Programme Heads

Jorge Godoy Roman is a founding partner of GUN Architects.

Since 2008, Jorge has worked internationally for the Architectural Association in London, TU Berlin, London Metropolitan University, Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (Iaac), Centro de estudios Urbanos Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires and Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Maria in Chile. In 2011, jorge's practice was awarded with the first prize at the Young Architects Program International YAP, for their Water Cathedral Installation. In 2015 has been shortlisted at the New London Architectures Awards and won the German Design Council Iconic Awards Prize in the category of public space pavilions. Currently he is designing and building a large-scale project of Rural Urbanism in the north of Chile.

Ana Zatezalo Schenk is Founder of Sinestezia with offices in Berlin and Belgrade. 

Since 2002, Ana has held teaching positions at Columbia University and at Architecture University in Belgradea and subequently, as Professor assistant (WiMi) at the Technical University in Braunschweig, Germany. Ana has organised a number of confereces and lectures aiming to combine living matter and architecture such as City on Water (2010), Waterfronts (2011), Hortitecture (2015), Bio Berlin (2016). From 2007 to 2010, she was Director of Belgrade waterfront development responsible for the 150 Ha Masterplan at the Port of Belgrade, working closely with Daniel Libeskind Architects, ARUP and Gehl Architects.Over the past 10 years Ana's work has been focusing on sinaesthesia (sinaestetic principles), supporting through design an empathic world sensitive to life, nature and animals.


Programme Heads
Jorge Godoy Roman
Ana Zatezalo Schenk

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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

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