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Rio de Janeiro

Supple Pavilions, Workshop 2, Barracão Escola de Carnaval

Friday 30 March – Saturday 7 April 2012

The second stage of the Supple Pavilions workshop series will focus on the development and 1:1 fabrication of a network of interactive pavilions and related artifices. These elements will react to sensors, creating a range of different lighting and spatial effects that will trigger further movement and produce a feedback loop of behaviour and response. To accommodate this responsiveness, the design will be developed using parametric associative modeling, processing, arduino, and digital fabrication using the CNC and Laser Cutters. Students can both develop completely new designs, and/or work on the evolution of the Workshop 1 Supple Pavilion project. The Visiting School will return to Barracão da Escola de Carnaval to evolve the design of the migrating Pavilions, their contents and their context, exploring a design philosophy of interactive event design and the production of a creative fusion of high-tech design generation and fabrication with low-tech redefinition of Carnival-float artisan techniques, paraphernalia, and materials. We will work in the immense and creative Pimpolhos warehouse, collaborating with local artisans of several Samba Schools in the post-industrial, partly-derelict Porto do Rio area, (the birthplace of the Carnival and Samba), introducing digital fabrication techniques. The goal is to create interventions for micro-venues and cultural events that express the identity of the Samba culture within the `Porto Maravilha` planning.

Instruction for the Supple Pavilions workshop series will be led by Rob Stuart-Smith of Kokkugia, Lawrence Friesen of Generative Geometry, Toru Hasegawa of Proxy, with Anne Save de Beaurecueil and Franklin Lee of SUBdV, along with other AA tutors, the Pimpolhos Artistic Directors, and Carnival float-fabricators. Each workshop will provide an introduction to computational design (Grasshopper, Processing and Arduino) and digital fabrication, no previous computational experience is required. Students taking part in multiple workshops will have access to advanced computation instruction. This workshop will produce 1:1 prototyping, exploring the structure and transformations of the pavilions. Final fabrication and assemblage will occur in July.


The deadlines for application is 29 March 2012. All participants are responsible for securing any visa required for entry to Brazil, 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 per workshop, which includes a £50 Visiting Student Membership. Fees do not include flights or accommodation. A twenty percent discount will be given for students who participated in Workshop 1, and for those students who participate in Workshop 3 in July. Fees do not include flights or hotels, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops and modelmaking tools and arrange for their own insurance.

The workshop is open to architecture and design students and professionals worldwide. Participants can take part in one or more workshops, with fee discounts offered to those interested in multiple workshops.


Franklin Lee and Anne Save de Beaurecueil

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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

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