Buenos Aires - Argentina

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Buenos Aires - Argentina

Digital Constructivism

Monday 16 – Friday 27 July 2018

Apps and digital infrastructures rapidly infiltrate and transform our way of life. Smart heating and cooling systems can sense movement and learn our living patterns for ideal temperature control. Nanotechnology is enabling continuous illumination. Anywhere. Anytime. We enjoy the freedom to work from a distance, share a car with a stranger, download an album and learn German through Skype. This is simply the way we live. What was once an urban experience is now contained within the range of movement of your thumb. Within this condition, the body has become the battlefield where socio-economic and political forces collide – splintering our attention and increasingly marginalising our spaces for social interaction. We propose to explore tactics of destabilisation of the body as a way of reengaging the haptic qualities of architecture.

AAVS Buenos Aires aims to investigate the deep implications of information and communication technologies in architecture. During two weeks, the studio will produce formal experimentation using tensile geometries in search of greater corporeality. This will involve intense 3D modelling and the making of large-scale tensile installations, both socially purposeful and economical. Through the use of 3D scanning of our physical models we will use photography and time based media (Video and VR) to experience and assess our experiments. We will be mixing the use of physical and virtual media, and challenging a culture of the flat in favour of new materiality nested within digital practice.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

  • Double Curved and Tensile geometry using Nurbs (RHIN0) and low Poly (MAX and MAYA).
  • Tensile physical modelling.
  • Photography and film, postproduction using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Video capture and editing in Adobe Premiere.
  • Photogrammetry using Reality Capture . VR output using Sketchfab.

Applications

1. You can apply by completing the online application through the AA Visiting School page under 'Links and Downloads'. If you are not able to make an online application, please email visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk 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 15 July 2018.

Location

UNIVERSIDAD TORCUATO DI TELLA: Av. Figueroa Alcorta 7350 (C1428BIJ)
Ciudad de Buenos Aires

www.utdt.edu

Fees

The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £595 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. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.

Visas 
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.

Insurance
All participants are reponsible for their own insurance including travel and health insurance. All participants also need to ensure that any equipment and valuable items such as laptops are covered by their own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen.

Vaccinations
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. 

Eligibility
The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, academics and young professionals.
Participants need to bring their own camera equipment and laptops with the latest version of Rhino and Grasshopper installed. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen during the workshop.

Programme Head

Theo Sarantoglou Lalis has been the unit master of diploma unit 17 at the Architecture Association together with Dora Sweijd since 2009. He has taught postgraduate studios at Harvard and Columbia. He was a visiting professor at Chalmers and Lund University in Sweden between 2009 and 2016. He has run architecture and urban design workshops in Brazil, China, Iran, Belgium, Sweden, Australia and the US and has lectured internationally. Theo is a co-founder of LASSA Architects, an international architecture practice with offices in London and Brussels. LASSA operates at the intersection between the fields of art, technology and social science. Current work includes commissions from the public and private sectors in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Prior to founding LASSA, he worked in Brussels, London and New York and was a project architect at Future Systems and project director at Asymptote Architecture on a number of completed international projects. He received his masters from the Bartlett school of Architecture in London. He has experience practicing architecture in 18 countries and is a registered architect since 2000.



Contacts

Programme Head
Theo Sarantoglou Lalis

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782
visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk


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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Certificate), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.

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