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Oaxaca City

Metropolitan Landscapes

Monday 16 – Wednesday 25 July 2018

The AA Mexico Visiting School is a summer workshop based in Oaxaca, Mexico. The Visiting School offers the opportunity to experience first-hand, the Architectural Association, experimental culture, in the heart of Oaxaca City and is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals from related disciplines: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Planning, Geography.

This year the workshop will be back in Oaxaca City during Summer 2018 and will be investigating the issue of urbanisation, its interdependence on other territories and its consequences on landscapes afar. To tackle this, the workshop will use Oaxaca as the case study and Metropolitan Design as the tool to propose alternative scenarios. The methodology will be based on landscape and ecology models as the lens to achieve a systemic approach on existing urban systems and will foster critical thinking to examine their viability.

The workshop programme will be structured along the following activities:
  • Site Visits and talks that explore design at metropolitan scales through punctual projects currently happening in the city of Oaxaca: Ciudad de las Canteras, Vía Recreativa, MIO (Museo Infantil de Oaxaca), Barranca del Pedregal, Centro de las Artes, San Agustín Etla, Instituto Tonantzin Tlalli, Ejutla de Crespo, among others.
  • Lectures on the potential implementation of landscape and ecological concepts at metropolitan scales.
  • Drone/Aerial mapping and other new technologies to design metropolitan landscapes.
  • Design/building of a Skate furniture/park through participation and negotiations with local skate groups and the use of ergonomic techniques.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed 

  • Understanding the potential of a Metropolitan discipline to steer its design, governance, and management.
  • Understanding the role of design and designers as part of an emergence metropolitan discipline.
  • Looking at Landscape and Ecology as alternatives for a new metropolitan approach.
  • The incorporation of emergent and new technologies to tackle the main problems of metropolis:  Artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual, augmented reality, specifically technologies on cartographic practices (drone survey, GIS interactive mapping,) and simulation of metropolitan dynamics (rivers and urban flows simulations)
  • The use and abuse of Big Data in metropolitan design, management, and governance.
  • Landscape approaches to the design of Green Infrastructure and integration of green biotech in their design.
  • Integration of Collaborative and sharing economies and platform into the metropolis.
  • Ruralism and consequential landscapes produced by conventional metropolitan approaches.
  • New and existing forms of ownerships and cooperation to steer alternative scenarios for the future of Oaxaca.

You will have the opportunity to experiment with: 

  • Aerial Mapping techniques such as Drone survey, photogrammetric, structure from motion, etc. Students will also be introduced to basic skills of GIS, Rhino, Grasshopper and other sofware to process surveys and produce 3d digital. –
  • Basic/open source simulating tools: Caesar River simulation, Coastal Evolution Models (cellular automata), Processing for the production of Cartographic tools.

The workshop will be a combination of field work in the metropolitan area and nearby ravines of Oaxaca City and workshop classes in ‘casa de la ciudad’ in the heart of Oaxaca City.


Early Bird Concessions for this Visiting School are available until 21 June 2018, please contact visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk.

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 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.

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.


Porfirio Díaz 115, esq. Morelos. Centro Histórico Oaxaca, Oax., C.P. 68000


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.


Oaxaca City Visiting School is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals from related disciplines: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Planning, Geography.

Programme Head

Alfredo Ramirez is an architect co-founder and director of Groundlab and Co-Director of the Landscape Urbanism MArch/MSc Graduate Programme at the Architectural Association. At Groundlab, Jose Alfredo has led the development of projects at the junction of architecture, landscape and urbanism in a variety of contexts such as China, Mexico, Spain, Russia, Chile, UK among others and has led successfully the research design agenda of the Landscape Urbanism programme for the past 5 years.

Casa de la Ciudad & Instituto de la Naturaleza y la  Sociedad Oaxaqueña INSO


Programme Head
Alfredo Ramirez

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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

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