Miami Coral Reef Nurseries by Kevin Di Nardo - Goldemberg Studio, FIU Architecture 2019

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COSMIC REEF ARCHITECTURE - 3D-printed Reef Modules for Coral Resilience

Thursday 26 December – Monday 6 January 2020

This programme has been cancelled.

The workshop will investigate the broad theme of positive anthropogenic development, artificially curating nature to foster and stimulate biodiversity through the transformation of natural marine habitats. The participants will do this via the creation of 3d-printed reef structures and other man-made constructions such as living seawalls, seahorse hotels and coral nurseries.

Ultimately, the workshop will stimulate a visionary sub-aquatic architecture formed by different interconnected types of 3D-printed reef modules that produce mutations of their features and differential gradations and densities, which will also have its above-water stations or gateways for the human interface.

Rather than assuming that Miami is doomed by sea-level rise, the project intends to look at the new potential architectural types that can be generated to engage with the existent underwater structures and promote a new kind of environmental experience.

The students will explore the formations of corals existent along a coastal vector of infrastructures, seawalls and the port channel linking Miami’s MacArthur Causeway, South Pointe Park and South Beach along with the rich bio-diversity they foster, looking at them as resilient, urban environmental models to speculate on possible formations of visionary sub-aquatic architecture.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

· Understanding the ecological dynamics of the sub-aquatic environment and developing artificial structures to foster the growth of corals as bottom-up infrastructures
· Unlocking new potentials for collaboration between architecture, science and the arts disciplines to be applied to the production of visionary solutions for underwater challenges and opportunities through 3D prototyping and deployment of reef modules
· Participants can take advantage of bespoke, iteration friendly design workflows channelling intuition and aesthetic sensibility through algorithmic-driven software in order to unlock the full potential of designing for additive fabrication
· Introduction to Maya, Rhinoceros 3D + Grasshopper focusing on modelling and computational design
· Participants are able to customize their workflows by iteratively exploring the implied design spaces within each operation and the affects they generate.
· The introductory session and the workflows are aimed to people with no previous experience of the tools, although they’re flexible enough for more expert users and they can be customised according to their own necessities or desires. Specific instructions about the toolset (download and installation instructions) will be sent to the participants prior to the beginning of the school.


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 the Visiting School Office 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 25 December 2019


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.


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.


FIU | Miami Beach Urban Studios – Florida International University, Miami
420 Lincoln Road – 4th Flooor
Miami Beach, FL 33139
United States


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.


The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals.


Eric Goldemberg is an architect operating in the art and architectural design fields aided by advanced 3D design and fabrication technology. He is the author of book "Pulsation in Architecture" and he leads MONAD Studio, an award-winning architecture practice focused in spatial perception related to rhythmic affect. MONAD Studio’s designs highlight the range and complexity of sensations involved in constructing rhythmic ensembles at all scales of the urban experience, enhancing social interaction.

Coral Morphologic is an art-science duo formed by marine biologist Colin Foord and musician J.D. McKay in 2007 in Miami. Pioneers of avant-garde coral macro-videography, Coral Morphologic’s artwork is informed by a scientific mission to document, aquaculture, and protect Miami’s coral. They hypothesize that the coral pioneering onto the seawalls of Miami may hold the keys to understanding how reef organisms worldwide will adapt to human influence in the 21st century.


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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 Diploma), 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.