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Delhi - Synthetic equilibria

Proto-types as applied research in Architecture, Engineering and Manufacture,Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Ansal University, Gurgaon

Wednesday 24 July – Friday 2 August 2013

The workshop will seek to explore two dominant avenues of research and knowledge – empirical learning via prototyping of human scale spaces and objects and scientific learning via established methods and technology from the computer graphics industry.  The singular objective for these explorations would be develop an operative design framework that synthesizes the multiple formative forces of architectural space – art, engineering, and manufacture. It seeks synergies between architectural articulation, engineering logics and constraints of fabrication technology.

Physical form-finding - hanging chains, soap films - and associated architectural design methods as pioneered by Antonio Gaudi ,Heinz Isler, Frei Otto , Felix Candela and others is common knowledge among architects . It offers in its vast historic legacy, strong possibilities of exploring correlations between Functions of design – problems  and problematics, their architectonic solutions and Functions of medium –procedures, and protocols of form-finding.  The studio aims extend this work to adequately represent the ambitions and complexities of scale, digital design systems and delivery mechanisms of contemporary architectural practise. 

The workshop seeks a  symbiotic relation between computer graphics, applied mathematics and architecture. It will seek to adapt methods and technologies from the computer game and graphics industry towards innovative use in architecture. Specifically it seeks to explore and adapt technologies from these industries that privilege real-time interaction between the designer and the computer, and thus enable negotiation between ‘manual craft’ and algorithmic solutions. 

The workshop will apply its research towards and be guided from a design-build exercise that will be undertaken within the length of the workshop. This will operate at pavilion-scale.


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 of £715, you are registered to 
the programme. A CV or a portfolio is not required.

All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required for entry to India, 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 £715 per participant, which includes a £60 AA Visiting Membership fee. 

Group Disocunt

If you apply as a group of 5 or above you can avail for a discounted fee of £600. To apply as a group write to

Discount for students of the host instituition

The students of the host institution - Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Ansal University, Gurgaon can also avail for a discounted fee of £600. 


The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, professionals, enthusiasts , makers etc. Software Requirements: None

For more information on the visiting school and their previous workshop, please visit their microsite


Programme Director
Shajay Bhooshan
Abhishek Bij

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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

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