AA Visiting School Jordan

Computational Architecture from the Desert - UNESCO world heritage sites

  • The Architectural Association in Jordan - Amman, Petra and Wadi Rum, June 14-24

    AA Jordan is a ten-day computational architecture workshop as part of the Architectural Association' Visiting School Programmes.

    Dates: June 14 to June 24, 2014

    Location: Amman, Petra and Wadi Rum Jordan





    The Jordanian desert ecology is a distinct unaltered antiquity, a magnificent heterogeneous landscape that is emergent of fluid erosion processes which have occurred over fifty million years. The biodiversity of the desert reveals a vast platform for research into natural artifacts. Participants will investigate natural phenomena which include sand dunes, rock strata, rock bridges, canyon, gorge and mountain formations. During the course of the workshop, participants will visit, examine and inhabit two UNESCO world heritage sites: Wadi Rum and Petra; the later named as one of the worlds seven wonders.

    Throughout the design-research workshop, participants will investigate the morphology of the desert and its underlying principles and processes within a computational context; working towards the development of algorithmically generated topologies. Participants will choose from a number of studios/units, to design interventions at different scales from the material, architectural to the urban. The ambition is to reconsider traditional design methodologies which are often limited to morphological abstraction; overlooking the inherent potentials within natural systems. The workshop will conclude with a public exhibition of participants outcomes.


    Programme Director:

    Kais Al-Rawi

    Programme Faculty:

    Julia Koerner

    Vincenzo Reale

    Marie Boltenstern

    Mohamad Makkouk 



    Ross Lovegrove, Ross Lovegrove Studio

    Wael Attili, Kharabeesh


    Full Public Programme of Lectures, Discussion and Reviews to be announced in June



    Limited Spaces are Available, Application form accessible here


    The AA requires a fee of 845GBP. This includes:

    Access to full workshop events

    - Design-Research Units

    - Specialist Technical Seminars

    - Public Programme of Lectures, Discussions and Reviews

    - Access to fabrication facilities

    - Travel and Accommodation to Wadi Rum and Petra for 2 Days

    - All entrance fees to Petra and Wadi Rum




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This blog will be about the AA visiting school workshop in Jordan. Occuring this June, between Amman and the two UNESCO world-heritage sites of Petra and Wadi Rum. The workshop includes invited faculty including Kais Al-Rawi, Julia Koerner, Vincenzo Reale, Marie Boltenstern and Mohamed Makkouk Also world-renown guests including Ross Lovegrove and Wael Attili more information at

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