The AA Visiting School is a worldwide network of design workshops and other programs organized by the Architectural Association School of Architecture. The event will take place in Bilbao from July 23rd to August 5th, focusing on new lectures over territorial macro and micro scales.
We have 20 scholarships for our Archinect readers interested on this activity — you just need to send your CV/portfolio and a statement explaining why you would like to participate in this event. For more details read below.
From the AA Bilbao/San Sebastian Visiting School description:
"The workshop will explore the question of ‘place’ or ‘topos’ and its radical transformation in the recent years due to the proliferation and availability of environmental parameters. Departing from the notion of ‘computing,’ understood as information processing, strategies of ‘data mining’ and ‘indexing’ will be proposed as sensible readings of the site and the territory."
"The breeding of local environmental parameters will generate new forms of architectural agency and expression. Diverse mechanisms will be used to materialize ‘invisible’ information such as environmental and social conditions, users’ preferences, digital information, etc. The capture of ‘local’ data will be done through the use of sensors, site specific simulations and rss feeds which will be used to capture information in the ‘network’. The workshop will provide the students with technical support to use microprocessors and sensing technologies. Each team will be looking at one main environmental parameter, in its broader sense, such as sun light, programmatic densification, urban flux, users’ data collected from urban behavioural patterns, potential energetic consumption/production, etc to synthesize ‘Datascapes’ that will feed into the projects. These ‘Datascapes’ will be built from the following devices, software and strategies."
"The workshop will be looking at ‘Datascapes’ cross feeding macro and micro scales. In the first part, participants will be working at the macro scale developing cartographical readings of Bilbao with the use of GIS software. In the second part of the workshop through the deployment of sensing devices and microclimate simulations, the participants will be looking at the variability of specific environmental parameters such as CO concentration or temperature gradients at the neighborhood scale. The cartographies and microclimate surveys will be re-articulated and informed through feedback mechanisms between both scales."
Program directors: Maider LLaguno Munitxa and Clara Olóriz Sanjuán.
Please send your portfolio (no more than 4 A3 pages and maximum 5MB) to BilbaoSanSebastian@aaschool.ac.uk
More info about this and previous editions and applications