AA MakeLab is an intensive, five-day programme engaging in innovative architectural fabrication processes in collaboration with the AA’s London-based Digital Prototyping Lab. The aim is to explore the integration of digitally-driven fabrication technologies in the context of Hooke Park’s forestry and workshop resources.
At the core of the programme are design-and-build strategies developed through prototyping and the construction of 1:1-scale structures, and the application of new fabrication techniques to the particular materials and sites available at Hooke Park and its surrounding woodland. Specific technologies unavailable on site can be made available in anticipation of particular areas of investigation.
Experimental structures will be made in small, workshop-led groups which will investigate topics connected to current research agendas within digital fabrication, using the latest advanced software and hardware applications, including Rhino, RhinoScript and Grasshopper.
The programme will consist of workshops, seminars, presentations and tutorials led by experts from academia and industry, and will culminate in a symposium with invited specialists and experts on the final afternoon. Participants will be working in teams of between three and six people, in groups and roles balanced according to particular interests and ambitions.
Schedule and venue
The school runs from 4-8 April 2011. This is an intensive, workshop-based programme requiring full-time participation. The workshop will be hosted at Hooke Park (UK) and the surrounding 350 acre woodland.