1-10 June 2016
AKTO College – Athens Campus
11Α Evelpidon Street (Pedion Areos)
Athens, 113 62, Greece
In 2016 AA Athens Visiting School continues to examine the philosophy of phenomenology as a starting point in architectural design.
Structures of consciousness experienced from the first-person point of view will couple with the study shapes in action. The experience around an architectural object will act as the central point of ambience for the user’s space. Via digital simulation, we will assess the way by natural formations are created and exist as active players in shaping their environment. We will create forms and structures, aiming to alter the feeling of their surrounding by being put into motion. A series of morphologies will be designed, informed by biomimetic form-finding methods through a bottom-up approach via various coding techniques. A 1:1 scale structure will be put together, to enable experience of built space and of building materials in their sensory aspects as a result of a series of initial testing models.
These proposals will be applied through the combination of different software including Processing, Arduino, and Rhino Grasshopper.
The program is organized in a two-stage process:
Stage 1: Participants gain an understanding of formation processes in nature, coupled with core concepts related to design complexity. During this stage, basic and advanced tutorials on generative design algorithms and analysis tools will be provided. Building on its core methodology from its previous sessions, AA Athens VS will perform as a team-based program promoting collaboration and research. Participants will be introduced to advanced fabrication techniques.
Stage 2: Participants propose design interventions based on the skills and knowledge gained during the first stage. Study models of various scales will be produced, leading to the fabrication and assembly of a full scale working prototype which unifies the design goals of the program.
The design agenda of AA Athens is linked to the AA Istanbul Visiting School, creating feedback on one another, allowing participation in either one or both programs.
The workshop is open to architecture and design students and professionals worldwide.
Upon completion of the program, participants receive the AA Visiting School Certificate.
The deadline for applications is 15 May 2016. No portfolio or CV, the only requirement is the online application form and fees.
Alexandros Kallegias (AA Athens Visiting School Programme Director):