Friday, July 1, 2016

AA Visiting School Amazon: Digital Vernacular, August 2016

Infrared thermography of a non-vernacular roof type

Lake Mamori, Amazonas
22-28 August, 2016

After studying the impact of the recent arrival of electricity on the small community of Mamori Lake, this year’s edition explores how these changes can inform a new type of vernacular architecture that deals with this new electrified reality and is highly adapted to the rain forest environment. Through the use of biomimicry principles, digital measuring devices, data gathering and analysis, and digital design tools, participants will propose a new type of "maison tropical digital” that directly responds to the new needs of the area inhabitants, while preparing them for the imminent digital revolution.

About the workshop:
The workshop takes place in a simple but comfortable wooden lodge by the Mamori lake shore, in the middle of the Amazon rain forest. The initial exploratory days of analysis and data collection offer the participants the possibility to discover the astonishing Amazon ecosystem and interact with the local communities. Social, mythological, economical, and natural environments will be overlaid to discover emerging patterns that could inform the design process. The strategies of some plants, insects and animals will be studied to trace parallels between nature and architecture. 


The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals.

  • Complete the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page. If you’re unable to use the online application, email for instructions to pay by bank transfer.
  • Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the program. A CV or a portfolio is not required.
  • The deadline for applications is 8 August 2016.

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