Thursday, April 7, 2016

AA_Aarhus Visiting School 2016 - August 3-12 , Aarhus (Denmark)

Rethinking Patterns: Exploring Heterogenic Structures 
Wednesday – Friday, August 3-12, 2016

Aarhus School of Architecture
Nørreport 20
8000 Aarhus C

This year the Aarhus Visiting School will build on the previous year’s theme of rethinking pattern in design and architecture as it investigates the effects of light through local manipulations of patterns and geometry. These investigations are driven through the use of computational tools and digital fabrication at different scales.

The research will expand on last year’s framework by focusing on the integration of robotic tools and how robotic manufacturing techniques influence the future of design and fabrication in architecture. The AA_Aarhus Visiting School will use the Aarhus School of Architecture's state-of-the-art fabrication facility, which includes ABB robots.

Prominent features of the workshop/skills developed

• Novel modeling and parametric techniques based on local ecological factors.
• Introduction to new fabrication techniques now prevalent in the field of design and architecture.
• Robotic fabrication in design.
• Discussions on new architectural processes and theories.
• Applying theories that are highly applicable to contemporary practice through computation.
• A lecture series from leading researchers and theorists.

"We have chosen to run two units within the theme of last year: Affects of Light through Pattern and Geometry. The Visiting School will be divided into two units. The first unit titled “Mesh Morphologies” will focus on teaching students how to control and manipulate local regions of complex geometries as a response to external factors through constant feedback between physical and digital models. This unit favours all levels of grasshopper knowledge, but if you are a beginner this is the unit to choose.

The second unit titled “Robotic Collaboration” will focus on the robotic fabrication paradigm and how this can potentially be rethought. It can be thought of as the grafting of the car industry onto the building industry. This unit assumes that you have an intermediate to advanced level of grasshopper knowledge, since it will highly emphasize the robotic fabrication part of the day design exercise.

It is the ambition of the AA_Aarhus Visiting School to develop knowledge in digital fabrication and pattern formations, which are at the forefront when it comes to the field of architecture & design. Furthermore, the participants are to leave the Visiting School having gained new knowledge and novel skills in architectural design/make and theory, which they can continue to use in their practice or in the remaining years of their study. 

We hope that through our continued work within this field, we will be able to contribute to the ongoing architectural discussion on parametrics, pattern making and fabrication".

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