AA Visiting School Buenos Aires is a two week immersive workshop combining critical thinking, state of the art digital design, large scale physical model making and film. It will be taking place at Torcuato Di Tella University in Buenos Aires between 19th February and 3rd March 2018.
Claude Parent in his “function of the oblique” argues that by destabilizing the body through the use of the oblique plane, the body is confronted with dialectic between the effort to climb up and a potential to let go. The body cannot relieve itself from its environment but rather is fully engaged with the real.
As the Internet continues to infiltrate every sphere of life, the distinction between spaces for working, dwelling, learning and leisure is collapsing, affecting the way we design and experience boundaries in architecture. In an increasingly digitized world, architects will have to address widespread building obsolescence and the need for architecture to simultaneously accommodate those changes while providing resilient and more permanent civic anchoring points. The portability/wear ability of devices and greater connectivity has triggered an increase in informal use of space and radical changes in occupancy that suggest new ergonomic strategies in architecture. The characterization of space through function doesn’t matter that much anymore. What is more important today is for architecture to address the coexistence of a multiplicity of activities and timeframes within one space and to provide a clear spatial framework for both acts of socialization and solitude. As a studio we will reconsider the behavioral attributes of architectural form for their capacity to enact and affect participation, stimulate the corporal experience of space and provide a framework for social life.
Politics of Construction
The production of architecture, and to a large extent our creativity, is increasingly conditioned by norms, the industrialisation of architectural elements and the design tools we use. While numerous digital design packages and manufacturers promise value less variation, the outcome is somehow predetermined. Rejecting this condition, we will reconsider the politics of construction to speculate on and develop elaborate, but nevertheless affordable, production strategies to counter the homogenisation of space.
The workshop aims to reflect critically on the last two decades of architects experimenting with the digital. Within an economically and socially tense environment, we propose to reclaim construction procedures as an important cultural production of the architectural practice. Our aim is to trigger a debate about the changing role of the architect and speculate on the consequences of a greater involvement in the construction process.
_Nurbs modelling in Rhino 5.
_Low poly modelling in Maya and 3ds max.
_Large scale fabrication.
_Photographic techniques, postproduction on Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
_Video Capture and editing in Adobe Premiere.
The course will emphasise the following points:
- Critical approach: The workshop will critically address the dominance of visual culture in architecture and debate about new ways of addressing physical space and experience.
- Making / Design techniques / Photography and Filming techniques: A range of experimental form making techniques will be introduced to students that aim to give new methods of making and designing.
- Software and tools: Introduction of digital modeling tools: Rhino and grasshopper, etc.
Formal enquiries – Week 1
During the first week, we will be experimenting with tensile environments through the integration of multiple design objectives into one form through an iterative process involving a combination of digital design techniques and form making. Our proposals will be grounded in experimentation, prototyping and material testing as a way of negotiating our ideas with the real. We will be running digital design workshops including polygon modelling in Maya/3DS max as well as nurbs modelling in Rhino (kangaroo). We will concurrently be organizing a series of short seminars that will cover both theoretical topics and present precedents in relation to large scale digital manufacturing and self-construction.
Soft Itineraries – Week 2
The second week will be dedicated to finalizing the designs in the form of elaborate tensile models at scales 1/5, ½ and 1/1. We will use state of the art Photographic and filming techniques to investigate new spatialities. The workshop will culminate in an exhibition including film projections, large prints and large scale models. The programme is open to architectural students, teachers and professionals interested in collaborative discussion and hands-on exploration of experimental design+build processes .