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 media. It will be hosted by Torcuato Di Tella University in  Buenos Aires between 16th July to 27th July 2018.

Apps and digital infrastructures rapidly infiltrate and transform our way of life. Smart heating and cooling systems can sense movement and learn our living patterns for ideal temperature control. Nanotechnology is enabling continuous illumination. Anywhere. Anytime. We enjoy the freedom to work from a distance, share a car with a stranger, download an album and learn German through Skype. This is simply the way we live. What was once an urban experience is now contained within the range of movement of your thumb. Within this condition, the body has become the battlefield where socio-economic and political forces collide – splintering our attention and increasingly marginalising our spaces for social interaction. We propose to explore tactics of destabilisation of the body as a way of reengaging the haptic qualities of architecture.

AAVS Buenos Aires aims to investigate the deep implications of information and communication technologies in architecture. During two weeks, the studio will produce formal experimentation using tensile geometries in search of greater corporeality. This will involve intense 3D modelling and the making of large-scale tensile installations, both socially purposeful and economical. Through the use of photogrammetry (3D mesh with mapping from photos) on our physical models we will use photography and time based media (Video and VR) to experience and assess our experiments. We will be mixing the use of physical and virtual media, and challenging a culture of the flat in favour of new materiality nested within digital practice.

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.


Learning Objectives

_Double Curved and Tensile geometry using Nurbs (RHIN0) and low Poly (MAX and MAYA).

_Tensile physical modelling.

_Photography and film, postproduction using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Video capture and editing in Adobe Premiere.

_Photogrammetry using Reality Capture . VR output using Sketchfab.


Workshop Programme

_Monday 16th July 10h: Workshop introduction.

_Thursday 19th July 19h: Sebastian Andia Lecture “Functional forms of abstract nature” . Followed by a conversation between Sebastian Andia and Andrew Pringle Sattui.

_Saturday 21st July 13h to 18h:  Mid term Review with UTDT faculty and Guests.

_Monday 23rd July 19h: Marcela Spadaro lecture ” Digital Image, Material dynamics”. Followed by a conversation between Marcela Spadaro Lucas Torres Aguero.

_Wednesday 25th July: Theo Sarantoglou Lalis lecture ” Digital Constructivism”. Followed by a conversation between Theo Sarantoglou Lalis and Santiago Miret.

_Friday 27th July 13h-18h: AAVS Buenos Aires Final Review and Exhibition opening.

A more detailed schedule will be distributed to participants during introduction day.


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