AA DLab experiments thoroughly on the possibilities of digital design tools and rapid prototyping techniques as highly integrated systems of design development. It is an intensive computation and fabrication oriented workshop that is structured around a general theme in each consecutive edition.
Starting from 2012, DLab will be launched as a series where one of the most potent vehicles for emphasis in architecture, color, will take a twist and exist beyond the field of visual compositions and sensations, becoming the common denominator for the generation of diverse computational proposals. In 2012, DLab takes on the color of Green as the shade of meaning and the design vessel for a number of rigorous experiments carried out using algorithmic design methodologies and digital fabrication techniques. Associated with the concepts of regeneration, emergence, and growth through its broad existence in nature, Green will serve as the inspiration for observing natural and biological structures of differing scales, followed by their abstraction and interpretation into elaborated design proposals. In this setup, Green surpasses being a representational/graphic instrument and stimulates creative processes of meaning, interpretation, and realization.
The workshop will be formulated as a two-phase process. The initial phase will be highlighted with the conceptualization and production of design proposals by the participants as well as the elaboration of a working one-to-one scale prototype. During the second phase, participants and tutors will be located at the AA Hooke Park facilities, working on the fabrication and assembly strategies of the prototype, followed by the fabrication of the outcome. In this regard, Green|02 will give the participants an opportunity to test in real life the profound formal, structural and performative attributes of a working prototype by accentuating the qualities of delicacy, detail, and elegance in the architectural realm.
Participants have full access to the AA Digital Prototyping Lab (DPL) for the fabrication of prototypes/models in various mediums and materials, including laser-cutting, CNC milling, 3d-printing, and other forms of physical outputs. The main fabrication phase of Green|02 will take place at the AA facilities in Hooke Park, AA’s rural campus in Dorset in the South West UK.
The deadline for applications is 9 July 2012. All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required. After payment of fees, the AA can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.
All students will need to submit a CV and a portfolio. Please email to Visiting School Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Visiting School Coordinator, Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES.
The AA Visiting School requires a total fee of £2,020 per participant, which includes a £700 deposit and a £50 Visiting Membership. If you are already a member, the total fee will be reduced automatically by £50 by the online payment system. Fees are non refundable. Fees do not include flights and train to Hooke Park.
Accommodation/ food in Hooke Park and materials are included in the fees.
Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.
The workshop is open to architecture and design students and professionals worldwide.
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