Athens - CIPHER CITY / Revolutions

Athens - CIPHER CITY / Revolutions

What would happen if a structure could transform in real‐time? AA Athens Visiting School embarks on its’ third cycle to address issues of change, adaptation and interaction in the design of an enclosed volume. In this time of social, economic, and environmental uncertainty, it's a quality for the built environment to regard transformation as a way of practice.

Revolutions have occurred through architectural history and vary widely in terms of design methods and fabrication techniques. Focusing on inspiring natural form‐finding techniques, AA Athens VS works towards producing a large‐scale interactive prototype that alters in real‐time the perception of interior space.

Technology and architecture are coupled for the third year in Athens with a novel agenda of transforming an enclosed area and creating internal contrasting city‐life characteristics that transcend the local conditions. In collaboration with the National Technical University of Athens, Cipher City: Revolutions explores participatory design and active engagement modeling and continues building novel prototypes upon horizontal planes.

The toolset includes mainly ‐among others‐ Rhino Grasshopper, Processing and Arduino platforms. With the completion of the Programme participants receive the AA Visiting School Certificate. In 2014, the design agenda of AA Athens will connect with the agenda of AA Greece VS in the city of Patras. Participation in both Programmes will allow for a more extensive learning experience through additional tools like Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3D Studio Max and more.


The AA offers several discount options for participants wishing to apply as a group or participants wishing to apply for both AA Athens and AA Greece Visiting Schools:

1. Standard application

The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £600 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting Membership. If you are already a member, the total fee will be reduced automatically by £60 by the online payment system. Fees are non-refundable.

2. Group registration

For group applications, there will be a range of discounts depending on the number of people in the group. The discounted fee will be applied to each individual in the group.

1. 3-6 people group: £60 (AA Membership fee) + 540*0.75 = £465 (25 %)
2. 6-15 people group: £60 + 540*0.70 = £438 (30%)
3. more than 15 people group: £60 + 540*0.65 = £411 (35%)

3. Participants attending AA Greece VS and AA Athens VS | 40% discount

For people wishing to attend both AA Greece VS and AA Athens VS, a discount of 40% will be made for each participant. (The participant will pay the £60 membership fee only once.)

£60 (AA Membership fee) + (540*0.60)*2 = £708


The workshop is open to architecture and design students and professionals worldwide.


The deadline for applications is 24 March 2014. A portfolio or CV is not required, only the online application form and payment. The online application can be reached from:

For more information, please visit:

Contact details: Alexandros Kallegias (AA Athens Visiting School Programme Director):

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Cite: "Athens - CIPHER CITY / Revolutions" 30 Dec 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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