Resilience and Adaptation

Resilience and Adaptation

The Architectural Association Visiting School Amazon is organising for the fourth consecutive year a workshop in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest open to design and architecture students and professionals in which an experimental floating structure will be designed and constructed in collaboration with Atelier Marko Brajovic and Ecofloat.

Following the programme long-term agenda, the designs will be inspired by the rich biodiversity of the area and will aim to provide solutions to create affordable, resilient, comfortable and beautiful tropical buildings that can adapt and resist the effects of climate change.

The course is a development from last year’s edition, in which the VS Amazon team, composed by Programme Heads Marko Brajovic and Nacho Marti, together with an international group of talented students, was shortlisted for the Climate Challenge award, organised by What Design Can Do. The design submitted by Brajovic and Marti received an award of 5000€ which is making the construction of the floating prototype possible.

The workshop will take place in a wooden lodge by the beautiful Mamori lake, in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. The initial exploratory days of analysis and data collection will offer the participants the possibility to discover the astonishing Amazon ecosystem and interact with the local communities. A series of lectures about design, architecture and biology will provide students with an understanding of innovative concepts at the forefront of architecture.

Students will receive a certificate from the Architectural Association and will gain a theoretical understanding of concepts such as biomimetics, emergence, self-organization, material and biological systems. Previous participants have described the workshop as a “once-in-a-lifetime learning trip”, “awesome immersive experience”, “new method to learn”, “another way to make architecture” and “an amazing way to connect with nature”.

The registration ends on 24 August and you can apply through our website

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Cite: "Resilience and Adaptation" 04 Aug 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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