ChennaiHyper Threads 2012, Hindustan University - July 2012
The intention of the AA Bangalore Visiting School is to look beyond Computer Aided Design (CAD) as simple design automation to CAD as enabling architectural creativity whilst still responding to complex spatial and material performance constraints. In keeping with this spirit, the AA School of Architecture, Zaha Hadid Architects Computation and Design group (ZHA|CODE), Autodesk Inc and Department of Architecture, Hindustan Univeristy, Chennai will renew their collaboration to bring the third iteration of their ten-day workshop and one-day symposium to Chennai. The workshop will explore the relations between contemporary design techniques, creative expression, software technology and its manifestation within India's emergent economy and ancient traditions of building. It also seeks to use production-proven design methods and software platforms in a judicious mix with innovative research.
The workshop will centre around two main foci - exploration and streamlining of a multi-stage process of concept to physical manifestation and synthesis of advanced computational design research with constraints of an emergent labour intensive economy. The workshop will continue its agenda of exploring the following: physics-based design methods, integration of form and structure, computational methods of optimisation for fabrication, and adaptation to local means, methods and craft.
The aim is to provide the participants with a conceptual framework for advanced digital methods within collaborative architectural design. The workshop will involve experts from institutions such as Zaha Hadid Architects, London, AA School of Architecture, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles and local partners including BMS college, Bangalore. The workshop will tap into the expertise of Autodesk, who are on-board as software-development/training collaborators.
The deadline for applications is June 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. A portfolio or CV is not required, only the online application form and payment.
The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £650 per participant, which includes a £50 Visiting Student Membership, payable online at: www.aaschool.ac.uk/bangalore. Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and modelmaking 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 deadline for applications is 15 March 2012. All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required for entry to India, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.
The workshop is open to architecture and design students and professionals worldwide.