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AA Athens Visiting School 2017 - Symmetry Sentience

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AA Athens Visiting School 2017 - Symmetry Sentience

Time: June 12, 2017 to June 22, 2017
Location: AKTO College – Athens Campus
Street: 11Α Evelpidon Street (Pedion Areos)
City/Town: Athens, 113 62, Greece
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Event Type: workshop
Organized By: Alexandros Kallegias
Latest Activity: Apr 5, 2017

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Our world has been enriched by numerous interactive means that connect us across the different continents. These amplifications take place through various media that in turn estrange people from their surroundings. Our built environment continues to evolve, into an interconnected hyperspace where architecture can be fluid, flexible and vivid. In 2017, AA Athens Visiting School, will address architectural themes involving active engagement and participatory design through prototypes that are characterized by action.


Action-designed structures enabled by technology today, begin to timidly move beyond the utopian proposals of the 20th century’s manifestos and hold a place in the world of realized designs. The AA Athens Visiting School incorporates in the design process, materials and scientific devices as vital parts of the end-creations. The research aims at bringing closer the user with the built environment via space animation and animate and in its’ methodology, it rethinks habits of designing, building and experiencing space through materiality. In “SYMMETRY SENTIENCE”, materiality and form are considered as a “unified whole”. The programme will investigate how membranes can reshape our architectural understanding by bringing curvature and translucency. The design teams will focus on the flexible nature of tensile fabric that can be energized by motion and real-time reaction to various parameters. In this world of “living” structures and interactive formations, the design language includes Processing, Arduino, Rhino Modelling, and Grasshopper. The architecture programme, integrates manufacturing techniques that enable the design teams to actively experience the aspect of fabrication in 1:1 scale. A set of lectures and tutorials by experts from internationally renowned academics and practitioners, from the Architectural Association, Zaha Hadid Architects and others, form the theoretical background based on aspects of computational space, machinic control as well as responsive and kinetic design.



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


Participants receive the AA Visiting School Certificate with the completion of the Programme.


The deadline for applications is 29 May 2017. No portfolio or CV, only requirement is the online application form and fees. The online application can be reached from:


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