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AA Istanbul Visiting School 2018 - Robotic Mediations

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AA Istanbul Visiting School 2018 - Robotic Mediations

Time: June 25, 2018 to July 6, 2018
Location: Istanbul Bilgi University
Street: SantralIstanbul Campus, Eski Silahtarağa Elektrik Santralı Kazım Karabekir Cad. No: 2/13, 34060, Eyüp
City/Town: Istanbul
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Event Type: workshop
Organized By: elif erdine
Latest Activity: Mar 30, 2018

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Event Description

AA Istanbul Visiting School, in collaboration with Istanbul Bilgi University, is a unique learning and making experience. The programme continues to build on its expertise on generative design methodologies and large-scale prototyping techniques from previous years, while bringing together a range of experts from internationally acclaimed academic institutions and practices, Architectural Association, Zaha Hadid Architects, among others.

AA Istanbul Visiting School will investigate the inherent associations between form, material, and structure through the rigorous implementation of innovative design and fabrication techniques. Computational methods for design, analysis, and fabrication will be coupled with physical experimentation. The key objective of AA Istanbul Visiting School will comprise the design and fabrication of a one-to-one scale prototype realized by the use of robotic fabrication techniques.

The programme will be formulated as a two-phase process:

Stage 1: Participants will gain an insight of material processes, computational methods, and various fabrication techniques, culminating with core concepts related to complexity in design practices. During this stage, basic and advanced tutorials on generative design algorithms and analysis tools will be provided.

Stage 2: Participants will propose design interventions based on the skills and knowledge gained during the first stage. Study models of various scales will be produced, finally followed by the robotic fabrication and assembly of a full scale working prototype which unifies the design goals of the programme.

Prominent features of the programme / skills developed:

  • Participants will be part of an active learning environment where the large tutor to student ratio (4:1) allows for personalized tutorials and debates.
  • The toolset of AA Istanbul includes but is not limited to Rhinoceros and Grasshopper, as well as analysis software.
  • Participants will have access to advanced digital fabrication tools.
  • Robotic design and fabrication processes will formulate the physical prototyping phase of the programme.


The workshop is open to current architecture, structural engineering, and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals. Prior software knowledge is not required. 


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


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £700 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting Membership fee. Discount options for groups are available. Please contact the AA Visiting School Coordinator for more details.

The deadline for applications is 15 June 2018. No portfolio or CV, only requirement is the online application form and fees.

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