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AA Rio de Janeiro Visiting School 2015 - Marathon Runaway Sambadrome

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AA Rio de Janeiro Visiting School 2015 - Marathon Runaway Sambadrome

Time: January 10, 2015 to January 18, 2015
Location: Centro Carioca de Design
City/Town: Rio de Janeiro
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Phone: +55 11 30623522
Event Type: architecture, design, workshop
Organized By: Architectural Association Brazil Visiting School
Latest Activity: Nov 4, 2014

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Event Description

January 10th-18th,  2015
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Sambadromo is a 700m-long, 13m-wide purpose-built linear stadium designed by Oscar Niemeyer and constructed specifically to host the annual parade of Samba Schools during the Carnival festival. For the remaining 361 days of the year it stands empty and desolate as a massive dividing wall within its degraded urban context. Renovated in 2012 and now the future site for the 2016 Olympic marathon finish line and archery events, the Sambadromo is receiving renewed international attention, but it drastically needs to accommodate new types of programme and improve its connection with its surrounding context. AAVS Rio de Janeiro will explore ways to intervene within and transform the Sambadromo, with a potential focus on the VIP and Press Rooms ‘camarotes’​, which were originally designed to house classrooms when Carnival was not taking place, and are now the site for over-commercialized, under-designed temporary installations during Carnival, and abandoned throughout the rest of the year. 

Teaching team:
The teaching team will be led by Elena Manferdini, from Atelier Manferdini (, to teach and use advanced digital design and fabrication to generate iterative transformations in the creation of new micro-infrastructures.

Computational and fabrication skills:
The workshop will teach advanced computational design skills. A series of physical models will be built using digital fabrication techniques, such as laser-cutting and rapid-prototyping, that will be taught during the workshop. No previous digital or fabrication experience is needed.

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