Architectural Association (AA), National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Istanbul Technical University (ITU) Faculty of Architecture
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
AA Athens Visiting School, Recharged (25 March – 02 April 2013), in collaboration with National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), has concentrated on the design of prototype structures that are related to motion and real‐time reaction to external stimuli with the aim of transforming static built models to animated kinetic prototypes while considering hierarchical design rules.
This research agenda has been put to test through the use of interactive/ kinetic digital design tools and fabrication technologies. In coordination with its theme, the aspiration has been to correlate human activities with interactive formations on a horizontal landscape expressive of ideas of an architectural “forest”. With recent developments in architectural thinking and production modes, the “forest” serves not only as a division/partition but also as a structure which can promote social interplay and accommodate features that can be intricately differentiated according to particular design requirements. The toolset of AA Athens 2013 has included Rhinoceros, Processing, Arduino, and Grasshopper.
AA Istanbul Visiting School, Vertical Interventions (04-12 April 2012), in collaboration with Istanbul Technical University (ITU), has continued to rediscover verticality through novel generative design techniques and large-scale physical prototypes. For its 2013 cycle, the concepts and techniques of how to generate a building envelope which can respond to interrelated design criteria have been investigated. As such, the primary aim has been to create a multi-performance façade system, a transition between the ‘inside’ and the ‘outside’, by the precise implementation of advanced generative design and digital prototyping techniques. In addition to the custom-made digital design and evaluation tools supporting the core methodology, Vertical Interventions also highlights the fabrication and assembly of large scale working prototypes realizing the performative characteristics of each proposal in examination. With digital computation as backbone, generative design approaches are the means to undertake these design tasks. The toolset of AA Istanbul 2013 has included Rhinoceros, Processing, and Grasshopper.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
AA: Self-organization, complexity theory, object-oriented architectures
AA Athens Visiting School
Programme Director: Alexandros Kallegias
Tutors: Alexandros Kallegias, Elif Erdine, Dağhan Çam, Enrique Ramos, Tassos Kanellos, Anna Laskari
Students: Maryam Altaf, Myrto Maria Barbaris, Georgios Berdos, Nora Demjaha, Alexandros Fotiadis, Iason Giraud, Erato Choli, Roubini Hadjicosti, Danai Ioannidi, Vasileios Ioannidis, Ioannis Kanakas, Canay Kara, Sofia Kasapantoniou, Dafni Lasithiotaki, Georgios Lavantsiotis, Ioana Cristina Nan, Solon Predaris Papagath, Vagia Pantou, Maria Papadopoulou, Oleg Raspopov, Ioanna Rammou, Kyriaki Spanou, Antonios Thodis, Danae Tsakoumaki, Sibelle Urben, Natalia Vitzilaiou, Christina Voutou, Ioli Zavitsanou
AA Istanbul Visiting School
Programme Director: Elif Erdine
Tutors: Elif Erdine, Alexandros Kallegias, Müge Belek, Dağhan Çam, Ahu Sökmenoğlu, Frederico Fialho Teixeira
Students: Maryam Altaf, Özgün Balaban, Ezgi Baştuğ, Yin Hui Chung, Deniz Gezer, Işık Gören, Mutlu Güngör, Çağla Gürbay, Merve Güzel, Lida Marinkova, Canay Kara, Zekiye Nil Karamolla, Tolga Karasay, Fikret Can Kuşadalı, Augustine Ong, Sibel Yasemin Özgan, Emre Özdemir, Irem Pelit, Didem Şahin, Zeynep Şahin, Sibelle Urben, Yiğitcan Ülkücü