AA VISITING SCHOOL SÃO PAULO 2014 – LIQUID DESIGN: MULTIPLE SCALE
São Paulo, Brazil
July 22 - 31, 2014
During the intense ten-day workshop of the AA São Paulo Visiting School 2014, advanced computational design and digital fabrication will be used to generate speculative new architecture models in the creation of a ‘liquid design’ that can mediate multiple-scale flows. The workshop will explore the redevelopment of a bordering territory along the Marginal Rivers of São Paulo, where in the 1960’s, much of the water-system was disastrously canalized, causing problematic flooding and the creation of ill-conceived residual post-industrial riverbanks that are inhabited by monolithic, large-scale programs such as sports centers, distribution centers, mega-stores and a convention center. The Visiting School São Paulo will work on bringing a new urban life for these sites by redefining the existing macro-architectural typologies along the river with micro-scale interventions that can introduce new flows of urban street culture. Specifically, the workshop will focus on the reinvention of the large-scale market distribution center, CEAGESP (Companhia de Entrepostos e Armazéns Gerais de São Paulo), to introduce programs and structures that could mediate a new movement of people, commerce, and environmental forces using parametric design and fabrication. Students can choose to work either at the larger architectural scale or at the scale of the shop-front display, bringing a new contemporary interface between agricultural production and consumption.
The teaching team will include lead tutor Hart Marlow of su11 (www.su11.com) who specialize in advanced digital design, and local-based architects, to promote innovative strategies informed by local political, economic and environmental issues.
The workshop will teach advanced digital modeling and parametric design skills and rapid prototyping software: no previous experience is needed. A group of specialist computation tutors will conduct an initial skills workshop and continue to assist throughout the workshop to develop the individual projects of the participants.
A series of physical models will be built using digital fabrication techniques that will be taught during the workshop, no previous experience is needed.