AA Visiting School: German University of Technology Oman 31 January–11 February

aa_visiting_school_012All images and information courtesy of Omid Kamvari, course director for the AA Tehran and Muscat visiting school.
Images displayed show the work of last year’s workshop in Tehran.

Every year the Architectural Association School of Architecture collaborates with selected universities around the globe to conduct workshops. The AA Visiting School has become a worldwide network with events in Beijing, Madrid, San Francisco, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Singapore and Tehran among others. This time, from January 31 to February 11 they will visit the German University of Technology Oman with a methodological focus on patterns.

Oman: German University of Technology Oman


31 January-11 February
Oman has been careful and farsighted in its approach to development. With regard to recent events in the region this approach has proven to be a successful model. Massive increase in population, decrease of fossil resources, climate change, change of life-styles, change of economic foundations, extended tourism – are all part of an increasing set of parameters set to challenge Oman’s approach to development. Urbanisation sits at the centre of these parameters. In this scenario the search for an environmentally and culturally appropriate architecture and urbanism is one of the most important ventures in Oman.

Images of last year’s workshop in Tehran:

In order to develop theoretical as well as practical contributions for this discourse the workshop will have a methodological focus on patterns. Patterns are seen as a means of translating the performance and the appearance of historical structures into new concepts. Heuristic and algorithmic thinking as well as advanced computational methods will be introduced as a means of investigating patterns and developing new solutions. These solutions will also take into consideration aspects relating to manufacturing, assembly and constructability. The aim here is to apply these solution to various scales from facades and buildings to cities and regions.

The Muscat Visiting School 2011 is the first of three workshops held in collaboration between the AA and the German University of Technology in Oman.

Deadline for applications is 10 January 2011.

A late deadline of 24 January is also in effect, but this will incur a £50 surcharge. Applications can be submitted to:

Accommodation & Costs

Accommodation during the workshop is not provided, but advice will be given for nearby affordable hotels.
The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £650 per participant, which includes a £50 Visiting Student Membership, made payable to the AA School of Architecture. Fees do not include flights. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops, digital cameras and any other tools they may wish to use during the workshop.

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