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The Aarhus Visiting School will build on the previous year’s theme of rethinking pattern in design and architecture, while investigating the affects of light through local manipulations of patterns and geometry.

These investigations are driven through the use of computational tools and digital fabrication at different scales. This coming year, the research will expand on last year’s framework by focusing on the integration of robotic tools and how robotic manufacturing techniques can influence the future of design and fabrication in architecture. The AA_Aarhus Visiting School operates in collaboration with the Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark, and will use their state-of-the-art fabrication facility, which includes ABB robots.

This year we will have a tight structure, where we will have 4 days of intense tutorials and lectures, followed by 3-4 days of design, fabrication exploration and research. The workshop will culminate with 2-3 days of intense fabrication for the final exhibition.

All techniques for pattern manipulations will be applicable in any geometrical context, and the tutorials are therefore very suited for professionals as well as students.

We have chosen to run two units within the theme of last year “Investigating affects of light through local manipulations of patterns and geometry”. For the third iteration of the AA_Aarhus Visiting School

‘Mesh Morphologies’ focuses on teaching students how to control and manipulate geometry at both the local and global scale based on environmental and material inputs, where a digital fabrication pipeline enables a constant feedback between physical and digital models. This unit favours all levels off grasshopper knowledge, but if you are a beginner this is the unit to choose.
‘Robotic Crafting’ will engage traditional construction techniques and tectonics systems, reinterpreting them for a digital design and fabrication paradigm. We will develop and implement fabrication processes that integrate material properties and potential feedback systems, and make use of the ABB IRB 6620 and 120 robots available. This unit assumes that you have an intermediate to advanced level of grasshopper knowledge, as we will emphasise individual process and data design.

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