More Middle East for AALU - 15th march

Harvar graduate Young Zhang, who has been recently involved with OMA, will give an insight of the work in this office related to developments in Dubai and Middle East. Young will also participate in the third term AALU pinup 23rd of March.

AALU + Fibrous structures

AALU students Mathew Wilson and Alejandra Bosch (models in the image beside) will follow their projects by participating in the Fibrous structures workshop, held in Istambul, concived and directed by former AAstudents Claudia Pasquero – Marco Poletto (ecoLogicStudio) – Nilufer Kozikoglu (tusba) with the support of structural engineer and designer AKT London and with the collaboration of AALU graduate Ivan Valdez and of Meltem Aksoy (Assist Prof. Dr.ITU)

The course will start by learning the basic principles of parametric modelling and by understanding their potential as generators of “machinic” diagrams. The architecture of Muqarnas will also be the subject of an early investigation, from which geometrical rules will be extracted and will serve as base structuring logic for the assemblage of the fibrous components. In parallel to the development of the parametric digital diagrams, multiple physical counterparts will be fabricated. Finally the structure will actualize as a pavilion. As a result the models, both physical and digital will acquire a more specific scalar dimension and will be able to express more peculiar structural, ornamental and microclimatic qualities.

Charles Waldheim, Ford’s Fields seminar 8th-9th May

Charles Waldheim is Associate Dean and Director of the Landscape Architecture Program on the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto where his research focuses on contemporary urbanism in relation to landscape. Waldheim coined the term “landscape urbanism” to describe emerging design practices in the context of North American urbanism and has written extensively on the positions, practices, and precedents of the topic. On this topic he has recently edited The Landscape Urbanism Reader (Princeton Architectural Press, 2006).

Charles will lead “Ford’s Fields” a short seminar during the third term in relation to the renewed relevance of the field of landscape within the current understanding of contemporary city.