AALU graduates Minjoo Baek and Jorge Ayala and AALU design tutor Eduardo Rico have been invited to the Creative Nature Workshop in Xi’an, organized by The University of Southern California in Collaboration with 2011 Xi’an International Horticultural Expo. The workshop will take place between the 25tha dn 30th of January. It consists in the design of a series of micro environments each one commissioned to a different academic team. Other invited universities include Columbia University, USC, HKU, Peking University, UC Berkeley, USC, UTDT and University of Toronto.


Eva Castro (AA Landscape Urbanism director) will be part of the Game (On) Santiago workshop in the Catholic University of Santiago de Chile (6th to 15th January). The intensive ten-day studio based design workshop is open to students, young architects and other designers worldwide. In Chile the construction of a new sports infrastructure to house the 'South-American Games ODESUR 2014'is being treated as an unparalleled opportunity to transform a range of environments. By taking a critical look at the ambitious plans currently under development, and proposing design alternatives, the workshop aims at defining strategies applicable at different scales. Participants will approach this project by integrating different fields of architectural action. This design research will encourage explorations ranging through material properties, construction processes, parametric design and digital fabrication, right up to the urban and landscape scales, taking account of the local cultures and Chile’s spectacular landscape.
The course will be taught by tutors from the AA School and the Catholic University. Eva Castro (AA Landscape Urbanism), Monia De Marchi (AA Diploma Unit 9), and Alejandra Bosch (AA Landscape Urbanism) will join Rodrigo PĂ©rez de Arce, Arturo Lyon, Pedro Ignacio Alonso, J Parrish and Holgar Kehne.