AA São Paulo Visiting School

2010 – 2024

ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION VISITING SCHOOL SÃO PAULO 2024

RE/IMAGINE LIQUID GROUNDS

Thursday July 18th – Saturday July 27th, 2024


Eduardo Srur – Trampolim Installation

In the early 20th century, the Marginal Pinheiros River in São Paulo was a site for water-sports and leisure. Yet, subject to the misguided urbanism of the 1960’s, the winding curves of the river were straightened to create roadways on its banks, which caused frequent flooding, and the river was polluted by factory discharges and urban sewage. Recent city administrations have worked to clean the river and create a bike path, and auxiliary beverage stands and a temporary floating bar have emerged. Tapping into this new momentum, the 2024 workshop will explore how to further revitalize this space, reflecting on the concept of the urban beach.

The surreal contrast between modern skyscrapers and seven-lane freeways with the green river banks, capybaras and polluted water, produces landscapes that look like digital montages, even inspiring reactionary art installations. Expanding on this, students will learn to use the powers of artificial intelligence (A.I.) to speculate on radical formations of new water landscape infrastructures, using the ability to seamlessly reference and generate a fusion of natural and built structures. Led by A.I. Architecture expert Tutor Carlos Bañón along with landscape specialists and in collaboration with Farah Service, students will learn how to transform part of this virtual flamboyance into fabricated form.

 

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TEXTO EM PORTUGUÊS

No início do século XX, o Rio Pinheiros, em São Paulo, era um local para esportes aquáticos e lazer. No entanto, sujeito ao urbanismo equivocado da década de 1960, as curvas sinuosas do rio foram retificadas para criar estradas em suas margens, o que causou enchentes frequentes, e o rio foi poluído por descargas de fábricas e pelo esgoto urbano. Administrações recentes da cidade tem trabalhado para limpar o rio e criar uma ciclovia surgindo quiosques de bebidas auxiliares e um bar flutuante temporário. Aproveitando esse novo impulso, o workshop de 2024 explorará como revitalizar ainda mais esse espaço, refletindo sobre o conceito de praia urbana.

O surreal contraste entre arranha-céus modernos e autoestradas de sete faixas com as margens verdes do rio, capivaras e água poluída, produz paisagens que parecem montagens digitais, inspirando até instalações de arte reacionária. Expandindo sobre isso, os estudantes aprenderão a usar os poderes da inteligência artificial (A.I.) para especular sobre formações radicais de novas infraestruturas paisagísticas aquáticas, utilizando a capacidade de fazer referências e gerar uma fusão fluida de estruturas naturais e construídas. Sob a liderança do especialista em Arquitetura de A.I., Tutor Carlos Bañón, juntamente com especialistas em paisagismo, os estudantes aprenderão a transformar parte dessa exuberância virtual em forma fabricada.

 

ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION VISITING SCHOOL SÃO PAULO 2023

BAMBOO BRIDGING: AUGMENTED REALITY FABRICATION

Friday June 30th – Sunday July 9th, 2023

TEXTO EM PORTUGUÊS ABAIXO.

After a three-year hiatus, the beach communities of the North Coast of São Paulo, São Sebastião, were looking forward to a packed Carnaval long-weekend that would help reactivate the tourist economy weakened during the pandemic.  Yet for eight hours on the Saturday night of the holiday, a record-breaking 600mm of rain pounded down on the region, causing massive landslides that destroyed homes, blocked roads, and were the cause of 65 deaths in a dense community of homes precariously-built on the steep slopes of a near-by hillside.  In the days and weeks after the tragedy, a large recovery and reconstruction effort took place with donations from all over Brasil, to help the displaced families and clear the roads. One casualty in the aftermath of the storms that has remained largely overlooked by the rebuilding program was the partial destruction of a wooden foot-bridge in the Barra de Sahy, São Sebastião, that connected a hillside community with the beach town, crossing over a river that separates the two.  In reaction to the requests of inhabitants, the AA Visiting School São Paulo 2023 will work on proposing a new resilient bridge to reinstate this important infrastructure, so to help reinvigorate the local tourist economy.

 

Barra do Sahy, São Sebastião, wooden bridge partial colapse after carnaval 2023

 

For the bridge spectulation proposals, the workshop will expand on techniques developed in the Visiting School São Paulo 2022 workshop, by using Augmented Reality technology and the fabrication of light-weight and efficient geometries built with bamboo. The design and fabrication of these parametric structures will again be led by architects Prof. Kristof Crolla and Mr. Garvin Goepel, using both analog and digital techniques.

The aim will be to combine bamboo construction and digital technologies, based on digital design research used for the implementation of bending-active bamboo shell structures. Students will work on physical prototypes of these low-tech building systems on location at the beach. The prototypes will be designed and developed in Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, Kangaroo, and Karamba, and they will be fabricated aided by Fologram, holographic devices (Microsoft HoloLenses), and handheld smartphones.

The 10-day workshop will take place in the beach-town of Barra the Sahy, São Sebastião, and be primarily taught in English, with the support from a team of English and Portuguese-speaking local digital design experts and members of the @subdv_architecture team.

 

CAADRIA AR Workshop, by Kristof Crolla and Garvin Goepel

 

PROMINENT FEATURES OF THE WORKSHOP/ SKILLS DEVELOPED

The course consists of two main chapters:

1) procedural bending-active bamboo shell design exploration, and

2) design system evaluation through demonstrator design prototyping.

In these, after initial basic training in Parametric Modeling in Rhino Grasshopper, students will be introduced to digital tools for physical behaviour simulation (Kangaroo 2), and procedural structural analysis (Karamba), to obtain structurally optimised forms and equilibrium surfaces that can be analysed for their structural properties. The efficiency will be tested through medium-scale physical model making from thin bamboo sticks. These physical models can then function as material prototypes for full-scale implementation in collaboration within the beach context.

See previous work from AAVS Sao Paulo here

 

Belas Bamboo, Escola Belas Artes, São Paulo, AA Visiting School 2022

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TEXTO EM PORTUGUÊS

Após um hiato de três anos, as comunidades litorâneas do Litoral Norte paulista esperavam um feriadão carnavalesco lotado que ajudaria a reativar a economia turística fragilizada durante a pandemia. No entanto, por oito horas seguidas na noite de sábado do feriado, uma chuva recorde de 600 mm caiu sobre a região, causando deslizamentos de terra que destruíram casas, bloquearam estradas e foram a causa de 65 mortes em uma densa comunidade de casas precariamente construídas próximas as encostas.

Nos dias e semanas após a tragédia, um grande esforço de recuperação e reconstrução ocorreu com doações de todo o Brasil, para ajudar as famílias desabrigadas e desobstruir as estradas. Uma vítima após as tempestades que permaneceu amplamente negligenciada pelo programa de reconstrução, foi até a destruição parcial de uma passarela de madeira na praia de Barra de Sahy, que conectava a comunidade de encosta com a cidade litorânea, atravessando um rio que separa os dois. Atendendo aos pedidos dos habitantes, o AA Visiting School São Paulo 2023 trabalhará na proposição de uma nova ponte resiliente para restabelecer esta importante infraestrutura, de modo a ajudar a revigorar a economia turística local.

Para a proposta da ponte, o Workshop irá expandir as técnicas desenvolvidas no Workshop Visiting School São Paulo 2022, usando a tecnologia de Realidade Aumentada e a fabricação de geometrias leves e eficientes construídas com bambu. O projeto e a fabricação dessas estruturas paramétricas serão novamente conduzidos pelos arquitetos Prof. Kristof Crolla e Sr. Garvin Goepel, usando técnicas analógicas e digitais. O objetivo será combinar a construção com bambu e as tecnologias digitais, com base na pesquisa de design digital usada para a implementação de estruturas de casca de bambu com dobra ativa. Os alunos trabalharão em protótipos físicos desses sistemas de construção de baixa tecnologia na praia. Os protótipos serão projetados e desenvolvidos em Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, Kangaroo e Karamba, e serão fabricados com auxílio de Fologram, dispositivos holográficos (Microsoft HoloLenses) e smartphones portáteis. O workshop de 10 dias acontecerá na cidade litorânea de Barra the Sahy e será ministrado em inglês, com o apoio de uma equipe de especialistas em design digital locais que falam inglês e português e membros da equipe @subdv_architecture.

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ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION VISITING SCHOOL SÃO PAULO 2022

INTERACTIVE CONSTRUCTIONS: AUGMENTED REALITY BAMBOO STRUCTURES

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Thursday July 07th – Saturday 16th, 2022

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Placed in a Mixed Reality (MR) context, the AA Visiting School São Paulo 2022 will rely on Augmented Reality (AR) technology to guide manual fabrication actions for the development of complex geometries built with bamboo. This year, the design and fabrication of these parametric structures will be led by architects Prof. Kristof Crolla and Mr. Garvin Goepel, using both analog and digital techniques.

The aim will be to combine bamboo constructions and digital technologies, based on digital design research used for the implementation of bending-active bamboo shell structures. Students will present physical prototypes of these lightweight and low-tech building systems in the Brazilian context. The projects will be developed in Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, Kangaroo, and Karamba, and they will be built aided by Fologram, holographic devices (Microsoft HoloLenses), and handheld smartphones.

The workshop will be primarily taught in English at Universidade Belas Artes, in Sao Paulo, and it will be supported by a team (English/Portuguese speakers) of local digital design experts and members of the @subdv_architecture.

TOROO Pavilion, by Kristof Crolla and Garvin Goepel

TOROO Pavilion, by Kristof Crolla and Garvin Goepel

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ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION VISITING SCHOOL SÃO PAULO 2021

PLAY STRUCTURES: PARAMETRIC STRUCTURAL SYSTEM WORKSHOP
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Saturday December 11th – Friday 17th, 2021

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