AA São Paulo Visiting School

2010 – 2014

2019 HIGH LINE PAULISTA

ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION VISITING SCHOOL SÃO PAULO
HIGH LINE PAULISTA

Thursday July 4th – Saturday 13th, 2019
in partnership with Faculdade de Arquitetura  – Universidade de São Paulo  (FAU USP)

The polemic elevated highway, the ‘minhocão’ (the ‘large worm’ in Portuguese), that winds its way through the São Paulo city centre was a result of misguided urbanism in the 1960’s, as it created a fracture in the urban fabric, leaving abandoned derelict buildings and dark precarious ground conditions along its path. https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/dec/01/taming-worm-minhocao-elevated-highway-sao-paulo  While cities like Rio de Janeiro are tearing down their elevated highway systems, the minhocão remains a highly debated problem amongst politicians and urbanists in São Paulo. In contrast, when the Minhocão is closed to traffic on Sundays and on weekday evenings, it becomes a type of boardwalk, hosting a diversity of events from jogging and biking, to surreal theatre pieces performed from the windows of the neighboring buildings for spectators on the elevated highway.  The AA Visiting School São Paulo will explore ways to bring new urban connections and light to both surrounding buildings and the multiple grounds of the minhoão, working with a team of environmental design experts from London and São Paulo at local university FAU USP, to learn how to employ parametric environmental and structural design, as well as digital fabrication, to speculate on new environmental and cultural interconnections in this striated disconnected urban space.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

  • Teaching team: architects, environmental designers, and environmental engineers from London, alongside environmental design professor Joana Carla Soares Gonçalves  of FAU USP and and architects from SUBdV architects, a pioneering Brasilian practice in the fields of parametric environmental design.  There will also be a team of local Computational Design and Digital Fabrication assistant tutors.
  • Facilities: the workshop will take place at University Architecture Studios and workshop at FAU USP, equipped with CNC router/miller and laser cutters.
  • Computational skills: students will learn to use Rhino and Grasshopper and specific environmental design and engineer scripts such as Ladybug, Honeybee, and Kangaroo.
  • Fabrication: students will learn to prepare files to be cut and milled by the CNC router/miller, and laser cutters ,
  • A series of Public Lectures will be given in the evenings by prominent London based Environmental Architects and Engineers.

APPLICATIONS:
https://www.aaschool.ac.uk/STUDY/ONLINEAPPLICATION/visitingApplication.php?schoolID=590

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
brazilvisitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk

+55 11 3062 3522