AA.MEDIA

Architectural Association
Media Studies


AA MEDIA is an experimental testing ground for exploring and interrogating the tools of the discipline – tools with which we speculate, manipulate and play; compute, control and test; communicate, seduce, and provoke.

Acting as both training camp and laboratory, it is a diverse, multidisciplinary program where unexpected collisions and obsessive attention to detail expose a rich seam of creative potential. Media Studies presents an opportunity to develop individual practice, where students hone their dexterity with established and progressive media, actively testing modes of production through focused acts of doing and making.



CONTACT:

Kate Davies
Head of Media Studies
Inigo Minns
Acting Department Head
Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu
Lab Coordinator

AA MEDIA
Architectural Association
School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES

+44 (0)20 7887 4000

STUDIO

INTERMEDIATE / Term 2

MS-CORE



ACTIVE MATTER

Shany Barath
Weds, 2-5pm, Room TBC in Term 2

This course explores material design as a protagonist in contemporary architecture and the potential of fabrication techniques as activators of material systems. Students will experience material in its raw state and gain an understanding for its tactile, structural and innate properties as well as appreciating how it can be shaped and manipulated. The studio will function as a material laboratory shifting from analogue experiments to digital fabrication using Rhinoceros 3D and Grasshopper.



Course Outline

Session 1: INTRODUCTION TO MATERIAL PROPERTIES
Wednesday 11th Jan

Session 2: MATERIAL DESIGN/ MATERIAL COMPOSITION
Wednesday 18th Jan
Defining the formal implication of material-composition and the construction of new
materials.

Session 3: MATERIAL PROCESSES: ENGAGING WITH PROCESSES OF MAKING
Wednesday 25th Jan
Digital fabrication techniques, generative design techniques, Intro to rasshopper/Rhino

Session 4: MATERIAL APPLICATIONS
Wednesday 1st Feb
Researching the relation between material performance, form and fabrication

OPEN WEEK

Session 5: MATERIAL APPLICATION 2
Wednesday 15th Feb
Assembly and connections of multiple parts in relation to a designed global effect.

Session 6: MATERIAL PROTOTYPING
Wednesday 22nd Feb
Work in progress

Session 7: MATERIAL PROTOTYPING
Wednesday 1st March
Work in progress

Session 8: PRESENTATION
Wednesday 8th March
(Models and booklets)