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

LAB

OPEN CLASSES
DIGITAL APPLICATIONS



Image: Alessandro Capozzo

Students from across the school are encouraged to enrol in Media Studies Lab courses to further their knowledge in a range of prominent digital applications. All courses will be open to students from all years of study. The format for MS-Lab courses is structured around intense introductory one-day workshops of approximately 5-6 hours. In contrast to studio based MS-Core courses, MS-Lab courses are not marked, and are not a formal requirement for any students. They have been established as an accessible means for students to quickly gain technical knowledge in common applications that may not be offered elsewhere in their education, or as a means of reinforcing existing technical knowledge. Courses will cover applications focusing on imaging and visualisation, 3D modeling, automated computation, CAD and CAM operations, and physical simulation.


2016/17 COURSES

AA Media Lab courses consist of independent one-day courses.
All MS-Lab courses take place either on a Monday or Saturday.

Unless otherwise stated below, courses take place in No. 39 First Floor Front and students wishing to participate may simply show up to the course at the outlined time and room. Enrolment capacity will be established on a first-come basis. Some popular courses will require you to sign-up in advance, where registration opens 7 days before the date of the course date.


TERM 1

The following courses will be on offer for the Autumn Term:

RHINO 1
Andres Harris
Saturday October 8th, 10-5pm,
No. 39 First Floor Front, Computer Lab
This course will introduce students to NURBS-based modelling in Rhinoceros 3D (Rhino). Inherent in the course instruction, will be in understanding how to interact with 3D digital space for architectural projects. This course requires students to sign-up please email aamedia@aaschool.ac.uk to register.

GRAPHIC DESIGN FOR ARCHITECTS
Miguel Rus
Saturday October 8th, 10-5pm,
Rear Second Presentation
This course on Graphic Design will dig into Typography and Fonts in order to gain understanding of the different kinds with an overview of dos and don’ts. After this we will look at layouts and how to compose a book based on the Grid System, we will look at examples and reverse engineer them to understand the advantages/disadvantages of different possible layouts. After this the class will be introduce to a practical example on how to set up their workflow to be more efficient. The example created will go from Rhino to Illustrator to InDesign creating a smooth and repetitive workflow to guarantee consistency through a project. Students will leave with a solid understanding of the topic taking their presentation and workflow to the next level.
Please email aamedia@aaschool.ac.uk to guarantee a place, or simply turn up on the day.

RHINO 1B [replay]
Andres Harris
Saturday October 15th, 10-5pm,
No. 39 First Floor Front, Computer Lab
This is the same course as Rhino 1, repeated to allow more students to attend.
This course will introduce students to NURBS-based modelling in Rhinoceros 3D (Rhino). Inherent in the course instruction, will be in understanding how to interact with 3D digital space for architectural projects. This course requires students to sign-up please email Andres Harris to register. Registration opens 7 days before the course date.

ADOBE 1 - ILLUSTRATOR
Miguel Rus
Saturday October 15th, 10-5pm,
No. 32 First Floor Back
This series of courses will introduce students to the Adobe suite, beginning with Photoshop and building on student’s knowledge as they move through a selection of Adobe software including Illustrator, After Effects, and Premiere. The courses will also touch on the integration of these programs with each other.
To attend, simply turn up on the day.

CANCELED ADOBE 2 - PHOTOSHOP
Chris Dunn
Monday October 17th Oct , 10-5pm,
No. 39 First Floor Front, Computer Lab
This series of Adobe based courses will introduce students to the Adobe suite, beginning with Photoshop and building on student’s knowledge as they move through a selection of Adobe software including Illustrator, After Effects, and Premiere. The courses will also touch on the integration of these programs with each other. This first course introduces students to Photoshop, building quickly onto advanced topics and workflows during the day.
CANCELED - Stay tuned for new dates for this course.

RHINO 2A
Andres Harris
Saturday October 22nd, 10-5pm,
No. 39 First Floor Front, Computer Lab
This course requires students to sign-up please email aamedia@aaschool.ac.uk to register.
Registration opens 7 days before the course date.

RHINO 2B
Andres Harris
Saturday October 29th, 10-5pm,
No. 39 First Floor Front, Computer Lab
This course requires students to sign-up please email aamedia@aaschool.ac.uk to register.
Registration opens 7 days before the course date.

CANCELED AutoCAD
Chris Dunn
Monday October 31st, 10-5pm,
No. 39 First Floor Front, Computer Lab
To attend, simply turn up on the day.

Processing fundamentals
Mattia Santi
Saturday November 12th, 10-5pm,
No. 39 First Floor Front, Computer Lab
This course will cover the fundamentals of programming with Processing, exploring the use of variables and data types, arrays, operators, conditions, loops and functions. These concepts will be applied to the study of the Lorentz Attractor and the different solutions of the Lorentz System. Students will be driven in writing code and developing catalogue studies through several examples, controlling the graphical output to communicate effectively the data meaning.
Please email aamedia@aaschool.ac.uk to guarantee a place, or simply turn up on the day. Registration opens 7 days before the course date.

GRAPHIC DESIGN FOR ARCHITECTS
Miguel Rus
Saturday November 26th, 10-5pm,
No. 39 First Floor Front, Computer Lab
This course on Graphic Design will dig into Typography and Fonts in order to gain understanding of the different kinds with an overview of dos and don’ts. After this we will look at layouts and how to compose a book based on the Grid System, we will look at examples and reverse engineer them to understand the advantages/disadvantages of different possible layouts. After this the class will be introduce to a practical example on how to set up their workflow to be more efficient. The example created will go from Rhino to Illustrator to InDesign creating a smooth and repetitive workflow to guarantee consistency through a project. Students will leave with a solid understanding of the topic taking their presentation and workflow to the next level.
Please email aamedia@aaschool.ac.uk to guarantee a place, or simply turn up on the day.

ADOBE 1 - ILLUSTRATOR
Miguel Rus
Saturday December 3rd, 10-5pm,
No. 39 First Floor Front, Computer Lab
This series of courses will introduce students to the Adobe suite, beginning with Photoshop and building on student’s knowledge as they move through a selection of Adobe software including Illustrator, After Effects, and Premiere. The courses will also touch on the integration of these programs with each other.
To attend, simply turn up on the day.





TERM 2

Term 2 courses are a mix of additional courses geared towards more advanced and specialised topics and open practical workshops (details of which can be found in the Workshops section of this website.)

L-Systems and Recursion
Mattia Santi
Saturday January 14th, 10-5pm,
No. 39 First Floor Front, Computer Lab
This course will introduce the students to the use of recursion in Processing and its application to the simulation of L-Systems, a model of growth introduced in 1968 by Aristid Lindenmayer, to describe the behaviour of plant cells and to simulate the growth patterns observed in nature. The course will drive students step by step in the code development.
Please email aamedia@aaschool.ac.uk to guarantee a place, or simply turn up on the day. Registration opens 7 days before the course date.

Arduino introduction
Matthew Bielecki
Saturday January 23rd, 10-5pm,
No. 39 First Floor Front, Computer Lab
To attend, simply turn up on the day.

Fluid simulations in Processing
Mattia Santi
Saturday February 4th, 10-5pm,
No. 39 First Floor Front, Computer Lab
This course will introduce the students to a simplified implementation of a fluid dynamics solver, based on the Navier-Stokes equations, a mathematical model that describes the motion of viscous fluids. The students will be driven step by step in the code development and in understanding the principles of fluid simulations.
Please email aamedia@aaschool.ac.uk to guarantee a place, or simply turn up on the day. Registration opens 7 days before the course date.

Cellular Automata
Mattia Santi
Saturday February 18th, 10-5pm,
No. 39 First Floor Front, Computer Lab
This course will introduce the students to the fundamental concepts of Cellular Automata, a discrete model originally introduced by John Von Newman and Stanis?aw Ulam originally used to study different systems of growth and self-replication. The course will also explore the Game of Life, a later 2D application of cellular automata introduce by John Conway. Students will be driven step by step in understanding the principles of Cellular Automata and its implementation through code.
Please email aamedia@aaschool.ac.uk to guarantee a place, or simply turn up on the day. Registration opens 7 days before the course date.



Further courses TO BE ANNOUNCED throughout the term both on this page and on Twitter @AAMediaLab as they are confirmed.