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
Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu
Lab Coordinator

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

+44 (0)20 7887 4000
@AAMediaLab

STUDIO

INTERMEDIATE / Term 1

MS-CORE



STUFF

INIGO MINNS
Wednesdays, 2pm -5pm, 33FFB

A course that explores the fundamental qualities of everyday materials. Through a series of tests using familiar materials we will transform the dumb and cheap into the sophisticated and exquisite. Taking familiar materials in their raw form we will misuse and abuse them, developing 1:1 details that force new readings and interpretations of often overlooked substances and products. The end result being a design that considers both the material qualities investigated as well as their application and spatial impact. Over the course of the project you will be asked to develop a decorative proposal for a room in the AA that builds on your large scale fabricated explorations. The end result will be a 1:1 piece and a composite drawing that describes both the material qualities you have looked at as well as their application and spatial impact.



Course Outline

Session 1: STUFF INTRODUCTION
Wednesday 4th Oct
- Talk on stuff (verb and noun), material misuse, drawing and decoration.
- Finding your material
- Examples: Foam, rubber, silicon, sponge, wax, cling film, insulation boards, steam, plaster, glue gun, corrugated card, house paint, string, clay, plaster, cable ties, milk, tubing, dung, chocolate.
- Finding and documenting your space
- Discussion on documentation and portfolio

Session 2: MATERIAL QUALITIES
Wednesday 11th Oct
- Defining Qualities - Describing the base qualities that you would like to explore in your material. Eg stretchy, fat, transparent, fragrant, reflective, crude, heavy, sticky etc.
- Testing the Effect – Explore how to achieve your material qualities and the experiences they give

Session 3: MATERIAL AND COMPOSITION
Wednesday 18th Oct
- Site Visit to Leighton House
- Decoration – We will be looking at decorative schemes within the house and documenting how repetition, colour, pattern, light and scale are used and what qualities are achieved.

Session 4: SPATIAL DESIGN
Wednesday 25th Oct
- Spatial Design – Initial design ideas and references (thinking about repetition, colour, pattern, light and scale), discussing narrative motifs, palette in relation to a spatial experience.

OPEN WEEK

Session 5: REFINED DESIGN
Wednesday 8h Nov
- Detail Design – We will continue making versions of the physical refinement of the detail. How could you refine the fabrication process? What steps are required? What tools could be helpful? How can you achieve accuracy? Do you need to make new tools/apparatus to achieve your intended output?
- Composite Drawing – We will look at producing composite drawings of your material and spatial designs

Session 6: FURTHER REFINEMENTS
Wednesday 15th Nov
- Detail Design - Starting your final versions of the made detail.

Session 7: RESOLUTION
Wednesday 22rd Nov
- Drawing the Detail – Drawing scale drawings of your refined detail.
- Portfolio and Presentation – Final revisions for presentation

Session 8: FINAL PRESENTATION
Wednesday 29th Nov