Dear past, present and future participant,
I am delighted to present you an Invitation to participate, shape, promote and help make the first Architectural Association Visiting School held in Texas. In partnership with the University of Texas Arlington and the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA), Asia’s renowned School of Creative Media of City University of Hong Kong and the world’s famous Architectural Association, the workshop provides tremendous exposure not only in the Academic sector, but also in the world of Architecture and Design locally and internationally.
From the four previous iterations of this successful workshop in 2013 Ottawa, Canada and 2014 San Francisco, USA and 2015 and 16 in Hong Kong, we have demonstrated outstanding results. In Post-Industrial Landscapes 1.0 we have pushed the possibilities of 3D scanning and created cross platforms that prior have not been explored in any industry. Post-Industrial Landscapes 2.0, enabled the audience to experience the sensation of a floating space over San Francisco using programmed drones and VR to hover beneath a custom designed helium propelled cloud. Hong Kong in 2015 and 2016 saw us engaging in customized CNC Machinery, UAV based unity games and enlarging the post-industrial landscape concept to the social issues of Hong Kong past it’s glory as a manufacturing hub in the 50’s and 60’s.
Now in 2017 - still everything is still bigger in Texas - a land of petrochemical, longhorns, cowboys, SXSW, and a breeding ground for something new. Imagine a Texas where photochromic pigments cloud our vision and electrical micro-charges are sticking with iridescent changes to our skin. Welcome to a possible future, where the smell of large fields of shape memory alloys continuously opening and closing their delicate leaves to the natural rhythm of sun patterns and heat development, and the taste of conductive ink among the sweat of the oil platform becomes reality. Once fuelled by energy consumption, what better place than this to re-write history. And so we turn to smart materials and their use in our post-industrialised landscape.
This workshop aims to stimulate and explore architectural design and application of material behaviour through innovation in combination with construction and critical re-articulation. We will work within a paradise of innovation, surrounded by programmable UAV’s, robotic arms, laser cutters, and 3D printers. We will be using smart materials such as Shape Memory Alloy, Magnetic Shape Memory Alloy (Ni2MnGa), Shape Memory Polymer, Piezoelectric Ceramic, Dieletric EAP (e.g. Dielectric Elastomers (DEs)), Ionic EAP (e.g. Ionic Polymer Metallic Composite (IPMC)), Magnetostrictive (Terfenol-D), Electrostrictive (Lead Magnesium Niobate (PMN)), Ferrofluid, sodium Acetate, Aluminuim potassium Sulphate, Copper Sulphate, colour pigments from the following categories thermochromism, photochromism, electrochromism, solvatochromism, and more… Our site is the landscape of Micro and Macro from the chemical reaction to the large oil derricks and hidden technological behemoth in the Texan Landscape such as the remnants of a super collider whose energy and circumference—true to American sensibility—would have dwarfed those of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. (just outside Waxahachie, Texas)
The 10-day workshop will be taking place between the 10th - 20th March 2017.
Post-Industrial Landscapes 5.0 will accommodate a maximum of 25 current architecture and other art and design
related students, Ph.D candidates and young professionals. A final presentation and public exhibition will be held on
20th March, inviting some of Texas prominent figures within the Architecture and Design industry. The results of the
workshop will later travel to Hong Kong to be exhibited at the Osage Gallery.
Further details regarding Workshop Outline, Academic Affiliations, Teaching Staff, Previous AAVS workshops and Web
links can be found in subsequent pages as well as on our Website - http://www.postindustriallandscapes.org
TOBIAS KLEIN + BEN WARWAS + RYAN VINCENT MANNING
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