Organization | Design Studios / Technical Tutorials / Design Lectures / Evening Lectures

The workshop is organized as design units which are led by pairs of tutors from the AA and ITU. Each design unit approaches the shared brief of Crafted Tower from a distinctive set of design goals, computational tools and fabrication techniques, with the aim of offering new forms of experimental architectural knowledge, critical thinking, and design research. The technical tutorials run in parallel to design units in order to provide the teaching of the relevant computational tools. Participants attend the technical tutorials individually, after which they share their knowledge with their team-mates in order to develop their ongoing design unit brief.

The design lectures are aimed at the workshop participants and tutors, taking place majorly during morning sessions.

Evening lectures are public events that take place during evening sessions, whereby invited international and local architects/designers will be sharing their knowledge about relevant topics.

The AA Istanbul Visiting School is a 9 day long design workshop requiring full time participation. The interim jury will take place on 20th April, and the final jury will take place on the 24th April.

Approach | Team Based Design / Learning by Experimentation

Participants will be asked to form themselves into design teams of 3-4 people during the first day of the workshop. The aim of team-based work is to extend the collaborative nature of the workshop both for the students and the tutors. The four design units will lead the design teams to pursue the goals of their specific briefs. After the introduction to the workshop and the formation of the teams on the 1st day, each team will choose one of the 4 design units and continue their work for the duration of the workshop.

The workshop is organized around the concept of experimentation, which involves the testing of non-precedent approaches, novel techniques and design thinking by analyzing the existing design problems thoroughly, evaluating the outcomes of the various analyses, and finally offering original interpretations for potential outcomes. As such, the outcomes do not present themselves as ultimate answers to the design problems, but as part of an ongoing process of design experimentation.

Technique | Computation and Digital Fabrication

The workshop experiments thoroughly on the possibilities of digital design tools and rapid prototyping techniques as highly integrated systems of design development. Experimentation with digital tools and physical assembly techniques will be demonstrated through the continuity of the workflow between computational software and digital assembly procedures leading to physical fabrication. The range of software that will be implemented include Rhinoceros, RhinoScript, and Processing.

Participants will have access to the ITU workshop for the fabrication of prototypes/models in various mediums and materials involving CNC techniques, such as laser-cutting, milling, 3d-printing, and other forms of physical outputs.