Parametric Design + Optimization + Digital Fabrication

Event Details


Time: July 21, 2014 to August 8, 2014
Location: London, UK & Hooke Park, Dorset, UK
Website or Map: http://summerdlab.aaschool.ac…
Event Type: generative, design, computation, digital, fabrication, interactive, rhinoceros, grasshopper
Organized By: AA Visiting School
Latest Activity: Apr 22, 2014

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Event Description


Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture

London / Hooke Park, United Kingdom

21 July – 08 August 2014

Summer DLAB experiments with the integration of algorithmic / generative design methodologies and large scale digital fabrication tools. Concepts of natural formations, emergence, differentiation, and complexity shape the theoretical framework of this investigation.The programme is formulated as a two-phase process. During the initial phase participants benefit from the unique atmosphere of AA’s London home. The second phase shifts to AA Hooke Park and revolves around the fabrication and assembly of a full-scale architectural intervention.

Prominent Features of the workshop

Teaching team: Summer DLAB tutors are selected from recent graduates / current tutors at the AA.

Facilities: AA London houses cutting-edge facilities with digital fabrication techniques. The facilities at AA Hooke Park allow for the fabrication of 1-1 scale prototypes.

Computational skills: The toolset of Summer DLAB includes but is not limited to Rhinoceros, Processing, and Grasshopper.

Theoretical understanding: The dissemination of fundamental design techniques through theoretical sessions forms one of the major goals.

Professional awareness: Summer DLAB performs as a simulation of the professional environment due the priority given to team-based design approach.

Fabrication: According to the specific agenda of each year, a one-to-one scale prototype is fabricated and assembled by design teams.

Lecture series: Taking advantage of its unique location, London, Summer DLAB creates a vibrant atmosphere with its intense lecture programme.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £1900 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting Membership fee. Train tickets between London-Hooke Park, accommodation & food in Hooke Park, and materials from Digital Prototyping Lab (DPL) are included in the fees.


The AA offers discounts for participants wishing to apply as a group. Please contact: visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk


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A CV / portfolio is not required. The deadline for applications is 14 July 2014.

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