AA Visiting School Dubai returns this summer for the third iteration in Dubai, UAE. The workshop will focus on instigating a design-build culture within the 3 weeks. Participants will work with global experts on the field of hyper-active hybrid tensile structures. Feedback loops of computer simulation and analogue prototyping will be the central theme of the workshop, a process aided with cutting edge digital tools for simulation and fabrication.
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AA Visiting School Dubai

Articulate Performance

10-25 July 2016
In its third iteration, AA Visiting School Dubai (AAVSDXB) will investigate novel means of engaging the public within the site of the Expo 2020. The group will elaborate on the methods previously used to perceive form, space and affect within the ephemeral architecture of the event.
In response to the Expo's vision of 'Connectivity, Mobility and Sustainability', we will propose an interactive, efficient and innovative enclosure for providing shade, invigorating the spaces between the pavilions of the Dubai Expo.

At AAVSDXB 3.0 We will investigate the simulation of fabric-formed panels into spatial enclosures, as well as the articulation of that form with performative features through investigating novel technologies in computational design, open-source electronics and digital manufacturing. 

More specifically, we will investigate the micro-computational complexity of tensile fabrics, hybridising those with advanced materials, electronic chips and 3D printed tools for tensioned articulation. 

Our goal will be to prototype locally differentiated performance in tensile structures, possibly allowing for an interactive user experience to emerge.


Apply now! Spaces are limited.
Sean Alqhuist (ICD, AA, Acadia, University of Michigan)

This unit will investigate the potential of Form-finding and Simulation for Embedded Textile Behaviors.  
Based on previous experiments with tensile membranes carried out at AAVSDXB, a major area of development involves the relationship between the characteristics of the membrane and the definition of the semi-rigid boundary to articulate tensile behaviors. This unit will look to blur the distinction between periphery and field of tensile structures, by altering material properties within the membrane material itself. Through prototyping with 3d-printing, CNC milling and laser-cutting, we will alter the textile properties, embedding objects and materials within the textile in order to explore new geometries and material assemblies for textile structures.  
PERFORMANCE AS COMPUTATION (Kangaroo, Custom Goal Scripting in VB , C# And Python) -
(Zubin Khabbazi, AA, morphogenesisim)

This unit will explore computational simulation and non-linear strategies applicable to tensile membranes.
A basic understanding of material properties will serve as launch pad to proceed into programming simulations, coupling 3D modelling, material processes and agency in the development of tensile membrane tectonics.

The unit will look at several generative Software such as Rhino, Grashopper3D, and Python (Coding) as the main tools for this purpose. This unit will prepare visuals that propose several ways of changing the design system to optimize for performance as well as spatial scenarios for the inhabitation of the pavilion on its site
(Alessandro Zomparelli (Co-De-it, MHOX)

From previous experiments with tensile membranes carried out at AAVSDXB,  a major area of development is related to the manufacturing of particular detailing objects for articulation.  

This unit will contribute to the team by attempting to quantify an analogue process of form-finding, which would allow us to control the form and function of the panels parametrically, certain aspects of the framing and articulation of the panels must be digitally generated, prototyped and manufactured using 3D Printing, Robotics, CNC milling and Laser cutting.
More info on DXBLAB
Click to play the video reel of AAVSDXB 2.0 - Accelerating Processes
(ICD ITKE,  AA,  Emtech, Taubman School of Architecture University of Michigan)
Riyad JOUCKA Director 
AA, Emtech, M-E-A-L, M-E-A-N
-New York
Dr. Zubin KHABAZI Tutor
(AA, Emtech, University of Singapore, morphogenesism)
Hashem JOUCKA 
Fabrication Manager

(IaaC, M-E-A-L)
Alessandro ZOMPARELLI 
(Co-De-iT, MHOX)-
Maryam ALTAF 
Workshop Coordinator
(Green Building Council) 
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