Monday 10 – Thursday 20, September 2012
Egypt has always been a magnet for scholarly visitors from all around the world. Greek, Roman, Christian, Arab, Ottoman, French, and English cultures are but some of the cultures that have intermingled the Egyptians’ character. This progression from westernized cultures to eastern, and back, has created a unique sonic quality for Egyptian cities. Moreover, Alexandria, ‘The Pearl of the Mediterranean’, is a unique Egyptian city known for its history, and charm. The city is the second largest city in Egypt, and has a long history of being the beacon of knowledge and art in the region. The AA Alexandria Visiting School aims to extend technological and digital techniques from research conducted at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, to the centre of the Middle East.
HyperSpace dB is a workshop that focuses on the challenges of an acoustic design vignette using digital tools. Acoustics add an extra dimension to space; it may superimpose temporal hyperspaces within a physical Euclidian space. Multi-dimensional aural spaces are the very essence of the Egyptian culture and can be comprehended by being immersed within sonic dynamic qualities. The adopted unique overall theme is ‘HyperSpace decibel’, aiming to create three distinct sets of installations, one that introduces sound, one that uses the existing sound in a space, and one that creates a visual sculpture that responds to sound. One of each set will be installed within an exhibition space in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, creating three different acoustical arenas within one space.
The AA Alexandria Visiting School will be working closely with the Library of Alexandria ‘Bibliotheca Alexandrina’, which has a long history of research and research collaboration. In addition, ENCODE studio will be collaborating with the school in the fabrication and assembly process through their connections with workshops around Alexandria.
The deadline for applications is 15 August 2012. Application forms and additional information are available online at: www.aaschool.ac.uk/alexandria and applications can be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org. All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required for entry to Egypt, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.
The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £50 Visiting Student Membership, payable online at: www.aaschool.ac.uk/alexandria. Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and modelmaking tools. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.
The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals worldwide. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino + Grasshopper, and Processing. Hardware Requirements: Arduino starter pack.
+You are not required to already learn the Software and Hardware, this will all be taught during the workshop