Participants become part of an active learning environment where the large tutor to student ratio (4:1) allows for personalized tutorials and debates.
The toolset of AA Athens includes but is not limited to Rhinoceros, Processing, Arduino and Grasshopper, as well as analysis software.
Participants gain access to digital fabrication tools such as laser-cutter, 3d-printer.
Design seminars and lecture series support the key objectives of the programme, disseminating fundamental design techniques and relevant critical thinking methodologies..
Participants gain an understanding of formation processes in nature, coupled with core concepts related to design complexity. During this stage, basic and advanced tutorials on generative design algorithms and analysis tools will be provided. Building on its core methodology from its previous versions, AA Athens VS will perform as a team-based programme promoting collaboration and research. Participants will be introduced to advanced fabrication techniques.
Participants propose design interventions based on the skills and knowledge gained during the first stage. Design teams communicate their design proposals in the form of physical scale models, in addition to the still and animated output forms. Presentation aims to encourage the participants to advance their design and communication skills in a collaborative atmosphere. Study models of various scales are produced, leading to the fabrication and assembly of a full scale working prototype which unifies the design goals of the programme.