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Rio de Janeiro – Infrastructure Padrao FIFA (FIFA Standards)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America Tuesday 15 – Thursday 24 April 2014   The nation-wide protests of Brazil in June 2013 started in São Paulo because of a 7 pence (20 centavos) raise in bus and metro tickets, yet grew into a series of movements complaining about the overall dysfunction of many aspects of the Brazilian Government. A main factor of dissent was attributed to the astronomical amounts of money the Government was spending to build and renovate stadiums for the 2014 World Cup in order to meet the required standard FIFA regulations (‘Padrão FIFA), while not investing into important needed infrastructure. Protestors demanded that transport systems, hospitals and schools be built with the same standards being used for the football stadiums.  The Visiting School will tap into the momentum of this movement, and promote a series of interventions within the World Cup structures, proposing new public programs and standards for their legacy.  One strategy might include the privatization of these spaces so to be able to transfer funds to building high standard and much needed public buildings like hospital clinics and classrooms.  The intense ten-day workshop will employ computational design and digital fabrication to introduce a design methodology that creatively automates and promotes transformation, mutation and complexity for theses infrastructure interventions. Prominent Features of the workshop

  • Teaching team The teaching team will include a mix of tutors from the Architectural Association, and locally-based architects, urban-designers and experts, mediated by locally-based Visiting School directors, to promote cutting-edge innovative strategies informed by local political, economic and construction issues.
  • Computational skills The workshop will teach advanced digital modeling and parametric design skills, no previous experience is needed. A group of specialist computation tutors will conduct an initial skills workshop and continue to assist throughout the workshop to develop the individual projects of the participants.
  • Digital Fabrication A series of physical models and one-to-one prototypes will be built using digital fabrication techniques that will be taught during the workshop, no previous experience is needed.


1) You can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page. If you are not able to make an online application, email for instructions to pay by bank transfer. 2) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme. A CV or a portfolio is not required. The deadline for applications is 11thApril 2014. All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, 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 £60 Visiting membership fee. Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making 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. Eligibility The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals.
+55 11 3062-3522
Al. Tietê, 17
01417-020 São Paulo SP