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AA SÃO PAULO 2017 – STRUCTURAL MANIFESTOS
Structural Manifestos
AA VISITING SCHOOL SÃO PAULO  –  April 14th–23rd, 2017 
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This workshop will explore the cultural roles of parametric design, computationally complex engineering, and the digital fabrication of one-to-one temporary installations in the public space of the manifesto, taught by Architect Arthur Mamou Mani http://mamou-mani.com/ and Engineer James Solly of the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design http://www.itke.uni-stuttgart.de/, offering a unique opportunity to use computation to generate and simulate novel structural systems.

Architects, artists and activists have used the manifesto throughout history as a way of defining a call for social change, often using the urban setting as a venue for public protest.  In São Paulo, Avenida Paulista over the last two years, has been the epicenter for historic massive demonstrations, the types of which are now occurring across the world in this new age of political turmoil. Yet different from the international models, recent Brazilian public protests have been a veritable ‘Carnaval’ party backdrop for selfies, surrounded by the physical artifices of ‘trio elétrico’ (the large mobile raised stages used in Carnaval), pop-up information and security booths, city block-long banners, tents and other paraphernalia framed by the towering skyscrapers and fashionable shopfronts of the avenue. Students will explore the changing role of the design of physical installations within the context of the personal manifesto: varying between social propaganda and parasitic commercial infrastructure.

To produce these installations, students will first learn advanced digital modelling, parametric computational design and structural simulations, before deriving their own set of computationally generated prototype proposals using the computer numerically controlled mill and router (CNC) and the 3D printer.  Individuals will produce their own series of computational interventions and small prototypes and, as a group produce a large 1:1 installation for an outdoor public space exhibition.

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