AA Shanghai 2013 Workshop is online and ready to accept applications

As an intensive nine-day studio-based course, we will investigate cutting edge computational design approaches in architecture and urbanism, as applied to issues related to Shanghai, a pre-eminent urban laboratory and one of the world’s emblematic twenty-first century cities. This year’s topic for the summer school concerns the challenges faced within the context of China’s rapid urbanisation, targeting both the making of cities with distinct characters, and also an agenda charting the adaptive and resilient capacities of urbanism.

Given an increasingly indeterminable future, contingent on the complex interaction of the diverse forces which shape the city, this workshop will engage the paradox of top-down planning mechanisms and emergent processes of formation. The aim of this summer programme is to introduce expertise in generative, algorithmic and parametric design approaches to complex urban formation and adaptation. Confronting the phenomenon of the Instant City, and the capability for cities to adapt to the changing forces which inform the city, we will experiment with design technologies associated to formative and evolutionary approaches to urbanism and architecture. Students will apply code-based and time-based modelling, morphogenetic generative techniques, and physics-based simula­tion, towards multiple, variable and recursive prototypes for a range of urban systems, driven by scenarios of future incremental, adaptive growth and change.

Prominent Features of the workshop

  • The course will be taught by tutors from the AA School, HKU, and other visitors, structured in two subsequent phases. Over the first three days of the workshop, computational design systems will be introduced in a series of intensive ‘tooling-up’ sessions as the basis for investigating associative design concepts and methodologies. In a second stage of the workshop, students will develop design proposals responding to studio briefs focusing on developing new models of urban evolution.
  • For the sixth consecutive year, AA Shanghai will be hosted at the HKU Shanghai Study Centre (HKU SSC), a refurbished quadrant of the former Central Post Office on the Suzhou Creek and near the Bund in Shanghai. The HKU SSC comprises studio spaces, presentation spaces, a lecture hall, seminar rooms and the only dedicated public architectural gallery in Shanghai.
  • Alongside studio-based design tutorials, reviews, seminars, and a series of evening lectures, a public symposium will address contempo­rary topics related to the theme of the workshop.
  • AA Shanghai remains committed to investigating the frontiers of theoretical innovation in architecture and urbanism, emanating from the haptic experimentation with new design technologies and methodologies.




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  visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk 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: 7 July 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 are advised 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.




The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Rhino (SR7 or later) and Grasshopper and other plug-ins; Rhinocript; VB; Maya/MEL; Softimage; Processing.


298 North Suzhou Road
Hongkou District


More details HERE

AA Shanghai 2013 Workshop is online and ready to accept applications