AA Inter 3

STRANGE LAND MIRAGE – 2014/15 BRIEF by tutor
September 29, 2014, 2:51 pm
Filed under: 2014-15, brief


IMAGE: Maya Laitinen, The Lung of Phnom Penh

We are thrilled to introduce the 2014/15 AA Inter3 brief. We hope to see you all tomorrow at the introduction at the lecture hall,10:00am (first slot!).


‘Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.’ • Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

From the far corners of the earth to the undisputed urban miasma of today’s metropolis, the value of land goes beyond metric figures, dimensions and price; it is the blood meridian of mankind. Whole societies have built their traditions, symbols, identities and myths upon the expansion of blazing desert landscapes, soaked lush forest valleys or convoluted rusted cities, and this is where Intermediate 3 begins: promised land, cursed land, wonderland and no man’s land – all these territories will form our horizon as we gaze into the future of our own planetary condition.

We will start our investigation by understanding actual values of land based on real situations and questioning what makes land temporary, permanent or mythological. Rooted in sci-fi perspectives and imaginary environments, we will picture tomorrow-land and its dwellers. Utilising narrative and fictional techniques we allow this future to germinate from the seed of the present land, creating new radical ecologies for not only the future of the built environment, but for our own selves. Concepts of digital technology, massive terraforming, inorganic growth and elemental metamorphosing will enter and collide with the imaginative mind of the creator. Through design research we will then reimagine the values for land and generate alternative uses enabled by modern technologies, ancient myths and, most importantly, by people and their pressing stories.

As a design unit, Intermediate 3 develops critical, theoretical and technological projects via models, prototypes and drawings – large drawings. In a series of workshops students will learn how to utilise fiction alongside line and render drawings as a tool to explore, experiment and create new and imaginative ways of producing architecture.

For downloading the extended brief please click here

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