This year’s programme will be organised in collaboration between the AA Architecture Association, School of Architecture from London and Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture Paris-Val de Seine (ENSA PVS). The Visiting School will be located in Ault, a small town in the north of France. This will be the first organised programme after renaming the school from AA Visiting School Slovenia to AA Visiting School nanotourism, exposing its core agenda to an entirely new set of possibilities.
The two-week programme will explore the synergies between the local community and the particular natural forces generating the social, economic and natural conditions of this town, tackling the problems of eroding land of Ault. Once a booming tourist hotspot, nestled on the edge of the picturesque cliffs of the Picardie coastline in France, participants will investigate and identify the possibilities of implementing nanotourist strategies within the continuously negotiated relationship between land and sea.
Nanotourism is a creative critique to the current environmentally and economically unsuitable effects of mainstream tourism. The challenge is how to respond and create locally oriented alternatives through bottom-up processes. Nanotourism aims for smart solutions and innovative design strategies that rely on local materials and social resources.
Participants will research, design and build site-specific projects in 1:1 scale, materialising as organised actions, physical structures or holistic strategies for specific contexts. The workshop is open to all participants, eager to research, design and speculate on the role of architecture within the world’s most thriving economic sector – tourism.
Programme Head for AA / Mentor
Aljoša Dekleva (b. 1972) graduated at Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana and Architectural Association DRL (M.Arch with distinction) in London (2002). At the AA co-founded +RAMTV. In 2003 he co-founded the architectural practice ‘dekleva gregoric architects’.
Programme Head for ENSA PVS / Mentor
Christian Pottgiesser (b. 1965) graduated in architecture from Ecole d’Architecture Paris Villemin and in Philosophy from Paris 1, Panthéon Sorbonne. Chartered member of the RIBA. Co-founder of 'christian pottgiesser architecturespossibles' in 2005.
Programme Assistant / Mentor
Jakob Travnik (b. 1991) graduated in architecture from University of Applied Arts Vienna, Institute of Architecture (Mag. Arch. with distinction). Currently working on his PhD on the topic of nanotourism at TU Vienna.
VISITING EXPERTS / CRITICS
Tina Gregorič (b. 1974) graduated at Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana and Architectural Association DRL (M.Arch with distinction) in London (2002). At the AA co-founded +RAMTV. In 2003 she co-founded the architectural practice ‘dekleva gregoric architects’. Since 2014 full-professor and Head of the Department for Building theory and Design, Institute of Architecture and Design, Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
Clément Blanchet ( b1981) is the founder of Clément Blanchet Architecture in Paris. He is a French architect, teacher and critic, actively practicing in the ﬁelds of architectural theory, urbanism, and cultural investigations. Clément collaborated with Rem Koolhaas for over a decade, acting as the Director of OMA France. He studied architecture at the AA school of architecture in London, the Chulalongkorn Architectural School in Bangkok and at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He graduated with high honours from the Architectural school of Versailles and has been an invited critic to Architectural schools in France, England, Holland, Denmark & Sweden. He currently teaches at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (USA), and Paris Val de Seine School.
Christopher Pierce is an educator, writer, curator and designer. He completed his architecture studies at Virginia Tech and gained a PhD in architectural history at the University of Edinburgh. For the last eight years he has been Director of the Architectural Association (AA) Visiting School as well as an Intermediate Unit Master (Inter 9). He is co-founder of his London-based practice Mis-Architecture.
28 April 2017 - AAVSnt Day 1
05 May 2017 - AAVSnt Intermediate Jury with invited critics
12 May 2017 - AAVSnt Final Jury with invited critics (public event)