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.
Course 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’.
Course 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.
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.
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)