2011 Host
2011 Programme

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2010 Programme
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The AA Tehran Summer School will explore the potential of algorithmic design using simple elements. an algorithm develops complexity through the repetitive implementation of simple and clearly defined rules. CAD/CAM technologies have made available the possibility of non-orthogonal designs and geometries. In the pursuit of such designs through economical means, it is essential to look again at traditional methods of fabrication and assembly. contemporary architectural thought is often inclined towards the complex associations of parts into smooth and highly differentiated spaces. Many of these associations fail in their ability to materialise into architectures or built products.
Digital design is for this reason more often than not tied to the necessity of digital production. Though this ambition is admirable in itself, it often fails to operate within more general and pragmatic questions that are dealt with by architects and designers in both industrialised and non-industrialised nations. The lack of cutting-edge means should not, however, mean the end of such pursuits. the digital era has opened the doors to a new kind of design in the human ability to figure, conceive, manage and communicate design intent. The shift in this paradigm lies not only in the tools implemented but in the generative processes and conceptual methodologies necessary for their creation. This workshop aims to look at the basics of intelligent design within low-tech solutions which are democratically affordable to all designers anywhere.