Hyper|Threads is a novel interdisciplinary design-research workshop by AA Visiting School and ZHA|CODE for developing innovative solutions applicable to the local environment

Event Credits:
Event: Hyper | Threads
Date: Wednesday 14 – Friday 23 December 2016
Organisers: AA Visiting School and ZHA Code
Collaborators: Design Aware and BSB Architects
Tickets : AA Visiting School 
Venue: International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad (IIIT-H).
Location: Hyderabad, India.
Registration dates: Early Bird Tickets- 25th November, Registration ends on- 8th December 2016

The prestigious AA School of Architecture and Zaha Hadid Architects Computation and Design Group (ZHA|CODE) will be collaborating for the 8th iteration of their workshop in Hyderabad. Through the workshop, the school aims to explore Computer Aided Design (CAD) as a channel to enhance architectural creativity while being able to respond to multifaceted spatial and material performance constraints.

The ZHA|CODE is a professional design-research group active within the ZHA for nine years. Involved in various intensive academic activities, the group creates an international platform for academics and professionals partners to collaborate. Through their extensive research and design, they apply the contemporary solutions to tackle locally relevant issues and to comprehend and imbibe the traditional values. 

A brainchild of Takbir Fatima, DesignAware is an interdisciplinary architecture and design studio that was created with the aim to generate awareness through livable, wearable, accessible, usable and responsible design. Conceived while studying at AADRL in 2010, Takbir’s DesignAware is a part of various disciplines ranging from lighting to furniture, interior design to renovation alongside socially responsible, pro-bono work. Takbir is also enthusiastic about design research, digital prototyping and teaching, owing to which she has also created the Fractals Workshop Series. This series focuses on design and 3D thinking workshops for students and professionals from various backgrounds.

Partnering up with DesignAware this year, their local host institute in India, they will be extending their collaboration with BSB Architects, an integral part of the workshop’s success in its previous versions. 

The workshop will give emphasis on the relations between modern design techniques, creative expressions, software technology and its articulation in India’s developing economy and traditional building practices. It also aims to use production proven design methods and software platforms, orchestrated with inventive research.

The participants will benefit greatly by the workshop’s intention to continue the exploration and rationalization of the multi phased development of a design concept to its physical manifestation, the agenda of exploring physics based design methods, integration of form and structure, computational methods of optimisation for fabrication and their modification to local means, methods and craft. 

The interdisciplinary design workshop will also present the students with the abundance of knowledge produced by the previous years’ participants in terms of the design studio content and fabrication methods and processes. They will also benefit immensely from the lectures and inputs from experts from esteemed institutions such as Zaha Hadid Architects, AA School of Architecture, etc.

The aim of the workshop is to design and build a sizeable prototype as a part of the primary objective:  ‘learning by doing’. The participants will be exposed to the same design tools, techniques and analysis methods as the ones used for designing and building the prototype. The constructed prototype will be executed parallel to a design studio, concluding in a one day symposium and student works’ exhibition with invited guests of local and international architects and academics.

To participate in this workshop you would require registering with AA Visiting School. The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £675 per participant, which includes a £60 visiting membership fee. The Early Bird Tickets are available until 25th November 2016 for the fees of £650.  Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. The participants need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. Participants can pay the basic registration fee of £60 to reserve their place and pay the balance before 7 December 2016. 


For more information visit AA Visiting School website or catch live Facebook event on 22nd November 2016 at 5 pm IST at Hyper I Threads and join the discussion with tutors and collaborators . 

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed
Computational skills – Applied mathematics, Applied computer science.
Professional awareness
Fabrication skills
Contemporary design methods
Collaborative research development skills. – Architects, engineers, fabricators
Lecture series from experienced professional in each field
(eg: Teaching team / Facilities / Computational skills / Theoretical understanding / Professional awareness / Fabrication / Lecture series)

-Tanvi Naik, Volume Zero.

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