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    AAVS Post-Industrial Landscapes 5.0
    Fabric(ated) Landscapes

    March 10th – March 20th // Spring 2017
    Arlington, Texas


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    AAVS Post-Industrial Landscapes 5.0

    March 10th – March 20th // Spring 2017
    Arlington, Texas


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    AAVS Post-Industrial Landscapes 5.0

    March 10th – March 20th // Spring 2017
    Arlington, Texas


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    AAVS Post-Industrial Landscapes 5.0

    March 10th – March 20th // Spring 2017
    Arlington, Texas




2016 and still everything is still bigger in Texas. From Marfa to the rolling hills of Austin to plains of the northeast, Texas is a land vast and diverse. This is a land of petro-chemical, longhorns, cowboys, SXSW, and a breeding ground for something new. Imagine a Texas where photochromic pigments cloud our vision and electrical micro-charges are sticking with iridescent changes to our skin. Welcome to a possible future, where the smell of large fields of shape memory alloys continuously opening and closing their delicate leaves to the natural rhythm of sun patterns and heat development, and the taste of conductive ink among the sweat of the oil platform becomes reality. Once fueled by energy consumption, what better place than this to re-write history. And so we turn to smart materials and their use in our post-industrialised landscape.

Undoubtedly we live in the peak of electronic information. Surrounded by thousands of glittering monitors, screens and displays, we stand in the middle of information, projected by myriads of light emission diodes, pumping electrons onto glass encased Matrixes – our entertainment and information display is the last behemoth to withstand smarter evolution – it is to change! We aim to shift this enslavement from the pixel and allow control to be given to the biomimicry of natural systems on the equilibrium of chemical energy states.

This workshop aims to stimulate material experiment through innovation in combination with construction and critical re-articulation. We will work within a paradise of innovation, surrounded by programmable UAVs, robotic arms, laser cutters, and 3D printers. Our site is the landscape of Micro and Macro and its translation into a new skin of the Earth


Industry is always changing everyday.  As we look towards the future, old industrial sites will become unused, abandoned or left to their own demised.  Your task is to look at the sites of industry within the vast Texas landscape and propose new innovative solutions for reconstituting them for other purposes.


OIL DERRICKS – All over Texas the oil industry has built these large structural totems.  In most places across Texas, they have taken them down, yet some remain.  Yet they still build them today.

OIL JACK FIELDS – Whats left after the Derricks have drilled their deep holes, Oil Jacks.  A classic view down La Brea in Los Angeles while your heading to the Airport, Oil jack in Texas can be seen across the states in various of places.

THE SUPERCONDUCTING SUPER COLLIDER –  A project proposed in 1976 by a National Reference Designs Study created 14 shafts and 14.5 miles of tunnel before losing its funding in 1993.

NATURAL GAS STATIONS – After lobbying for the natural gas in 2000s, Texas has jumped head first into the industry.  Midland/Odessa acts as ground zone for miles of Natural gas well that peek there heads out from beneath their miles of tentacles.


SMART MATERIALS – Using local materials, new materials, and reused materials, the workshop will look to link connect and manipulated the existing sites throughout Texas.   Electric Ink, UV Pigment, Memory Foam, Fast set Resins, and many more

FABRICS – We will investigate the use of fabric at a material for spatial deformity.  Wrap, skinned and oriiented the fabric, you are tasked to propose occupy abandoned or unused through

THE LOGO – From Pomo to Memo,  the logo as a operating material can deform the perception of any object with surgeon like precision.  Whether your pop, surreal or normal the logo can be used to distort, twist and deceive what it hides.


ROBOTS – Working with local industries, the robots will act as depositing, scanning or building units.

SEWING MACHINE – not used enough in the building industry, we will work as Architectural Fashion Designers to change space.

THE COMPUTER – Grasshopper to Marvelous Designer to Maya.  We will use the computer to manipulate the digital to occupy the real.


Tobias Klein

Tobias Klein works in the fields of Architecture, Art, Design and interactive Media Installation. His work generates a syncretism of contemporary CAD/CAM technologies with site and culturally specific design narratives, intuitive non-linear design processes, and historical cultural references.

Before joining City University Hong Kong in the role as interdisciplinary Assistant Professor in the School of Creative Media and the architectural department, he was the Unit Master of the Diploma 1 Studio at the Architectural Associ¬ation in London and ran a Media Studies class at the AA 2006-2014. He has lectured and given workshops internationally (Madrid, Spain – Lund, Sweden – Berlin,Germany – TU Munich, Germany …) and was an invited critic at Ecole Spé¬ciale d’Architecture – Paris, The Bartlett, Cambridge, Brighton University, Oxford Brookes, London Southbank, Greenwich and Nottingham to name a few in¬stances. He became an appointed Guest Professor at the TU Innsbruck; Stu¬dio 3, Institute for experimental architecture in 2010-12 and lectured at the Royal College of Art, (2007-2010).

The resulting works of his studio are exhibited international with examples being in the collection of the Antwerp Fashion Museum, the London Science Museum, the V&A, the Bellevue Arts Museum, Museum of Moscow and Vancouver. He is lecturing and published internationally with most recent articles focusing on the translation from craftsmanship to digital manufacturing.

Local Coordinator and Co-Director
Ryan Vincent Manning

Ryan Manning is a designer/owner of quirkd33 a design collaborative in landscapes, film, and architecture. He holds B.S. in Architecture from University of Texas at Arlington and Master of Architecture from SCI-Arc.  He has been involved with multiple workshops and programs including Tereform One, Mara Haseltine and Studio Go.

He has worked with numerous architectural firms including Tom Wiscombe Architecture, Buro Happold, and Cliff Garten.  He has worked with Heron-Mazy since 2008 and accompanied honors/publications in Storefront Art and Architecture, Dallas Film Festival, IDEXXCanada, Blankspace, and many others. Recently working with local artists and filmmakers, Ryan has experienced the multi-facets of the architecture and film industries including Project Manager, Production Designer, Installation Designer, and Director.

He was guest professor at TU Innsbruck, Institute of Urban Design, for the past year. He has lectured and been a critic internationally in Prague, Vienna, Innsbruck, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Zurich, Dallas and Bratislava.  He has been a critic/lecturer at SCI-Arc, UCLA, ETH, University of Texas at Arlington, Bartlett, TU Berlin, TU Innsbruck Institute for Experimental Architecture, and USC.

Ben Warwas

Ben Warwas got his start in Berkeley CA in 1974. He spent his youth participating in the beginning of street skateboarding to the sounds of the punk scene maturing Gilman St.  It was here that he began his vision of infusing many mediums into one body of work.  In the same way skateboarding experiences the urban landscape, Ben works in a variety of mediums including film, fashion, architecture and sculpture.  Focusing less on a specific medium and more on what is appropriate for the project at hand.  He has worked with bands on the outfits they wear on Tour, in order to take the audio experience into the visual realm.  The outfits for Le Tigre were and attempt to create a wearable visual representation of a feminist parade.  In his experimental shorts, he questions reality and the accepted tropes of storytelling through unconventional editing and sequencing.  His sculptures like to remind the viewer that the walls do not necessarily delineate interior space.  The graphic murals he paints bend the walls into alternate realities of false depth and infinite patterns.  Each work becomes a kind of foreign object that questions its environment.  Ben then labels these works with titles such as “we met online” and forcing us to come to terms with our rapidly changing world.  Ben received his B.A. in fashion design from Massachusetts College for Art and his Masters of Architecture at SCI-Arc.  He is presently on the faculty at Pasadena City College Architecture Department. He recently showed “Not Land Art” a large scale drawing using fabric over land in the Maiden LA show in Los Angeles.