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The deadline for applications is 28 February 2017

Arlington, Texas

Post-Industrial Landscapes 5.0 // Fabric(ated) Landscapes

Friday 10 – Monday 20 March 2017

From the rolling hills of Austin to the petro-chemical plains of the northeast, Texas is this year’s ground for experimentation of the 5th Post-Industrial Landscape workshop. Populated by longhorns, cowboys, SXSW and the ultra-rich of the black gold, we set out to imagine a Texas where photochromic pigments cloud our vision, electrical micro-charges are sticking with iridescent changes to our skin and the smell of large fields of shape memory alloys continuously opening and closing their delicate leaves becomes the everyday normal. We set out to create the new fabric of this landscape, combining smart materials, reactive chemicals and traditional textile technologies to build large scale reactive models, garments and ultimately prototypes of new architectural facades.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed
Post-Industrial Landscapes is a workshop series that ran successfully for 5 years in changing locations ranging from San Francisco to Hong Kong and now Texas. Each iteration allowed students to explore new methods of Perception, Fabrication and Dissemination. Together with our partners at the University of Texas at Arlington, their prestigious research institute (UTARI) and their amazing robotic facilities, we will expand this engagement with new digital methods in Architecture.

We will be working with photogrammetry and resulting 3D models as analytical and perception tools. We will be using UAV’s to scan the ground and make new simulative surfaces using the likes of Unity.

We will be working with robotic fabrication techniques and methods. As indicated in the title, our main focus will be the production of fabric based models and architectural activated landscapes. We will teach a wide array of simple (laser-cut) to more complex robotic fabrication techniques (CNC, robotic arm). In a second part we will be working extensively with smart reactive materials. These include but are not exclusively limited to, Shape Memory Alloy, Magnetic Shape Memory Alloy (Ni2MnGa), Ferrofluid, sodium Acetate, Aluminuim potassium Sulphate, Copper Sulphate, and colour pigments from the following categories: thermochromism, photochromism, electrochromism, solvatochromism. Students will be able to first hand explore design potential of reactive chemicals and design controlled activations of them using robotics.

Participants will gain new knowledge from leading researchers and theorists through the lecture series as a part of the workshop. The resulting works will be part of an exhibition showcasing new approaches to architectural activates skin and facades.


You can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page. If you are not able to make an online application, email for instructions to pay by bank transfer.
The deadline for applications is: 28 February 2017.
All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.

The University of Texas at Arlington
College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs
601 W Nedderman Dr #203, Arlington, TX 76019


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.
Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals.
There are no software requirements or previous knowledge required. All software and tools will be taught as part of the workshop.