030206003 > |BilbaoSanSebastian visiting school| AA visiting schools are satellite schools that take place in different cities all around the world in partnership with prestigious local institutions. These schools focus on local issues -culture, environment, economy, society- and follow the design methodologies developed at the Architectural Association. Link to website

The Bilbao/SanSebastian visiting school will unfold in partnership with the Guggenheim museum, Bilbao Cityhall, Tecnalia and the University of the Basque Country which belong to the arts, research and innovation technologies and academic realms. We believe that this association will allow participants to be part of the art community of the Guggenheim museum and the academic environment of the UPV -more particularly the ETSASS Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura de San Sebastian. Moreover, the partnership with Tecnalia will enable us to work together with their most advanced media and research and innovation groups.

The workshop will investigate new design processes to produce context sensitive environments from a critical perspective. Local ‘materials’ such as user behaviour, social patterns or environmental analysis will inform the design process. In order to construct this agenda, the workshop will invest on digital design and fabrication strategies by studying data-feed protocols, environmental simulation software and algorithmic design. To work within actual conditions, the site will be proposed by the Bilbao authority as part of the future city and planning intentions.