AA Visiting School: New Paper

AA Visiting School: New Paper 2021
  • Dual Mode

Today our experience of the world is being filtered through digital means and Architecture is no different. We decide where to visit on Tripadvisor, where to go on Google Earth and have designed museum’s specifically for Instagram, even interior awards on Dezeen are now rendered. We absorb copious amounts of space through the lenses of our iris’, which as a result, has fast forwarded our dreams into an electric new world. From the filters on social media, spatial computing, decisions made on speculation, we live in a time where we are no longer able to tell the difference between physically built objects to virtually rendered landscapes, and because of this, our understanding of environments need to fundamentally change.

New Paper III continues this journey to explore and question the realms where Architecture is not only just physically constructed anymore. We will move into the blurring of the virtual world within our day-to-day lives; Architectural drawings will move beyond mere representations and become stories and experiences through amplification, gamification or provocation. We intend to re-think Architecture through the focus on today’s culture and share our bold visions of what is to come next.

There will be a new breed of Architects. Are you with us?

Prominent Features of the Workshop / Skills Developed

  • Critically engage about the application of extended reality; virtual / augmented / mixed reality.
  • Learn computational skills in applying extended reality.
  • Explore and gain insight to the globalisation of virtual architecture.
  • Learn from global leaders in the digital space.

This elective subject (12.5pt) is a two-week intensive online design studio, introducing students to contemporary digital design techniques, toolsets and workflows, striving for innovation in design resolution. In 2021, the AA Visiting School will be delivered at the Melbourne School of Design in a dual mode, including an online public programme of lectures with speakers and thought leaders from around the globe.

All work produced during the visiting school will be shared on a specifically designed web platform. Our international crew of studio leaders will team up with Melbourne based designers to facilitate multi-time zone studio teaching – radically challenging the way we teach design during a global pandemic.

We are, at the same time, locally present and globally connected.

The programme welcomes international application.

University of Melbourne students can join the subject ABPL30063 (Undergraduate) or ABPL90386 (Graduate) via their student portal. Please submit portfolio by no later than June 7 (the Last date to self-enroll) to subject coordinator.

The two-week workshop will commence on July 5 until July 16. Successful candidates will be informed by June 13, 2021. For more detail, please visit http://newpaper.space/about/

Students from other Australian institutions will need to gain approval from their home university for either assessed or non-assessed programs: https://students.unimelb.edu.au/skills/cross-institutional

For non-University of Melbourne students, please apply through our Community Access Program site: https://study.unimelb.edu.au/how-to-apply/single-subject-study


The ABPL30063 + ABPL90386 AAVS Melbourne intensive subject runs 5th July to 16th July with a series of public lectures free to all. An exhibition of the work produced throughout the studio will be available on a dedicated website.

Exhibition dates:

30th July launch of the digital archive online

AA Visiting School Public Lecture Series:


Dr Paul Loh paul.loh@unimelb.edu.au
Subject coordinator

Mond Qu
Director of AAVS Melbourne

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