AA Visiting School: New Paper

AA Visiting School: New Paper
  • Online studio

Welcome to 2020, a year filled with social distancing, fear and uncertainty!

Today, we spend more time on the pixels of our screens than we do asleep.

The overload of information from our devices, plugged into a global neural network, is being consumed at rates that our biological hardware cannot keep up with. As a race, we collect more bits & bytes than we have ever done in human history – from the hot-headed tweets of the @RealDonaldtrump to Black Mirror visions of dark technological futures while #binging on #Netflix's, to the promise of a seamless world, this is the current world we live in.

Everything we experience is now being filtered through digital means, and Architecture is no different.

We now ingest space through the lenses of our iris', which as a result, has fast-forwarded our dreams into an new electric world. From the filters on social media, animoji avatars, decisions made on speculation, to a world where we will no longer be able to tell the difference between physically built objects and virtually rendered landscapes, this phenomenon fundamentally changes and challenges us to conceive a new future.

New Paper sets out to explore the realms where Architecture is not physically constructed anymore, moving into the blurring of the virtual world within our day-to-day lives. Architectural drawings will move beyond mere representations and become  lived-in experiences. We will Zoom into Architecture through the lenses of today's culture and share our bold visions of what comes next.

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

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 2020, the AA Visiting School will be delivered at the Melbourne School of Design entirely online, including a 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. All students undertaking this subject will complete the course remotely and online – we will only meet as virtual entities connected through fibre cables under the ocean.

The programme welcomes international application. Please apply through our Community Access Program site: https://study.unimelb.edu.au/how-to-apply/single-subject-study

University of Melbourne students can join the subject ABPL30063 (Undergraduate) or ABPL90386 (Graduate) via their student portal. The two-week workshop will commence on July 6 until July 17. Successful candidates will be informed by June 8, 2020. 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


The ABPL30063 + ABPL90386 AAVS Melbourne intensive subject runs 6th July to 17th July with a series of public lecture free to all. An exhibition of the work produced throughout the studio will be available on a dedicated website with a virtual opening on 24th July.

Exhibition dates:

31st July launch of the digital archive online


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

Mond Qu
Director of AAVS Melbourne

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