Verebes as Director of 10th consecutive AA Shanghai Summer School 2016

Verebes as Director of 10th consecutive AA Shanghai Summer School 2016

Architectural Association Visiting School Shanghai Hosted at HKU Shanghai Study Centre, Shanghai 建筑联盟学院 访问学校 2016 AA上海暑期工作营 城市特异性 15-23 July 2016 2016年7月15-23日 In an era of unprecedented city building, the 10th consecutive AA Shanghai Summer School will focus on issues related to urbanization in China. The central government of China has recently announced both the Southern China Metropolis (pop. 45 million), and Jing-Jin-Ji Supercity (pop. 130 million). Shanghai, the epicenter of the Yangtze River Delta (YRD) metropolitan region (pop. 90m), serves as the programme’s laboratory for the study of the complexities of the contemporary city within this context of massive urbanisation. Given the pervasive legacy of assembly-based repetitive production paradigms, and the monotonous, generic effects of standardization on cities, we will address the question of what makes a city unique. In response, we will delve into design methods by which to shape specific urban characteristics and identities across scales. AAVS Shanghai has persistently championed computational approaches applied to the problematic of the twenty-first century city. As an intensive nine-day studio-based course, AAVS SH will engage experimentally with advanced computational design, to develop a methodological toolbox with which to confront the prevalence of generic, ubiquitous urbanism....
Verebes to curate, edit and organise AAVS SH10 SHOW | EVENT | FOLIO

Verebes to curate, edit and organise AAVS SH10 SHOW | EVENT | FOLIO

AAVS SH10 will celebrate AA Shanghai Summer School, in its tenth consecutive year, to be curated, edited and hosted in 3 parts. Tom Verebes will serve as the Curator of AAVS SH10 SHOW, Editor of AAVS SH10 FOLIO, and organizer/host of AAVS SH10 EVENT. Exhibition: AAVS SH10 SHOW This exhibition, to open concurrently with AAVS Shanghai 2016 in July, aims to curate a retrospective of the design work of past students, current tutors and visitors to the AAVS Shanghai programme. The SHOW addresses design approaches to urbanism within the context of the unprecedented scale and extent of urbanization of China. Book: AAVS SH10 FOLIO Edited in varied formats, this book will probe the multifarious ways in which designers today interact with the complex forces shaping cities in the twenty-first century. The content of AAVS SH10 FOLIO will include student work from AAVS SH, the work of tutors and visitors, essays, interviews and transcribed conversations. Symposium: AAVS SH10 EVENT In each year of AAVS Shanghai, we host a large group of A-list experts, at the top of their game and in the front line of China’s urbanisation. We sit together in an informal public setting, to discuss and debate various contributions to the discourse and matter of the twenty-first century...
Mass Customised Cities issue of AD, Guest-edited by Tom Verebes, is published

Mass Customised Cities issue of AD, Guest-edited by Tom Verebes, is published

Guest-edited by Tom Verebes CONTRUBUTORS: Donald Bates Michael Bell Martin Bressani M Christine Boyer Mark Burry Kenneth Frampton Jeffrey Huang Branko Kolarevic Jerry Ku & Philip Vernon Neil Leach Elena Manferdini Rob May ARCHITECTS AND DESIGNERS Archi-Union Architects Arup Contemporary Architecture Practice davidclovers E-Grow Gramazio & Kohler OCEAN CN Rocker-Lange Architects What happens when computational design and fabrication technologies ramp up to the urban scale? Though these innovative production processes are now largely limited to small-scale design projects, what might happen when they are applied to the vast scale of twenty-first century world cities? Could new technologies enable an important shift away from mass production to increasingly bespoke and custom-designed production? Whereas the introduction of standardisation and mass production processes in the 20th century saw the industrial city take on a repetitious and homogeneous quality through the duplication of component parts, non-standard bespoke production systems holds out the promise of realising buildings with distinctive attributes through the differentiation of serial production and the variation of simple parts leading to more complex and compelling whole. Given the current pace and rate of urbanization in Asia in particular, the themes and arguments presented in this AD issue will have imminent practical consequences for the rest of the developing and developed world. Today’s design technologies link more directly to engineering, manufacturing, and construction delivery systems, opening new possibilities to create increasingly heterogeneous and differentiated urban environments. This issue of AD features a series of essays, interviews and projects, with contributions by leading theorists, historians, architects, engineers and fabricators, which collectively seek alternatives to the legacy of standardized, repetitive modes of spatial and...