Tehran Visiting School 2011

Director: Omid Kamvari

Tutors: Jorge Ayala + Hosseim Kachabi

This unit will explore local ornamental motifs and ways in which they can turn into active systems capable of augmenting environmental conditions. These systems can take the form of natural shading devices, shelters, public spaces, which will all be tested within the urban landscape. We will employ embroidery as the technique to elaborate 2D – 3D patterns within a given surface. These meshworks will be built with threads, strips, chains and other industrial materials.

As the starting point for our material research we will use Millenary Persian art implemented in all types of Iranian Architecture, from tiling patterns to monumental facades. Our aim is to explore embroidery as the main spatial generator for a new generation of 3Dimensional manufactured templates. Our works will be proliferated within a real context using a existing building shell which hosts specific conditions which will act a the catalysers for our experimentations. These hosts contain such things as existing structure, building ground figure, natural conditions, historic background, among many others.

Week 1
During week 1 students will develop simple tactics to achieve performative components, infused by novel geometric logics of (a)symmetry and (dis)order. Strengthened by digital drafting and modelling; we will aim at working simultaneously in different scales, from prototypical scale towards large-scale physicalities. This production will be driven by a set of landscapism rules:
horizontal strategies, tectonics, ground manipulations, multilayered folding, swarms and meshes, among others.

Week 2
During week 2, the studio will assess the studio’s first week simulations proliferating them onto larger surfaces, gaining local intelligence while acquiring methods of assembling. Form finding and programme will intertwine upon each other, challenging the conventional urban actors within public space.
Industrial Matter (otherwise waste) -like wires, hangers, plastics, among many- will serve the studio to test and challenge a contemporary notion of ornamentation to be build in scale 1 to1 during this week.
Students will work by teams in order to develop strategies generating a common encyclopaedia available for everyone in the studio.


Tehran Visiting School 2011