Welcome to 2020, a year filled with social distancing, fear and uncertainty!
Today, we spend more time on the pixels of our black screens than we do asleep.
The overload of information on 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 electric new 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 to virtually rendered landscapes, this phenomenon fundamentally changes us and challenge us to conceive a new future.
This will be a two-week intensive design studio. The subject introduces students to contemporary digital design techniques, toolsets and workflows, striving for innovation in design resolution. This year, the AA Visiting School will be delivered entirely online at the Melbourne School of Design. The visiting school will continue to host a public programme with speakers and thought leaders from around the globe through an online format. All work produced during the visiting school will be shared on our 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 can complete the course remotely in their physical location – we will only meet as virtual entities connected through fibres cables under the ocean.
New Paper – Glocal 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 but will be lived-in experiences. We intend to Zoom into Architecture through the lenses of today’s culture and will share our bold visions of what is to come next.
There will be a new breed of Architects.

Are you with us?