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A/P Practice

Beyond the Survey: Understanding and Defying the Colonial History of Visuality in Architecture Practices
7–26 August 2023

Casa Zwei: Cloud Construction, 2020, Composite Drawing, Image: A/P Practice.

Mixed media, photography, 3D-scanning, rendering, temporary installations

Kammer der Ziviltechniker:innen OÖ/Salzburg

Teaching language(s)
English, (German & Italian also available)

What to bring
Laptop with mouse, camera or smartphone, personal work equipment

Basic knowledge of 3d modeling, rendering, and imaging processing platforms is a plus but optional; willingness to work collaboratively

Maximum number of participants

Participation fee
€ 860,– (reduced € 620,–)

This course will examine the complex relationship between architecture and visual culture, reflecting on how the technologies we use to see and experience the built environment define how we construct it. Starting from a critical reading of the history of asymmetrical power structures articulated through technologies of vision, we will focus on surveying as a generative act of design, rather than a passive representation of reality, connecting existing site conditions with deliberate (often hidden) design choices to reinforce or defy established hierarchies.

Borrowing from visual theory and contemporary contributions to post- and de-colonial theory and practice, we will problematise the hierarchical structures often built between observing subjects and observed bodies. Working between 3D scanned and physical models, we will embed traces of our own bodies in the city's public space as a series of mixed-media temporary installations: a collaborative mapping experiment at the intersection of new media, design, and art in urban space. With technical tutorials and one-on-one consultations, students will acquire first-hand experience with 3D scanning technologies and will enhance their ability to incorporate this technique in their creative workflow. Then, working in smaller groups, students will develop temporary installations connecting physical and digital content.

What is at stake is a critical reframing of contemporary imaging technologies in an effort to acknowledge their biased mechanics and to develop design sensibilities to work with them inclusively.

A/P Practice’s work ranges from experimenting with contemporary imaging & surveying technologies to small-scale public installations & built sites of speculative re-use.

Weaving existing conditions with contemporary manufacturing technologies and aesthetics, engaging with the heterogeneous, often contradictory set of evidence of a given context, they focus on constructing inclusive interventions from the screen to the built environment. Leveraging new media and their effects on perception, the Practice's projects move between textures, models, videos, buildings and installations to recalibrate our agency across physical and digital spaces.

Most important exhibitions
North x North, Anchorage Museum, Alaska, (US). Drawing Codes, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture + Design, Houston, TX, (US). 2022 A Mosaic of Unlikely Affinities, ACADIA Conference Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA (US). Progress Train, Deutsches Technikmuseum, Berlin. Space of Resistance, Gropius Bau, Berlin. Greetings from Afar, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin. 2021 In-Sync, De-Sync, Re-Sync, Yale University, School of Architecture, New Haven, CT (US). 2020 One Object at a Time, A+D Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles, CA (US). Drawing Im/Proper, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO (US). Fulfilled, Knowlton School of Architecture, Columbus, OH (US). 2019 Cloud~ing, CAED at Kent State University, Kent, OH (US). Arctic LiDAR, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington DC. 2018 Three Ways, A+D Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles, CA (US). 2017 The Image, The Object, The Table Exhibition, Syracuse University, School of Architecture, Syracuse, NY (US). Visualizing the Surveyed City, MoST - Museum of Science and Technology, Syracuse, NY (US). Marble~ish, Syracuse University, School of Architecture, Syracuse, NY (US). Art in the Windows, Downtown Syracuse Revitalization Program, Syracuse, NY (US). 2015 Trans(inter)ference, FAV - Festival des Architectures Vives, Montpellier (FR)

Recent publications/reviews
Clouds of Color. In: Elena Manferdini und Jasmine Benyamin (Hgg.): RIBA Design Studio 3. London: RIBA Publishing, 2023 (in Druck)
It’s Just Textures. On the Relationship between Digital & Physical Materiality in Our Pedagogies. In: STOÀ Journal II.3. Neapel: Thymos Books, 2022
Grand Tours and the Construction of Italian Identities. In:
Log 53. New York: Anyone Corporation, 2021

Education including teaching experience 
Maya Alam
Teaching Experience
University of Wuppertal, Chair of Theory and Discourse of Design (Junior Professor)
2019-2021 University of Pennsylvania, Weitzman School of Design (Lecturer)
2019 Yale University School of Architecture, New Haven (Visual Studies Seminar)
2018 Southern California Institute for Architecture, Los Angeles (Lecturer)
2014-2018 Syracuse University School of Architecture, Syracuse, NY (Assistant Professor)

2012 Architecture, The Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles, CA (US), M.Arch.
2007 Architecture, Peter Behrens School of Arts, Düsseldorf (DE),  Dipl. Ing.

Daniele Profeta
Teaching Experience
2020-present Syracuse University School of Architecture in Florence (Program Director)
2019-2021 Yale University School of Architecture, New Haven (Visual Studies Seminar)
2016-2020 Syracuse University School of Architecture, Syracuse, NY (Assistant Professor)
2017 STRELKA Institute for Media, Architecture, and Design, Moscow (Visiting Instructor)

2016 Architecture, Princeton University School of Architecture, Princeton, M.Arch. II
2011 Architecture, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, B.Arch.
Maya Alam, 2022. Photo: Alfonse Chiu.
Daniele Profeta, 2021.