AA DRL: Proto-Design at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art

The Thessaloniki Aristotle University’s (AUTH) Faculty of Engineering, in collaboration with London’s Architectural Association School of Architecture, is displaying an exhibition of student’s projects of the Association’s post-graduate program Design Research Laboratory (DRL) titled “AA DRL: Proto-Design at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in the northern Greek capital. The exhibition will run through May 9.

The Proto-Design agenda investigates digital and material prototyping as the methodology as well as the primary design outcome of studio work.

Parametric modelling and coding systems are emphasised as the vehicles in this new field of experimentation on multiple, sequential and recursive prototypical systems and spaces. Far from heralding the end of the design project as a form of research, this new performance- driven approach aims for more specific design proposals concerned with concrete design problems. The iterative methodologies of the design studio are directed towards the investigation of new spatial, structural and material organisations, and to the formulation of new discourses on contemporary computation and materialisation in the disciplines of architecture and urbanism.