ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION VISITING SCHOOL (AAVS)
This course was a multi-disciplinary exploration into the methods of creative and scientific field research with the specific aim of demystifying aspects of site, context and landscape. Participants collectively researched, designed and built an interactive pavilion that enhanced the public’s perception of water, soil, geology, flora and fauna while positively influencing and interacting with these diverse ecologies.
This 12 day workshop took place on-site at the Iowa Lakeside Lab, a permanent field research station and summer camp. Participants engaged with the physical and invisible ecologies of Northwest Iowa’s Great Lakes region using a variety of analogue and digital tools. We visited regional natural sites with field-researchers, consulting directly with local scientific experts and lab technicians. As a collaborative unit, we created hands-on explorations with local low-carbon, earthen/plant-based and repurposed materials, culminating in the construction of one final pavilion.