AA Visiting School AMAZONAS

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Monday 10 – Wednesday 19 August 2015

Mamori is a lake 65 kilometres south of Manaus, in the heart of the Brazilian state of Amazonas. The inhabitants of the region are "caboclos", descendants of the first Portuguese colonisers that settled in the area two centuries ago and mixed with the local indigenous. While the lake is relatively close to the city of Manaus, electricity only reached Mamori five years ago. Its arrival is offering new possibilities of growth and development but is also changing the way villagers live and interact with the environment. Appliances and other forms of technology are arriving to the area changing the behavioural patterns of the locals. The introduction of these appliances is accompanied by new materials, products and substances that are not well managed when they become waste.

In this scenario of "modernisation in the making", floods, extreme sun exposure, heavy rainfall, hot temperatures and imported products, the participants of the workshop will propose designs of different scales that can offer new insights into the development of the Amazon rainforest. Through the use of quantifiable data collection, parametric modelling, computational analysis and simulation, students will propose systemic architectural strategies that can shed some light on this critical conjuncture.

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