Supertall Buildings

In S, M, L, XL, visionary Dutch architect, Rem Koolhaas writes about the work of his architectural practice, Office for Metropolitan Architecture [OMA]. He arranges the architectural and urban design work in terms of size according to the protocol for clothing, S, M, L, XL - small, medium, large, extra large. But what about XXL – extra extra large?

AAC 2012 will explore the theme of XXL through the medium of supertall skyscrapers. It will be based in Shanghai, home to 932 high rise buildings, including the Shanghai World Financial Center, the third tallest building in the world, and The Pudong Tower soon to become the second tallest building in the world.
AAC 2012 will operate again as a collaboration with Tongji University, one of China’s leading schools of architecture and urban design, and will make use of their new state of the art Digital Design Research Center, that includes a 7-axis robot, 5-axis CNC milling machine and 3-d printing facilities. AAC 2012 will be composed of an international conference, two student workshops and an international exhibition.

16 June XXL International Conference
17-24 June Computation Workshop
25 June – 4 August Fabrication Workshop
4 August XXL International Exhibition, CAUP Exhibition Space, Tongji University
XXL Conference
The XXL conference will bring together some of the leading figures in the world of architecture and structural engineering – ranging from large commercial practices, such as SOM, KPF and Gensler, to progressive and emerging practices, such as Zaha Hadid Architects, Morphosis, UN Studio, MAD, BIG, Kokkugia and Contemporary Architectural Practice - who have been involved in the design and construction of some of the world’s tallest and biggest buildings. The aim is to to discuss all aspects of building structures at such a scale. Venue: CAUP Auditorium, Building B, Tongji University

The keynote speaker is USC alumnus and Pritzker Prize winner, Thom Mayne (Morphosis). Other speakers include Yansong Ma (MAD), Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects) and Astrid Piber (UN Studio).

XXL Lectures
18-24 June, 6.30pm, Venue: CAUP Auditorium, Building B, Tongji University
Clifford Pearson (Architectural Record), Gang Song (SCUT), Philip Yuan (Tongji), Wendy Fok (Chinese U), Neil Leach (USC), Biayna Bogosian (USC/Columbia), David Gerber (USC), Chris Chan (Gensler)
Saturday 16 June
1.30pmDean's Introduction
Huang Yiru, Deputy Dean of CAUP
Dean Ma, USC
2.30pmKeynote Address
Astrid Piber (UN Studio)
3.00pmRoundtable Discussion - NY/Shanghai (Clifford Pearson, moderator)
Silas Chiow, Eric Tomich (SOM)
Rebecca Cheng/Ding Yong (KPF)
Chris Chan (SOM)
Wan Lin (Shanghai Urban Planning and Design Research Institute)
Zeng Qun (Vice President, Tongji Design Institute)
Zhang Ming (Professor, Tongji University)
3.30pmCoffee Break
4.00pmKeynote Address
Yansong Ma (MAD)
5.00pmRoundtable Discussion – MADe in China
Yansong Ma (MAD)
Dean Ma (USC)
5.30pmKeynote Address
Thom Mayne (Morphosis)
7.30pmVIP Reception, Z58 (by invitation only)

Sunday 17 June
5.00pmKeynote Address
Patrik Schumacher (ZHA)
6.00pmRoundtable Discussion
Patrik Schumacher (ZHA)
Neil Leach (USC)
Clifford Pearson (Architectural Record)
David Gerber (USC)
Computation Workshop
In the Computation Workshop architects and students will learn how to use a range of the latest computational tools taught by some of the leading computational experts in the field. The 8 day workshop will be divided into 2 four day classes, allowing each student to be introduced to 2 computational tools. The introduction to the Computation Workshop will take place at 12 noon on 16 June in the Main Auditorium, CAUP, Tongji University.

Session 1 (17-20 June)
Rhino Basic – Dixon (McNeel Asia)
Processing – Biayna Bogosian (USC/Columbia)
Digital Project (beginners) - Guan Ting (GT Asia)
Grasshopper – Gang Song (SCUT)
Vasari – Glen Katz (Autodesk)

Session 2 (21-24 June)
Rhino Basic – Dixon (McNeel Asia)
Advanced Grasshopper – Biayna Bogosian (USC/Columbia)
Digital Project (intermediate) – Guan Ting (GT Asia)
Revit – Glen Katz (Autodesk)
Grasshopper – Gang Song (SCUT)

Combined Session (17-24 June)
Maya – Luis Quinones (Autodesk), David Gerber (USC)
Fabrication Workshop
In the Fabrication Workshop students will work on the design and fabrication of a series of 2m tall scale models of a design for a supertall structure. Models will be fabricated making use of robot, CNC milling machine and other fabrication tools in the Digital Design Research Center. Student will design and construct their own skyscrapers, that will be exhibited in the XXL exhibition.

XXL International Exhibition
The AAC Exhibition will address the theme ‘XXL – Supertall Buildings’ and will take place in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai. Work produced by students on the AAC Fabrication Workshop will be exhibited alongside the work of leading architects and designers from around the world.

USC Faculty
16 June – 4 Aug: Neil Leach (USC), Philip Yuan (Tongji), Wendy W Fok (UHouston/CUHK)
16 June – 24 June: David Gerber (USC), Biayna Bogosian (USC), Gang Song (SCUT)
25 June – 13 July: Alvin Huang (USC)

Neil Leach, leachneil@hotmail.com, tel: +8613651233448
Paul Tang, prtang@usc.edu, tel: +8613701702699
Philip Yuan, philipyuan007@gmail.com
Gang Song, gangsong.cns@gmail.com