This year the focus will be the cobogó. An architectural element such as the cobogó is a tangible manifestation of the continuous negotiation of sharing space and the production of subjectivity. These perforated elements, deployed to attenuate sunlight, heat and humidity, have been widely adopted as a cheap, efficient and versatile mode of achieving environmental qualities. Cobogós allow both architects and inhabitants to rethink the role of walls within the house.
Encompassing myriad forms and agendas, the Visiting School courses and workshops are built around agenda-driven project briefs that are pursued and shaped by students working intensively in small groups led by AA tutors. Central to each is the idea that experimental, new and provocative forms of architecture are best learned by doing. The school promotes, tests and challenges global interests in architectural learning and exchange by embedding a diverse group of creative students and tutors in an array of unique rural, urban and international contexts. From continental Europe to the Middle East, Asia, Australia and the Americas, the AA Visiting School offers new and unexpected learning opportunities all over the world. Places on each course are limited, and anybody who would like to further their architectural knowledge and skills can apply.