The ICC and the neighbouring radio tower serve as a landmark city gate for visitors entering Berlin via the Autobahn from the west. Simultaneously, the currently inoperative trade fair ground, the decommissioned ICC, and the post-war-era streetscape amount to a vast area of unrealized urban potentials. How can this area be transformed from a throughway junction to a vibrant city quarter that is able to accommodate contemporary standards of cityscape and public life?
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.