Architectural Association Visiting School Las Pozas

"This summer, the Architectural Association Visiting School will lead a three-week workshop in Xilitla. The workshop will be based in Edward James' surrealist garden in Las Pozas and will explore the formwork techniques developed by him and his workers on the site.

Las Pozas Visiting School will revisit modern precedents of abstract architecture through the production of a series of 1:1 concrete interventions in the Mexican jungle.

The Visiting School will be learning from Mexico's rich cultural heritage, from Modernism back to pre-hispanic architecture, as well as looking at relevant examples of experimental architecture and sculpture, with a particular focus on experiments in concrete.

Beginning with a thorough study of intricate wooden formworks, the workshop will develop casting methods by rescaling, defragmenting and collaging formworks and casts, experimenting with local aggregates and incorporating contemporary techniques.

On the grounds of minimalist sculpture, pre-hispanic monumentalism and geometric abstractionism, the workshop will conclude on the one hand with precise incisions in the local community as well as a number of concrete pieces, fragments or parts, which will be taken back to Mexico City for an exhibition and publication."

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