The Semester Programme is a full-time 15-week studio-based course open to undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. The programme is integrated with the AA’s undergraduate history and theory seminars and media studies courses, and is designed to allow transferable study credits and the AA School awards a Certificate of Completion.
Uniform large blocks shaped standard layouts in Soviet cities. These created inexpressive residential complexes where context was not significant. In this semester students will look at existing inner spatial organisations and outer empty spaces of these standalone buildings. Explorations into new ways of inhabiting and humanizing these super blocks will start by evaluating and testing the tension between the human and neighbourhood scale. New configurations and insertions of living, working, playing and learning environments will challenge the coexistence of oppositions such as private vs public; constant vs flexible; hard vs soft; that will let unexpected dynamic neighbourhoods flourish from the existing rigid layouts.