Mittelmeerland 4, Algiers, Algeria
11 –21 November 2012

Mittelmeerland is an urban research project investigating the future of the Mediterranean. Over three years the intention is to research six different Mediterranean cities. Algiers is the destination after Beirut, Tangier and Dubrovnik. Istanbul and Alexandria will follow next year. Algiers offers the opportunity to dive into emerging political, social and environmental topics. We will be researching the difficult relations between the city and the sea and try to understand the Chaos and Beauty of current Mutations. Algiers city is disconnected from the Sea, separated by the Port. Suburbs have developed differently than first thought. One can find anarchic informal urbanizations and different views on colonial references along the coast. How can the current state of Algiers Coast be pictured? What is its relation to other Mediterranean Ports? And how can it along the Mediterranean coast become more environmentally engaged? We will work on five different areas along the coastline analyzing existing conditions and future projections, playfully utilizing small-scale phenomena, translating found conditions into large-scale landscape ecologies and envisioning urban changes. We will produce architectural portraits, urban biographies, narrative maps and imaginative collages, which ultimately will feature in a publication of the workshop's research on various waterfront cities around the Mediterranean. Further, we will explore Algiers` architecture and diverse urban faces through guided city walks.

During the workshop a one-day symposium will be held. Its purpose is to examine how the Mediterranean region can position itself as a 'territory', one that is based on climatic and economic conditions, and subject to specific social, political and spatial transformations and experiences. Detailed Programme will be announced in Mid September.

John Palmesino, Ann-Sofi Rönnskog, Chris Pierce, Tomas Klassnik, Samia Henni, Meriem Chabou, Guillaume de Morsier, Valentin Kunik, Till Vallee, Nacym Baghli amongst others.  

The deadline for applications is 1 October 2012. Application forms and additional information are available online at: applications can be submitted to: All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required for entry to Algeria, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.

A small number of partical scholarships are A small number of partical scholarships are available. Deadline for scholarships is 24 September 2012. If you wish to apply, please send a PDF with max. 3 pages including: CV, your motivation and work to Medine Altiok and Stephanie Tunka:

We are always interested in professionals and professors from other universities doing related research projects. If you like to get involved or wish to participate with your students, please contact us:

The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £495 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting Membership, payable online at: Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops and digital equipment. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, CAD