[a]FA is a lab investigating spatial, infrastructural, environmental
and cultural phenomena in rural and urban Sub-Saharan Africa. A series of lectures and talks introduces students to the spatial
diversity and cultural vibrancy of the contemporary African condition, followed by workshops which focus on the status and
potential of a specific region. Each lab centers on a distinct question and clear mission and culminates in a field trip through
which rural growth patterns, urban prototypes, imaginary art spaces, and relational physical interventions are produced. The
outcome of each lab is presented in different formats and contexts, both on the African continent and in Europe.
[a]FA is performed in collaboration with international guests, teaching staff of the IoA, and with partner
universities. [a]FA is commissioned by NGOs, cultural institutions, artist collectives and individuals.
selected number of students can participate after application. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. The
workload is in line with the Curriculum of the Design Studio Semester Program to not disturb it. Excursions only take place
during Semester breaks. Students of related disciplines are most welcome.