Re-inventing Shoes | UNITED NUDE Rem D Koolhaas Agenda | AAtelier Architectural Association School in Paris

-RemDKoolhaas Lecture and Cocktail Paris_905

When it comes to blending design, architecture, and high end fashion it is always worth checking out AAtelier is doing next.  AAtelier is teaming with United Nude Rem D Koolhaas Agenda and the Architectural Association School in Paris to kick off tomorrow’s workshop that will explore the future of footwear design.   Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: UNITED NUDE Rem D Koolhaas AgendaAAtelier
Architectural Association School
WORKSHOP: Re-inventing Shoes


re-inventing shoes 
November 4 – 15, 2013
In collaboration with UNITED NUDE, Rem D Koolhaas

In history have Shoes become the accessory defining creative freedom, identity, cultural affiliations, social identities and in some cases architectural knowledge. This semester, AAtelier Paris has set the ambitious goal to encourage its participants to think about the current and future role of shoes by engaging with new forms of unexpected culture.

AAtelier will seek to investigate processes via form and structural finding on footwear as an emerging practice within the world of design. The workshop will be informed by approaches and processes engaging with parameters such as materiality testing, parametrics, digital and physical experimentation, imbrications, gesture, manufacturing tactics and prototyping techniques. Analysing the footprint in a high heeled position, flat position, in motion, exchangeable configurations and relation to the ground will be observed and implemented onto unborn, unknown,unmade, unplug, unthinkable, unreal upcoming fields within the shoe design expertise.

united nude paris workshop
The Footwear Workshop will seek to engage with an encyclopedia of construction studies developing physical, aesthetic and structural elements related to the shoe agency; acquiring a higher degree of formal precision and spatial complexity, embracing micro and macro systems embodied within the shoe.

A set of physical prototyping techniques will allow the AAtelier participants to tailor our novel and innovative agenda with the current and highly competitive world of commercial shoe design. Manufacturing processes challenging material properties limits such as: Pleating, pressed, wet, cut, assembled, dried, slow moulding, pouring, vacuum casting, perforations, 3-D printing etc.

AAtelier aims to engage with different levels of intelligence within the foot landscape, from foot anatomy to structural studies, resulting in finished pairs.

Rem D Koolhaas (not to be confused with the older architect Rem Koolhaas) is one of the great experts and market leaders in architectural footwear. With the launch of his brand ‘United Nude’, 10 years ago, a new era was started for crossing boundaries between design, architecture and fashion. Trained as an architect at the technical university of Delft, going into shoes and then breaking all the rules: ‘not for the sake of breaking them, but simply by not knowing them’. Besides the exciting United Nude design portfolio the brand recently got headlines with their shoe collaboration with Zaha Hadid, where again boundaries were pushed and a new construction methods were invented.

The school is headquartered at Les Arts Décoratifs (located at Palais de Louvre)
107 rue de Rivoli, 75001, Paris.

Register your interest with  | 

The workshop is open to current architecture and fashion design students, phd candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Rhino or Maya, Adobe Creative Suite.

Programme Director:
Jorge Ayala [  /  ]

AA School Director:
Brett Steele

AA Global Schools Director:
Christopher Pierce

UN United Nude:
Rem D Koolhaas
Founder of United Nude
More to be confirmed

Rem D Koolhaas
More to be confirmed

Guest Critics:
Chris Pierce
More to be confirmed

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 107-111 rue de Rivoli, Paris 75001


AA UN Workshop Poster

Leave a Reply