Undomesticated Places

Series: Saturday Gallery Talk
Date: Saturday 10 October 2015 : 15.00
Speaker: Didier Faustino


Following on from the exhibition opening at the AA Birthday party on 9th October, Didier Faustino will give a special Gallery Talk at 3pm on his exhibit  Undomesticated Places in the AA Gallery & Bedford Square.

The talk is open to all with complimentary drinks and refreshments served, so please come join us for our first Gallery Talk of the 2015/16 academic year.

Exhibition Text:

Undomesticated Places presents two projects by the French artist and architect Didier Faustino – one inside the AA gallery and one in the public space of Bedford Square.

The first part of the exhibition, inside the building, takes the form of an immersive space in which the video triptych Exploring Dead Buildings 2.0 is shown on giant screens. The spectator is invited to lie down to enjoy the images of a performance realised on the occasion of the 12th Havana Biennial. On the screens an explorer with a video device fixed on his metallic armour raises a sensitive archaeology of the School of Ballet, a building designed by Vittorio Garatti in the early 60s.

Outside, in Bedford Square, a second rendition of This is not a Love Song (created for the first time in 2014, in Meudon, France) will be built. This monochromatic performance-architecture will be a platform placed in the urban environment to welcome everyday events to activate its meaning. This installation provides a site for action, in the manner of Speaker’s Corner.

The exhibition presents two approaches to performative practice in the linked fields of contemporary art and architecture – representative of Didier Faustino’s obsession with the site of the body in private and public space.

Women in Architecture

Series: AA XX 100
Date: Saturday 7 November 2015 : 10.00
Speaker: Helaine Blumenfeld, Mary Bowman, Judit Kimpian, Kate Mackintosh, Santa Raymond, Peter Murray, Helen Castle, Deborah Saunt and more


Forty years ago in August 1975 Monica Pidgeon, the editor of Architectural Design, was ‘egged on by young women libber’s at the AA’ to produce a special issue on Women in Architecture. AA XX 100 will be marking its 40th anniversary with a day long seminar celebrating women’s creativity and ingenuity.

Celebrated sculptor, Helaine Blumenfeld; landscape architect, Mary Bowman; environmental amazon, Judit Kimpian and other leading practitioners will be presenting alongside those involved with the 1975 issue including Kate Macintosh and Santa Raymond. Peter Murray will be talking about Monica Pidgeon and Helen Castle, editor of AD will be scouting for material for AD’s next issue on Women in Architecture planned for March 2017.

Helaine Blumenfeld worked with Russian Cubist sculptor Ossip Zadkine and exhibited alongside Henry Moore at a seminal exhibition in New York in 1985. Her work is a play with space form and light that is in constant visual dialogue with the built environment.

Kate Mackintosh and Santa Raymond have both had distinguished careers and were featured in the August 1975 issue of AD.

Judit Kimpian was responsible for setting up Carbon Buzz and is director of Sustainable Architecture and Research at AHR.

Mary Bowman studied at the AA and was one of the first female associates at Foster+Partners. She is a founding partner of Gustafson Porter LLP and her particular interest is the integration of landscape and architecture.

Pomerol, Herzog & de Meuron + Gehry's Vertigo

Series: Living Architecture
Date: Thursday 12 November 2015 : 19.00
Speaker: Member's Screening


AA Member's Screening of 2 films by director's  Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine from their Living Architecture Series

Pomerol, Herzog & De Meuron

Second project of the Living Architectures series, Pomerol, Herzog & de Meuron takes us to the party atmosphere of mealtime among the grape-pickers in the dining hall designed by Herzog & de Meuron in Pomerol for one of the most prestigious vineyards in the world. A real punch of vitality!

Length: 51 min

Followed by

Gehry's Vertigo

Third project of the Living Architectures series, Gehry's Vertigo offers to the spectator a rare and vertiginous trip on the top roofs of the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao. Through the portrait of the climbing team in charge of the glass cleaning, their ascensions, their techniques and difficulties, this film observes the complexity and virtuosity of Frank Gehry's architecture.

Length: 48 min

A continuation of the Living Architecture series of Inside Piano will be screening on the 3rd December

Only open to AA Students and Members

The AA Cinema has limited seating so early arrival is recommended 

Tour of Barbican’s The World of Charles and Ray Eames

Series: Membership Event
Date: Wednesday 25 November 2015 : 18.00
Speaker: Catherine Ince


AA Membership is delighted to offer an exclusive chance to visit The World of Charles and Ray Eames exhibition at the Barbican.

The evening will take place at the Barbican Gallery on 25 November 2014, from 6:30-8:30pm, with a special talk by exhibition Curator & AA Member Catherine Ince.

Tickets are free but open to AA Members only, booking is essential.

Exhibition Text:

Charles and Ray Eames are among the most important designers of the 20th century. This extensive new exhibition surveys their careers and extraordinary work at the Eames Office.

The Office was a ‘laboratory’, active for over four decades, where the Eameses and their collaborators and staff produced an array of pioneering designs. For most people, their work is characterised by designs for furniture and products, yet their interest in addressing the needs of any given problem led them to communicate using a variety of tools and media.

They were driven by philosophical ideals; embraced the potential of technology and science for the common good; and saw no separation between life and work. This extensive exhibition presents the world of Charles and Ray Eames through objects and projects produced during their lifetime including film, multi-channel slideshows, photography, furniture, products, drawings, sculpture, painting, graphic design, models, props, and exhibition and installation artefacts.


Picture credits © Eames Office LLC

Inside Piano

Series: Living Architecture
Date: Thursday 3 December 2015 : 19.00
Speaker: Member's Screening


AA Member's Screening of 3 films by director's Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine from their Living Architecture Series

Inside Piano

Fifth project of the Living Architectures series, Inside Piano is composed of three films on three symbolic buildings of Renzo Piano's career. A visit throughout the prototype-building of the Centre Pompidou. An immersion in the soundproof world of a submarine floating in the depths of the Parisian underground. A journey aboard a luminous magic carpet of a highly sophisticated architectural machine. A humorous, caustic and quirky point of view.

The Little Beaubourg

B&B Italia Offices, Architect: Studio Piano & Rogers, Location: Novedrate, Italy

Length: 26 min

The Submarine

IRCAM, Architect: Studio Piano & Rogers, Location: Paris, France

Length: 39 min

The Power of silence

Fondation Beyler, Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Location: Bâle, Suisse

Length: 34 min

Only open to AA Students and Members

The AA Cinema has limited seating so early arrival is recommended 

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