Class of 1964 Reunion

Series: Reunions
Date: Wednesday 29 October 2014 : 18.00
Speaker: Various


Wednesday 29th October       
6pm Gallery, 7pm Lecture Hall

All Purpose (À toutes fins utiles): Saturday Gallery Talk

Series: Saturday Gallery Talks
Date: Saturday 15 November 2014 : 11.00
Speaker: Cédric Libert, Alice Grégoire, Paul Cournet and Max Kahlen


AA Membership is delighted to host a Gallery Talk on Saturday 15 November for the exhibition All Purpose (À toutes fins utiles) in the AA Gallery.  Curator Cédric Libert will be in conversation with Alice Grégoire (OMA/AMO), Paul Cournet (OMA/AMO) and Max Kahlen.

Complimentary drinks and refreshments will be available. All Welcome.

The Exhibition’s Private View will be held on Friday 14 November – listing here

Exhibition Text:

The architectural thought of Auguste Perret (1874-1954) was dedicated to defining a set of characteristics peculiar to the recently discovered material, reinforced concrete. His output demonstrates a radical approach and represents a departure from the construction traditions of the time. In parallel, it can also be perceived as a classical practice, following the ideas of Viollet-Le-Duc, among others.

A series of themes spreads through Perret’s work – facades, the sovereign shelter, the inclusion of a space into another, the structural expression, etc. These themes constitute the fundamental elements of his method and one can find them in every scheme. In this exhibition each element is used as the starting point for a new project – the final set of design propositions gives a clear view of Auguste Perret’s repertoire: column, profile, structure, shelter, cabinet, room, portico and vault.

This work was developed with a third-year studio at ENSA-Versailles – a space created for research that brings together theory and practice. The projects on show evoke proto-architectures and inhabitable open structures instead of architectural answers to predetermined functional requirements. The approach refers to Perret’s pronouncement during the construction of Palais d’Iéna, “ [...] a vast, all purpose shelter. Today it houses civil engineering equipment. Tomorrow we could have sculptures exhibited here [...].”

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F R Yerbury: Representing Modern Architecture

Series: AA Collections Talk
Date: Wednesday 26 November 2014 : 18.30
Speaker: Andrew Higgott


F R Yerbury was the Secretary of the AA early in the 20th century and was effective, along with Principal Howard Robertson, in creating the professional School that continues to this day. But he had in parallel a second career as an architectural photographer - during the 1920s and early 30s he travelled extensively throughout Europe, photographing whatever was new. Working in this founding period of Modernism, his work was published in a series of books and over 150 articles, and was influential in introducing much modern architecture to the English-speaking world. Yerbury was an untrained but instinctive photographer, and created powerful architectural images: this lecture will discuss how his project of recording new building transcended the documentary, and gives us insight into the architectural issues and debates of the period.

The AA Photo Library possesses the archive of his photographs and an exhibition of some of Yerbury’s best work will be on show in the Photo Library Gallery at the time of the lecture.

Andrew Higgott taught architectural history and theory at the AA from 1989 to 2002, and at the University of East London and elsewhere; earlier he was the AA’s photograph librarian. His publications include Mediating Modernism: architectural cultures in Britain (2007) and Camera Constructs: photography architecture and the modern city (2012).  

Free event. AA Members and general public all welcome.
No RSVP required

Following the talk a drinks reception will be held in the AA Photo Library Corridor, 37 Bedford Square

Image: Le Corbusier’s Villa Stein de Monzie, Garches: photographed by Yerbury 1929

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