Disaster Playground


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Thursday 23 February 2017 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening

An AA Members' Screening of a film by Nelly Ben Haroun, Disaster Playground, 2014

We are so used to a particular version of disaster. We know what it looks like: Hollywood CGI. We know its characters: Bruce Willis as the ultimate hero, the scientist with terrible news, and the flawed president who is always presidential in a crisis. We know the dramatic rescues, the high-tech equipment, and the chain of command – that reassuring sense that someone, somewhere knows what to do…

The reality is, in fact, different. Disaster Playground is a ‘theatre of cruelty’, a critical platform where scientific surprise and its process can be more acclaimed than box-office success.

The film follows scientists leading the monitoring and deflection of hazardous Near Earth Objects and the real-life procedures in place in the event of an asteroid collision with the earth. From NASA and the SETI Institute to the White House and the United Nations, DISASTER PLAYGROUND follows the people who are responsible for protecting humanity from a potentially devastating asteroid impact.

Disaster Playground is a real film at the edge of space fiction: space decadence with a cutting edge approach through re-enactment of off-nominal situations by world-renowned space experts at NASA and the SETI Institute.

Only open to AA Students and Members                                                                           

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The AA Cinema has limited seating so early arrival is recommended.





A visit to Robert Adam's Chandos House


Series: AA Building Conversations
Date: Friday 24 February 2017 : 09.30
Speaker: Stephen Bates (Sergison Bates Architects)

A visit led by Stephen Bates of Sergison Bates Architects, at which AA Members will be granted exclusive access to Chandos House, designed in 1769 by Robert Adam, the most prominent architect in Georgian Britain.


Both a building visit and an on-site conversation, this series of events combines two of the best bits about architecture: walking through buildings and talking about them. AA Building Conversations brings together practicing architects and AA members to discuss in situ how existing buildings in London have influenced, sharpened or challenged the architects’ own practices and understanding of the discipline. The conversations will be triggered by AA PhD candidate Sofia Krimizi, but will be a collective construction among all those present.


Stephen Bates Biography


Stephen Bates is a founding partner of Sergison Bates Architects.  Stephen has taught at the AA, ETH Zurich, EPFL Lausanne, the Oslo School of Architecture, ETSAB Barcelona, the Harvard Graduate School of Design and is currently Professor of Urbanism and Housing at TU München. Established in 1996, Sergison Bates Architects has won numerous international awards, among them the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal and the Erich Schelling Medal for Architecture


www.sergisonbates.com


The series has been initiated by Gabriela Garcia de Cortazar, AA PhD (c), together with AA Membership.


Please note: This event is ticketed and tickets can be purchased at https://memberevents.aaschool.ac.uk/ Only open to AA Students and Members.





AA Building Conversations, Jamie Fobert tour of Bromley Hall School


Series: AA Building Conversations
Date: Friday 3 March 2017 : 09.30
Speaker: Jamie Fobert



A visit led by Jamie Fobert Architects, at which AA Members will be granted exclusive access to Bromley Hall School which is a former school for physically handicapped children. This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest. The architecture company, Jamie Fobert, have a reputation for innovative and inspiring architectural design in the residential, retail and arts sectors.


Both a building visit and an on-site conversation, this series of events combines two of the best bits about architecture: walking through buildings and talking about them. AA Building Conversations brings together practicing architects and AA members to discuss in situ how existing buildings in London have influenced, sharpened or challenged the architects’ own practices and understanding of the discipline. The conversations will be triggered by AA PhD candidate Sofia Krimizi, but will be a collective construction among all those present.


The building is Grade II listed, it has been empty for several years, with windows boarded off, no electricity and no sanitary facilities. Tower Hamlets have granted the AA special access on the basis of a careful risk assessment for the visit. Visitors must wear hard hats, carry torches, bring a bottle of water with them, and be watchful of trip hazards (the AA can provide some hard hats and torches if you don’t have one – please let us know). Visitors will need to stay with the group throughout the visit, follow a set route to minimise the risk of trip hazards, and refrain from accessing any areas not included in the tour.


The series has been initiated by Gabriela Garcia de Cortazar, AA PhD (c), together with AA Membership.


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Little Architect Family Workshop; Architecture on Other Planets


Date: Saturday 4 March 2017 : 11.00
Speaker: Workshop aimed at children from 5 to 12 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Little Architect is the AA's architectural programme for UK primary schools. Alongside space architect and NASA collaborator David Nixon, children will learn about futuristic architecture and design. They will have a chance to draw their own building, debate and compare their ideas before creating a collective future city on Mars. Parents and carers are also invited to dream of utopian buildings with us. The workshop is free but space is limited. Please book in advance at membersevents.aascool.ac.uk.





Marguerite Humeau Studio Visit


Series: The Origin Story – Media and Making in Practice
Date: Friday 10 March 2017 : 18.00
Speaker: Marguerite Humeau

Following Marguerite Humeau’s lecture on Wednesday, 8 March, there will be a visit to her studio as a unique opportunity to understand how she works and the environment within which she practices. 


For details on the lecture visit: http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/VIDEO/lecture.php?ID=3642

For more information about Marguerite Humeau’s practice and projects visit: http://margueritehumeau.com/


This visit is open to AA Students and AA Members - spaces are limited.  
If you are interested in visiting Marguerite's studio please book a place via memberevents.aaschool.ac.uk.





A Celebration Organised by the Hodgkinson Family in Association with the AA


Series: Memorial Event
Date: Saturday 11 March 2017 : 12.00
Speaker: Remembering Patrick Hodgkinson

An informal event hosted by the AA in association with the Hodgkinson family which celebrates the life and work of Patrick Hodgkinson (1930–2016) – perhaps the most adept of an extremely accomplished student cohort that joined the AA in the 1950s, and who later, working with Leslie Martin, excelled as the project architect of Harvey Court, Cambridge, before going on to establish his own office around the commission for the Brunswick Centre in Bloomsbury. From the mid-1970s onwards Hodgkinson’s career moved into academia, teaching at the AA, Cornell, and ultimately at Bath, where he proved to be a charismatic and enormously influential figure for an emerging generation of English architects. The event will be structured around a high tea, and will feature a number of informal speeches by Hodgkinson’s friends, colleagues and former students, as well as images of his life and work.


This is an open event and attendees are asked to RSVP at their earliest convenience at


https://memberevents.aaschool.ac.uk/events/patrickhodgkinson/#book-view





Feeling the vertigo: At what plane architecture happens?


Series: The Shadow Series
Date: Thursday 16 March 2017 : 18.30
Speaker: Organised by John Andrews & Maria Theodorou With the support of Membership Office


Does architectural design today concern the vertical rather than the horizontal plane? Is the design of systems’ architecture replacing what was considered the standard practice of master-planning? Is the physicality of architecture just a query for emerging infrastructural operations? Following the two previous Shadow Series discussions which focused on architects’ agency to challenge norms, the trilogy on professional practice will conclude by revisiting the concepts of plan, planning and plane and will bring in current discussions on the ‘stack’, infrastructure and other operational architecture categories.


The Shadow Series intends to turn the (usually) shadow condition of AA members and alumni into a shadowing force that debates architecture at the present scale of an expanded AA. Unlike the global school, in which the AA ventures across a variety of locations, the shadow series is an intimate event, held at the institution’s core, that assembles the AA’s bodies and brains to debate current architecture issues and processes. Held every third Thursday of the month, from 6:30–8.30pm, on a variety of topics.





Into Eternity


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Thursday 23 March 2017 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening

An AA Members' Screening of a film by Michael Madsen, Into Eternity, 2010

One of the biggest problems facing countries who rely on nuclear energy is what to do with the highly toxic radioactive waste. In 1970, Finland began construction of a massive underground bunker designed to safely store its nuclear waste until it decays and becomes safe a process that takes 100,000 years. Through interviews with leading Finnish scientists and researchers, director Michael Madsen explores the consequences of nuclear energy and human fallibility.

Only open to AA Students and Members                                                                           

Not yet an AA Member? Join today.

The AA Cinema has limited seating so early arrival is recommended.





Hooke Park Day / Weekend Trip


Series: Members Trip
Date: Saturday 6 May 2017 : 09.00
Speaker: Organised by the Membership Office with the support of Hooke Park staff


Members and students are invited to explore Hooke Park and its environs on the Annual Bluebell Open Day, with the option of overnight stay in nearby accommodation. Tours of the architecture campus buildings and talks about new developments will be taking place throughout the first day, with the option of light forestry work on the morning of the second day. Transport and food will be inclusive, though accommodation may be purchased separately.


Please note: This event will be ticketed


Only open to AA Students and Members. 


Image: Hooke Park © AA Photo Library




Day Trip Information: 


Sat 06 May Depart London Waterloo at 9:20 – arrive Crewcerne at 11:48


Sat 06 May Depart Crewcerne at 17:19 – arrive London Waterloo at 19:49



Weekend Trip Information:


Sat 06 May Depart London Waterloo at 9:20 – arrive Crewcerne at 11:48


Sun 07 May Depart Crewcerne at 15:22 – arrive London at 17:59




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