UNKNOWN FIELDS: The Dark Side of the City


Series: Saturday Gallery Talks
Date: Saturday 1 October 2016 : 11.00
Speaker: Liam Young and Kate Davies

Please join us on Saturday 1 October in the AA Gallery for an informal talk by exhibition curators and AA Visiting School Directors Kate Davies and Liam Young.
All welcome, complimentary drinks and refreshments.


Unknown Fields is a nomadic design studio that ventures out on expeditions through the shadows cast by the contemporary city to trace the alternative worlds, alien landscapes, industrial ecologies and precarious wilderness that its technology and culture set in motion.


Unknown Fields exhibition
Unknown Fields AA Visiting School


 


Image © Unknown Fields: Chile, Rockwood Lithium Pools





Ekümenopolis / City Without Limits


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Thursday 13 October 2016 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening

An AA Members' Screening of a film by Imre Azan, Ekumenopolis/City Without Limits, 2012


Ecumenopolis is a word invented in 1967 by the Greek city planner Constantinos Doxiadis to represent the idea that in the future, urban areas and megalopolises would eventually fuse and there would be a single, continuous worldwide city as a progression from the current urbanisation and population growth trends. 


Ecumenopolis aims for a holistic approach to Istanbul, questioning not only the transformation, but the dynamics behind it as well. From demolished shantytowns to the tops of skyscrapers, from the depths of Marmaray to the alternative routes of the 3rd bridge, from real estate investors to urban opposition, the film will take us on a long journey in this city without limits. We will speak with experts, academics, writers, investors, city-dwellers, and community leaders; and we will take a look at the city on a macro level through animated maps and graphics. Perhaps you will rediscover the city that you live in and we hope that you will not sit back and watch this transformation but question it. In the end this is what democracy requires of us.


Only open to AA Students and Members                                                                           


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





The Education of an Architect: Robust Guesswork


Series: The Shadow Series
Date: Thursday 20 October 2016 : 19.00
Speaker: Organised by John Andrews & Maria Theodorou With the support of Membership Office

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 7–8.30pm, on a variety of topics.





Garbage Warrior


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Thursday 10 November 2016 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening

An AA Members' Screening of a film by Oliver Hodge, Garbage Warrior, 2007


As a documentary following architect Mike Reynolds and his environmentally conscious "Earthship" houses, this film explores his struggle with the New Mexico government to change building code laws. Reynolds is a crusader for sustainable living, building structures almost entirely from discarded materials, including tires and aluminum cans. His houses are extremely self-reliant on top of being virtually 100 percent recycled and have been embraced in third-world countries hit by natural disasters.


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.





Winged Creatures: where do architects go after they graduate?


Series: The Shadow Series
Date: Thursday 17 November 2016 : 19.00
Speaker: Organised by John Andrews & Maria Theodorou With the support of Membership Office

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 7–8.30pm, on a variety of topics.




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