Amoral and Amorous Cities: The Lithic Agency of Architects


Series: The Shadow Series
Date: Thursday 19 January 2017 : 18.30
Speaker: Organised by John Andrews & Maria Theodorou With the support of Membership Office


Both ‘amoral’ and ‘amorous’ denote conditions in which ‘judgment’ is suspended. This is due to a conceptual lack in the case of ‘amoral’, in which the concept of morality is absent, or due to a state of enchantment generated by ‘being in love’ as in the case of ‘amorous’. To frame the present condition of cities as amoral and amorous, the discussion will focus on the ways cities, and London in particular is changing by rapid privatization, high-rise nihilism and extreme attraction of luxury. The aim is to scrutinize professional ethics and architects' agency


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.





Martino Gamper Studio Visit


Series: The Origin Story – Media and Making in Practice
Date: Thursday 19 January 2017 : 17.30
Speaker: Martino Gamper

Following Martino Gamper’s lecture on Wednesday, 18 January, there will be a visit to his studio as a unique opportunity to understand how he works and the environment within which he practices. 


For details on the lecture visit: http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/VIDEO/lecture.php?ID=3606


For more information about Martino Gamper’s practice and projects visit: http://martinogamper.com/


This visit is open to AA Media Studies students and AA Members - spaces are limited.  


If you are interested in visiting Martino at his studio please book via memberevents.aaschool.ac.uk.





Mittelmeerland - Salon de Recherche


Series: Saturday Gallery Talks
Date: Saturday 21 January 2017 : 11.00
Speaker: Stephanie Tunka and Medine Altiok


Mittelmeerland is a research project exploring the future of the Mediterranean Sea as a territory of water. Applying a comparative method and approaching cities from the sea, Mittelmeerland has travelled to six Mediterranean metropolises: Dubrovnik, Tangier, Beirut, Algiers, Alexandria and Izmir.  


The Salon de Recherche shows case studies and travel books which illustrate each city, their character, the coast, its usage and its users. It deals with urban conditions, politics and the urbanization processes along the Coast and the Sea.


Please join us for an informal talk by our exhibition curators Medine Altiok and Stephanie Tunka who will present the project and reflect on the findings. All welcome, complimentary drinks and refreshments provided. 


Website: www.mittelmeerland.org


Image Credit: Mittelmeerland Map, Medine Altiok, 2010





AA Building Conversations


Series: AA Building Conversations
Date: Monday 23 January 2017 : 09.30
Speaker: Jamie Fobert, Jamie Fobert Architects


This building visit will be led by Jamie Fobert. Locations and ticketing details will be available closer to the time.


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 an AA PhD candidate, but will be a collective construction among all those present.


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


Please note: This event is ticketed


Only open to AA Students and Members. 





DamNation


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Thursday 26 January 2017 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening

An AA Members' Screening of a film by Ben Knight & Travis Rummel, DamNation, 2014

This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

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.





Troika Studio Visit


Series: The Origin Story – Media and Making in Practice
Date: Friday 27 January 2017 : 17.30
Speaker: Troika

Following Sebastien Noel’s lecture on Wednesday, 25 January, there will be a visit to Troika’s studio as a unique opportunity to understand how they work and the environment within which they practice.


For details on the lecture please visit: http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/VIDEO/lecture.php?ID=3610
For more information about Troika’s practice and projects visit: http://troika.uk.com/


This visit is open to AA Media Studies students and AA Members - spaces are limited.  


If you are interested in visiting Troika in their studio please contact inigo.minns@aaschool.ac.uk



Image: Troika with ‘Hardcoded Memory’ / © David Levene





The Architects Attachment to Norms: normal /abnormal /hyper-normal


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


The architectural profession is highly regulated and application of rules produce specific effects that normalize built and unbuilt conditions. The discussion will question architecture’s professional practice as a set of rules to be followed, and consider instead the ways architecture regulations generate a set of conditions that produce and reproduce norms. A reflection on the categories of normal, abnormal, hyper-normal as manifested in the present, will be used as a means to turn away from the grip of professional normativity.


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.





AA Building Conversations


Series: AA Building Conversations
Date: Friday 17 February 2017 : 09.30
Speaker: John O'Mara, Herzog and De Meuron Architects


This building visit led by John O'Mara will take place at All Saints, 7 Margaret St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 8JG. Location and ticketing infromation will be available closer to the time.


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 an AA PhD candidate, but will be a collective construction among all those present.


John O’Mara studied architecture and technology of archtecture at Bolton Street Institute, Dublin, Southbank University, and the Architectural Association, London.  He joined Herzog & de Meuron in 2008 as Project Man­ager on the Tate Modern Project, and moved to London in 2009 to coordinate the UK office, directing projects such as the Blavatnik School of Government, the Tate Mod­ern Project, and One Wood Wharf and The Royal College of Art Battersea South.


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


Please note: This event is ticketed. Members can book tickets at www.aaschool.ac.uk/


Only open to AA Students and Members


Image: All Saints, Margerat Street, London ©Paul Dawson, 1998 (Courtesy of the Architectural Association Photo Library)





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                                                                           

Not yet an AA Member? Join today.

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





AA Building Conversations


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


This building visit will be led by Stephen Bates of Sergison Bates Architects. Location and ticketing details will be confirmed closer to the time.


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 an AA PhD candidate, but will be a collective construction among all those present.


Stephen Bates is a founding partner of Sergison Bates architects. Established in 1996, the practice has won numerous international awards, among them the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal and the Erich Schelling Medal for Architecture. 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.


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


Please note: This event is ticketed


Only open to AA Students and Members





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 of new developments will be taking place throughout the first day, with the choice 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 06/05 Depart London Waterloo at 9:20 – Arrive Crewcerne at 11:48


Sat 06/05 Depart Crewcerne at 17:19 – Arrive London Waterloo at 19:49



Weekend Trip Information:


Sat 06/05 Depart London Waterloo at 9:20 – Arrive Crewcerne at 11:48


Sun 07/05 Depart Crewcerne at 15:22 - Arrive London at 17:59




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