Caracas: The Informal City


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Thursday 27 April 2017 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening

An AA Members' Screening of a film by Rob Schröder, Alfredo Brillembourg & Hubert Klumpner, 


Caracas: The Informal City, 2007

CARACAS. The informal City is a groundbreaking documentary in two parts; the first explores the evolution of new informal urban developments that are arising as a result of globalization. The second part focuses on the most violent mega-city on the South American continent, Caracas, where more than four of its six million inhabitants live in self built constructions in the barrios where only the laws of the strong rule.

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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 an overnight stay at nearby Haselbury Mill.


Tours of the architecture campus buildings and talks on the development of Hooke Park as a unique place for learning, experimentation and self-sufficiency will take place throughout the first day, with the opportunity to undertake light forestry work among the vast and beautiful woodland on the second day.


This visit is open to AA Students and AA Members - spaces are limited.
Please book places via memberevents.aaschool.ac.uk.


Image: Hooke Park © AA Photo Library




Train times:


Saturday 6 May


Depart London Waterloo at 09.20 | Arrive Crewkerne at 11.48


Depart Crewkerne at 17.19 | Arrive London Waterloo at 19.49


Sunday 7 May


Depart Crewkerne at 15.22 | Arrive London Waterloo at 17.59





AA-DD: Asemic Architecture - Design Doodle


Series: The Shadow Series
Date: Thursday 18 May 2017 : 18.30
Speaker: Organised by John Andrews & Maria Theodorou With the support of Membership Office

The final discussion of the 2016-17 Shadow Series will be dedicated to the asemic mark; a mark containing no conscious meaning or specific semantic content. The term is often applied to the calligraphic fusion of image and text, but we will be examining the associated conceptual bridge between automatic drawing (the doodle) and architecture, being attentive to the primacy given to drawing in general. The doodle is usually read retrospectively as the start of the design process, but we are interested to focus on the asemic mark as the manifestation of a crisis in which rules, forms and structures crack and self-combust.


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.





The Forgotten Space


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Thursday 25 May 2017 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening

An AA Members' Screening of a film by Allan Sekula & Noel Burch, The Forgotten Space, 2007


The Forgotten Space follows container cargo aboard ships, barges, trains and trucks, listening to workers, engineers, planners, politicians, and those marginalized by the global transport system. We visit displaced farmers and villagers in Holland and Belgium, underpaid truck drivers in Los Angeles, seafarers aboard mega-ships shuttling between Asia and Europe, and factory workers in China, whose low wages are the fragile key to the whole puzzle. And in Bilbao, we discover the most sophisticated expression of the belief that the maritime economy, and the sea itself, is somehow obsolete.

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My Architect


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Thursday 29 June 2017 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening

An AA Members' Screening of a film by Nathaniel Kahn, My Architect, 2003


Director Nathaniel Kahn barely knew his father, but many throughout the world did. He was renowned architect Louis Kahn, who designed noteworthy buildings in California, Texas and even Bangladesh. Nathaniel explores his father's past, interviewing architects such as Frank O. Gehry, as well as members of the multiple families started by the philandering Louis. What emerges is a portrait of a brilliant but unreliable man whose creations, which are featured prominently in the film, still astound.

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




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