The Pruitt-Igoe Myth


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Thursday 15 September 2016 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening

An AA Members' Screening of a film by Chad Freidrichs, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, 2011.


It began as a housing marvel. Two decades later, it ended in rubble. But what happened to those caught in between? The Pruitt-Igoe Myth tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents who called it home. At the film’s historical center is an analysis of the massive impact of the national urban renewal program of the 1950s and 1960s, which prompted the process of mass suburbanization and emptied American cities of their residents, businesses, and industries. Those left behind in the city faced a destitute, rapidly de-industrializing St. Louis , parceled out to downtown interests and increasingly segregated by class and race. The residents of Pruitt-Igoe were among the hardest hit. Their gripping stories of survival, adaptation, and success are at the emotional heart of the film. The domestic turmoil wrought by punitive public welfare policies; the frustrating interactions with a paternalistic and cash-strapped Housing Authority; and the downward spiral of vacancy, vandalism and crime led to resident protest and action during the 1969 Rent Strike, the first in the history of public housing. And yet, despite this complex history, Pruitt-Igoe has often been stereotyped. The world-famous image of its implosion has helped to perpetuate a myth of failure, a failure that has been used to critique Modernist architecture, attack public assistance programs, and stigmatize public housing residents. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth seeks to set the historical record straight. To examine the interests involved in Pruitt-Igoe’s creation. To re-evaluate the rumors and the stigma. To implode the myth.


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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.


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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 set to explore the potential of the peripheral condition the AA’s numerous   members and alumni hold in relation to the school itself. Since they do not need to adjust to its educational demands or in no way involved with its running, AA members and alumni occupy the privileged status of the off.  The series intends to turn the (usually) shadow condition of the members/alumni into a shadowing force that debates architecture at the present scale of an expanded AA. Unlike the global school, in which AA ventures into its worldwide colonies, the shadow series is an intimate event at the institution’s core that assembles AA’s bodies, humours and brains into debating current architecture issues and processes. Every third Thursday of each month at 19.00 - 20.30, shadows of ‘the Architectural Present we have never been inwill be cast by AA members 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.


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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 set to explore the potential of the peripheral condition the AA’s numerous   members and alumni hold in relation to the school itself. Since they do not need to adjust to its educational demands or in no way involved with its running, AA members and alumni occupy the privileged status of the off.  The series intends to turn the (usually) shadow condition of the members/alumni into a shadowing force that debates architecture at the present scale of an expanded AA. Unlike the global school, in which AA ventures into its worldwide colonies, the shadow series is an intimate event at the institution’s core that assembles AA’s bodies, humours and brains into debating current architecture issues and processes. Every third Thursday of each month at 19.00 - 20.30, shadows of ‘the Architectural Present we have never been inwill be cast by AA members on a variety of topics.




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