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The AA congratulates two graduates of the school who have been recognised for their services to architecture in the Queen’s birthday honours list for 2017.

Amanda Levete (AADipl 1982) becomes a CBE, whilst rising star Asif Khan (AADipl 2007) earns himself an MBE.

Both architects have recently unveiled high-profile schemes around the world, with Amanda Levete’s practice AL_A completing its striking Central Embassy tower in Bangkok, and Asif Khan’s design for the UK Pavilion – We Are Energy – unveiled at Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan.

After graduating from the Architectural Association, Levete worked for Richard Rogers before joining Future Systems as a partner in 1989. Whilst there she designed the Media Centre at Lord's Cricket Ground with her then husband, the late Jan Kaplicky, winning the 1998 Stirling Prize.

Asif Khan, a former Baylight scholar at the AA, founded his architecture practice in 2007. The studio works internationally on projects ranging from cultural buildings to landscapes, exhibitions and installations.

Current projects include the forthcoming new Museum of London at West Smithfield, and various works at Expo 2020 Dubai. Notable past projects include MegaFaces Pavilion at Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and Coca-Cola Beatbox at London 2012 Olympics. In 2015 Khan’s design for the Guggenheim Museum Helsinki was shortlisted.

Image of Amanda Levete by Matt Holyoaks

Image of Asif Khan courtesy of Asif Khan Ltd

Date Submitted: 19/6/2017

First year student Caspar Schols has received an honourable mention for his design in the annual Radical Innovation contest, a hospitality concept competition run by The John Hardy Group.

Caspar’s Garden House design combines a timber structure with a double-glass inner shell, topped by a steel roof. The outer shell is fully insulated and a small Norwegian stove heats the space, eliminating any requirement for artificial climate control.

Find out more about Caspar's project at https://www.dezeen.com/2016/10/18/video-garden-house-caspar-schols-eindhoven-netherlands-wooden-pavilion-shed-movie/ 

Image: Jorrit ‘t Hoen (http://jorritphoto.com/)

 

 

Date Submitted: 16/6/2017

Little Architect, the AA’s education and learning platform for primary schools directed by Dolores Victoria (Lola) Ruiz-Garrido, has been selected by the Greater London Authority to provide expertise in architectural education for children.

An open resource for primary school teachers has been publicly launched by the Mayor of London and can be downloaded here

The content for these resources, created by Lola, will bring a diverse range of architectural projects and practices to the fore in London's primary school classrooms, including Archigram, Peter Cook, Mark Fisher, Alison Brooks, Yona Friedman, Benedetta Tagliabue, AHMM, CJLim, MRDV, Herzog and De Meuron and DOSIS among others.

Lola said of the partnership: "I’m thrilled that the AA and the Little Architect Visiting School, working with the GLA, now have the opportunity to reach so many children especially in deprived areas of London".

The printed resources will be sent to more than 250 primary schools in London, familiarising and inspiring thousands of London’s children with the city’s contemporary architecture.

Date Submitted: 15/6/2017

Continuing the To Be Honest Festival sequence of events started in London in March 2017, AAIS have developed To Be Honest.Spain to raise awareness on how truth, trust and integrity rely on our day-to-day life.

The Hidden Silence invites the audience to reimagine how a story is been told. The piece questions what has been experienced, the valid and the forgotten, the narrative and the memory. 

An exclusive preview of Tobehonest.Spain will be featured at the Projects Review Members' Evening on Monday 26 June at 36 Bedford Square.

By invitation only; contact events@aaschool.ac.uk if you have not yet received your invite.

Date Submitted: 14/6/2017

Please submit your interpretation, essay, drawing, image on the theme of silence by Friday 30 June.

Email aarchitecture@aaschool.ac.uk.

Date Submitted: 13/6/2017

Sunday, 18 June 2017 - 1pm
Tickets: £11.04 (£30.03 including brunch)
Room 100, Ace Hotel London, Shoreditch

The symposium, UNBUILT: CONSIDERING THE UNBUILT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT, will be an afternoon bringing together women in architecture to reflect on and highlight the achievements, ideas, and dialogues which may have never been built, yet profoundly contribute to the built environment that surrounds us. Any design practice, as well as the architecture industry as a whole, exists as the result of a continually evolving body of work and collaborative associations. To consider the impact and intention of this process before they fall from memory, is to acknowledge how the ideas which shape tomorrow are rooted in the transformation of the designs of yesterday and today.

The symposium will include Alison BrooksEva JiricnaHélène BinetKate Goodwin, Head of Architecture and Drue Heinz Curator at Royal Academy of ArtsJane DuncanFrancesca Hughes, Francesca Sarti of Arabeschi di LatteLily JencksMadelon Vriesendorp, Melissa Woolford of Museum of ArchitectureSarah Castle of IF_DO, Tatiana von Preussen of vPPR, Lisa Rammig of Eckersley O’CallaghanSara Klomps, Lily Jencks of Jencks Squared, Manijeh Verghese, Head of Lectures at the Architectural Association and Suzanne Trocme. Curated by Melodie Leung of Zaha Hadid Architects, a series of panels will reflect on the values and strategies embraced in the Design Process such as Abstraction, Innovation, Evolution, Revolution, and Longevity.


Tickets will be available on the door but can also be purchased in advance here.

The event will begin with An Unbuilt Brunch in collaboration with Arabeschi di Latte. Book tickets to the brunch as well as the talks here.

The proceeds of this event will be donated to charities selected by London Festival of Architecture.

Date Submitted: 12/6/2017

Jocelyn Sivakorn Arnold wins $10,000 with his project 'Craft and Cultural Identification in Thailand'. He proposes an examination of the traditional crafts, arts, and customs that unite Thailand in this historic moment, across four regions with distinct characteristics. Planned collaborations include a workshop with Atelier Rudee, which specialises in an ancient loss wax casting technique using moulds made from clay, straw, and buffalo dung. Expressions of physicality, from architecture to performance, are increasingly the most legitimate form of cultural identification when faced with an age of digital commerce, and a mass media disinterested in promoting individuality.

Thailand’s identity is built on many pillars. One is the syncretism between Theravada Buddhism and native folklore. Another is the monarchy. The inclusiveness of both pillars means that Thailand is the only nation where the large Chinese migration from the Teochew, Hakka, and Hokkien clans was assimilated while maintaining their heritage and beliefs. Last year, Thailand lost one of these pillars - and a source of stability - in the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The nation is now in a formal, yearlong period of mourning.

Each year, Kohn Pedersen Fox presents three $10,000 awards to students who are in their penultimate year at one of the 26 design schools with whom KPF has chosen to partner. The goal of the award is to allow students to broaden their education through a summer of travel before their final year at school. 

Image credit: Model photograph from Jocelyn’s 4th Year Project. The blending of wall and floor destabilise the user, inciting intention and engaging physically.

Date Submitted: 8/6/2017

Re-Think: Share your ideas with the world
Think Brave 

All humanity’s potential lies within the mind. Ideas are a testament to this fact. They change how we live, how we interact, how we feel. Ideas are everything. So now it’s time to show us yours.
Balmond Studio's annual Re-Think competition is back!
Enter for a chance of having your work published on TiP, Balmond Studio’s influential, interdisciplinary ideas lab. The winner will also get a US$150 Amazon voucher plus a copy of the bestselling blockbuster informal, signed by Cecil Balmond.
The two runner up entries will each receive a US$60 Amazon Voucher, and also have their work published on TiP.
Show us how to change the world.
We can’t wait to see your ideas.

What is a Re-think? 
Anything with an original idea at its core is a Re-think. To put it simply – a piece of work that challenges the norm. Something that pushes the boundaries, creating an alternate way of thinking.

What work can I enter?
There are an infinite number of possibilities. Your entry could be a standout design project, groundbreaking research, a pioneering artistic expression, a unique mathematical observation…the list goes on. Last year MIT graduate Curtis Roth bagged our top prize for his produced backwards short movie, Afterval.

What format do I need to submit? 
Submissions can be in any format – from a photo essay, written report or animation, to renders, audio files, interviews, essays or documentaries.

What are the mandatories?
To qualify for entry simply visit the TiP homepage and subscribe.
Each entry must be submitted with the following:
-A brief introduction (no more than 500 words) stating why your work is a Re-Think.
-Your full name, age, profession, country of residence.

How do I submit?
Send your entry to submissions@t-i-p.net   You can send larger files via WeTransfer, Dropbox, Google Drive or any other file sharing service.  The deadline is 26th June 2017.

What are you waiting for?
Your idea could inspire the world. But there’s only one way to find out.
Enter now.
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TiP Facebook

Date Submitted: 6/6/2017

Two AA students are taking part in a double exhibition at Brussels' CIVA Foundation questioning the idea of the archive as the most important device in a museum.

Love Di Marco, who will begin his fourth year studies at the AA in September, is presenting Freeport – The Archive as Urban Catalyst, a project which puts forward a new solution for the European archive, once an important cultural and political symbol, centrally located and accessible to the public, but now a private affair, hidden behind closed facades on the peripheries of our cities.

Love’s project, which was developed during the 2015/16 academic year under the direction of Peter Swinnen and Flavien Menu in Intermediate Unit 13, sits alongside Savage Architecture curated by AA PhD student Davide Sacconi.

Savage Architecture is described as a journey to the root of the relationship between architecture and man in four episodes and concentrates on the work of Gian Piero Frassinelli and architectural practice 2A+P/A.

The exhibition runs from 24 May to 16 September 2017. Find out more at www.civa.brussels/en

Image: Love Di Marco, Freeport – The Archive as Urban Catalyst

Date Submitted: 31/5/2017

Cannibal Phantoms Installation, by NaJa & deOstos with Generational Phantoms
Photo credits: Thomas Reeves

MNYMOsin: Alien Memory Symposium

The nostalgic retreat, the revitalisation of past memories and their idealisation appear to be the preferred and prevalent response to our anthropogenic impasses; political, ecological and that of the built environment. Every act is reminiscent of a well played mnemosine for the old, forgotten certainty of greatness. The “Let’s Make Us Great Again” is the sloganisation of a culture that voraciously consumes nostalgia. The impossibility to think the future due to a mnemonic oversaturation has stalled the construction of an alternative scenario.
Mnymosin: the Alien memory is a short symposium that plays on the possibility of the alienation of collective memory in order to constitute it as the locus of an alternative future. The symposium sets to question the notions of memory and alienation through three different positions that are sitting at the intersection of spatial praxis, political theory and reclamation of the mystical. The purpose of the symposium is to trace alienation of memory as possible strategies for the future where within a complex synthesis of time there is the possibility to devise speculative plans that seek normalisation. However, the normalisation of the alien is considered as a risky praxis in search for constant modulations and possible alterations. The imperative of the future cannot be left to the nostalgics that seek to recuperate a lost authenticity within the present neither to the futurists that merely project normative models of the present. The unknown future calls for praxis and speculative planning.
The alien memory is suggested to be analysed and discussed in Samuel Butler’s notion of "Erewhon" in its capacity to revise and device a new normative praxis in political, spatial and cultural production.

3 June 2017, Saturday @ The Bartlett - School of Architecture - room 6.04

2pm – Alexandra Vougia [AA]: Alienation and Abstraction
2.30pm – Claudia Pasquero [UCL]: DSM [Distributed Spatial Memory]
3pm – Ricardo de Ostos [UCL/AA]: Scavenging at The End of the World
3.30pm – Roundtable Discussion

The link for the event and for the RSVP:

https://www.alienmemory.online/

Date Submitted: 31/5/2017

AA Alumni Alida Bata (AADipl 2012) & Sarah Ho (AADipl 2013) have received an honourable mention for their Stone Barn Meditation Camp competition entry.

In partnership with SRED property developers, the competition sought out designs for multipurpose recreational space, offering holistic outlets such as meditation and yoga to guests.

Find out more about the completion and Alida and Sarah’s entry here: stonebarnmeditationcamp.beebreeders.com  

Date Submitted: 30/5/2017

Alexandros Kallegias makes an informative and referential case for following an approach to personal growth that nurtures creativity. Starting with early steps and the question "What drives architects?" his examples include architectural practice and research. Our ability to create, explore, and practice as architects. A talk relevant to the today’s shifting of society’s characteristics.

In his talk, he shares a deep insight from his research, one that sent him on a personal quest to the architectural discipline. Listen to the illuminating story and perhaps a way forward. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6muLaQbrpBE

Date Submitted: 30/5/2017

AA Alumnus William Hailiang Chen (AADipl 2006) has led a team to win two awards at the recent A-Design Awards Competition.

Chen took home gold for his ResoNet Pavilion design (pictured) in the Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category.  Chen’s Creative Prototyping Unit, which he co-founded with Zhao Liqun (AADRL 2013), together with Mark Tynan (AADipl 2005), have developed a series of ResoNet projects which create physical and ephemeral conditions.

This particular pavilion was inspired by the shape of a bell and the fairy tale of the mythical phoenix, inviting visitors to ring in the Chinese New Year and make wishes.  

The pavilion – whose project team also included script consultant and fellow AA graduate Arthur Mamou-Mani (AADipl 2008) – was also a finalist in the Architizer's A+Design Awards’ Architecture + Color category.

ResoNet Baitasi, another project initially conceived by Chen, Zhao and Tynan, won bronze in the same category.

William Hailiang Chen is now Principal Architect at Wanda Commercial Planning & Research Institute.  He teaches part time at Southeast University in Nanjing, China, along with Associate Professor Li Hua (AA PhD 2008). 

Find out more about both installations at www.reso-net.org, and the individual awards at ResoNet Pavilion and ResoNet Baitasi

Image: Steven Chang

Date Submitted: 23/5/2017

AA graduate Gustav Düsing (AADipl 2011) has taken part in the first ever Antarctic Biennale, a ground-breaking expedition to the Antarctic Circle that aims to fuse artistic, scientific, and philosophical methodologies to address "shared spaces", such as Antarctica, the Ocean, and Outer Space.

Conceived by the multidisciplinary visual artist Alexander Ponomarev, the Antarctic Biennnale seeks to turn the research ship Akademik Ioffe into a vehicle for “art and idea generation; a travelling platform for dialogue between artists, researchers, and thinkers.”

Gustav’s installation, ‘Tent on Cuverville Island’, made use of the phase transition of water and a thin layer of cotton fabric to create a minimal, structurally performing surface opening up a tent-like architectural volume.

Inspired by studies on the structural performance of ice by pioneers such as Swiss engineer Heinz Isler who developed prototypes at his home in the Swiss Alps, Gustav said: “these beautiful ice shells have remained studies and are still waiting to be applied in a purposeful manner: a nomadic journey through Antarctica.”

“The translucent skin and the cold white of the ice will blend into the surroundings, creating a space strange and yet familiar to the materiality of Antarctica. When the vessel moved on, the structure was broken down and wrapped up, so no traces were left behind.”

Find out more about the Antarctic Biennale here, and explore Gustav’s work here.

Image: Gustav Düsing

Date Submitted: 22/5/2017

Betts Project, the contemporary art gallery specialising in architecture directed by AA Member Marie Coulon, is presenting its latest show Penumbra, an exhibition of renowned Indian architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in the UK.

Bijoy Jain was born in Mumbai, India in 1965 and received his MArch from Washington University in St Louis, USA in 1990. He worked with Richard Meier in Los Angeles and London between 1989 and 1995 before returning to India to found Studio Mumbai. In 2012, Bijoy Jain gave a lecture as part of the AA’s Public Programme.

The exhibition will present a landscape through an exploration of material studies varying in scales, forms & techniques, all interspersed through intuition and intention, to allow the audience to immerse themselves in these distant landscapes where existence is not reactionary but elemental. These landscapes are both notional and real at the same time.

The exhibition runs from 6 May — 10 June 2017 at Betts Project, 100 Central Street, London EC1V 8AJ. www.bettsproject.com.

To re-watch Bijoy Jain’s AA lecture, click here.

Image: Studio Mumbai, Window Grids, 2016, paint on wood, varied sizes. ©Studio Mumbai. Courtesy Betts Project.

Date Submitted: 22/5/2017
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