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AA graduate, AA Visiting School Director and former AA Unit Master Marianne Mueller, of Casper Mueller Kneer Architects, has designed an installation with artist Fran Cottell to reflect on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground as the dream site for Jeremy Bentham's experimental panopticon, the real Millbank Penitentiary, a military parade ground and now university campus, outdoor gallery and thoroughfare to Tate Britain. 

The intervention re-enacts a scaled version of the prison's infamous plan, editing and reinterpreting it into a more socially active figure: a flower shaped bench. Each of the six pentagons or petals - originally shaped to facilitate social control and designated for solitary confinement - now invites informal gathering. The intervention plays with ideas of exclusion and segregation while offering a generous place within the larger barren square.

For more information visit: 

http://events.arts.ac.uk/event/2016/7/1/Pentagon-Petal/

http://cmk-architects.com/

Date Submitted: 30/6/2016

Omid Kamvari  (AADip 2006, AA EmTech 2007), founder and director of Kamvari Architects, has been nominated for a national seat on the RIBA council. He is currently directing Tehran and Baku Visiting Schools. Balloting will start on 5 July and end on 8 August following an announcement of the results on 11 August.

His Election statement:

The Future of the City

In recent times, we seem to have become victims of the city rather than wilful participants in its development. The modern metropolitan area and its architecture have come to symbolize the commercial success of a nation. For centuries, the primary inspiration for architecture and urbanism has always been people, But in recent times, attention has shifted toward economic gain and the aesthetic that serves it. Statistics indicating that three-quarters of the world’s population will be living in cities by 2050 further reinforce the need for new urban strategies rooted in human culture . One might argue that the city’s designers should be aiming to balance its economy, social makeup, and environment in order to create suitable environments for all, regardless of wealth. Yet at a time when innovation is sorely needed, we no longer celebrate extraordinary proposals that challenge the status quo.

The beginning of this century has seen the emergence of a new generation of architects who are making every attempt to reconceive the ways in which buildings are designed and built. Informed and skillful, these individuals are at the forefront of developing a more balanced urban condition, I would like to be a voice for them.

We as architects have a responsibility to insure that cultural social and environmental aspects of our society are reflected within our work, this requires us make every attempt to re engage with the wider public in regards to our work.

Date Submitted: 28/6/2016

AA graduate, former tutor and former council member Will Alsop has won the first prize in the architecture room at this year's Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. The £10,000 prize was awarded to Alsop for a model of a 15-storey COR-TEN steel clad tower that is planned for a site in Battersea, and scheduled to go on site this summer. The model was submitted in response to the 'Unbuilt' theme of the architecture room this year, chosen by Royal Academicians and architecture curators Louisa Hutton and Ian Ritchie.

Will Alsop curated the architecture gallery for the 2009 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. 

For more information, see the AJ news article: http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/culture/will-alsop-wins-top-prize-at-royal-academy-summer-exhibition/10007378.article?blocktitle=News-features&contentID=15922

Date Submitted: 23/6/2016

The Mayor of London’s official promotional company London & Partners is trying to find the city’s most talented and innovative international students. If you are developing or have developed anything you think showcases talent and innovation, either individually or within a team, consider applying. Because London and its university sector is so diverse this will be reflected in the competition.

Categories include:
• Fashion • Art & Design
• Medicine and Science • Technology

Your entry should show commercial potential and an independent panel of judges will assess your entry.
The overall winner will receive £10,000 to develop their idea further.
The overall winner and category winners will win a place on a business mentoring course and incredible networking opportunities. The Innovation Awards will potentially be publiscised in worldwide media.
Entering could not be simpler and will only take 10 minutes of your time.

Click HERE for more information and visit www.studentinnovation.london to submit your entry.

Date Submitted: 20/6/2016

The New Museum’s open call for IdeasCity Athens is live! 

IdeasCity invites emerging practitioners working at the intersection of art, community activism, design, economy, and urbanism from around the world to join its residency program in Athens, Greece from September 19-24, 2016. The five-day residency will focus on designs for the future city in the context of radical alternative economies and global migration flows. IdeasCity Athens will culminate in a high-profile public conference.

Applications close on June 15, 2016. Selected participants will receive an honorarium and all food and accommodation in Athens will be provided. More information at ideas-city.org.

Date Submitted: 7/6/2016

Material Re-Informed Design & Fabrication Process

The talk will unfold an innovative method of a fabrication process, developed by Design + Make programme based at Architectural Association's, Hooke Park campus where the design is inspired by the material’s intelligence. The process is explained through the fabrication of a structural element in a building, a complex truss made from organically shaped forks of beech trees for harvesting its inherent structural strength along the direction of its fibres. The project results in a Wood Chip Barn building at Hooke Park. Computational design and modern fabrication methods using photogrammetry and robotic milling techniques are integrated with traditional timber construction methods.

 

Professional Background

Pradeep Devadass is a Computational Designer & Robotic Fabrication Specialist, currently working at The Architectural Association, Hooke Park collaborating with Bristol Robotics Laboratory at the University of the West of England to develop innovative robotic fabrication methods for manufacturing complex geometries using organic timber elements through a material re-informed design process. The research also focuses on developing a ‘smart’ programming environment to bridge the gap between design and fabrication processes. The research is supported by the is supported by  and the government-funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme. He is the co-founder of rat[LAB]-Research in Architecture & Technology an independent research & development organisation based in India which offers computational design consultancy. He has worked with various prominent organisations across the globe. His research work also includes adaptive technologies, advanced fabrication techniques and algorithmic design methods which have been published and exhibited internationally.

Date Submitted: 31/5/2016

Image: British Pavilion Home Economics exhibition. Photo by Valerie Bennett of AA Photo Library.

If you’re heading to Venice this summer, look out for AA representation in both the Giardini and the Arsenale venues.

Particularly noteworthy this year are the contributions of recent AA graduates Jack Self and Shumi Bose, who are part of the curatorial team in the British pavilion, Home Economics commissioned by the British Council. Others involved in this project include AA Councillor Vicky Richardson, AA academic staff members Pier Vittorio Aureli,Maria Giudici, and Fabrizio Ballabio and AA alumni Julia King, Jesper Henriksson, Magnus Casselbrant, Alessandro Bava, Luis Ortega Govela, and Octave Perrault.

Another pavilion not to be missed is the Australian pavilion, The Pool – Architecture, Culture and Identity in Australia, which is co-curated by AA graduate and Director of Aileen Sage ArchitectsAmelia Holiday.

Also, within the Israeli pavilion Shany Barath and Gary Freedman, AA academic staff members and alumni, and Directors of Shaga Shyovits Architects are exhibiting BEHAVE, an interactive installation in collaboration with Biologist Erez Livneh. BEHAVE is an holographic microscope that extends advancements in genetic engineering to the realm of spatial and interactive design by programming synthetic living materials with harvested biomarkers from the human body.

Another exhibition that has been brought to our attention is at the Kuwaiti Pavilion where four AA alumni have worked in collaborastion, Fortune Penniman with Hussam Dakkak, Basmah Kaki, and Hessa Al Bader, founders of Studio Bound and Directors of AA Jeddah Visiting School.

AA ALUMNI INVOLVEMENT

NATIONAL PARTICIPANTS

AUSTRALIA
The Pool – Architecture, Culture and Identity in Australia
Amelia Holliday

BALTIC STATES (ESTONIA, LATVIA, LITHUANIA)
The Baltic Pavilion
Niklavs Paegle 
Jonas Žukauskas 

BELGIUM
BRAVOURE
Christoph Grafe

BRAZIL
Rodrigo Azevedo

GREAT BRITAIN
Home Economics
Jack Self 
Shumi Bose
Julia King
Jesper Henriksson
Magnus Casselbrant
Fabrizio Ballabio
Octave Perrault
Alessandro Bava
Luis Ortega Govela 


GREECE
#ThisIsACo-op
Ana Melpomeni Danou

ISRAEL
"A is for Architecture, B is for Biology"
Ariele Blonder-Afek
BEHAVE
Shany Barath
Gary Freedman

KUWAIT
Between East and West, A Gulf
Hessa Al Bader
Hussam Dakkak
Basmah Kaki
Fortune Penniman

LUXEMBOURG (Grand Duchy of)

Tracing transitions
Claude Ballini

MONTENEGRO
Project Solana Ulcinj
Claudia Pasquero 
Marco Poletto

SEYCHELLES (Republic of) 
Between Two Waters, Searching for Expression in the Seychelles
Alex Ellenberger 
Makoto Saito

SLOVENIA (Republic of)
Home@Arsenale
Aljoša Dekleva 
Tina Gregoric

THAILAND
Class of 6.3 
Varudh Varavarn

PARTICIPANTS

Sir David Chipperfield
Eyal Weizman
Manuel Herz
Lord Richard Rogers of Riverside
Graham Stirk
Andrew Freear

If you are an AA alumni involved in this year’s Biennale and are not listed above, please do get in touch. events@aaschool.ac.uk

Date Submitted: 25/5/2016

This year the Design Museum opens the doors to its new home in Kensington. The Designers in Residence of 2016 will join the museum on this journey. Through a focussed and rigorous proposal, the museum asked designers to submit creative responses to this year’s theme OPEN.

AA Part 1 graduate and Lacey Green Visiting School Director Clementine Blakemore was selected as one of the four designers in residence alongside Alix Bizet, Andrea de Chirico and Rain Wu. Her residency will be focused on the potential of collaborative construction processes.

The Designers in Residence programme at the Design Museum is a core part of the museum's activity, and exists to provide emerging designers, across any discipline, with time and space away from their regular environment to reflect, research and consider new ways of developing their practice.

To read more, visit: https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/designers-in-residence-2016-open
http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/STUDY/VISITING/laceygreen

Date Submitted: 18/5/2016

Anupama Kundoo: High-speed Housing

Roca London Gallery 

Open until 18 June 2016, free admission 

Through her High-speed Housing project, acclaimed Indian architect Anupama Kundoo has developed an affordable, lightweight and resilient solution for housing and sanitation. The skills required to build the homes can be acquired by anyone: simple enough to pass on to local craftspeople yet sophisticated enough to withstand seismic shocks. Elements of Kundoo’s Full Fill home prototype and Easy WC are on display and reveal the fascinating making process behind the project.

For further information visit: rocalondongallery.com

Date Submitted: 12/5/2016

AA tutor, Nuria Alvarez Lombardero, has won the XIII Spanish Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (BEAU) prize for best research work for her book "ArquitectAs. Redefiniendo la profesión" - "ArquitectAs. Redefining the practice" (2015, Recolectores Urbano) . The edited book summarizes the work of thirty international authors reflecting on a professional practice of architecture more equitable in terms of gender and some recent examples of young women architects

 More information: http://www.bienalesdearquitectura.es/index.php/es/muestra-de-pfc-e-investigacion/resultados-i-convocatoria-de-investigacion-divulgacion/5779-investigacion-xiii-beau-divulgacion-arquitectas2

Date Submitted: 11/5/2016

dRMM’s newest built residential scheme, Trafalgar Place, has won a London RIBA Award. Trafalgar Place is the first phase to be delivered as part of Lendlease’s regeneration of Elephant and Castle. Comprising 235 tenure blind, high-quality homes, including 25% affordable housing, integrated within a vibrant landscape and mature trees, the project transforms the built environment whilst referencing the historic fabric of the neighbourhood.

dRMM’s Founding Director, Sadie Morgan, is a former AA Council President and current AA member.

Please see the attached PDF for more information or visit www.drmm.co.uk

Date Submitted: 11/5/2016

Alexandros Kallegias (Programme Director / AA Athens and AA Greece Visiting Schools, AA Summer DLAB) and Elif Erdine (Studio Tutor / AA EmTech Graduate Design Programme, Programme Director / AA Istanbul Visiting School and AA Summer DLAB) present their paper from the final outcome of Summer DLAB 2015, titled “Modelling Natural Formations: Design and Fabrication of Complex Concrete Structures” in SimAUD (Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design) 2016. Hosted by the Bartlett, UCL, the conference will take place during 16 – 18 May 2016. 

Elif Erdine (Studio Tutor / AA EmTech Graduate Design Programme, Programme Director / AA Istanbul Visiting School and AA Summer DLAB) also present her PhD paper, titled “Rethinking Conceptual Design: Computational Methods for the Simultaneous Integration of Tower Subsystems” at SimAUD 2016 Conference.

Hosted by the Bartlett, UCL, the conference will take place during 16 – 18 May 2016. For further details visit: http://simaud.com/2016/

Date Submitted: 10/5/2016

The talk focused on the importance of good architecture in our everyday life and how good design in every scale can affect our quality of life.

The talk is now available to view online by the TEDx platform.

 

Date Submitted: 5/5/2016

In 2015 the Museum of Capitalism announced an architecture competition in the form of a call for ideas that answered the question “What should a Museum of Capitalism look like?” AA graduates Elaine Yik Ling Tsui, AADipl2014 and Xinyue Zhang, AADipl2015 received an honourable mention for their entry "Museum of Capitalism"

For more details please visit: www.museumofcapitalism.org/architecture-competition

Date Submitted: 27/4/2016

Read the full story in the Guardian and find out more about Asao’s work at http://tokolo.com.

Date Submitted: 26/4/2016
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The AA has undergone an educational oversight monitoring visit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and have received its final report, which is available in full at:

http://www.qaa.ac.uk/reviews-and-reports/provider?UKPRN=10008071

The monitoring visit resulted in the following outcome:

The QAA monitoring team has concluded that we are making commendable progress in implementing the action plan from the Review for Educational Oversight.

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