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Emanuel de Sousa (AA PhD 2013) has been awarded Distinction at the BIAU 2014, Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Rosario, Argentina, for his Doctoral Thesis 'Heterotopia: Reframing Spatial Practices and Boundaries, c.1968-2008', concluded at The Architec tural Association in 2013, with the support of FCT, Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, Portugal, under the supervision of Dr. Marina Lathouri (AA) and Prof. Dr. Edward Soja (UCLA/LSE).

Date Submitted: 21/11/2014

Arturo Revilla (AA PhD candidate, Mexico Visiting School) won the competition for swimming pool facilities for the Club Campestre de Aguascalitens. Mexico.

As part of the research for his PhD in Architectural Design, Arturo is also responsible for the BAGNET collective plastic bag installation at Instituto Cultural de Aguascalientes. ICA. 2014

Bagnet Collective

"A cultural design experiment with public participation."

Date Submitted: 12/11/2014

A portrait of Roz Barr Architects has been chosen as one of 60 photographs in this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Valerie Bennett photographed the practice on a visit to the church of San Lorenzo, Venice, in conjunction with a project for the Venice Biennale. Eleven other portraits by Bennett are held in the National Portrait Gallery collection. The Taylor Wessing Prize is an international open competition which celebrates the best of contemporary portrait photography. The exhibition opens on 13 November.

For more information:

http://www.npg.org.uk/photoprize1/site14/exhibition.php

http://www.rozbarr.com/

Date Submitted: 11/11/2014
Date Submitted: 7/11/2014

Nuria Alvarez Lombardero and Francisco Gonzalez de Canales (inter 8 unit masters) presented work at the Ready-made Architectures exhibition at the Andalusian Centre for Contemporary Arts.

Date Submitted: 5/11/2014

The AA Archives is pleased to announce the donation to its collections of the manuscript for an unpublished novel by Alison Smithson, entitled '1916 ASO:The Earth of the Modern Movement'. The 268 page manuscript is the only complete version of the text in existence and includes a unique publishers 'mock-up' showing Alison's proposed layout and art-work, revealing a sophisticated inter-play between text and image. 

The manuscript was given to AA tutor, Pascal Schoning in 1985 and has recently been donated by him to the AA Archives.

Layouts

Date Submitted: 30/10/2014

Haworth Tompkins Architects last Thursday won the Stirling prize for this building.

"...Across the ceilings here Antoni Malinowski has created a suite of paintings in reds that resonate around the copper and old-gold hues that recur through the building. Their red stream seems to flow overhead through the five bays of the long gallery, pauses for a shoal of copper fish to pass above the stairwell, then turns to merge into the recital room’s depth. As the bays are spanned by concrete beams, the red course runs through them like a current across the panels of a folding screen - or, maybe, for imaginative beholders - a bloodstream through the building..." - Brian Hatton in Architectural Review

Date Submitted: 28/10/2014
Samantha Lee (AA Dip 2012) and Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu (AA MS & DRL Course Tutor) will be speaking at Bartlett Plexus 14 'Game-Change' on 30th October, 6:30pm. 140 Hampstead Road NW1 2BX.
The event is free to all.
Date Submitted: 28/10/2014

The anatomy of a building: Denys Lasdun and the Royal College of Physicians

A unique exhibition marking the centenary of visionary architect Sir Denys Lasdun and his modernist masterpiece - the Royal College of Physicians

Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4LE

Visit Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm

Free entry

Sir Denys Lasdun CH CBE FRIBA HonAADipl and RIBA Gold Medalist studied at the AA in the early 1930s. He served as a Council Member in 1959-61 and again 1974-78.

https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/museum-and-garden/exhibitions/anatomy-building-denys-lasdun-and-royal-college-physicians

 

Image: Valerie Bennett photos.aaschool.ac.uk

Date Submitted: 22/10/2014

Retiring Registrar Marilyn Dyer and former AA Staff awarded RIBA Honorary Fellowships for 2015

The RIBA Honorary Fellowships for 2015 have been announced, including retiring Registrar Marilyn Dyer and several former AA Staff.
RIBA Honorary Fellowships are awarded annually to people who have made a particular contribution to architecture in its broadest sense. This includes its promotion, administration and outreach; and its role in building more sustainable communities and in the education of future generations.


The 2015 RIBA Honorary Fellowships will be awarded to:
Marilyn Dyer – Retiring Registrar of the AA who has worked at the AA for over 40 years
Dalibor Vesely former AA Councillor, Honorary AA Member & former Diploma Unit 1 Tutor from 1973-83
Former academic staff members Mark Swenarton & Professor Peter Carl
The 2015 RIBA Honorary Fellowships will be awarded at a special event at the RIBA on 2 February 2015.


A full list of those awarded can be found at -
http://www.architecture.com/StirlingPrize/IntHonFells2015/HonoraryFellows2015.aspx

Date Submitted: 22/10/2014

Adam Nathaniel Furman, (Director of the AA's Saturated Space Cluster http://www.saturatedspace.org/ ) wins an award for Design Innovation at the Blueprint Awards 2014.

"Identity Parade consists of 3D-printed and ceramic vases and ornaments, painted in luminous colours and busy psychedelic patterns."

http://www.adamnathanielfurman.com/projects.php?pc_id=31

identity Parade reviewed in Dezeen magazine

Date Submitted: 15/10/2014

Evan Greenberg (Emtech Studio Master) will be speaking at this year's Timber Expo at the NEC Birmingham, presenting the 2013/2014 Emtech Design / Build Project 'Fingers Crossed: Pushing friction fit to its limits at the London Design Festival' on Tuesday, 8 October.

Date Submitted: 8/10/2014

The exhibition Architecture Dialect(ic) with 3rd yr students of architecture in Bangalore. The intention was to highlight the current ongoing flux in the discipline, with things appearing as part of a whole, as well as conflicting and contradicting to the parallels/ contemporaries, titled hence as "Architecture Dialect(ic) - with a duality of meaning as [dialect - common language] and [dialectic - investigating into the opinions/ theories].

 

Images from the exhibition here

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Date Submitted: 8/10/2014

Opening Saturday 4th October 2014 until 4th January 2015

Full Details

Liam Young, of the AA's Diploma 6- Unknown Fields Division and think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today will be premiering a new 3 screen projection work 'New City', a series of near future city skylines, for Future Fictions. Perspectives on worldbuilding at Z33 Gallery in Belgium.

The exhibition explores how contemporary artists, designers and architects relate to future thinking and imaging: from map-ping, questioning and criticizing, to developing complex visions about the structures and systems that may shape our life in the future. With these visions/fictions, Z33 wishes to shift the debate away from what is possible, plausible and probable towards what is preferable: Future Fictions there-fore is essentially a project about ideas and ideals, about dreams beyond hope and fear. Can we learn to critically assess the future visions presented? Which criteria would be valid in doing so? In other words, can we learn to become ‘future literate’? Other artists include Dunne & Raby, Atelier Van Lieshout, Near Future Laboratory and many more. Curated by Karen Verschooren.

Date Submitted: 2/10/2014

Betts Project, London's most recent architecture gallery, is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of the work of PIER VITTORIO AURELI. 'THE MARRIAGE OF REASON AND SQUALOR' is a set of 30 drawings produced by the architect and educator, Pier Vittorio Aureli, since 2001, as ongoing investigation into what, in the absence of a better definition, Aureli has called 'non-compositional architecture'. The concept itself comes from the art historian Yve-Alain Bois, who used the term – prompted by the ambitions of the constructivist Alexander Rodchenko – to categorise works that aspired to the abandonment of composition and even the self of the artist.

Aureli reinterprets this art history through the making of a set of drawings whose ordering principle, as far as possible, tries to deny all forms of subjective choice. And so each drawing begins as an exercise in constraint: starting always with a 50 x 50cm piece of paper, Aureli then draws in pencil and ink the schematic outline of a building plan without any specific programme. Instead, the drawing has to start with the simplest geometrical form (typically a square), and then continues to work out its further articulation from the logic of this initial form. The rules of the game are such that the organisation of plans and elevations must be the logical consequence of this first step. Similarly, all proportions, symmetries and internal relationships must also follow the originating form.

 

The title Aureli gives to the series – The Marriage of Reason and Squalor – is also a reference, to one of the strip paintings produced by Frank Stella in 1959, which alongside canonic works like The Black Square by Kazimir Malevich and the zip paintings by Barnet Newman, has been cited by Bois as further exemplars of the non- compositional.

Aureli has long been fascinated not only by the ideologies of these works, but their material and physical forms. To him, they evoke both the abstract motifs of various ancient buildings, and the generic character of more recent, and anonymous industrial architecture. To use another of Aureli's favoured analogies, in musical terms his drawings represent a point where Greek chours meets The Ramones.

PIER VITTORIO AURELI was born in Rome in 1973. He graduated in architecture at the IUAV in Venice and earned his PhD at the TU Delft in 2005. His main research focus is the relationship between architectural form, political theory and urban history. He teaches at the Architectural Association in London and is also Visiting Professor at Yale School of Architecture. Aureli has written many essays on architecture and the city, and is the author of several books, notably The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture (2011), The Project of Autonomy: Politics and Architecture within and Against Capitalism (2008), and is the editor of the recently published collection of essays The City as a Project (2014). Together with Martino Tattara he is the co-founder of the architectural office Dogma. Since its foundation Dogma has worked on the relationship between architecture and the city by focusing mostly on urban design and large-scale projects. In 2006 Dogma won the first Iakov Chernikhov Prize for the best emerging architectural practice. In 2013 an exhibition and accompanying catalogue, 'Dogma: 11 Projects' opened at the Architectural Association in London. Part of the Dogma archive of drawings and collages is in the collection of the FRAC Centre in Orleans.

About Betts Project:

Betts Project is a London-based gallery of architecture. Betts Project's concept is to introduce a specialist audience and the wider public to new ways of discovering and thinking about architecture, through the exhibition and promotion of materials that have been part of the concept and/or process of architecture. It aims to support and promote work by established and emerging international architects, as well as lesser known or overlooked practices still very much relevant to contemporary discourse. Betts Project is also driven by the desire to introduce architectural objects as works of art. To do so, it organises exhibitions for new and established audiences, and thereby brings unique collectable works to the market.

PREVIEW TUESDAY 7 OCTOBER 2014, 6–8 PM

OPEN: 8 OCTOBER–1 NOVEMBER 2014 Tuesday–Saturday, 10am–6pm

Betts Project Architecture Gallery

1st Floor, 111–113 St. John Street,
Clerkenwell,
London EC1V 4JA
+44 (0)7909 070611

info@bettsproject.com

www.bettsproject.com

Date Submitted: 1/10/2014
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