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AA Landscape Urbanism co director Eduardo Rico will be giving a lecture on 19th of May as part of the DÉCROISSANCE/SHRINKAGE seminar organised by HEPIA School of Landscape and Engineering in Geneva. The lecture called “Pan European Atlas of Radical Territories“ will describe the current project of Landscape Urbanism in exploring forms of praxis that deal with processes active at the continental as design problem, outlining material on mapping, landscape simulations and studies of social structures behind landscapes. The lecture will also outline work on development of interfaces and applications of digital technologies in the development of new forms of design agendas.

 

Image: Territorial formations along the Maggia Valley. Eugenio Da Rin, Jannekke Eggink

Date Submitted: 18/5/2015

Dolores Victoria (Lola) Ruiz Garrido to give a talk on the AA's Little Architect programme on 28th May  in ETSAV, Valencia.

http://littlearchitect.aaschool.ac.uk

Date Submitted: 18/5/2015
Architecture of Enjoyment, collaborations between Architects and Artists reviewed in the Wall Street Journal http://wsimag.com/art/15207-architecture-of-enjoyment
 
Date Submitted: 13/5/2015

Dr Ana Araujo, Intermediate 2 tutor, will be lecturing at the Marino Marini Museum in Florence, Italy. She will be talking about Lina Bo Bardi and Gio Ponti, the tradition of humanism in architecture and the notion of the historical present. On 27 May.

Date Submitted: 11/5/2015

Mehran Gharleghi and Amin Sadeghy have organized an exhibition in Asia House in Collaboration with British Council and SEA. It is called EVOLUTION. It is a multi disciplinary exhibition as part of season of cultural exchange between UK and Iran. It has been between 13 April- 1st May.

It includes their own work in architecture as well as art, film, history and sound design. 
 
Date Submitted: 28/4/2015

Amelia Holliday (AA MA H&CT 2012) has been appointed as one of the Co-creative Directors of the Australian Exhibition at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale with the "The Pool"

The Pool is a lens through which to explore Australian cultural identity. Be they natural or manmade, inland or coastal, temporary or permanent, the creative directors will invite visitors to the new DCM designed pavilion to explore the pools of Australia in all their forms. From pools of necessity to the pools of excess, the pool is a key architectural device, a memory and also a setting. It has the unique ability to evoke both the sacred and the profane. It also aptly represents a distinctively Australian democratic and social space - a great leveller of difference.

The exhibition will create a pool within the exhibition space of the new Australian Pavilion (the first 21st century pavilion in the giadini) through an immersive multi sensory experience that will transport visitors poolside. In doing so it will bring to Venice a suggestion of a particular Australian architectural condition. This condition will be augmented and expanded through the use of light, scent, sound, reflection and perspective to create a series of perceptual illusions. Within this designed landscape, a series of Australia’s most remarkable pools will be profiled. Resource, celebration, community, commemoration, leisure and lifeblood, the exhibition content will reach deep within the Australian psyche.

http://wp.architecture.com.au/venicebiennale/creative-directors-and-exhibition/

Date Submitted: 27/4/2015

AA tutors, Miraj Ahmed, Shin Egashira and Theo Lorenz, are taking part in Between Thought and Space in Dilston Grove. The old deconsecrated chapel, now a gallery, becomes the site and focal point for various creative practitioners to react to its spaces.

There is a AA Members' Saturday Gallery Talk for the exhibition on May 16th.

http://memberevents.aaschool.ac.uk/events/saturday-gallery-talk-of-a-tour-of-between-thought-and-space-dilston-grove/

 

http://www.cgplondon.org/exhibitions.php?locale=DILSTON%20GROVE

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Image :Foster Sprague

Date Submitted: 24/4/2015

Ahmad Sukkar (PhD candidate, MRes, London Consortium; MArch AADRL; BArch, Dip.Arch Damascus University) presented a paper entitled “Crossing Boundaries between the Body, Space and Architecture in the Islamic Tradition” on 20 March 2015 at an international conference entitled The Aesthetics of Crossing: Experiencing the Beyond in Abrahamic Traditions, which was funded by the European Research Council and hosted by the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Utrecht University, Netherlands.

www.academia.edu/10177353

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1107841/Programme%20-%20Aesthetics%20of%20Crossing%20%28v.%2021%3A02%3A15%29.pdf

www.uu.nl/en/events/conference-the-aesthetics-of-crossing-experiencing-the-beyond-in-abrahamic-traditions

http://graduateprograminreligion.duke.edu/uploads/media_items/call-for-papers-aesthetics-of-crossing-long.original.pdf

 

Date Submitted: 22/4/2015
Date Submitted: 1/4/2015

"The Grounds of a Radical Nature"

In the context of today’s generic urban developments and the eradication of public space by market forces and power structures, does landscape as a discipline have any capacity to challenge those mechanisms that produce contemporary urbanization as opposed to its conventional role in producing their aesthetic component? Eva Castro and Jose Alfredo Ramirez explore this question in their understanding of the landscape discipline and their radical utilization of infrastructure. These ideas represent a paradigm in the construction of our own political position not only in respect to questions of identity and public space but in the construction of our approach towards nature. Nature and ecology begin to serve as a mechanism of de-politicizing discourses linked to territorial planning and design as an effect of the mainstream ecological urbanism related practices. This professional shift towards pretended neutrality, in terms of both its social and political context, further reaches the domain of spatial design. As a counterargument, beyond the romanticist, a-politic, altruist, protectionist or mimetic conceptions of nature of the so-called ecologic or sustainable urbanism, Castro and Ramirez understand nature as an artifice, along the lines of an artificial construct, reinforcing rather than minimizing its political power. Castro and Ramirez argue that a spatial definition of the concept of ground can turn “nature” into a radical component of a morphologically driven urban discourse, signaling ways in which the discourse around the concept of ground and nature can be re-centered as a source of a radical approach to engineered landscapes.

http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/#/events/eva-castro-the-grounds-of-a-radical-nature.html 

 


When

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 
06:30pm - 08:00pm 
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Where

Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138

Audience

Free and open to the public


For accessibility accommodations, please contact the events office two weeks in advance at (617) 496-2414 or events@gsd.harvard.edu.

Date Submitted: 27/3/2015

Liam Young, of the AA’s Diploma 6- Unknown Fields Division and think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today will be performing a new story titled City Everywhere: Kim Kardashian and the Dark Side of the Screen at STRP Festival in Eindhoven, NL on March 26th. http://strp.nl/nl/programma/2015/masterclass:-city-everywhere:-kim-kardashian-and-the-dark-side-of-the-screen/

Date Submitted: 23/3/2015

March 19-20th 2015

LOWER GALLERY, Meyerson Hall, University of Pennsylvania, 210 S. 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

http://www.eventbrite/simulatingnatures.com

The lecture will deal with the use of physical and digital simulation of landforms as part of a wider form of territorial praxis.

The lecture outlines the idea of a form of praxis based on the research and critique of forms of analysis and representation which can be grouped under the category of “Material Technologies of the Territory” (MTT’s). The gives examples and precedents of these techniques but also the historical background and theoretical implications of the considering a “material” and “territorial” turns in their definition. It uses both academic research material as well as professional work in order to showcase both critical and practical implications of their use.

The lecture locates the work within a wider research on the forms of description and representation of landscapes and territories, to then situate this production within the contemporary “territorial” focus of design disciplines. “Territory”, understood as a political technology, is inherently linked to ideas of spatial contestation, conflict. Design, could be argued, shall inevitable begin with a curious and critical engagement with the forms of description and simulation of the material reality of our environment, both of natural and human origin. It is the feedback between these technologies and the formulation of spatial intention that can spark radical forms of engagement with the territory, understood both as a physical reality, social construct and political matter.

The lecture then describes precedents and theories of the work on material forms of simulation at territorial scale to speculate on how these can be used as design tools within the advent of new digital tools. In particular it focuses on the use of physical simulation of landscape processes combined with digital forms of data capturing and ecological modelling. Examples of these models include generation of deltas, rivers and dune formations which take precedent on theories of dimensional analysis and hydraulic simulations within engineering diciplines. This work implies new forms of engagement with the temporal dimension of form given the inherently dynamic and path dependent nature of these models which can be described as a “tacit” approach to design. The use of digital mechanisms of data capturing and environmental simulations scripted over these miniature landscapes can form the base of new forms of interfaces where end users can manage to learn about the natural and social interdependencies that lie behind the form of the environment.

The lecture then turns to describe the positioning of this work on material technologies within a wider project of looking at the relevance of spatial design at geographical scales inherent in the thinking of territories. It will link the material problem behind the use of simulations into the use of atlases as radical forms of re thinking policies at the scale of the European Union. The argument goes, is that the combination of a materialist view of social and natural formations can serve as a basis of a radicalized form of praxis dealing with the spatial specificity of landscapes and cities.

Date Submitted: 17/3/2015

MISS: Salon

Emerging Formats 2010 - 2015

A new exhibition tracing the next generation of female artists, designers, thinkers and makers breaking the waves is on show from March 13th, 2015. MISS: Salon brings together works of 11 future masters, including Ilana Harris-Babou, Fru*Fru, Angeline Gragasin, Paloma Jimenez, Emily Kloppenburg, Sessa Englund, Laura Miller, Kim Shui, Legacy Russell, Maureen St. Vincent and Rachel Stern, occupying over 3000 sq. ft. of loft space in Soho, NYC.

This exhibition speculates on the future of the arts by examining how emerging female practitioners are breaking the tradition of their discipline, and asks how an unconventional exhibition space can provoke new ways of thinking about artistic practice.

MISS: Salon is multidisciplinary in scope, housing performance, fashion, photography, video art, sculpture, painting, illustration and architectural practices in one space.

This exhibition is curated by MISS, the global platform that celebrates women in the arts. In a world where opportunities for women have been lacking, MISS is devoted to making space for female talent. Founded by Mary Wang & Vere van Gool at the Architectural Association in London, MISS has spread from architecture to cover all corners of the arts. MISS has produced numerous unique events, publications and workshops, featuring Beatriz Colomina, Julia Peyton-Jones, Paola Antonelli, Zaha Hadid, Ellen van Loon, Penny Martin and Eva Franch amongst others.

Opening reception

The opening reception of MISS: Salon will take place on Friday the 13th of March, from 7 - 10 pm. The evening will feature readings, screenings and performances.

Events Programme

A diverse programme of events will expand the themes of the exhibition and advance our exploration of new formats of artistic practice. Laura Miller will create a PowerPoint performance for the opening night on March 13th. Alexandra Qin,coder extraordinaire, will give a talk on the teaching of coding and programming. Sincerely, Tommy, the Brooklyn based concept store, will set up a pop-up shop within our space to showcase their unique mix of fashion and home goods designers from the surrounding neighborhood of Bed-Stuy to the rest of the world. Paten Hughes, actress and theatre- maker, will host a reading of recent work in the afternoon of March 15. Victory Club, a private dining club that gathers its members around the culinary and visual arts, will host a luncheon on March 15th.

Visitor Information

Opening times: March 13th - March 20th. Open for all on Saturday March 14th from 10AM - 6PM and Sunday March 15th 1:30PM - 6PM, afterwards by appointment only by contacting us at miss@miss-mag.com or +1 9176018895. Our space is located at 225 Lafayette Street, Mezzanine level, New York, NY 10012. Nearest Subway stations are Spring Street, Prince Street, and Broadway- Lafayette. More info at www.miss-mag.com.

Date Submitted: 12/3/2015

Penguin has just published The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present by Shumon Basar (Director of the AA’s Format Public Programme), novelist/artist Douglas Coupland and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist. Described as “a new history of how we are feeling in the world today when the future seems to be happening much faster than we ever thought,” it updates the 1967 experimental paperback The Medium is the Massage for the 21st century. In that book, Quentin Fiore made visual Marshall McLuhan’s prophetic words. In The Age of Earthquakes, AA Graphic Designer Wayne Daly has done the same, importing the surreal, mashed mannerisms of screen to page along with artworks from 35 visual artists. 

At lunchtime on Friday 13 March, Shumon Basar will be joined by Penguin’s Art Director Jim Stoddart, design critic Emily King and AA Files Editor Tom Weaver for a public discussion in the AA Lecture Hall entitled Paperback OS: The Book as Resilient Technology

Buy the Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present at AA Book Shop

  

Date Submitted: 11/3/2015

vPPR have been announced as the winners of the AJ Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Award 2015.
The award recognises those who excel in design and thought-leadership and who have ‘a bright future ahead’.

vPPR, the London-based architectural practice, was established in 2009 co-founded by:
Catherine Pease: MA(Cantab), AA Dip, RIBA,
Tatiana von Preussen: MA(Cantab), MArch, RIBA,
Jessica Reynolds: MA(Cantab), MPhil, MArch, ARB

The jury described them as 'fresh, collaborative, professional and very together’.

Visit the vPPR website.

Date Submitted: 2/3/2015
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