Liam Young, of the AA’s Diploma 6- Unknown Fields Division and think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today will be performing at two events in Japan this week. He will be performing ‘City Everywhere, Kim Kardashian and the Dark Side of the Screen’ at The University of Tokyo on Saturday June 6th and on June 7th he will be speaking on the Post Human City at ‘The Saga of Continuous Architecture’, a symposium at the Yokahama Port Terminal. An event also featuring Kengo Kuma, Kazuyo Sejima, Arata Isozaki, Jesse Reiser and Hernan Diaz Alonso.



Date Submitted: 2/6/2015

The Anthropocene Project

Tate Modern, Starr Auditorium

Friday 5 June 2015, 10.15 – 17.00


Image : Museum of Evolution of Life Chandigarh, Indien, 2014, Anthropocene Observatory: artist and photographer Armin Linke © Armin Linke

Date Submitted: 1/6/2015

Nozomi Nakabayashi, a recent graduate of the Design & Make programme at Hooke Park, has completed a “Hut on Stilts” at a site a few fields away from the Hooke Park campus.

See the work here


Date Submitted: 29/5/2015

Dr Ana Araujo, Intermediate 2 tutor, will be lecturing at the Museo Teatro, Commenda di Prè, in Genoa, Italy. She will be talking about Lina Bo Bardi as part of an event that celebrates the cultural exchanges between Europe and Latin America. On 12 June.



Date Submitted: 27/5/2015

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
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.


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.





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.






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.




Wednesday, April 22, 2015 
06:30pm - 08:00pm 
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Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138


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.


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


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