The emerging landscape urbanism practice is led by five partners, including AA Landscape Urbanism tutors Alfredo Ramirez, Eva Castro and Eduardo Rico. To find out more about the shortlisted nominees, visit http://www.awards.bdonline.co.uk/shortlist/

Groundlab have also been invited to participate in Global Design NYU (GDNYU) Symposium to take place at at the Building Center on 19 October. Additionally, the studio is part of the GDNYU exhibition, taking place from 20 september - 20 October 2012. For more information on the symposium and exhibition, visit: http://nyudesign.blogspot.co.uk/

Date Submitted: 16/10/2012

By drawing attention to the borders surrounding and between architecture and philosophy, this three-day conference uses the perspective of architectural theory and practice, along with the work of the French philosopher Jacques Derrida, to explore whether a new kind of unease has emerged in the contemporary relations between the disciplines.

Featured participants include Mark Cousins, director of undergraduate History and Theory Studies; AA School Alumnus Bernard Tschumi and AA guest lecturer Peter Eisenman.

Architecture of Deconstruction / The Specter of Jacques Derrida is organised by the University of Belgrade Faculty of Architecture and the Center for Ethics, Law and Applied Philosophy (CELAP). For more information, see the conference announcement

Date Submitted: 3/10/2012

An international conference on 17 October 2012, at RIBA, London

Sustainability must be the heart of integrated design – from the initial concept through construction and then throughout the use of any building project with long-term value. It is core to the RIBA's mission to champion better performing buildings and a more sustainable environment through architecture and our members.

The conference aims to bring together architects, suppliers and independent BIPV experts in order to stimulate a dialogue. Designers need to be confident in the products and the benefits they offer and  understand how to specify them.

'BRE are holding this important conference at the RIBA on the Building Integration of Photovoltaics. We all need to better understand the benefits of a holistic and integrated approach to achieving improved and more certain energy and carbon performance targets for our buildings and most importantly lowering our carbon footprint.'

– Angela Brady, RIBA President, August 2012

For more information, a full event programme and a special price for students and AA Members (£25 + VAT), visit the BRE website.


Date Submitted: 26/9/2012

Please join Bedford Press at the seventh annual New York Art Book Fair, organised by Printed Matter, where the publisher will present: Public Occasion Agency 1–22, edited by Scrap Marshall & Jan Nauta (see below for details of AA Bookshop launch, 3 October) and fm-scenario – Where Palms Stand – Mask – Delay, edited by Joerg Franzbecker & Herbert Kapfer. 

New York Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, 27–30 September 2012
2nd floor, Q03

22–25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11101

For more information, visit the Bedford Press website.


Preview: Thursday 27 September, 6–9 PM
Friday 28 September, 12–7pm
Saturday 29 September, 11am–9pm
Sunday 30 September, 11am–7pm

Those in London are invited to the Book Launch for POA 1-22

Wednesday 3 October, 6:30pm

Architectural Association Bookshop
32 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES 

More about these titles:

POA 1–22 is part of the ongoing archive of activities conducted by the independent event bureau Public Occasion Agency (POA), founded by Jan Nauta and Scrap Marshall at the Architectural Association in 2009. The book is a collection of fragmented documents: previews, photographs, ephemera, reviews, reflections and opinions collated from the first twenty-two POA events. Critical and inquisitive, personal and probing contributions from a variety of authors from across fields and disciplines and with differing agendas here propose a withdrawal from idle commentary and encourage more productive forms of participation. Including essays by Pier Vittorio Aureli, Shumon Basar, Mark Campbell, Barbara-Ann Campbell-Lange, Henderson Downing, David Greene, Samantha Hardingham, Ingrid Schröder, Nicholas Simcik Arese, Silvana Taher, Tom Vandeputte and Carlos Villanueva Brandt

fm-scenario / the listener’s voice is a radio and software-inspired platform for generating narratives and investigating the architectures of discourse. Based around a publicly accessible online studio, users can edit radio programmes from an archive of works by artist Eran Schaerf. These programs are broadcast by the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation, serving as scenarios for a series of exhibitions and as opening montage statements for a series of blog-like publications.

This first fm-scenario edition coincides with the group exhibition Between Walls and Windows: Architecture and Ideology (House of World Cultures, Berlin, 2012) which presents ten location-specific productions by international artists and architects. The focus of this first issue derives from the exhibition and from the montage.

Date Submitted: 25/9/2012

Pavan Birdi & Rebecca Spencer (AA Fourth Year), Jin Ho Kim (AADip '12), Kengo Skorick (AADip '09) and Mickey Kloihofer (AADip '10) are presenting at the Global Design NYU exhibition as part of the 2012 London Design Festival.

A collection of Student work from various years of Diploma unit 16 on the theme of climatic adaptation and the sustainable future of cities. 

20 Sept - 20 Oct 2012, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT (Free and open to all)
See link for more information.
Date Submitted: 19/9/2012
AA Graduate Louis Gadd has set up Project 12 Architecture with partner Aimee Goodwin.
Date Submitted: 18/9/2012

Atelier Paema has invited students and staff at the AA to enter the International Ideas Competition titled: “The Europe’s Become - Architectural ideas, creative and artistic expressions for the conservation of the future of Europe”.

The objective of the competition is the design of a European landmark, a contemporary “Emblem of freedom” for the Future of Europe in the third millennium.

The deadline for registration is December 15, 2012, and for sending proposals is January 15, 2013.

The brief and information for enrolling in the competition are available at: www.atelierpaema.eu

Please give the largest visibility to the present competition, since we believe it might capture your interest.

The Jury of the competition is composed by:

Stefan Behnisch (Architect, Behnisch Architekten);
Dennis Crompton (Architect, Archigram);
Gabriele Del Mese (Engineer, Arup consultant);
Mariangela Falà (Vice President of Atelier PAEMA);
Ruggero Lenci (Architect, RL Space Lab);
Carme Pinós (Architect, Estudio Carme Pinós);
Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi (Architect, President of AIAC);
Franco Purini (Architect, Studio Purini-Thermes);
Adèle Naudé Santos (Architect, Dean of the School of Architecture and
Urban Planning at MIT);
Claudio Strinati (Art Critic)

Date Submitted: 18/9/2012

The teams have raised over £20,000 but are seeking a further £6000. Please take a look at their fundraising film and pledge your support:


Date Submitted: 18/9/2012

See AJ Retrofit Awards website

Date Submitted: 18/9/2012

NaJa & deOstos/AA Intermediate 3 tutors, Nannette Jackowski and Ricardo de Ostos, have been nominated for the 2012 Iakov Chernikhov prize for young architects around the world. 



Date Submitted: 13/9/2012

Curated by It’s Nice That, Here will be exploring architecture, art, design, fashion, digital culture and creativity in its many guises; over a dozen exceptional creatives, including Thomas Heatherwick, Sir Paul Smith, and Bompas & Parr, among others, to talk about their practice and share their insights.

Tickets £45, education discount for staff, students (new & existing), and 2012 graduates.
In eventbrite enter discount code: EDUCATION
Alternatively use this direct link: http://here2012.eventbrite.com/?discount=EDUCATION

This September in London's beautiful Royal Geographical Society, It's Nice That will be showcasing over a dozen brilliant creatives from the UK and abroad in a one-day fast-paced festival of creativity.

Championing creativity across multiple practices, the unique programme of high-profile speakers includes polymath Thomas Heatherwick, acclaimed British fashion luminary Sir Paul Smith, , the multitalented fashion illustrator Quentin Jones, BAFTA-winning animator Grant Orchard, art director at frieze Magazine Sonya Dyakova, and Hort’s founder; Eike König, body architect and TED fellow Lucy McRae, Andy Stevens of legendary graphic design studio Graphic Thought Facility, talented brothers Job (Letman) and Roel Wouters (Moniker), Dreams of a Life director Carol Morley, inspiring photojournalist Giles Duley, as well as experimental antics from Bompas & Parr.

For more information, please contact Maya Davies: 020 7739 5222 / md@itsnicethat.com

Date Submitted: 12/9/2012

The White Building, Unit 7, Queen's Yard, 43 White Post Lane, London, E9 5EN

21-23 September 2012

Drawing on concepts and materials from previous Angles of Incidence events in Madrid [40° 3°] and Köln [50° 6°], the installation finds its form as an audio/visual archive of the year, which catalogues the complexity of the interdisciplinary network responsible for the series’ realization.  

In a re-examination of the audience/performer dynamic, a topic that was investigated differently for each event, attendees are invited to step up onto the stage and activate the latent sound and image documentation entangled in screens of rope that surround the gallery space.  As participants engage in the installation by navigating the stage’s terrain to trigger different potential audio and visual scores, they in essence become the event’s performers. The individual and collective choreography of their body movement generates a brand new spatial performance fueled by the placement of triggers, effectiveness of sensory stimulation, diversity of conversational exchange, and the physical topography of the stage itself.

The Active Archive will conjure past efforts of the AAIS network while simultaneously constructing a new addition to the archive.

For more information: http://interprofessionals.net/

Date Submitted: 11/9/2012

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The AA Archives is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of the Otto Koenigsberger Archive. Donated by Koenigsberger’s late wife, Renate, this hugely important archive contains a wealth of material relating to one of the most influential figures in modern urban development planning, and includes 10 portfolios of drawings, alongside 57 boxes of teaching material, unpublished mss, research notes and other documentation. The contents of the archive range from Otto’s student work of the 1920s and early 30s, through his work in India in the 1940s and 50s, to his subsequent leadership of the AA Department of Tropical Architecture, UCL’s Development Planning Unit and his advisory work for the UN.

 Otto Koenigsberger (1908-1999), was born in Berlin and attended the Technische Hochschule, graduating in 1931, under Hans Poelzig, going on to win the prestigious Schinkel Prize and to work for the Prussian Government. In 1933, with the rise of the Nazi party, he left for Egypt, where he worked as an archaeologist for the Swiss Institute for the History of Egyptian Architecture in Cairo. In 1939 he was appointed the Chief Architect and Planner of the Princely State of Mysore, a role which saw him based in Bangalore and responsible for designing a wide range of buildings from colleges, universities, and other public buildings, to alterations to the Maharajah’s palace and the master-planning of towns such as Mithapur and Jamshedpur. Following Indian Independence, Prime Minster Nehru appointed Koenigsberger as Federal Director of Housing, with the key task of resettling refugees displaced by partition, a role that saw him involved in the planning of Gandhidham, Gujarat and Bhubneshwar, Orissa, together with a number of new towns. In 1951 he came to the UK and was one of the instigators of the AA’s pioneering Department of Tropical Architecture, which he was to lead from 1957-71. It was from here that he articulated his influential concept of ‘action planning’ and, alongside his teaching, participating as consultant or adviser on numerous important UN workshops, missions and Overseas Development Administration projects. In 1972 the Department transferred to University College London, where Koenigsberger continued as Head and was UCL’s first Professor of Development Planning, subsequently publishing his classic ‘Manual of Tropical Housing’ (1974). A founder of ‘Habitat International’ and Editor in Chief from 1976, Koenigsberger was the first recipient of the UN’s ‘Habitat Scroll of Honour’ (1989).

Date Submitted: 11/9/2012

Immanuel Koh (AA Media Studies Tutor) was invited as an international Key-note speaker at the annual Digital Design Conference in China(24-30 Aug 2012). This year's topic is "Simulation, Coding and Collaborative Design" and is hosted at the Harbin Institute of Technology(HIT). Other guest speakers include Dennis Sheldon(MIT, Gehry Technologies), Ali Malkawi(University of Pennsylvania)...etc. Immanuel's computational design work would also be part of the conference's exhibition which showcases projects and works using generative design modelling.He is also invited to give a separate lecture to the university's faculties and students.


Date Submitted: 3/9/2012

Ling Leng's work for the projects review is highlighted on the British Council's cultural relations and design website.


Date Submitted: 3/9/2012


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