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The prize for 2012 has been awarded to Yvonne Weng, of Diploma Unit 17, for her project ‘The 6th Layer – Explorative Canopy Trail’. Set in the context of Brazilian Amazon rainforest, the project recognises the reciprocal relationship between humanity and the forest and sees the forest as a natural infrastructure to work with, instead of against.

Weng's designs would allow scientists to live in the treetops of the Amazon rainforest. Her proposals are for a series of lightweight pods and platforms where scientists can study and harvest the medicinal plants of the jungle. Research laboratories would be contained inside a series of suspended pods that can be lowered to the ground when necessary, while a second set of pods would provide living quarters. A web of synthetic fibres and steel supports would hold each of the pods in place and provide a solid canopy above the trees.

The prize is presented annually to the AA Diploma student whose final project best addresses themes of sustainability and infrastructure.

Date Submitted: 18/7/2012

Nested Figures and Loose Outer Shell
Core Tutor, Tom Wiscombe
Teaching Assistant, Muhammed Shameel
21 - 25 June
Ajman University of Science and Technology, UAE
For further details, please visit the website at: http://d-undergrnd.blogspot.com/2012/07/figures-in-loose-outer-skin-workshop.html


Date Submitted: 17/7/2012

As part of the programme the Visiting School is working in the SpazioFMG Gallery, which also hosted the Archizines show. The results of the workshop will remain on display in the gallery for two months, untll 15
September.

 

Download cybergardening invitation

The opening is on Tuesday 17 July and will be followed by a roundtable discussion with guests.

Date Submitted: 16/7/2012

'World architecture is as diverse as world music and across the globe there are humanitarian practices, groups and organisations dedicated to working with communities in need. The roots architecture exhibition showcases the work of some of these global organisations and local groups. Participants in our workshop teams will be lead by specialist makers and builders working in this field.'

http://womad.co.uk/raw/

Date Submitted: 10/7/2012

Payne Shurvell is at 16 Hewitt Street, London EC2 3NN

See more at www.payneshurvell.com

Opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday 11.00–18.00

Date Submitted: 10/7/2012

ZNA established a non-profit organisation AIM (Architect In Mission) in 2010 for the purpose of encouraging young architects to make a connection between architecture, social responsibility and creativity. Each year ZNA sets up an international competition and invites participants to solve problems related to social responsibility. Read more at www.znarch.com
 

AIM competitions deal with both urban and rural situations – topics include urban situations as well as rural. This year's topic is focused on the Shengsi Islands – Renewing China’s Traditional Village Lifestyle. Full details at: http://www.aim-competition.com/
Total award prize: $16,000

Date Submitted: 4/7/2012

This talk with Q&A by award-winning Turkish Architect Emre Arolat and debate with world-renowned architectural theorist Professor Charles Jencks, moderated by architectural critic Professor Suha Ozkan is part of the London Festival of Architecture.

RSVP to: rsvp@redmintcomms.co.uk

 

Read more at:

www.emrearolat.com

www.lfa2012.org

www.lfa2012.org/events/view/international-showcase-istanbul-on-the-way-of-londonisation-by-emre-arolat-373

http://kingscross.the-hub.net/

Date Submitted: 3/7/2012

The Zabludowicz Collection’s forthcoming exhibition and free events programme, Troubling Space: The Summer Sessions considers how space is produced through social relations: shaped by our fantasies, transformed through our occupation, or controlled by violence.
 
The Summer Sessions programme takes recent events in the public space and the shifting (shrinking) space of education as an imperative to put the space of the collection to use, to leave no space un-touched by pedagogy and resistance. Each weekend’s events are centred on a spatial question, with presentations by several of the exhibiting artists as well as a number of invited speakers.
 
All events are free.
 
Friday 6–Sunday 8 July
SPACES OF DISTRIBUTION AND PRODUCTION
Considers the spaces in which commodities, images, truth claims and architectures are produced and distributed. Looks at the works of Walead Beshty, Ethan Breckenridge, Shi Jin, Helene Kazan and Caragh Thuring
 
Friday, 6pm
Presentation by Helene Kazan, followed by a reading group and dinner
 
Saturday, 3pm
Guest lecture by Anthony Downey followed by tea
 
Sunday, 2pm
Performances by Ethan Breckenridge and Caragh Thuring followed by discussion and refreshments
 
Walead Beshty’s objects testify to their movement through space, and give form to invisible systems of distribution. Ethan Breckenridge contains corporate architecture of the everyday in tinted glass vitrines. Shi Jin’s diminutive karaoke machines reference the mobile business models invented on the margins of global financial systems. Helene Kazan explores the use of masking tape on windows as protection against exterior force, from natural catastrophe and human conflict. Caragh Thuring’s paintings depict the industrial paradigm’s breakdown as formal elements abstracted from their usual contexts: floating cranes and giants pulleys displaced across raw canvases.
 
 
Friday 13 – Sunday 15 July
THE BODY IN SPACE
Looks at how the body is produced by the space it moves through, and how it in turn produces that space.
Examines the work of Francis Alÿs, Trisha Baga, Miri Segal and Haegue Yang and includes a workshop by Yelena Popova and a guest lecture by Debra Benita Shaw.
Friday
Workshop by Yelena Popova, followed by reading group and dinner
Saturday
Presentations by Miri Segal and performance by Trisha Baga and Cliff Borress, followed by discussion and dinner
Sunday
Guest lecture by Debra Benita Shaw of University of East London, followed by high tea
Francis Alÿs evokes the memory of protest, demonstrating that the way bodies appear in public is as important as the fact that they gather. The subject of Trisha Baga’s video work navigates an infinite digital landscape, manipulating both physical and social spaces as part of her sense-making journey. Miri Segal situates the viewer simultaneously in private and public space through a mirror-play, by superimposing the viewer’s reflection on a woman enjoying herself and her lover. Haegue Yang constructs figures out of material culture’s marginalia, endowing these quasi-bodies with the authority of the shaman-figure.
 
 
Friday 20–Sunday 22 July
SPACES OF UTOPIA / DYSTOPIA
Aims to flesh out society’s persistent, even relentless production of non-places and spaces of imagination.
Focuses on the work of Yael Bartana, Gregory Crewdson and Avi Mograbi
Friday
Reading group and dinner followed by a screening by Avi Mograbi
Saturday
Conversation between Avi Mograbi and Thomas Keenan of Bard College, NY, followed by discussion and dinner
Sunday
Guest lecture by Brad Samuels of Situ Studio, NY, followed by high tea
Avi Mograbi captures a confrontation with Israeli Defense Force soldiers and questions who has the right to look, to be filmed, to access space, or deny access to others. With her study of men challenging each other in four-wheelers on a Sunday afternoon, Yael Bartana’s work mirrors Israel’s deployment of high-tech military equipment and its ephemeral geography of boundaries drawn and transgressed. Gregory Crewdson’s photographs are suburban portraits, an image of space shaped by disavowed desire.
 
 
If you would like to participate in the more in-depth discussions related to this topic and are interested in attending all three days, please book via the website or RSVP with an email including your contact details to rsvp@zabludowiczcollection.com.  Friday and Saturday evenings will end with a collective dinner, which will be provided, and the weekend will be drawn to a close with tea on Sunday afternoon. Please see zabludowiczcollection.com/london/events for more information about the schedule and more detailed description of the events.
 

Zabludowicz Collection
176 Prince of Wales Road
London, NW5 3PT
T: +44 (0) 20 7428 8943
M: +44 (0) 7976 317 084

Date Submitted: 3/7/2012

The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL.

The photographs are iconic black and white views of the Portobello Road neighbourhood taken by Sarah Bissett Scott in 1976. They sit alongside colourful prints and oil paintings, combining art and regeneration, past and present, for a critical examination of development and design in London and Melbourne. Notting Hill before its regeneration and Melbourne's changing architectural landscape are ripe with images that provoke enquiring minds into considering who benefits from the professional interventions of planners, architects and urban designers, particularly relevant at the time of developing the Olympic legacy.


Janice McBride's award-winning paintings, prints and drawings throw a sharp retro focus on modern regeneration in Melbourne. Their warmth and light contrast with the greys of a bleak West London winter. Those who know Melbourne will enjoy a snapshot of its lively contemporary lifestyle, and others will be tempted to find out more about how Australia’s unique combination of vigour and intellectual sensitivity is addressing sustainability in the built environment.


The exhibition is being held at The Gallery, established by Alan Baxter in the 1990s as a central London venue where individuals, special interest groups and professional organisations can hold lectures and exhibitions about the built environment.

 

Read more at www.alanbaxter.co.uk and www.rise-associates.com

Date Submitted: 3/7/2012

What is at stake culturally, socially and physically in the staging of a modern Olympic Games? What does it mean for East London beyond the Games? Architects, artists, sociologists and urban theorists consider the
transformation of an area into a centre of global attention. In association with the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths College, University of London, Public Works and This is Not a Gateway.

 

11.30 - 18.00
Tickets: (£15/£10 conc)
Zilkha Auditorium, Whitechapel Gallery, Whitechapel High Street London E1 7QX
Book tickets: whitechapelgallery.org/ or email tickets@whitechapelgallery.org

Date Submitted: 2/7/2012

Other awards were make for OMA’s New Court, St Pancras Chambers, the Olympic Stadium, and others.

RIBA Awards have been running continuously since 1966 and are judged and presented locally. They set the benchmark for UK architecture, having been chosen by peers and industry leaders to represent the best work of the profession.

RIBA Awards in the UK are for buildings by RIBA Chartered Architects and RIBA International Fellows. Winners of RIBA regional awards, known by a local name e.g. the RIBA Hadrian Awards in the north east of England, are considered for RIBA Awards. Winners of RIBA Awards are considered for the RIBA Stirling Prize. RIBA Awards in the European Union are for buildings by RIBA Chartered Architects only. Winners are also considered for the RIBA Stirling Prize. RIBA International Awards are for buildings outside the EU by RIBA Chartered Architects and RIBA International Fellows. Winners are considered for the RIBA Lubetkin Prize.

See http://www.architecture.com/Awards/RIBAAwards/2012/London/RIBALondonwinners2012.aspx

Date Submitted: 25/6/2012

The installation is titled Fragile Tension and will be at the Teasmith Gallery in Spitalfields (6 Lamb Street London E1 6EA). The installation, which will be up until 4 August, is a two tatami size tea room (ni-jo). It utilises unconventional materials made from approximately 2000 pieces of 2mm bamboo rods and Vietnamese rice paper rolls as cladding.

The installation questions the validity of mass, matter and form making in architecture and challenges cosy assumptions towards objectification and aestheticisation. The employment of fragile materials creates tension within such metaphysical elements as light, wind, temperature, gravity and time which strives to evoke a deeper awareness of the relationship between the body and its surroundings.

Date Submitted: 21/6/2012

The competition was organised by AIAC e PressTFactory and sponsored by the software company AnalystGroup. The project was selected among other 80 entries by two international juries. Members of the jury: P. Schumacher, M. Cuccinella, H. Ibeling, L. Bullivant, N. Goldring, N. Leach, W. Menking, Luis Moya González, L. Prestinenza Puglisi, M. Russo.

The sponsor will also fund the production of a full-scale prototype.  This will involve a second design stage where OPENSYSTEMS will have the logistic and technical support of AKTII as structural consultants. The project explores the study of a deployable unit for emergency situations to be used as a temporary dwelling during natural calamity. The project brief invited the participants to elaborate the design proposals with a particular attention to technology, whether low- or high-tech.

Read more at www.opensysdesign.com

Links: competition website and winning entry

Date Submitted: 21/6/2012

The new book by author, critic and curator Bullivant explores and interrogates the identity of adaptive planning.
 
Contributions and discussion from a host of international speakers, including:
 Reinier de Graaf - OMA, Rotterdam
Alberto Francini and Andrea Boschetti - Metrogramma, Milan
Patrik Schumacher - Zaha Hadid Architects, London
Florian Beigel and Philip Christou - ARU, London
Ginés Garrido - Burgos & Garrido Arquitectos, Madrid
 
International masterplanning is adopting more adaptable and inclusive principles in response to both urban growth and ecological imperatives. In spite of the global economic crisis, new ideas and fresh approaches are emerging, in which the rigid plans of old are replaced by a mixture of flexible frameworks. The masterplan is dead, long live the masterplan. If adaptive planning works better for more people, shouldn't we consign the word to history? Whether S, M, L, X or XL, what are the most appropriate kinds of conceptual framework to deal with the challenges of the post-Fordist era? Make it relational: how can new technologies assist in the creation of bespoke yet resilient urban plans?
 
RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD 
Book at:
http://www.architecture.com/WhatsOn/Talks/Events/2012/Summer/MasterplanningFutures.aspx
 

Date Submitted: 21/6/2012

Based in Marylebone, the post is for three days per week.

Read full details here: http://binarytweed.net/intarch/cadtechnician.pdf

Date Submitted: 20/6/2012
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