This publication, which will be launched in March, is supported by grants from the Graham Foundation, American Institute of Architects and Architecture Center, New York. It will be launched on 16 March at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and The Graham Foundation, Chicago.
See more at: http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=12868
Date Submitted: 5/3/2012
As a Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Alvin is now teaching advanced digital design and fabrication studios in the Post-professional Master of Architecture Program at USC, as well as a Fifth Year Degree Studio.
Synthesis Design + Architecture is an international design and consultancy practice based in Los Angeles and London, focusing on the integrated application of material performance, emergent design technologies and digital fabrication in contemporary architectural practice. Current commissions include projects in Lampang, Thailand, Bangkok and Quanzhou, China. 

For more information: www.synthesis-dna.com
Date Submitted: 5/3/2012
Architecture Now! Vol. 8 is published by TASCHEN. Philip Jodidio’s book illustrates today's currents in architecture through a review of the most exciting projects and offices around the world.  
Lewes District Council has commissioned RARE and Malcolm Reading Consultants & BTP to consider the strategic development of the listed Newhaven Fort securing the long-term future of this remarkable military structure.
RARE's lecture at the Bartlett (UCL) on Digital fabrication with Listed Buildings takes place in March.
Date Submitted: 5/3/2012
Troldtekt, the well-known Danish manufacturer of wood wool acoustic ceiling and wall tiles, is inviting students of architecture and design to submit creative and original concepts for new uses of the product.  The competition will be judged by well-known architects and others (see below) and offers a €5000 award for the best idea.

The 2010 winner, an architectural student from Copenhagen won the Award for his novel idea of Soundbubbles – hanging coloured globes of wood wool designed to create interest and improve the acoustics of large rooms. The reason for widening the competition to include students from the UK is because of Troldtekt’s increasing visibility throughout Europe.

Students are invited to register for the Award by 1 April with a submission deadline of 1 May. 

Read full details on www.troldtekt.com/award


Troldtekt Award Judges:

  • Mikkel Frost, architect MAA and partner of CEBRA A/S
  • Jens Ludloff, architect, co-founder and partner of ludloff+ludloff, Berlin
  • Helene Høyer Mikkelsen, architect MAA and architectural photographer
  • Peer Leth, CEO, Troldtekt A/S
  • Niels Kappel, product developer, Troldtekt A/S



Date Submitted: 5/3/2012
Projects guest selected by Shin Egashira, Diploma 11 tutor.
The exhibition is open at Cannizaro Park, SW19 4UE on Saturday 10–Sunday 11 March, 10.00–5.00.

Reception and events on Sunday from 15.30.
Everyone welcome

See more details at parktwelve.wordpress.com
Date Submitted: 28/2/2012
You are cordially invited to register and collaborate towards the development of future events and publications with a special focus on contemporary architecture, emergent types of spatial practice and research, digital site-specific art & drawing and many other fields stemming from the intersection of art, science, technology and philosophy.


Rome City & Urban Superbia: Drawing the Invisible workshop unit took place in Rome during 13–17 December, as part of the Urban Transcripts 2011: Rome, the accidental city international workshop on the city.

Drawing the Invisible workshop unit was developed and led by Dr Eugenia Fratzeskou (also a Curatorial Committee & Project Review Committee Member) as the guest tutor responsible for the development of the creative methodologies of urban research, exploration, analysis, and design (including the workshop phases planning), together with Dr Claudia Faraone as the host tutor responsible for the thematic framework (Superbia/Pride) of the workshop, and for organising and conducting the one-day urban exploration of Rome. The workshop was academically accredited by Universita degli Studi Roma Tre. Workshop participants included an international group of students with a background in architecture, urban planning, digital media and other fields.

Drawing the Invisible has enabled the creation of new drawing methods and tools that are of relevance not only to architectural design, but also, to other kinds of spatial practice and research. The drawing methods that have been devised, are operative as they have enabled a critical and analytical mapping of the urban environment that has inspired and made realisable the development of highly rich and stimulating modes of ‘interpretation’ and ‘intervention’ into the city at a macro as well as a micro scale.

Date Submitted: 27/2/2012
Ioanna Symeonidou (AAEmTech 2009), Vassilis Stroumpakos (AA DRL 2002, AA teaching staff 2002–08) led an intensive computational design workshop at the University of Patras together with Dr Yannis Zavoleas (UCLA 2000, MIT 2004, Assistant Professor UPatras), Dimitris Zisimopoulos (Angewandte 2007) and Dr Vassilis Pappas (Associate Professor UPatras).
See http://abusecomputation.wordpress.com/about/ for more teaching team information.

The workshop was attended by students from second, third and fourth years from the University of Patras. Students had no previous experience with scripting, thus the course offered an introduction to computational design, with applications in geometry and architecture.

The results of the workshop together with work in progress by the students are exhibited here http://abusecomputation.wordpress.com

This type of workshop aims to promote digital design research and introduce students to computational design. Due to the great success of the workshop, it will probably be held again this summer, and will be open also to external students. More information will be available soon.

Date Submitted: 27/2/2012

Geoffrey Edward Bowles AA Dipl, RIBA, who died on 15 February, was not only an architect and fine artist of great sensitivity and vision, but an inspirational teacher and devoted husband and family man. His funeral will be on Friday 2 March.

Studying architecture at Canterbury College of Art under Robert Paine, from 1942–45, he met fellow student of Textile Design, Evelyn Wicks. After a painful separation while Geoffrey completed his National Service in Palestine, they married upon his demobilisation in 1949. He was then able to complete his studies at the AA. Both were greatly influenced by the European modernist style, and the promotion of good design in postwar Britain, and the Festival of Britain. He travelled and studied widely throughout Europe and Scandinavia to discover as much as he could, taking particular interest in the work of Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto.

With 40 years of lecturing and tutoring at Brighton College of Art and Architecture, now Brighton University, he developed a great rapport with his students, caring for their welfare and treating them as equals. He set up his practice alongside his teaching, concentrating on high-quality, domestic architecture, and building strong and trusted relationships with clients and planners. He was committed to good design and honest use of materials, and in the village of Hurstpierpoint, Sussex, where he lived, and the surrounding areas, his sympathetic mark is visible. He continued far into retirement, lecturing for the Open University, and only winding up his practice after his 80th birthday.

A well respected architect, he was also an accomplished artist, focusing on architectural watercolours and illustrations. For many years, he and Evelyn ran the Arts Society of Hurstpierpoint, which they set up in the early 1990s to promote awareness and education of the arts. Geoffrey was also a public-spirited man, committed to promoting the healing properties of art, working closely with Arts for Health, and local artists in the 90s, and commissioning a wide range of art for the newly built Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath. He worked tirelessly to improve the local community and environment, chairing the Hurst Society, to work closely with town planning departments to ensure buildings were designed to work harmoniously with the local environment and serve the community.

He is survived by Evelyn, daughter Rosamond, son Christopher and their respective families.

Date Submitted: 24/2/2012
Roman Halter passed away on 30 January . A survivor of Auschwitz and Stutthof concentration camps and slave labourer in Dresden, he arrived in the UK along with dozens of other orphaned children after the war. He studied architecture at the AA, gaining his Diploma in 1959 and went on to run a successful practice.

He shared a passion for swimming with his wife Susan, who competed in the 1948 Olympics in London. After retirement in 1974 he  devoted time to writing and painting about his Holocaust experiences, working in stained glass and making royal coats of arms. In 2007 he published Roman’s Journey to critical acclaim. A review of the book can be read at http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/jan/14/historybooks.features.

A full obituary was published by The Times on 18 January, available to subscribers at http://www.timesplus.co.uk/tto/news/?login=false&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thetimes.co.uk%2Ftto%2Fopinion%2Fobituaries%2Farticle3323696.ece.

Date Submitted: 23/2/2012
Forum mini, which runs at Shimazaki's Southwark office, is aimed at children who have a budding interest in art and architecture and would like to experience design first hand through drawing and model making. Upcoming course dates are:
 Saturday 24 March 10.00–15.30
Tuesday 3 April 10.00–15.30
Thursday 12 April 10.00–15.30

For full details of what to expect and how to book your place, please go to the website at

Date Submitted: 20/2/2012
The Digital Aptitudes Conference is the 100th Annual Meeting of ACSA.
Date Submitted: 20/2/2012
Read more at shagal-iodaa.net

SHAGAL | iodaa: is a cross-  trans-  multi-  inter- disciplinary collaborative studio dedicated to the green-sustainability issues through creative design, and ecological thinking, for place-responsive programming, research, criticism, writing, teaching and designing while merges architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism and the visual arts.
Date Submitted: 20/2/2012
Venice Biennale 2012 with:
Sir David Chipperfield (Artistic Director), Kieran Long (Assistant Director), Jaffer Kolb (Curatorial Collaborator).

Date Submitted: 20/2/2012
Adrian, who passed away in January of this year, aged 76, was celebrated for his outstanding contribution to the field of accessibility, with work at sites such as the Tate Modern, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Hospital Chelsea and Oxford Circus. He was awarded the OBE in 2009.
An obituary in The Guardian was published on 26 January and can be viewed here:
Date Submitted: 17/2/2012
The exhibited work is titled 'Politics of Fabrication: Challenging Political Expression in Little Havana', the address of Miami Beach Urban Studio of the School of Architecture is 420 Lincoln Rd, Suite 440, Miami Beach.
Date Submitted: 13/2/2012


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