Date Submitted: 17/4/2012

Architecture students from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC – ETSAB) are currently working on the launch of a platform for the promotion and recognition of university projects. Add your project now!

Read more about Team IS ARCH at www.isarch.org 

Date Submitted: 16/4/2012

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is launching a brand new monthly night of events on the London cultural scene with the ‘Last Tuesdays’ series. The stunning Art Deco London headquarters of the RIBA, a stone’s throw from Oxford Circus at 66 Portland Place W1, will be open late on the last Tuesday of each month, offering a series of themed special events with a spotlight on architecture and design.   

Come and enjoy inspiring debates and talks, fascinating exhibitions and events such as film screenings and book launches. The RIBA’s Last Tuesdays offer an after-hours opportunity to discover one of London’s hidden gems, take a tour of the building, browse the bookshop, explore the world-class British Architectural Library or have a meal or a drink in the spectacular Art Deco Florence Hall.

Each Last Tuesday will celebrate a different theme with a range of special activities and events, as well as offering a chance to visit ongoing exhibitions. Admission is free. Themes for the upcoming Tuesday Lates are:
24 April – Women in Architecture
29 May – Jubilee 2012
26 June – Play!  

Tuesday 24 April – Women in Architecture
Discussion - Female Power in Architecture

18.30–20.30  Tickets: £8.50 Non-Members/£5.50 Members

Most architects are men. Come and discuss the role that women play in the design of our buildings and public spaces. Join RIBA President Angela Brady, Brady Mallalieu; Alison Brooks, Alison Brooks Architects; Deborah Saunt, DSDHA; Anna Gagliano, Aedas; Liza Fior, muf architecture/art; Kathryn Firth, Chief of Design, Olympic Park Legacy Company; and chair Christine Murray, Editor of the AJ. This event is dedicated to Norma Merrick Sklarek

Film - A Girl Is A Fellow Here: 100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright (2009, 18 mins)

Showings at 19.20 and 20.30, free – drop in

At a time when few architectural firms would hire women, Frank Lloyd Wright unhesitatingly employed them, offering training and the opportunity to practice. Ultimately, over 100 women architects and designers worked with Wright, many of them going on to remarkable careers of their own. The film focuses on the stories of six of these women – Marion Mahony, Isabel Roberts, Lois Gottlieb, Jane Duncombe, Eleanore Pettersen and Read Weber. Produced by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation.


RIBA Bookshop Discussion – Architecture for Rapid Change and Scarce Resources

18.30–19.15, free

Sumita Sinha in conversation with Nabeel Hamdi about architecture and regeneration projects in areas suffering from poverty, war and natural disasters.  The role that women such as Wangari Maathai and Linda Garland have played in such projects will also be discussed. There will be a round of Q&A afterwards. Sumita Sinha is an architect, lecturer and writer specialising in sustainable and participatory design. Nabeel Hamdi is Professor Emeritus of Housing and Urban Development at Oxford Brookes University.

Date Submitted: 16/4/2012

Contributions are sought from across the world for this conference (18–19 October) hosted by Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, nr Shanghai, PR China 215123. The conference will be part of the 'UK Now' festival, which is one of the biggest ever cultural exchange event organised by the UK government in China. It is supported by the British Council with The Architectural Review as UK media partner.

For full details, see: www.masterplanningthefuture.org 

Deadline for extended abstracts: 2 May.  

NB: The copyright of the papers accepted to form part of the conference proceedings and published (under an ISBN) will be vested in XJTLU.

Conference Synopsis:
One hundred years have passed since Le Corbusier’s Voyage to the Orient. Although he didn’t venture into the Far East, his influence – and that of Modernism – is recognisable across the world. This conference looks at Modernism’s significance to architecture and urbanism from across the world. It will explore its lasting, or fading, influence on China; and China’s influence on it.

Architecture, and indeed the world, has changed massively over the last century, so this conference will explore what contemporary ideas can be drawn from different historical periods and different social circumstances. 

With the rapidly urbanising conditions of India and China, what can Modernism tell us about the global urban condition? Indeed, is there such a thing as 'Modernism' or 'the global urban condition'? How has Modernism fared in the last century? How are future-oriented architectural ideas portrayed today and what are the connections with the past?

This conference is an international forum within China, bringing together researchers and experts from across the world. In this way, the exchange of ideas and experiences will stimulate a better understanding of modern and vernacular architecture, contemporary and traditional urbanism; and regionalist and universalist design ideals. 

Themes: Papers are welcomed to address a range of topics, which include, but are not restricted to: 

• Modernism from the West to the East… and across the world.;
• Modernism and the role of manifestos;
• Chandigarh: then and now;
• Metabolism;
• Asian development;
• Emerging Cities: from South America to Africa;
• The role of ideology;
• The concept of masterplanning;
• The Eco-City;
• Contemporary and Vernacular Modernism?;
Lessons from 20th to 21st century;
• The role of transport planning: then and now;
• Influences and Legacy (Western and Eastern);
• Le Corbusier and the Environment;
• New Towns/ New Cities;
• Urban flows;
• Civic space and sociability;
• The changing face of “the Modern”: Theory and Practice over the years;
• Visualising the City: from sketch to film to the digital image;
• Universalism contra localism?;
• Historically, geographically and culturally specific context;
• Lessons from India/Europe/China;
• GIS and space syntax;
• Technological developments in Urban Planning and Design;
• Social and development issues of the Modern city?;
• Preserving or demolishing Modern icons;
• Urban planning: Bottom up or top-down?

Date Submitted: 16/4/2012

The seminar takes place at 14–17.00 

Read more at www.deda.ie

Adrian Duncan (artist/writer, www.adrianduncan.eu)
Blaithin Quinn (artist/architect,www.transcolonia.org)
Fiona McDonald (artist/architect,www.fionamcdonald.ie)
John McLaughlin (architect/lecturer UCD, CCAE, Curator of Ireland's representation at Venice Architecture Biennale), www.johnmclaughlin.ie)
Des Ward (artist/lecturer, IADT,www.deda.ie)

There is currently a lot of interest around the status of the objects of art and architecture and their relationship to place, community and the built environment. This seminar hopes to open up discussions around the different practices and theories operating in the shared and sometimes hybrid spaces between art and architecture.

All welcome

Date Submitted: 16/4/2012

The thesis project by the Cast on Cast team (AADRL 2009–11, tutors Yusuke Obuchi and Rob Stuart-Smith), which won the Next Generation 1st prize in Holcim Awards Europe in September 2011, has recently won the Holcim Innovation 3rd prize in the Global Holcim Awards 2012. 

The project was selected for its contribution to innovative building materials and construction technologies in the context of sustainable construction, out of 53 prize-winning projects at the regional level in the five different continents (including 38 Acknowledgement and Next Generation winners). It is a great honour to be awarded this prize and share this moment with two of the most recognised architectural studios in Europe: Gramazio & Kohler, Architektur und Digitale Fabrikation, who received first prize, and Barkow Leibinger Architects, Germany, who received second prize.   

Read more at: http://www.holcimfoundation.org/T1509/Innovation_3rd_prize_-_United_Kingdom.htm 

'Cast on Cast' team is Povilas Cepaitis, LLuis Enrique, Diego Ordonez, Carlos Piles. See www.castoncast.com   

Date Submitted: 16/4/2012
Alfredo Ramirez's talk is part of the 'Free Space Design in the Contemporary City' Colloqium at KW . The lecture will deal with the way in which Groundlab and Landscape Urbanism engage with the concept of the ground, both as a spatial strategy but also as a generator of a wider perspective to think about cities, territories and ecologies.
Date Submitted: 30/3/2012
Eduardo Rico and Enriqueta Llabres talked at MIT on 22 March about the work he has undertaken about the use of design interfaces for urban development.

They also gave a speech within the Landscape Infrastructure symposium on 23 and 24 in GSD Harvard.

See link: http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/#/events/landscape-infrastructure.html
Date Submitted: 29/3/2012
The CU SPACE Gallery is 798 Beijing. All AA Beijing Community welcome.
For more information, please see www.cu-space.com
Date Submitted: 28/3/2012
RARE is Michel da Costa Gonçalves and Nathalie Rozencwajg, unit masters Inter 4 and Singapore Visiting School (booking now open for 2012).
Read more at the practice website: www.r-are.net

RIBA Award 2011
RICS Project of Year + Conservation Award
Highly commended 21 for 21 WAN Award
Date Submitted: 28/3/2012
Theo Lorenz is an artist, architect and Studio Director of the AA's Interprofessional Studio. Working in both visual art and architecture, his interest is in digital and physical space and the association between subjects and objects. Generated Realism follows Constructed Realism and Augmented Realism as the third in a series of exhibitions representing a body of painting produced between 2007 and 2011.

Lorenz has taught at the AA since 2000, founding the AAIS Interprofessional Studio (Graduate Diploma programme in Spatial Performance & Design) in 2009.

Dates: 20–29 March
Private view: Thursday 22 March 22, 18:30–20:30, with roundtable salon discussion.

Opening Times: Monday to Friday 09.00–17:30
Admission free
Date Submitted: 20/3/2012
Read programme (pdf) here
Read more at http://www.arc.umontreal.ca/
Date Submitted: 13/3/2012
The project, developed in partnership with another young Brazilian practice called hiperstudio, will be called Hotel Aliah and includes a convention centre and a sports centre, and will be built in the outskirts of São Paulo, close to two airports (Guarulhos and Viracopos).

Alexandre Hepner, one of the three practice founders, says 'Sustainability and passive comfort strategies were some of the core issues of this competition, and my education in the SED programme at the AA was essential for achieving this result. Therefore, I would like to thank all of you for your guidance last year.'
Read more at www.arkiz.com.br

Date Submitted: 12/3/2012
Date Submitted: 7/3/2012
The theme for the RCA annual lecture series is Borderlands, an investigation of interdisciplinary cross hatching. Previous speakers include Troika, Lloyd Grossman, Gavin Turk.
Read more at:
Date Submitted: 6/3/2012


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