Havana … The Dead Body of Paradise
Exhibition runs Wednesday 2–Friday 18 June
'In the Kingdom of Heaven there is no grandeur to be won, inasmuch as there all is an established hierarchy, the unknown is revealed, existence is infinite, there is no possibility of sacrifice, all is rest and joy. For this reason, bowed down by suffering and duties, beautiful in the midst of his misery, capable of loving in the face of afflictions and trials, man finds his greatness, his fullest measure, only in the Kingdom of this World.'
Havana … The Dead Body of Paradise shows some glimpses of research work carried out by students of Inter 8 on the unit trip to Havana in January. Revolution, declamatory art and propaganda, biological exuberance, rur-urbanity, flesh bursting and decay, collective recycling, dialogue and confrontation, archaic machines, low commerce and traditional labour all configure the cosmography of a city where imagination seems to be overwhelmed by the boldness of its material reality.
Contrary to the myth of being the capital of rumba, tobacco and rum, Havana responds with a heavy physical presence, hardened by a vertical sun which exposes the ruin of its urban fabric. The pearl of the Antilles, the city of infinite wealth in the colonial world, is now a rotting paradise that reeks of sweat and debris, made of human physical contact, material recycling and constant wheeling and dealing. Fifty years of economic embargo have faded any heroism into an agonic expression of survival on the outskirts of the hegemony of global modernisation. However, even as peripheral, Havana seduces by demonstrating its otherness within the global condition. It traps its visitors in an intense tapestry of smell and touch that allows a different vantage point from which to redefine our idea of material expression – from a detached external object to an internalised and shared biological process within the city.
By chance or by fate, the decay of the city portrays the kind of ‘real-marvellous’ condition defined by the Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier. Yet this should not be seen as the sublimated reality romanticised by magical realisms, but the condition by which the biological processes of decay, dejection and contamination subsume the collective imagination into the experience of everyday life, and the construction/destruction of the city.
Date Submitted: 2/6/2010
Sevil Yazici (AA MArch 2006) exhibits at London Festival of Architecture, 18 June–4 July
The Material Formations workshop run by Sevil Yazici, founder of ParaMaterial, will be published and exhibited as a part of this year's London Festival of Architecture. The exhibition will also take place at ITU from 14 May–30 June.
The event at London Festival of Architecture: Spontaneous Schooling opens 18 June, 6.00–11.00, with arRoundtable on workshops at 6.00.
ITU exhibition: Material Formations & Prototypes, 14 May–30 June
Date Submitted: 2/6/2010
Inter 3 Unit masters Ricardo de Ostos and Nannette Jackowski open Ectoplasmatic Library installation in Paris
As a survey apparatus the installation translates usage of space into measurements. The interaction between designed space and its use is stored and recorded. During the two weeks the space will be remeasured: obese mechanisms add kilograms, incandescent bio-organisms burning by Fahrenheit waves, slow electric creatures blossom into spasms of shock. The ecology of things and visitors (us?) shifts – being constantly reconfigured, re-born, fed back. The created space is our new definition of storage. It pulsates and surveys the complexity of us transiting through our delirious and loved objects. The shifting storage’s measures (time/colour/temperature/mass/length) generate our environment. The Ectoplasmatic Library is a neo-nature of electronics, biology and simple creatures transiting an ever complex forest of things.
The construct is currently on show at ESA – Ecole Speciale d'Architecture in Paris. Open from 20 May to 21 June, Mon–Fri 10.00–6.00. For more information, pictures and videos of the installation, please visit the architects' website at www.naja-deostos.com
Date Submitted: 1/6/2010
AA Bookshop at Clerkenwell Book Fair
The Book Fair at 97–99 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1 (open 10.00–6.30) is part of the Clerkenwell Design Week 2010. Also taking part are Steidl, Black Dog Press, RIBA Bookshops, MIT Press and Cardboard Future.
Date Submitted: 26/5/2010
Urban Encounters: Routes and Transitions
Symposium at Tate Britain, 29 May
Keynote speaker: Camilo Vergara, photographer
Michael Keith, Oxford University
Yazan Khalili, Goldsmiths, University of London
Nirmal Puwar, Goldsmiths, University of London
Kuldip Powar, independent filmmaker
Suki Ali, London School of Economics
Manuel Vazquez, Independent photographer
Michael McMillan, independent curator
Joseph Heathcott, The New School
Lasse Johansson, Fugitive Images
Paul Goodwin, Tate Britain
Caroline Knowles, Goldsmiths, University of London
Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani, The New School, New York
Paul Halliday, Goldsmiths, University of London
For more details, go to http://www.urbanencounters.org
Tickets: £25 (£15 concessions)
For booking, http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/eventseducation/symposia/21168.htm
Date Submitted: 26/5/2010
Superfusionlab's Nate Kolbe (ex-AA Unit Master) and Lida Charsouli (AA DRL 2000) shortlisted for Queen's Park Arena competition, Glasgow
Their entry was exhibited in the Glasshouse, Queen’s Park at the Southside Festival on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 May.
The project aims to create a multi-purpose performance space on the former bandstand site in Queen’s Park, Langside, Glasgow. It forms a backdrop for the various performances while visually framing performance, play and entertainment.
For more information, go to www.superfusionlab.com and http://www.queensparkarenadesigncompetition.co.uk/
Date Submitted: 25/5/2010
Enrique Limon (AA Grad Design) featured as Emerging architect in AR and receives Pratt Faculty Grant
Selections for Architectural Record's Emerging architect award (May issue) are made from a pool of international firms.
Enrique (AA Grad Design) has received a Pratt Faculty Grant to research Parametric software and its relevance on an urban scale. This research will be conducted with two case studies: one in Harlem in the area where the Metro North Railway bissects the neighbourhood and the area surrounding the Los Angeles River with Downtown on the west side and East Los Angeles on the other.
Date Submitted: 24/5/2010
Submissions invited to Morfae, new internet design magazine set up by Errica Protestou (AA Dip) and Panos Nikolaidis
Morfae is based in Athens and is published by architect and author of Athens: a guide to recent architecture Errica Protestou AA Dipl and architect Panos Nikolaidis NTUA.
Send submissions to morfae
Date Submitted: 19/5/2010
Andrew Shepherd (Building Conservation Director) lectures at UNESCO World Heritage Site at Gjirokastra, Albania
Andrew Shepherd has returned from a week lecturing at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a view to arranging unit trips for AA students in the future.
Date Submitted: 18/5/2010
Adam Nathaniel Furman (AA Dip Hons) of Madam Studio and Amita Kulkarni (AADRL 2005) of Studio Amita Vikrant teach design unit at Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff
The unit is a part of the school’s Vertical Studio Program 2010 and it engages, investigates and expands upon the complexities and implications of a spatial aesthetic intuition that is fully conscious and analytic, a cultivated taste of both rigorous self awareness, and complete communicability..
For more information:
Date Submitted: 17/5/2010
hm55 furniture range by Diploma 1 tutors Olaf Kneer and Marianne Mueller at Clerkenwell Design Week
Mueller Kneer's hm55 furniture range designed for Hitch Mylius will be on show at the Clerkenwell Design Week at the Farmiloe Building, 34 St John Street, London EC1M 4AY between 25 and 27 May.
Date Submitted: 16/5/2010
Duplicate Array: Buildings/Places/Objects: Exhibition of work by FAT (Sam Jacob/Inter 12) at MAK DESIGN SPACE, Vienna
The exhibition presents a series of architecture/design/art projects by London-based practice FAT ranging in scale from objects to buildings and masterplans. The projects explore an idea of architecture as narrative, media and communication engaging directly with the culture, communities and scenarios that surround them. Using tactics including appropriation, irony, patterning, and juxtaposition, they set out an architectural agenda addressing issues of taste, ornament and meaning in contemporary culture.
Exhibition runs to 13 June.
Date Submitted: 12/5/2010
Blueprint magazine and mantownhuman announce undergraduate competition and Winter School
Blueprint magazine and mantownhuman are pleased to announce details of a Winter School for undergraduates to be held in central London on 17–18 November.
To win a place, current first-year undergraduate students of architecture, design, urbanism and related subjects must submit a one-minute video critiquing one of the following buildings:
1. The Burj Khalifa;
3. The Chrysler Building;
Videos must be submitted by 10 August to: firstname.lastname@example.org. These will be judged by an international jury with the winning students attending the 24-hr Winter School.
For full competition details – and details of the Winter School, please see www.mantownhuman.org
Prizes include: authoring an article in Blueprint; a European architectural visit; design books to the value of £350; public exhibition of work;
Date Submitted: 12/5/2010
Alfredo Ramirez (LU tutor/Groundlab Director) lectures at Designing Ecotown congress in Pescara Facoltá di Architettura, 13 May
AA Landscape Urbanism tutor and Groundlab Director Alfredo Ramirez will lecture at the Designing Ecotown International congress in Pescara Facoltá di Architettura, Italy, on 13 May. In his paper 'From the academia to the praxis' Alfredo will present the research of the AALU MA and its application in the large-scale urban projects that Groundlab has been developing recently.
For more details, see unich.it
Date Submitted: 12/5/2010
Props and Set – the Making of Narratives
an evening of talks at Shunt, Thursday 13 May, 6.30 organised by Inigo Minns and Shibboleth Shechter (AADipl 2000/1998)
Inigo Minns (AADipl 2000) and Shibboleth Shechter (AADipl 1998) in conjunction with MA Creative Practice for Narrative Environments at CSM, are hosting an evening of talks on the theme of ‘Props and Sets – the making of Narratives’. ‘Props and Set - the making of Narratives’ will take place on Thursday 13 May at 6.00 (for 6.30 start) at ‘Shunt’ at 20 Stainer Street, London SE1 9RL. Tickets are £15/£10 for students (including ‘Shunt’ opening night event). See www.shunt.co.uk and www.narrative-environments.com The event is the second in a series of conferences exploring ‘Narrative Environments’. Through presentations given by current practitioners, theorists and users we hope to reveal the multiple possibilities within the subject. These conferences are seen as a continuing conversation intended to reveal and question how we work whilst simultaneously reaching out to a broader world. The programme for the evening will include presentations by: Finn Williams – Croydon Planning Department Tom Coward – AOC Graham Hudson – Artist in residence in Kings Cross Noam Toran – Product Designer / Film Maker The presentations will be followed by a chaired Q & A session. From 8.00 ‘Shunt’ will be hosting their opening night with Musion (hologram producers who want to engage with art/design world), New Opera Hero (multi media performance)and Defuse. Places are limited; please email Despina Hajilouca email@example.com to reserve your place. * Please note that a photo ID is required for entrance into Shunt.
Date Submitted: 11/5/2010