UNKNOWN FIELDS: The Dark Side of the City

AA Gallery 1/10/2016 - 16/12/2016

Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-17:00.
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Unknown Fields is a nomadic design studio that ventures out on expeditions through the shadows cast by the contemporary city to trace the alternative worlds, alien landscapes, industrial ecologies and precarious wilderness that its technology and culture set in motion. These distributed landscapes, the iconic and the ignored, the excavated, irradiated and the pristine, are embedded in global systems that connect them in surprising and complicated ways to our everyday lives. Systems that form a network of vast but elusive tendrils, twisting threadlike over everything around us, crisscrossing the planet, connecting the mundane to the extraordinary.


In The Dark Side of the City Unknown Fields takes us on a road trip through a reimagined city that stretches across the ends of the earth. It is a portrait of a place that sits between documentary and fiction, a city of fragments; of drone footage and hidden camera investigations, of interviews and speculative narratives, of toxic objects, reimagined landscapes and distributed matter from distant sites. The Dark Side of the City is a collection of stories from the constellation of elsewheres that are conjured into being by the city’s wants and needs, fears and dreams.


Photo: The Human Conveyor Belt, Ilakaka Gemfields, Madagascar, 2013. Toby Smith/Unknown Fields

AA Honours 2016

Graduate Gallery 19/9/2016 - 16/12/2016

Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-17:00.


An exhibition of work by the four students achieving AA Honours in 2016 - Panagiotis Demiris, Christopher Mark Johnson, Maridia Kafetzopoulou and Lorenzo Perri.

Cedric Price Works 1952–2003: A Forward-minded Retrospective by Samantha Hardingham

& Memory Bank by Jan Nauta and Victor Vroegindeweij

Front Members' Room 19/9/2016 - 29/10/2016

Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-17:00.


Coinciding with the publication of Cedric Price Works 1952-2003: A Forward-minded Retrospective by Samantha Hardingham (co-published by the Architectural Association and the Canadian Centre for Architecture), and a one-day symposium celebrating the work of Cedric Price, the AA presents Memory Bank by Jan Nauta and Victor Vroegindeweij.


The installation tells the story of Cedric Price through interviews with a number of people who were close to him; whilst the book brings together, for the first time, all of Price’s projects, articles and talks – aiming to present his munificence as thinker, philosopher and designer. Price was a student at the AA in the 1950s, established his office in London in 1960 and went on to produce some of the most intensely imaginative and experimental architecture of the latter half of the 20th century. His work is central in defining the architectural discourse around the emerging post-war themes of mobility and indeterminacy in design.

Memory Bank was originally commissioned by Bureau Europa.
Image courtesy of The Cedric Price Estate.

Exemplary Projects 2016

AA Bar 19/9/2016 - 29/10/2016

Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-17:00.


Presenting a selection of outstanding projects by students in the third year of the Intermediate School.

Contact details

Head of Exhibitions:
Vanessa Norwood
T: +44 (0)20 7887 4031

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