Everything Architecture
OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen

AA Gallery 29/4/2017 - 27/5/2017

Monday to Friday 10:00–19:00, Saturday 10:00–17:00.
NB. Closed Bank Holiday Monday 1 May 2017


Everything Architecture
was first exhibited in the antechambers of the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels and afterwards at the Arc en Rêve Centre d’Architecture in Bordeaux, before travelling here to the AA.

The point of departure for the exhibition is the idea that every one of the productions of OFFICE can be considered a project in itself. Models, drawings and perspectives populate the gallery as individual objects, together with works of art which are related to the spirit and language of OFFICE. In this field of objects, sculptures are considered as companions en route to architectural production; paintings and photographs enforce or break the different perspectives and search for dialogue.

The exhibition is accompanied by the release of OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen — Volume 1 & 3, the second and third parts of an oeuvre catalogue in the making, which is published and distributed by Walter König.

This exhibition is supported by the Government of Flanders.


Reyner Banham: America

37 Ground Floor Corridor 9/5/2017 - 28/7/2017

Monday to Friday 10:00–18:00

Reyner Banham: America


Photo Library Corridor Gallery

37 Bedford Square, 7.30pm

British architectural historian Peter Reyner Banham was not only a vivid writer but also a compulsive snapshot photographer who described himself as an ‘observational historian.’ Banham repeatedly visited and recorded buildings, cities and landscapes with one of his many cameras and several Ecktachrome and Kodachrome films. This exhibition gives an insight into his America to which he moved in 1976 to join the University of New York in Buffalo. Industrial landscapes, car lots, ordinary houses, a view of the road; these photographs are only a selection of his hundreds of 35mm colour slides housed at the AA Photo Library that reveal his distinct photographic body of work.

Peter Reyner Banham was an English architectural critic and prolific writer best known for his theoretical treatise Theory and Design in the First Machine Age (1960) and for his 1971 book Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies. 

Banham was based in London, but lived primarily in the United States from the late 1960s until the end of his life. 
As a professor, Banham taught at the University of London, the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo, and through the 1980s at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He had been appointed the Sheldon H. Solow Professor of the History of Architecture at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University shortly before his death, but he never taught at the institution. He was also featured in the short documentary Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles; in his book on Los Angeles, Banham said that he learned to drive so he could read the city in the original.
His slide collection was donated to the Architectural Association Photo Library by Mary Banham in 1996.

Curated by Byron Blakeley

Open until Saturday 28 July

Image: Bus Depot, Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California, 1983
Reyner Banham slide collection. Copyright Mary Banham, Architectural Association Photo Library 


THE RIVERBED
BEN MURPHY

Front Members' Room 18/3/2017 - 27/5/2017

Monday to Friday 10:00–19:00, Saturday 10:00–17:00.
NB. Closed 1–18 April (AA Easter Closure) & Bank Holiday Monday 1 May 2017


In a remote mountainous area of south-east Spain, multi-national, non-conformist individuals live out their versions of paradise in ephemeral, loosely bound communities. Here, people choose migration to facilitate an ideology, in an attempt to escape western society rather than join it.

In this landscape, distinct countercultural groups exist in hard to find places – along the banks of an infertile riverbed, in ravines and off mountain passes, in relative proximity to each other. People who reject and subvert the conventions of a structured democratic society from Europe, North and South America, Japan and Australasia gravitate to this area, making their temporal imprint on the land, local culture and atmosphere of place through the environments they stage and occupy. Temporal encampments appear then disappear. In a continual state of flux, some are relocated, some are destroyed by the local authorities, some are abandoned, then re-inhabited and reconfigured by others searching for a sense of utopia.

These photographs, made during extended trips over a ten-year period, show how international neo-nomadic countercultures are represented, reinforced and maintained through the customised trucks, vans, coaches and self-made dwellings they inhabit. Reflecting on values and expectations of home, society and freedom, and the inevitable paradoxes, compromises and entanglements inherent in rejecting the dominant system, the work aims to ask what it means to live an alternative life on the margins of the mainstream, and how these identities are expressed through dwelling and habitat.


Contact details

Head of Exhibitions:
Vanessa Norwood
T: +44 (0)20 7887 4031
vanessa@aaschool.ac.uk



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