James Gowan and Álvaro Siza                                     
Housing and the City

AA Gallery 11/3/2017 - 31/3/2017

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


This exhibition offers a close comparative reading of the design process within housing projects by James Gowan (1923-2015) and Álvaro Siza (b. 1933), with particular reference to the specific architectural problems that confronted both architects when addressing the typologies of stacked maisonettes and terraced houses in the decades after 1963. Gowan is represented by his designs for Greenwich and East Hanningfield, and Siza by Bouça and Vila Viçosa.

These projects were being developed whilst the Pruitt-Igoe housing complex in the United States was demonized and demolished – a critique that continues in the current discussion on the fate of Alison and Peter Smithson’s 1972 Robin Hood Gardens. By examining the design development of specific projects, the exhibition aims to reconsider the particular problems of public housing design that had started with some of the last large-scale developments of the European welfare state, and strives to understand the poor public reception that they have received as models for inhabitation.

Curated by Ellis Woodman and Manuel Montenegro
A Drawing Matter Collections research project, in collaboration with the Architectural Association


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)


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.


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.


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.


Contact details

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



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