Didier Faustino: Undomesticated Places

AA Gallery 10/10/2015 - 12/12/2015

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

Undomesticated Places
 presents two projects by the French artist and architect Didier Faustino, one inside the AA gallery and one in the public space of Bedford Square.

The first part of the exhibition, inside the building, contains the video Exploring Dead Buildings 2.0 which recalls the performance realised on the occasion of the 12th Havana Biennial in 2015. An explorer with a video device fixed on his metallic armour constructs a sensitive archaeology of the School of Ballet; a building designed by Vittorio Garatti in the early 1960s.

Outside, in Bedford Square, a second rendition of This is not a love song (first created in Meudon, France in 2014) has been built. This monochromatic performance-architecture is a platform in the urban environment, welcoming everyday events to activate its meaning and providing a site for action in the manner of Speaker’s Corner.

The exhibition presents two approaches to performative practice in the closely-linked fields of contemporary art and architecture, representative of Didier Faustino's obsession with the location of the body in private and public space.

Supported by AKT II

Photos: Valerie Bennett

The Yellow-Star Houses of Budapest
Nigel Swann

Front Members' Room 14/11/2015 - 12/12/2015

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

During 1944 all Budapest citizens defined as Jews by the race laws in force were obliged to wear a yellow star, and to live under curfew in a designated house also marked with the yellow star. Across the city, there were almost 2,000 such yellow-star houses; apartment blocks which accommodated around 220,000 people.

Many of these houses were built during the patriotic, optimistic construction boom of the 1880s and 1890s, others are early Art Deco masterpieces, while later buildings were the pioneering works of interwar Bauhaus disciples.

The yellow-star houses were unique to Hungary and Budapest and although around 1,600 former yellow-star houses are still in residential use today, their history was largely unknown until early 2014. Barely a handful of archival photographs of yellow-star houses remain - Hungarian Jews had had their cameras, radios and bicycles confiscated in April 1944.

Photographer Nigel Swann documented Budapest’s inner city districts over a ten year period, unbeknown to him at the time many of the houses he photographed were former yellow-star houses. When the list of yellow-star houses was finally published in 2014 on yellowstarhouses.org he returned and re-photographed these significant locations.

Thanks to Dr Gwen Jones, Zelda Cheatle and Sean O’Hagan.

AA Visiting School Semester Programme
British Museum vs. Tate Modern 

Back Members' Room 14/11/2015 - 12/12/2015

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


Cities are in constant evolution; the new and the old co-exist in a flux of activity. Within this dynamic state, some buildings stand out and form the character of their neighbourhood - these icons define points of stability within the animated city.

It is interesting to see that these icons may be historical or contemporary entities, whilst others become hybrid expressions of the old and the new. Physical and/or programmatic transformations challenge the building to adopt new qualities and enrich its dialogue with the evolving city.

The VS Semester Programme looked at The British Museum and Tate Modern to study the different hybrid expressions of these two major cultural destinations. Exploring the architectural scale in detail, whist also looking at its relationship to the adjacent city, students formulated their studies through reading and mapping the physical and experiential qualities, to extract the essential and discover what makes these buildings iconic.

The aspects explored deal with tangible and intangible attributes so that the unseen essence is unveiled: Infrastructure and Network, Activity and Time, Circulation and Flow, Pattern (Verticality vs. Horizontality), Scale (Verticality vs. Horizontality).

Marta de la Rica Roxas
Ana Amunarriz   
Nevin Ounpuu-Adams
Panittra Eawsivigoon
Jane Chongsuwat
Vorapattr Phornprapha
Frédérique Sanders
Guilherme Kuhn
Simay Yildiz

Naiara Vegara
Marie-Isabel de Monseignat-Lavrov

AADRL: Behavioural Complexity In Process

AA Bar 14/11/2015 - 12/12/2015

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

Behaviour Complexity builds on scenario and production-based research that is prototypical, exploring material and social forms of interaction. Behavioural, parametric and generative methodologies of computational design are coupled with physical computing and analogue experiments, creating dynamic and reflexive feedback processes. New forms of spatial organisation are explored that are not type or site-dependant, but examine scenarios that evolve as ecologies and environments that seek adaptive and hyper-specific features. This performance-driven approach seeks to develop design proposals concerned with the everyday. The iterative methodologies of the design studio focuses on the investigations of spatial, structural and material organisation, engaging in contemporary discourses on computation and materialisation within architecture and urbanism.

Theodore Spyropoulos, Patrik Schumacher, Robert Stuart-Smith and Shajay Bhooshan examine Behaviroual Complexity through their respective design research studios. Theodore Spyropoulos’ studio, ‘Self-Aware/- Self-Structured Ecologies Towards a Behavioural Model for Architecture’, explores autonomous self-aware and assembled systems that explore machine learning, collective building and environmental conditioning. ‘Tectonic Articulation: Making Engineering Logics Speak’, led by Patrik Schumacher, instrumentalises engineering and fabrication logics for the purpose of articulation: the adaptive differentiation of load bearing structures as well as the adaptive differentiation of volumes and envelopes according to the building’s environmental performance. Robert Stuart-Smith’s studio, ‘Behavioural Production: Investigations into Swarm Printing’, develops adaptive, rapid and on-demand construction enabled by swarm 3D-printing that orchestrates design and production as a singular creative process able to respond to diverse social and economic time-based scenarios. Shajay Bhooshan’s studio, ‘Metamorphosis: Prototypes as Applied Research in Architecture, Engineering and Manufacturing’, attempts to research and speculate on ‘when machines will design and build’, in terms of architectural design and how can we describe, evaluate and search?

Kiril Kuzmanov: What is passing through me, I pass through it 

37 Ground Floor Corridor 1/10/2015 - 18/12/2015

Exhibition open Mon-Fri 10:00-18:00


In the frame of the exhibition, there will be an open discussion with Kiril Kuzmanov and Rojia Forouhar

8/10/2015 Thursday 6:30pm at the AA Cinema


Is the title of the exhibition, a warning coming from  ‘37 Bedford square’; is the Georgian building talking to us? Is it reminding us it will outstand us? Or perhaps merely reminiscing about the many people who have walked under its roof, climbed its stairs, passed its walls, walked on its grounds, those who will remember it forever more.


Context is being challenged; is the building containing us or are we containing the building?


 We pass through two seemingly disparate scenes: an image of the building holding us, a solid interior on the south wall that in its self reflexivity renews the challenge of context, and facing it on the north wall, a lightweight house, an outdoor house; a tree house. On the one side, an interior devoid of people yet familiarly holding us, the spectators, and on the other side a house only recognisable by the people it holds. One Georgian, one of present day Gujarat; One standing for over two hundred years, one being replaced repeatedly since way before that.


 Is there a point where these two remote spaces connect, relate, draw close? To find the answer, I’d like to go back to the title; where the displacement of context suggested is made possible through passing. The title seems to suggest that the possible collision can only be evident in time and in relation to context. Of course one possible collision is the present, where the Georgian building has become the context of the tree house, the other perhaps Georgian British India where the skies and grounds of the tree house were context.

                                                                                                Rojia Forouhar Abadeh


What is passing through me, I pass through it, 2009-(2015), is part of an on going project, Untameable is the Wind, initiated by Kiril Kuzmanov in 2008, The first part of which came to a close on 15.04.2010; an eleven month route made by land, passing through remote areas of Turkey, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Kazakhstan, Russian Federation, Altai Republic, Mongolia, China, Tibet, Nepal, Kingdom Lo Mantang, India and Kashmir.



Director's Selection: Projects Review 2015

Graduate Gallery 21/9/2015 - 12/12/2015

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


Projects Review is the culmination of the year's work at the Architectural Association, showcasing student projects from across the school, from Foundation to PhD.

Director's Selection: Projects Review 2015
presents Brett Steele's personal choice of the best student work produced during the AA's last academic year.

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