Stories from Ostrava – Industry to CultureAA Gallery 10/6/2016 - 15/6/2016
Exhibitions are open Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-17:00.
As deindustrialization takes hold in Europe, national landmarks such as Dolni Vitkovice, a decommissioned ironworks in Ostrava, Czech Republic, face the threat of either dereliction or Disneyfication. In a series of interviews two students at the Architectural Association, Veronika Janovcova and Timothy O’Hare, peel back the layers of nostalgia and romanticism surrounding the site to reveal the social and political forces behind the redevelopment of the European Cultural Heritage site into an educational and cultural hub.
The resulting fifteen-minute film D.O.V holds up a mirror to the discussion. Taking cues from the films of Charles and Ray Eames, it presents a snapshot of the difficult, yet urgent transformation of a city and a community, exposing the conflicting interests of the public and private actors involved.
Alongside the film, the AA Gallery will host a series of photographs by Ostrava born photographer Viktor Kolář juxtaposing for the first time black-and-white photographs from his famous Ostrava Series with colourful images from recent years while demonstrating the unity of people and their environment. Kolář’s use of deep tones, textures, light and contrast creates a melancholic and poignant look at the landscape and people of Ostrava over the course of several tumultuous decades, earning him a place as one of the most important contemporary Czech documentary photographers.
Stories from Ostrava is part of the London Festival of Architecture 2016.
Projects Review 2016AA School 25/6/2016 - 16/7/2016
Exhibition open Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday 25 June 13:00-17:00, Saturday 2, 9 & 16 July 10:00-17:00
Projects Review 2016 offers an overview of the AA's 2015/16 academic year. On display are hundreds of drawings, models, installations and photographs from all the AA's units, courses and departments, documenting the diversity and experimental nature of the AA School.
At the AA architecture is pursued as a form of cultural knowledge across year-long design projects and portfolios. We believe that truly great schools don't just nurture and support architectural talent, they also build audiences for experimentation, out of which new architectural ideas, visions and projects emerge.
Projects Review 2016 is part of the London Festival of Architecture 2016.