Geoff Manaugh, Mark Smout and Laura Allen

Architect Explorers: Land Use Taxonomy / Landscape Transformation

Date: 28/2/2013
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 92 mins

Geoff Manaugh (BLDGBLOG) with Mark Smout and Laura Allen (Smout Allen)

As long-term admirers of the Centre for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) near Los Angeles, Smout Allen and Geoff Manaugh investigated this research and educational organisation and its context for Venice Takeaway. For this lecture, they will reflect on CLUI, which since 1994 has been recording and developing an understanding of human interaction with the earth’s surface. Looking ahead, they outline how the new British Exploratory Land Archive (BELA) will create a resource, repository and online archive for the active expeditionary cataloguing of sites in the UK.

This is part of a series of events taking place at the AA to coincide with the Exhibition at the RIBA: Venice Takeaway: Ideas to Change British Architecture at RIBA (26 February–27 April):

For the first time, the exhibition from the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale is being updated and brought back to Britain. Venice Takeaway presents the work of ten architectural teams that travelled the world to seek imaginative responses to universal issues. Charting a course that takes place across Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Thailand and the USA, the installations and objects encapsulate ideas for change, reminding us that the practice of architecture is as much about observation and thinking as it is about design. The exhibition is curated by Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture, Design and Fashion at the British Council and Vanessa Norwood, Head of Exhibitions at the AA.

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