A Clockwork Jerusalem

AA Gallery 9/5/2015 - 6/6/2015

Exhibitions are open Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-15:00.
Gallery Closed on Bank Holiday Monday 25 May 2015.

From Stonehenge to council estates, from Ebenezer Howard to Cliff Richard, from ruins and destruction to back-to-the-land rural fantasies, A Clockwork Jerusalem explores how the international influences of modernism became mixed with long standing British sensibilities. Through architecture, records, books and adverts, the exhibition examines how traditions of the romantic, sublime and pastoral, as well as interests in technology and science fiction, were absorbed to create a specifically British form of modernism.

A Clockwork Jerusalem focuses on British modernism at the moment it was at its most ambitious socially, politically and architecturally, but also on the point of collapse. A variety of large scale projects, images, objects and artefacts offer insights into the way architecture was central to manufacturing a new vision of society at a scale inconceivable today. The modern future of Britain was built from an unlikely combination of interests and these projects have changed our physical and imaginative landscapes.

Concept, Curation and Exhibition Design by FAT Architecture and Crimson Architectural Historians.  Commissioned by the British Council for the British Pavilion, 14th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia 2014.

In partnership with The Vinyl Factory.

Ludwig Leo - Ausschnitt - Five projects from 1960s West Berlin

Front Members' Room 2/5/2015 - 6/6/2015

Exhibitions are open Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-15:00.
Gallery Closed on Bank Holiday Monday 25 May 2015.

"Ludwig Leo: a most unusual architect" is how Peter Cook, inspired by seeing the recently completed pink and blue Umlauftank (circulation tank) and the triangular DLRG headquarters in Berlin, entitled his 1975 article about Ludwig Leo. "The buildings are so original and so expertly achieved" he said, "that in the long run, they MUST be exposed, they MUST be talked about, for there is so much crap around."

This never happened. Leo never built another building and he did not wish to talk about his past achievements. Forty years after Cook's text, this exhibition is the first dedicated to this legendary West Berlin architect of the 1960s, who died in 2012. Presented, through Leo's remarkable drawings, are five projects: the Umlauftank, the DLRG headquarters, a brutalist sports hall and two unbuilt experimental schools. The film "DLRG" animates Leo's drawings and shows how this unique lifeguard and boathouse building was originally used.

Curated by Antje Buchholz, Jack Burnett-Stuart, Gregor Harbusch, Michael von Matuschka and Jargen Patzak-Poor.

This exhibition was first shown in 2013 in Berlin and is co-produced by the Wästenrot Stiftung, the German foundation which is currently renovating the Umlauftank.

Photo: Wilfried Roder-Humpert

AA Visiting School

Graduate Gallery 2/5/2015 - 6/6/2015

Exhibitions are open Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-15:00.
Gallery Closed on Bank Holiday Monday 25 May 2015.

Launched in Dubai in early 2008, the AA Visiting School (AAVS) has grown into a network of more than 50 annual courses scattered across the globe, from Buenos Aires to London, New York to Hong Kong and onto the Amazon Rainforest and Atacama Desert. Encompassing five continents and countless cultures, AAVS courses take participants on unimaginable journeys to engage with many of the world’s most pressing architectural, technological, cultural, urban and social issues.

AAVS is concerned with architectural education in its widest possible conception and offers four kinds of courses: a Semester Programme for visiting students to study alongside AA students in the Undergraduate School; the Summer School, Night School and other short courses organised at the AA in Bedford Square and in Hooke Park; Little Architect, which introduces an awareness of architecture and cities to schoolchildren across London; and an array of Global Schools abroad. Courses are modelled on the AA’s famed unit system with individual agendas relating to the particular geographic and cultural conditions of each setting.

AAVS programmes offer participants the rare opportunity to engage with local forms of expertise and provide the unique kind of globalised learning experience apropos to architectural education in the twenty-first century.

Contact details

Head of Exhibitions:
Vanessa Norwood
T: +44 (0)20 7887 4031

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