Caracas: The Informal City

Series: Members' Screening
Date: Thursday 27 April 2017 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening

An AA Members' Screening of a film by Rob Schröder, Alfredo Brillembourg & Hubert Klumpner, 

Caracas: The Informal City, 2007

CARACAS. The informal City is a groundbreaking documentary in two parts; the first explores the evolution of new informal urban developments that are arising as a result of globalization. The second part focuses on the most violent mega-city on the South American continent, Caracas, where more than four of its six million inhabitants live in self built constructions in the barrios where only the laws of the strong rule.

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Sweet geometry: Edward Reynolds at the AA, 1956-8

Series: AA Collections Talks
Date: Tuesday 2 May 2017 : 18.30
Speaker: Geraint Franklin

A student at the Architectural Association from 1956-8, Edward Reynolds (1926-59) produced work of startling originality, including faceted and curvilinear geometries, zoomorphic forms and complex circulation systems. This talk sets Reynolds within the context of architectural discourse in 1950s London, exploring his connections with other students and his tutors Bill Howell, John Killick, James Gowan and others.

Geraint Franklin is an architectural historian specialising in British architecture since 1945. His book Howell Killick Partridge & Amis will be published by Historic England in June 2017.

Hooke Park Day / Weekend Trip

Series: Members Trip
Date: Saturday 6 May 2017 : 09.00
Speaker: Organised by the Membership Office with the support of Hooke Park staff

Members and students are invited to explore Hooke Park and its environs on the Annual Bluebell Open Day, with the option of an overnight stay at nearby Haselbury Mill.

Tours of the architecture campus buildings and talks on the development of Hooke Park as a unique place for learning, experimentation and self-sufficiency will take place throughout the first day, with the opportunity to undertake light forestry work among the vast and beautiful woodland on the second day.

This visit is open to AA Students and AA Members - spaces are limited.
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Image: Hooke Park © AA Photo Library

Train times:

Saturday 6 May

Depart London Waterloo at 09.20 | Arrive Crewkerne at 11.48

Depart Crewkerne at 17.19 | Arrive London Waterloo at 19.49

Sunday 7 May

Depart Crewkerne at 15.22 | Arrive London Waterloo at 17.59

'If we can have the first slide and the lights off’

Series: AA Collections Talks
Date: Tuesday 9 May 2017 : 18.30
Speaker: Catalina Mejía Moreno

In the shape of a 35mm colour slide show this talk will reproduce some of Reyner Banham’s and Robin Evan’s slide collection archived at the AA Photo-library, projecting their still unknown photographic transparencies. The talk analyses the distinct use of the slides by these two aforementioned architectural historians. In doing so it reflects on the particularities of this architectural medium and exposes the tension between the double nature of the slide as public – performed for a collective audience – and private – as used for personal means of documentation. 

This talk is part of the Mellon Multidisciplinary Research Project Architecture in/as Photography at the CCA in Montreal.

Catalina Mejía Moreno is Senior Lecturer in Architectural Humanities at the University of Brighton and Adjunct Faculty member at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. She is currently PhD candidate in Architectural Theory and Criticism at Newcastle University and Mellon Researcher at the CCA in Montreal. The DAAD and the Getty Research Centre have also supported her research on architecture and photography.

Image:Reyner Banham self-portrait
Reyner Banham slide collection. Copyright Mary Banham, AA Photo-Library

AA-DD: Asemic Architecture - Design Doodle

Series: The Shadow Series
Date: Thursday 18 May 2017 : 18.30
Speaker: Organised by John Andrews & Maria Theodorou With the support of Membership Office

The final discussion of the 2016-17 Shadow Series will be dedicated to the asemic mark; a mark containing no conscious meaning or specific semantic content. The term is often applied to the calligraphic fusion of image and text, but we will be examining the associated conceptual bridge between automatic drawing (the doodle) and architecture, being attentive to the primacy given to drawing in general. The doodle is usually read retrospectively as the start of the design process, but we are interested to focus on the asemic mark as the manifestation of a crisis in which rules, forms and structures crack and self-combust.

The Shadow Series intends to turn the (usually) shadow condition of AA members and alumni into a shadowing force that debates architecture at the present scale of an expanded AA. Unlike the global school, in which the AA ventures across a variety of locations, the shadow series is an intimate event, held at the institution’s core, that assembles the AA’s bodies and brains to debate current architecture issues and processes. Held every third Thursday of the month, from 6.30–8.30pm, on a variety of topics.

The Forgotten Space

Series: Members' Screening
Date: Thursday 25 May 2017 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening

An AA Members' Screening of a film by Allan Sekula & Noel Burch, The Forgotten Space, 2007

The Forgotten Space follows container cargo aboard ships, barges, trains and trucks, listening to workers, engineers, planners, politicians, and those marginalized by the global transport system. We visit displaced farmers and villagers in Holland and Belgium, underpaid truck drivers in Los Angeles, seafarers aboard mega-ships shuttling between Asia and Europe, and factory workers in China, whose low wages are the fragile key to the whole puzzle. And in Bilbao, we discover the most sophisticated expression of the belief that the maritime economy, and the sea itself, is somehow obsolete.

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London's Street Trees: A Field Guide to the Urban Forest

Series: Members' Trip
Date: Wednesday 31 May 2017 : 18.30
Speaker: Members' Walking Tour

Coinciding with London Tree Week 2017 and the launch of Paul Wood’s new book, 'London's Street Trees: A Field Guide to the Urban Forest', Members and students are invited on a walking tour setting off from the AA to explore London’s urban forest.

Looking specifically at street trees and their impact on the cityscape, Paul will provide a brief history of urban trees and their use in planning from the 19th century onwards and offer some thoughts on best practice for planners and architects. Taking in streets around the school in Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia, coincidentally spanning two boroughs – Westminster and Camden – we will look at trees in situ highlighting their impact on the city, the differences between local authority planting, and the remarkable variety of species to be found.

The tour will begin outside 36 Bedford Square.

This event is free for AA Members and students, but registration is necessary via the Members' event page:

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Image: Paul Wood

My Architect

Series: Members' Screening
Date: Thursday 29 June 2017 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening

An AA Members' Screening of a film by Nathaniel Kahn, My Architect, 2003

Director Nathaniel Kahn barely knew his father, but many throughout the world did. He was renowned architect Louis Kahn, who designed noteworthy buildings in California, Texas and even Bangladesh. Nathaniel explores his father's past, interviewing architects such as Frank O. Gehry, as well as members of the multiple families started by the philandering Louis. What emerges is a portrait of a brilliant but unreliable man whose creations, which are featured prominently in the film, still astound.

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The AA Cinema has limited seating so early arrival is recommended.

Image: Louis Kahn & Gordon Sainsbury at the AA in 1961 (Courtesy of the Architectural Association Photo Library) 

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