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Visiting School Naples workshop Moulding Matters seeks to revisit and reinvent the ornamental in architecture through the production of drawings and 1:1 plaster mouldings. From the grammatically-correct Classicism of a nineteenth century ceiling rose to the geometric abstractions of a Modernist fireplace, from fragments of the remains of Pompeii to the grand excesses of a Baroque cornice, it reconsiders a breadth of historical precedents to generate formal grammar.

Through the success of the first workshop, Moulding Matters has been invited by curators Ambra Favi and Giovanni Piovene to present at the Lisbon Triennale this autumn, as part of the exhibition What is Ornament? at the culturegest venue. 

In other news, Moulding Matters has also been published on designboom. They describe the workshop as 'a new design phenomenon conducting research through hands-on casting of traditional ornamental profiles and motifs.’

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The next Moulding Matters workshop is currently accepting applications. The deadline for applications is Saturday 1 June. To find out more visit the AA VS Naples website.

Date Submitted: 24/5/2019

Georgia Hablutzel and Quentin Dauvergne created the booklets published on the Whitechapel Gallery website with tutors Sue Barr and Caroline Rabourdin for the AA Visiting School in Richelieu.The works are the result of individual research on the town of Richelieu and its history. Both projects look at the town from a distance, allowing for new interpretations and displacements through the re-appropriation of historical documents. Quentin’s photographic work was conducted in the gardens of Versailles, which were heavily inspired by the gardens of the ideal city, whilst Georgia’s interviews were conducted on site, and merge with words written over 450 years ago by John Evelyn during his visit to the town of Richelieu.

Read the full article on the Whitechapel Gallery website

Date Submitted: 23/5/2019

Building on the acclaimed Italian Limes project by Studio Folder (2014–2018), A Moving Border is a book that examines the nexus of climate change, territory, and nation building. Written with Marco Ferrari and Elisa Pasqual of Studio Folder, the book includes contributions by Stuart Elden, Mia Fuller, Francesca Hughes, Bruno Latour, and Wu Ming 1. 

Read more about Italian Limes and about A Moving Border (published by Columbia Books on Architecture and the City and ZKM | Karlsruhe, 2019). 

Date Submitted: 23/5/2019

El Alto AA Visiting School Programme Directors and AA Summer School teachers Sabrina Morreale (AADipl 2016) and Lorenzo Perri (AADipl(Hons)2016) + INDA opens exhibition An encyclopedia to harvest knowledge in Bangkok as part of the ASA Expo.

“Welcome to the Anthropocene, in today’s overwhelming global evidence that atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other earth system processes are now altered by humans, perennial topiary is a collection of possible solutions, projections, rejections, moments which are worth to share globally.

We defined ecology not only restricted to our environment but as well on subcultures, ethical scarcity and money excess. Realities that most of the time are underneath our eyes and just not been picked up upon.

The more that we forget, the more we do not care. In this Perennial Topiary, every time that a flower is picked up, a thread of needed knowledge is shaped.

One flower is one project. We will construct our topiary out of hundreds of projects. Curiosity to raise awareness.”

The exhibition is on from 30 April - 5 May 2019. For more information visit the Cuinda News

Date Submitted: 23/5/2019

The London based practice Gustafson Porter + Bowman led by alumna Mary Bowman (AA Past Vice-President and Former AA Councillor), alumnus Neil Porter (Former AA Councillor and Former AA Staff) and Kathryn Gustafson has won the Eiffel Tower contest.

Working with French studio Chartier-Corbasson, the London-based practice was selected ahead of bids by Amanda Levete Architects (AL_A) with Gross.Max; Paris-based Koz Architectes; and France’s Agence Ter with Italy’s Carlo Ratti Associati.

The competition, launched in early 2018, sought a public realm upgrade that boosted safety, improved the tourist experience and reduced queuing around the 324m-tall wrought-iron tower, currently the most-visited paid monument in the world.

Read the full article on the Architects’ Journal website

Date Submitted: 23/5/2019

Connecting architecture and literature, artist and architect Colin Priest (AADipl 2003) installs a city-wide site-specific festival commission for the International Literature Festival Dublin titled SLOW READ HERE, 17-26th May 2019. Conceived as a contemporary rustication, a type of architectural finishing commonly found across Dublin’s older buildings will ‘slow’ the reading of space. Starting at the Irish Architecture Foundation via Grattan Bridge to end at the Irish Architectural Archive the work will gently encourage new street-level stories and a fresh perspective to the city. Colin has exhibited across the UK and internationally, with works that incorporate intervention, writing and performance associated with spatial production and experience of built histories. Colin is also Course Leader for BA (Hons) Interior and Spatial Design at University of the Arts London. #slowreadhere

Find out more here: Interview 

Find out more here: Overview 

Date Submitted: 17/5/2019

onstantly exchanging particles with its environment, dust is open, has no traceable beginning, knows no interior and exterior. Dust gathers and it leaves itself behind, in a mutual exchange with its place. Dust can be a fragment, fragmented, or an accumulation. The talk discusses the idea of dust in relation to architecture, the body and the city. The talk will be followed by a discussion with Joel McKim (Birkbeck - Architecture, Space and Society Centre)

Friday 24 May 2019, 18:00 – 19:20 , Cinema, Birkbeck, School of Arts , 43 Gordon Square London WC1H 0PD. Tickets on Eventbrite

This event is part of Birkbeck Arts Week 2019

Date Submitted: 17/5/2019

The lecture will present how storytelling, collapsing environments and innovation in design shape an innovative understanding of the built environment. With a photographic documentation of unique places on the Planet Earth Scavengers and Other Creatures explores the gripping power of myth and fiction as radical narratives for imagining the near future of cities and forests.

IAM Open Lecture #28, Ricardo de Ostos, Scavengers and Other Creatures, 18:00 Friday May 17 2019
IAM Media Lab, Kronesgasse 5/III.

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Date Submitted: 17/5/2019

AI: More than Human invites you to explore our relationship with artificial intelligence.

This major centre-wide ‘festival-style’ exhibition explores creative and scientific developments in AI, demonstrating its potential to revolutionise our lives. Bringing together artists, scientists and researchers, this interactive exhibition offers an unprecedented survey of AI with which you are invited to engage head-on.

Experience the capabilities of AI in the form of cutting-edge research projects by DeepMindMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Neri Oxman; and interact directly with exhibits and installations from artists including Mario KlingemannMassive AttackEs Devlin and teamLab to experience the possibilities first-hand.

Prepare for your preconceptions of AI to be challenged by this timely exhibition, that reflects on how this technology impacts our very existence.

Find out more on the Barbican website

Image: 2065 (Barbican edition) © Lawrence Lek

Date Submitted: 17/5/2019

Caroline Rabourdin has been selected to present at the 23rd International Symposium in Phenomenology on the theme 'L’Epreuve de l’étranger: traduction, migration, résistance' which will take place in Perugia, Italy, 7-13th July 2019. 

For this intervention Caroline will interrogate the political framework of the bilingual speaking subject through a close reading of Lisa Roberton’s essay "Threshold: A Prosody of Citizenship” and Jacques Derrida’s seminars on hospitality (in Anne Dufourmantelle invite Jacques Derrida à répondre de l’hospitalité, 1997). Her paper will be bilingual French/English and will focus on language as a relational and political activity, the laws of language, and the consequences of the removal of the bilingual subject’s rights.

Discourse improvises, unmoored to any stable geographic or architectural foundation. We citizens constitute ourselves according to the movement of subjectivity in language. At the same time, we are administratively identified by shared, conventional borders, and a historical concept of collective and individual rights or those rights’ withdrawal. (Lisa Robertson, "Threshold: A Prosody of Citizneship", Dialecty series, Book Works, 2018)

Emily Apter (The Translation Zone, 2005) will be the keynote speaker and participants can still apply to attend. For more information visit the symposium’s webpage

Date Submitted: 15/5/2019

When AA alumnus Adam Nathaniel Furman, a London-based designer and postmodernism enthusiast, came across a client who asked specially for a ‘bubble gum’ flat, he knew it was going to be an exciting project. Located in the heart of Nagatacho, the governmental administrative district of central Tokyo, the apartment blends milky pastels and bright yellow accents that come together to form a harmonious postmodernist collage.

Read the full article on the Wallpaper* website

Date Submitted: 15/5/2019

Eleanor Gawne, AA Librarian, attended the joint ARCLIB (Architecture Librarians’ Group) and CNBA (Coordinatmento Nazionale Biblioteche di Architettura) conference on Globalism, Diversity and Exchange, hosted by the University Institute of Architecture in Venice from 8-11 May 2019. Eleanor presented a paper on ‘Benchmarking architectural libraries’. Her attendance was supported by the ARLIS/UK & Ireland Travel & Study Fund and by an ICOM UK Travel Bursary.

Date Submitted: 15/5/2019

Harvard University Graduate School of Design (Harvard GSD) is pleased to name Polish-born and U.S.-based architect Aleksandra Jaeschke the winner of the 2019 Wheelwright Prize, a $100,000 grant to support investigative approaches to contemporary architecture, with an emphasis on travel-based research. Jaeschke’s winning proposal, UNDER WRAPS: Architecture and Culture of Greenhouses, aims to explore the culture and architecture of greenhouses around the world, focusing on the spatiality of horticultural operations, as well as the interactions between plants and humans across a spectrum of contexts and cultures.

Jaeschke was among three remarkable finalists selected from more than 145 applicants, hailing from 46 countries. The 2019 Wheelwright Prize jury commends finalists Maria Shéhérazade Giudici (AA Diploma Unit Master) and Garrett Ricciardi for their promising research proposals and presentations.

Read the full article on the Wheelwright Prize website

Date Submitted: 15/5/2019

Sushant Verma joined the list of TEDx Speakers by speaking at TEDxGurugram on ‘Smart Cities need Smarter Design Education’. His second TEDxTalk was recently given at the IIT KGP in which he encouraged young professionals to pursue their passions in Design & Technology.

After graduating from the Emergent Technologies Programme at the AA, Sushant Verma worked with RoboFOLD London and Zaha Hadid Architects, while co-founding a global design research studio rat[LAB] – Research in Architecture & Technology (www.rat-lab.org) with Pradeep Devadass (AAEmTech MArch 2013). Sushant has been speaking at various forums, including three TEDx events, CIAT UK / INDIA Conference and will be speaking at Architecture of the Future 2019 Conference in Ukraine and Asian Architects in the Academe Assembly 2019 in Philippines on intersections of Design and Technology.

Watch the TEDxGurugram talk on YouTube 

Watch the TEDxIIT talk on YouTube

Date Submitted: 15/5/2019

Questo non è un modello (This is not a model) argues that concept of ‘model’ has an ambiguous relationship with the ideation, the representation, the construction and the communication of architecture. It is this ambiguity that enables the model to engage with the multiple relations that affect the definition of architecture as both a discipline and an edifice. As a prototype, a template or a guide for the production of the edifice of architecture, the model both proclaims and obfuscates the point of origin of the project, triggering a multiplicity of variations that render the discipline and the practice of architecture possible. As an object, the model offers a description, a presentation and, more significantly, an anticipation of the architectural object. Engaging in the making of architecture a plurality of agents beyond the historical figure of the artifexarchitect, the model challenges the single authorship of architecture. The model’s oscillations between object and concept – and object again, engage the production of the architectural project in a dynamic set of references, tensions and variations that continue to involve the viewer/actor/inhabitant. When the model loses its dynamics between transition and translation and presents itself as a resolved object, it no longer is ‘model’.  The talk draws from Teresa’s recent book ‘Unorthodox Ways to Think the City. Representations, Constructions, Dynamics’ (Routledge 2018).

Monday 13 May 2019, 4.30pm, Sapienza Università di Roma, Faculty of Architecture,  Fiorentino Lecture Hall, Via Gramsci 53, Rome.

Find out more on the University di Roma website

Date Submitted: 10/5/2019
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