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Forest of Theoretical Sex Toys, featured in this month’s Wallpaper* The Handmade Issue, is the product of a collaboration between the Architectural Association Digital Prototyping Lab and Douglas Coupland, a Canadian artist and novelist. Handmade X: With Love is the tenth edition of Wallpaper* Handmade, a project that pairs creatives with makers and manufacturers.

The ‘sex toys’ were designed by Douglas Coupland in response to Wallpaper*’s theme of ‘love’ and 3D printed at the Digital Prototyping Lab at the AA. In the interview featured in this month’s Wallpaper* issue Douglas says “The theme of love made me think about things that are about the body but not necessarily about your body. In the same way that Lawren Harris painted the phylum of trees on the island, I wanted the same ‘Qu’est-ce que c’est?’ to come out of the trees we made. That same sense of familiarity wrapped up in weirdness.” 

Read the full article on the Wallpaper* website

The 3D printed collection of ‘sex toys’ will be auctioned in autumn to raise funds towards Scholarships and Bursaries for future generations of deserving students to have the opportunity to study at the AA School of Architecture. Be the first to find out about the auction by registering your interest

Date Submitted: 18/7/2019

Something Curated have highlighted nine AA student projects, from the recent AA Projects Review 2019 end of year show, that they believe “are exercises in the redefinition of the discipline of architecture, but more importantly our world and its future.”

Students featured in the list are: Jeanne Clerc, Lucas Wilson, Chanel Kuo, Chris Kokarev, Ryan Cook, Hangyul Jeong, Lukas Pauer, Voisin Isdahl. Read the full article with short descriptions of each student’s work on the Something Curated website

Image: Jeanne Clerc, A Home Truth on Childhood and Continuity, 2019

Date Submitted: 17/7/2019

Von X Chua (AADipl 2015) is co-founder of Pitch Your Concepts, an online platform to connect design professionals with property owners, which has now soft launched in the United Kingdom. The platform allows property owners, business owners and landowners to post their building project briefs online and at the same time, design professionals can showcase their portfolio and pitch to new clients via the online platform.

Pitch Your Concepts was a semi-finalist at the Mayor’s Entrepreneur Award 2019, organised by the Mayor of London and currently part of the NatWest Entrepreneurship’s Pre-Accelerator programme.

Find out more on Pitch Your Concepts website 

Image: Pitch Your Concepts at the National Homebuilding and Renovating Show 2019

Date Submitted: 17/7/2019

With the express intention of challenging traditional delineations of discipline and media in the artsm Fearghus Raftery (AADipl 2016) has co-curated 74 Years, an exhibition as part of the Other-Art Network’s summer exhibitions programme. Featuring new and existing work from 11 artists based in the UK, the theme of the exhibition references the time passed since the start of what some geologists refer to as ‘the Anthropocene’. The collective work incorporates performance, sculpture, film, poetry and installation and will come together on the Wednesday 17 August in an event featuring live performances from artists displaying as part of the show, set against the backdrop of the formal landscape gardens of Goodnestone Park near Canterbury in Kent. Exhibitors include Fearghus Raftery (AADipl 2016), Colin Priest (AADipl 2003), Kristina Kotov (AADipl 2006), Grace Adam, Greig Burgoyne, Jessica Ostrowicz, Tom Plumtre, Katherine Scott, Matthew Turner, Owen Vince, Other-Space.

The exhibition is open from 5 July to 30 August at Goodnestone Park Gardens, Kent, CT3 1PL. Find out more by visiting the Other-Art Network website

Date Submitted: 16/7/2019

Dugnad has underpinned the culture of care and responsibility Norwegians have had as neighbours, national and global citizens for 800 years, which continues on the periphery in co-housing, civic and municipal collaborations and more. However, as the country becomes more individualistic, citizens are losing Dugnad’s value. Dugnad is also reflected across cultures globally in various placemaking strategies, including architecture dedicated to a more equitable society.

Dugnad Days, a participatory design project selected for the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019, creates a story of commitment, shared learning and collective responsibility. Dugnad Days explores collective, bespoke processes of building resilience and the social sustainability of communities through participatory placemaking. By recalibrating the Dugnad tradition of collective work and mutual support with the local community of Sletteløkka, Oslo, with support from Bydel Bjerke, a process of co-production and co-creation with citizens is given agency to foster human and environmental wellbeing.

The project is led by architect Alexander Eriksson Furunes (former AA student), place strategist and founder of Urbanista.org Lucy Bullivant (AA Member), architect/photographer Mattias Josefsson and architects Maria Årthun and Sudarshan Khadka, with artist and graphic designer Gabriela Forjaz and Maria Cau Levy, architect and graphic designer Goma Oficina, sound artist Caroline Jinde and performance artist Tuoman Laitinen,

The Architecture of Degrowth, the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019 is a call to arms to build alternatives to the unsustainable and unfair paradigm of growth, because human and ecological flourishing matter the most. Dugnad Days is exhibited in the Triennale’s exhibition, The Library, at the National Museum, Oslo, 26 Sept-24 Nov 2019. 

Find out more about the project on the Urbanista website or more about the Oslo Architecture Triennalie 2019

Date Submitted: 10/7/2019

The 21st International Congress of Aesthetics conference will take place between 22 – 26 July 2019 at The University of Belgrade, Serbia. The theme of the Congress is “Possible Worlds of Contemporary Aesthetics: Aesthetics Between History, Geography and Media”.

Nerma Cridge (AA Academic Staff and AAPhD 2012) will be presenting a paper on architecture of ex-Yugoslavia and North Korea entitled ‘Post-Communist Architectural Images’. Find out more on the University of Belgrade website

Date Submitted: 10/7/2019

Cloud Field rethinks what a solar farm can be by considering two parameters: energy production and people’s enjoyment. By raising the photovoltaic panels, the ground is freed and shading is created for people to enjoy. The clouds are formed by a pattern of irregular hexagons formed by computational design means and manufactured with inflatable ETFE cushions. The geometry of the clouds maximises surface area within a limited footprint while their curvature follows the sun path keeping sun rays normal to the surface. The areas that are more exposed to solar radiation are clad with organic flexible PV cells that can produce up to 90.000Kwh per year while creating different qualities in the shading.

The project will be exhibited in the 24th World Energy Congress at the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre from September 9 and featured in a hardcover Prestel art book publication.

Find out more on the LAGI 2019 website

Date Submitted: 10/7/2019

Alan Dempsey (Founding Director of Nex—) has announced that the practice has won the competition organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants for the renewal of Exeter College Oxford’s Grade II listed library.

Nex— was Inspired by the legacy of the college (one of the oldest within Oxford University), its esteemed alumni and the library’s stunning array of features and details, all painstakingly considered by the renowned architect George Gilbert Scott.

The proposal convinced the College’s Selection Committee with a top-scoring combination of innovative ideas, user understanding, outstanding team dynamics and construction strategy.

You can read more on the Nex— website Exeter College Library

Date Submitted: 4/7/2019

Opening on Friday 5 July in London, The Tide and The Prism are two projects that Neiheiser Argyros have been working on for several years. The Tide is a 5 kilometre long linear public park, partially elevated and partially at-grade, and the first 1 kilometre phase of the project is being opened to the public on Friday. The Tide was designed by Neiheiser Argyros in collaboration with lead designer Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

The Prism is a 14-meter tall sculptural enclosure around a London Underground vent shaft, containing a 10 meter wide media screen, a cafe, and public restrooms and was designed by Neiheiser Argyros. Both projects are located in North Greenwich adjacent to the O2 Arena, and open from Friday 5 July with a public opening party from 6-9pm.

More info can be found on the Neiheiser Argyros website and the Greenwich Peninsula website.

Date Submitted: 2/7/2019

In an interview by Michael Copper, John Makepeace speaks about the development of Hooke Park and says -

“It's a 350 acre forest in Dorset, England, which as director of the trust we purchased with the view to establishing a new campus within the woodland. It's now the practical base for the Architectural Association, a wonderful international school of architecture. And that was logical because we could bring so many good architects on the site. And so they were really excited by the whole idea that it could become a place for young architects, building new buildings.”

Read the full article on the Core 77 website

Date Submitted: 2/7/2019

Digital Blue Foam, a web-based tool to support early-stage building design and automate feasibility analysis, was unveiled at a global gathering of leading architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) companies.  Digital Blue Foam aims to provide a web-based, centralized, user-friendly platform that is accessible to and usable by designers and non-designers. It will integrate all sustainability considerations under one roof and allow for cross-platform integration.

Read more on the Architosh website

Date Submitted: 27/6/2019

Sadie Morgan, co-founder of Stirling Prize-winning practice dRMM has been honoured with AJ100 Contribution to the Profession award. As the chair of the independent design panel for High Speed 2 since 2015 and one of 10 National Infrastructure Commissioners, the AJ writes that Morgan is in a powerful position to promote the value of design to the highest level of government. She is currently in the early stages of setting up a Quality of Life Foundation to encourage developers to prioritise wellbeing in their projects. Morgan is also professor of professional practice at the University of Westminster, a non-executive director of both the Major Projects Association and developer U + I, and a Mayor of London design advocate. Back in 2013, she was the youngest ever president of the Architectural Association.

Read the full article of the Architects’ Journal website

Image: © Architects' Journal

Date Submitted: 27/6/2019

The Fielding Architecture: Feminist Practices for a Decolonised Pedagogy symposium took place at the University of Brighton on 24 & 25 June.

The interdisciplinary symposium explored and questioned the practice of teaching architectural history / theory primarily focused in the UK context though welcoming a debate through dialogues with other contexts from a feminist and critical perspective, asking: how is it constructed, from which positions, and from where its content derives; how can its construction be critiqued and informed by other disciplines such as feminist geographies, environmental psychology, cultural studies, technology and science studies, queer theory and urban geography amongst others; and, moreover, how should architectural histories and theories be constructed in the future.

Date Submitted: 27/6/2019

Done in collaboration with Tanya Lee-Monteiro, a current student of the Architectural Association, and Daniel Swan the exhibition is an insight into the lives of the most marginalised people of our society. Through paintings, prints, photography, and poetry, the stories of some of the most wonderful and vulnerable people on these streets are shared.

The exhibition is opening from Wednesday 12th June -  Sunday 23rd June, at The Painting Rooms,1-5 Flitcroft Street, London, WC2H 8DH

Find out more on the Daniel Swan website

Date Submitted: 11/6/2019

As the Parisian studio takes on the redesign of the Grand Palais, co-founder Umberto talks to Domus about tackling challenges of new scales, whether it is necessary to reconstruct Notre Dame and still feeling like an “outsider” after almost 20 years of practice.

Read the full article on the Domus website

Date Submitted: 7/6/2019
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