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This year’s LFA symposium at the Royal Academy offers a rich exploration of the role and application of boundaries in architecture and placemaking.

Boundaries have always been a fundamental aspect of the human world. Life in cities is governed by both physical and perceived boundaries. We are constrained, ordered and defined by borders, fences and walls, which can either make us feel comfortable or constrained. Yet for spatial practitioners, boundaries are more than a mundane fact of everyday life: they are something to explore and challenge. Thresholds or barriers? brings together prominent architects, academics and commentators to explore the ongoing impact of boundaries on the development of a place.

The symposium will explore connections between architecture and boundaries through two expert panels and a keynote in conversation. Building on specific case studies ranging from the North London Eruv Perimeter to the divided contexts of Northern Ireland, the first panel will debate the impact of tangible boundaries on our day-to-day physical experience of the city. Then, a second panel will delve into the role of intangible boundaries in our understanding of the built environment and spaces around us, examining everything from role the Dayton Peace Agreement played in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s built environment, to the future of architectural heritage in the age of digital technologies.

The event will conclude with a keynote in conversation between Farshid Moussavi (Former AA Academic Staff) and Eyal Weizman (Diploma 3 Contributor). This conversation will be moderated by Shumi Bose (AA MA History and Theory 2010).

The event will take place on Friday 14 June, 7.30pm at The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly.

Find out more on the RA website

Date Submitted: 7/6/2019

The Quintessential English Garden: What does it mean to be native?  is based on the design of Stourhead. Lily Jencks Studio’s temporary landscape features typical trees, shrubs and other plants found in this iconic garden — many of which are non-native, having been introduced during times of colonial expansion. The installation challenges visitors to reflect and discuss questions driving identity politics around the globe; ‘what does it mean to be local, rooted and originating in a place?’  Stourhead typifies the English Picturesque, seemingly allowing nature to flow naturally, and people to wander from one idea to the next. In the human-made environs of Canary Wharf, this miniature Stourhead provides a communal space to gather and learn about the heritage of our political and environmental concepts and language, while enjoying a small urban landscape.

Lily Jencks currently teaches at the Architectural Association as Intermediate 13 Unit Master

The Quintessential English Garden: What does it mean to be native? is on display from Monday 10 June – Fridaty 12 July in Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, E14

Date Submitted: 7/6/2019

Inspired by Sir John Soane’s Museum, one of the world’s great architectural laboratories, this pop-up exhibition presents work by students from Intermediate Unit 13: Crude Hints Towards an Architectural Academy of the Future.  The exhibition includes an ‘exquisite corpse’ model of the Soane Museum, which reinterprets each room through the lens of a particular architectural effect that is both spatial and experiential. Interactive 4-D drawings of the Museum elaborate on the building’s playful performance. Speculative designs for pavilions for Lincoln’s Inn Fields aim to engage the public and develop architectural languages with rich atmospheres, juxtaposed narratives and choreographed sequences.  

The exhibited final projects offer proposals for new architectural academies around London. Following Soane’s description of his house-museum as an ‘academy of architecture’, the students’ designs include spaces for discourse and debate, exhibition space and a private residence. Each project responds in its own way to the question: how can the architecture academy of the future act to engage the city and allow the city to influence pedagogy?

The pop-up exhibition will be on show from 5 - 9 June in the Sir John Soane's Museum and the private view is from 6-8pm on 5 June. Find out more by visiting the Sir John Soane's Museum website

Date Submitted: 31/5/2019

The exhibition points to the power, prevalence and activity of non-human entities within the places we inhabit. Items such as windows, cabinets, gym equipment, beds, chairs, pet cats and fish, ponds, shoe boxes and record players are some such items that inhabit our domesticities and, to Egashira, remain entirely separate yet determinant agents upon our behaviour and sense of place in the world. By stepping into the unusual mind of Egashira and into a realm of the absurd, Beautifully Incomplete will revisit old works that attempt to consider a new possibility of living amongst the things that surround us.

Shin Egashira (Tokyo, 1963) is an artist, architect and educator that worked in Tokyo, Beijing and New York before coming to London where he established since 1987. His recent experiments include the construction of Alfred Jarry’s “Time Machine” alongside astro-physicist Andrew Jaffe, “How to Walk a Flat elephant” and “Twisting Concrete”, which fuses old and new technologies. Shin Egashira conducts a series of landscape workshops in rural and inner city communities across the world including Koshirakura (Japan), Muxagata (Portugal), Shanghai, Brooklyn and Tokyo. He has been teaching at the Architectural Association since 1990 and is the Unit Master of Diploma Unit 11. With the theme of “Urban Interior” the unit has been closely observing London’s inner peripheries in opposition to the recursive forms of urban gentrification and erasure. His works have been exhibited internationally. He has been artist in residency at the Camden Arts Centre in London and Bennington College in Vermont.

The exhibition will run from 8 June – 27 July and the Private View will be on 7 June from 6pm – 8pm. Betts Project, 100 Central Street, London, EC1V 8AJ. Visit Bett's Project for more information.

Image: Shin Egashira, Parallel Garden - Double (Cross) Globes, 1993, graphite on tracing paper, 42 x 59.4 cm. Courtesy the artist and Betts Project

Date Submitted: 30/5/2019

The European Forum Alpbach (EFA) has selected Lukas Pauer (AAPhD Candidate) to participate in AIM 2019 – The Alpbach Summit of Emerging Leaders. Lukas is the Founding Director of the Vertical Geopolitics Lab, an undisciplined non-profit think-tank and investigative design practice dedicated to the interrogation of cross-scalar agency to expose hidden systems and intangible agenda within the built environment. At the upcoming EFA Alpbach in Motion Summit, a get-together for next generaton leaders in a solution-focused dialogue around changes for the European economic system, Lukas will critically discuss the role of physical infrastructure in the making of economies and social relations.

Established in 1945, EFA is an interdisciplinary annual forum for science, politics, business, and culture, connecting international decision-makers from all sectors of society to address the relevant socio-political questions of our time. The EFA Alpbach in Motion Summit connects committed people from various business backgrounds (start-ups, social enterprises, creative industries, etc) to impart knowledge of structural problems and to spark new ideas. As an incubator for new leadership, the summit aims to encourage its young leaders to bring change and new ways of acting into their industries and networks.

The summit takes place between August 25 and August 27, 2019 and more information can be found on the European Forum Alpbach website

Date Submitted: 28/5/2019

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.’

Read the full article

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 

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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


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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.