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Luke was one of the first-generation architects in modern China. Born in Hong Kong, he studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. In 1929 Zhang Jia’ao (Chang Kia-ngau), the then Bank of China’s Vice President, met Luke in London and offered the 25-year-old architect the post of heading the bank’s architectural department.

Read the full article on the Shine website

Date Submitted: 4/3/2019

'We want to revolutionise the interior design industry,’ says Adel Zakout, CEO of digital platform Clippings, which he co-founded with friend and former AA student Tom Mallory in 2014. ‘The industry is currently very old-fashioned and inefficient. A designer might spend 70 per cent of their time trying to find products. It’s also incredibly opaque, with a lack of transparency and information, particularly on pricing,’ he adds.

Clippings is an online marketplace that streamlines the process of furniture and product procurement, delivery and installation for architects and interior designers, but Zakout and Mallory’s strategy extends further than simply retail and logistics. If these two succeed at their next endeavor then soon industry professionals across the globe will be using their recenty rolled out software daily to design and implement interior projects, in the same way a graphic designer might rely on Indesign, or a picture editor use Adobe Photoshop.

Read the full article on the Wallpaper* website

Date Submitted: 4/3/2019

Alumna Julia Koerner, an award-winning designer working at the convergence of architecture, product and fashion design, has collaborated with costume designer Ruth Carter to bring to life the stunning costumes seen in Marvel’s latest blockbuster Black Panther, using 3D printing technologies.

Speaking in an interview for UCLA Julia comments: "Based on the initial costume design sketches by Ruth Carter, I developed a series of African-inspired 3D patterns and designed the Zulu Hat and the Shoulder Mantle so that it had corresponding elements in the pattern. It was important that the fashion pieces did not look hand-crafted and incorporated the technological look of something generated parametrically by algorithms by a computer. Therefore, we used visual programming software to develop the geometries for the pieces and experimented with the material intricacy and behavior."

See the full list of Oscar Winners

Date Submitted: 4/3/2019

Climate Change at the Building Scale is a series of summits which bring together architects and researchers from around the world who are directly addressing climate change and environmental responsibility in their design work.

Speakers include: Ginger Krieg Dosier, bioMason; Encore Heureux; Natalie Telewiak, Michael Green Architecture; Yasmin Vobis, Ultramoderne; Alon Schwabe and Daniel Fernández, Cooking Sections; John Palmesino, Territorial Agency

The event is part of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation programme at Columbia University and is organised by David Benjamin, Director of Advanced Studios and Andrés Jaque, Director of the Advanced Architectural Design program.

The event will take place at 1pm on Friday 22 February in the Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall, Columbia University, New York. Find out more by visiting the Columbia University website

Date Submitted: 21/2/2019

Melike Altınışık Architects, a Turkish practice founded by alumna Melike Altinisik in 2013, has won an international competition hosted by the Seoul metropolitan Governments for the world’s first Robot Science Museum.

“The new Robot Science Museum (RSM) which plays a catalytic role in advancing and promoting science, technology, and innovation throughout society is not only going to exhibit robots but actually from design, manufacturing to construction and services robots will be in charge. In other words, RSM will start its ‘first exhibition’ with ‘its own construction’ by robots on site.” - Melike Altinisik

The new Robot Museum is expected to start its first exhibition on site in early 2020 and is expected to be completed with the official opening slated for late 2022. After the opening, it will operate as a branch system of the Seoul Metropolitan Museum.

Read more on the Dezeen website

Date Submitted: 21/2/2019

Schweig und Sprechen is a site-specific installation and performance created by AA student, Noa Segev. The project is part of her final MFA thesis in spatial performance and design at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.

Schweig und Sprechen - meaning silence and speech - is named after Noa's grandparents’ surnames. It will represent the silent and present physical traces of family heritage.

The installation will be made out of hundreds of drinking glasses from Noa's great-great-grandfather's former factory in Weisswasser, East Germany, and will emphasize different layers of reality and time via reflections, projections, and sound.

The glasses will serve as the generator of music and also as a filter for the sound and movement the performer will produce. It will show and examine the relations between silence and speech, history and future, memory and heritage and in that manner tell, in the most impersonal way, a personal story.

The performance will take place on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 February at 7.30pm, at 99's, Stables Market, Camden Market, NW1 8AH. Visit Camden Market’s website for more details or book your free ticket

Date Submitted: 21/2/2019

“I have been following the case of Ban Plai Nern, the residence of Prince Naris (1863-1947), which is under threat from obtrusive development. As reported by local media, a nearby towering condominium project...” 

Read the full article on the Bangkok Post website

Date Submitted: 21/2/2019

The exhibition at the Zaha Hadid Gallery comprises of works in progress from AADRL and is on view until 28 February.

In method and practice, AADRL challenges the orthodoxies of convention in how we discuss, design, fabricate and live within architecture and urbanism today.

Championing an unapologetic belief that design discourse permeates all aspects of life, architecture is a framework to explore, invent and respond to the challenges of today. It is a process without finality, a pursuit for adaptive and evolutionary means to allow our environments to participate and evolve with us.

This work examines the future of living and culture, proposing design research that examines the means to enable this experimentation. In the spirit of the sculpture Robert Morris, AADRL's architecture is a continuous work in progress altered daily.

7 Feb - 28 February 2019 (gallery open Tues-Fri 2-6pm)

Zaha Hadid Gallery, 101 Goswell Road, London EC1V 7EZ

Date Submitted: 13/2/2019

The New Urban Agenda adopted at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) as well as the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 seek to achieve inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities (UN, 2015). Among the urban development strategies available are the recovery of degraded urban areas. The recovery of these areas contributes to urban sustainability and inclusion by promoting the use of economic advantages and of central location and access to urban infrastructure systems already in place. To achieve these objectives a comprehensive approach is required.

This brainstorming workshop taking place at Montevideo, Uruguay, 13-14 February 2019, will focus on these areas of action through the exploration of relevant case studies for Uruguay as part of the Integral Transformation Program of the Pantanoso river basin (PTICP).

International experts together with local technical teams will review and propose actions for the strategy of integral action within the parameters already established for the PTICP, a program of recovery of a degraded area of the city where 15% of the population of the department of Montevideo resides, mostly of low income.

For more info about the international workshop and participants, visit the workshop website

Date Submitted: 13/2/2019

As thousands of people attempt to cross the Mediterranean every year, many of them not surviving the journey, Search and Rescue ships have operated in the area. Rescuing people from the poorly made dinghies they have been packed on to, over the past years these ships have saved lives that otherwise would have been lost at sea.

Many of these ships are no longer operative - due to the ships being impounded and the crew arrested; to being refused a European flag to fly; and to being detained in European harbours.

As one of the only Search and Rescue operations still able to continue, Sea Watch 3 was stranded in the Med over Christmas and New Year with 37 guests on board, as European states refused them safe harbour for over two weeks. The next Sea Watch mission with over 40 guests on board was only just offered safe harbour after another long stretch at sea.

Join Atlantic Pacific Founder Robin Jenkins (former AA student) as he discusses his experiences on Sea Watch 3, and the changing landscape of Search and Rescue operations in Europe and beyond.

Find out more on the event Facebook page

Date Submitted: 13/2/2019

Living architecture is a discipline that researches and designs sustainable solutions for the environment with advanced technologies such as synthetic biology, living systems engineering and intelligent chemistry. It sets out to develop built environments with qualities similar to life (they can evolve, learn and respond), kind and empathetic with those who live in them, and to face up to the imbalance between the waste it produces and the resources missing from its surroundings.

The result of this different view is a new kind of architectural practice that enables cities to behave more like an evolving ecosystem than like an inert and harmful artefact. In the future, new architectural designs will contribute to lessening the consequences of climate change.

The City as a Living Organism event takes place on Thursday 7 February from 7.30pm – 9pm at the CCCB Teatre, Barcelona as part of the city wide series of event of the Bienal Ciutat i Ciencia 7-11 February. Find out more on the Biennal Ciutat i Ciencia website

Date Submitted: 6/2/2019

The series Wild Card returns to Sadler’s Wells, offering evenings curated by the next generation of dance makers. This summer, Stefan Jovanović (AADipl 2017) curates a Wild Card called Constellations, creating an evening of rituals and dances about witches, fools, and genders.

Constellations is at the cross roads of a travelling circus, dark comedy, ballroom dancing, a phantasmagoric club hosted by archetypes from Western culture. In an atmospheric setting, you are invited to reconsider marginal and dominant roles. Gender fluidity and social dancing are called upon to explore new ways of understanding contemporary social politics and radical togetherness.

For this ceremony, Stefan is joined by exceptional performers, multi-media artists, architects, metal horses, and healers including Katye Coe, Roni Katz, Charlie Cattrall, Pau Aran Gimeno, Sara Ruddock, composer-performer Domenico Angarano, lighting designer Patrick Morris (AADipl(Hons) 2015), set creator Jack Hardy (AADipl 2017) and singer song-writer Bliss Carmxn.

Book your tickets now on the Sadler’s Wells website

Image: Photograph by Moad Musbahi, featuring Katye Coe, Roni Katz, Pau Aran Gimeno, and Charlie Cattrall.

Date Submitted: 6/2/2019

Royal Wharf Pier, located in London’s Royal Docks, is commencing construction. Designed by London-based architects Nex—, of which Alan Dempsey is the founding director, the new riverboat terminal will incorporate a large new public space on the River Thames. This project marks the practice’s first major venture into infrastructure. Royal Wharf Pier is anticipated to open to the public in late 2019.

You can read more on the Nex— website

Image: Courtesy of Nex—

Date Submitted: 6/2/2019

In 1998 the International Criminal Court (ICC) was initiated and in keeping with the tradition of international adjudication, the court was hosted in Den Haag in the Netherlands. After a decade, an international architectural competition was announced for the court’s permanent premises during which the siting of the court was strategised by the city in what they termed the international zone.

Since 1989, Den Haag has been host to a growing number of international organisations, for example, Eurojust, The International Criminal Tribunal for (the former) Yugoslavia, Europol, and the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons along with the ICC to mention a few, and, all of them are diplomatically distributed within the international zone.

Attached to these intergovernmental organisations (IGOs) is a diverse range of nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and private research institutions that work closely with the IGOs and may be considered their public audience. In its urban policies, Den Haag, has been deliberately advocating for an increase in the numbers of NGOs and research institutions in the city and today it houses, at a minimum, 160 that focus on international adjudication and human rights. Transnationally, Den Haag, with Brussels and Luxembourg, three cities in the BeNeLux union, together, host a growing number of supranational, international and nongovernmental organisations. Together, they are the global seat of non-state institutions of power.

Through a historical and urban analysis of the international zone of The Hague, Naina Gupta will explore the role of urban processes in the construction of an international forum and the relationships that are fostered between the nation and international organisations, opening up questions about urban security vis-à-vis political autonomy.

Friday 8 Feb 2019, 2pm – 3.30pm at Manor Road Building, Seminar Room, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford

Find out more on the University of Oxford website

Date Submitted: 6/2/2019

Alexandros Kallegias (AADRL MArch 2011) will deliver a lecture at Oxford Brookes University as part of the Reconstruction lecture series organised by OxArch.

Kallegias will be showcasing the work of the AA Visiting School Athens: Every major city is distinguished by its own unique built environment. Whether in terms of cultural significance or technological achievements, the urban fabric of various vital locations allows for a more specialised and genuine set of design qualities. Observed through time, the city’s transformation resembles the growth of a species and its’ personality is reflected on its’ edifices. In the era of information, the data of social activity, historic and contemporary events, urban morphology and more, extracted from a city can reveal insights leading to the emergence of its’ complex network topologies. How does one then picture clusters of information as they fluctuate? How do they look like?

The lecture will take place Tuesday 5 February at Oxford Brookes University. Find out more on the OxArch Facebook Page

 

Date Submitted: 30/1/2019
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