The Nature of the City

Monday 17, February, 6.30pm

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Date Submitted: 12/2/2014


Explore Majorca through drawings this Easter

Drawing the City is hosting a 6-day intensive drawing holiday workshop in Majorca in April. All the adventure and excitement of a city break, combined with an in-depth exploration of the Majorcan art scene, food, sunshine and of course... mad drawing.

The course is designed with those closet, part-time artists in mind, who have always wanted to draw more and improve their skills but never find the time to get stuck into it.
Drawing the City - Majorca 2014 is a collaboration with the Pilar i Joan Miró Foundation, and the local council in Palma; as part of an effort to share the charms of this burgeoning art city, while promoting a culture-led tourism instead of the sun & beach combos to which Majorca is commonly associated.

The course

The unique course offers a combination of daily 4-hour in-studio drawing and water colour sessions, with daily active drawing excursions in the city. Participants will be given the opportunity to explore the city through drawings and practice the techniques from the studio sessions on the exquisite subject of Palma de Majorca, a stunning medieval port city.

Thrown into the mix, the workshop also includes visits to museums, special private viewings of art, historic tours, local food tastings and your very own art exhibition party at the end. Drawings aside, there will still be time to explore the city in your own time, enjoy the nightlife and soak in the atmosphere, and witness the unique Majorcan Easter Celebrations before heading back.

Image : http://www.flickr.com/photos/guymoll/

Date Submitted: 7/2/2014


Under the name Form Fiction Format, their entry, The City & The Room will be exhibited at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York from 29 April 2014.


Date Submitted: 4/2/2014

Tuesday 11 February, 6pm
AA School, Rear Second Presentation Space

Speaker: Stefano Boeri

Discussant: Camillo Boano

Today it is difficult to understand what links a building to a housing block to a car wash to a mall and so on. Anticity and the Future of the Public Sphere explores the links between research, design, media and politics through a transversal glance, and particularly the role architecture plays in redefining the contours of the public sphere in contemporary cities.

The Development Planning Unit (DPU) enjoys a very close relationship with the AA School, where it began as the Department of Tropical Architecture in 1954. Initially directed by Maxwell Fry, in 1956 Otto Koenigsberger took over and it was under his directorship that urban development planning and low-income housing, now important topics in the DPU, were introduced. The unit was renamed the Department of Development and Tropical Studies in 1968, and in 1971 moved just up the road where it was established in University College London as the Development Planning Unit (DPU).

The DPU maintains strong intellectual and personal ties with the Architectural Association and is excited to be holding the event on DPU's original premises.

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Date Submitted: 4/2/2014

The AA Archives has recently received an important donation of drawings from John Miller, CBE, including student projects and drawings by his contemporary AA students, Alan Colquhoun, Kenneth Frampton and Neave Brown. Alongside these works we have also been donated significant works from Ivor Samuels (AA: 1957–62), Philip Opher (AA: 1952–57) and Suha Bekki (AA: 1988–94).

More information about the AA Archives www.aaschool.ac.uk/archives

Archives Catalogue www.aaschool.ac.uk/calmview

Image: Alan Colquhoun, AA Fifth Year Project, 1952

Date Submitted: 27/1/2014

Notable AA Alumni Zaha Hadid, Amanda Levete and Nathalie Rozencwajg have been included in the the '10 women in architecture to watch' this year. All have practices in London.

Rozencwajg is currently the Intermediate 4 Unit Master with Michel da Costa Gonçalves. Former AA tutor Deborah Saunt is also included on the list.

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Date Submitted: 15/1/2014

The lecture series took place from 10–12 of December 2013, in collaboration with Carpilo Foundation at University of Brescia, Professional Association of Architects (Brescia), University of Pavia and Politecnico di Milano – Polo do Piacenza.

The conferences were an opportunity to investigate current issues of contemporary design practice including parametric architectural design and the development of buildings with low environmental impact.

Sushant Verma is presently working as a full-time architect at Zaha Hadid Architects, London.

Date Submitted: 14/1/2014

21–22 February 2014

Writing about contemporary architecture is at a crossroad. In the changing media landscape, the need to develop new critical perspectives has never been more important. Critical Juncture, curated by Trevor Boddy, Yasmin Shariff and Manuel Cuadra, will allow a gathering of the world's architectural critics to consider the state of their art at a meeting at the Architectural Association and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The V&A Symposium at the V&A will 
celebrate the work of Joseph Rykwert, recipient of the 2014 RIBA Gold Medal award for architecture, as the world’s leading architecture critics come together to reflect upon key points within Rykwert’s six decades as a critic, examine the state of criticism today in a changing media landscape, and project how it may reinvent itself for the twenty-first century.


£25, £10 concessions

In collaboration with Comité International des Critiques d'Architecture and the Architectural Association

Book Tickets


photo Valerie Bennett

Date Submitted: 14/1/2014

The Association of European Schools of Planning meeting takes place at the Manchester School of Architecture on 16 January, and it aims to explore more closely the potentials and parallels between processes of spatial planning and urbanism/design, in particular, how the complexity sciences can create and enhance this discourse through an examination of processes of inevitable transformation.

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Date Submitted: 8/1/2014

Greetings Cards Available in batches of 10 for £10.00

Postcards available in batches of 10 for £5.00

Available at :

AA Photolibrary - 37 Bedford Square

For delivery and postage options please email photolib@aaschool.ac.uk

Date Submitted: 1/1/2014

Available at www.aabookshop.net

The architectural community has had a strong and continuing interest in traditional and vernacular architecture. Lessons from Vernacular Architecture takes lessons directly from traditional and vernacular architecture and offers them to the reader as guidance and inspiration for new buildings. The appropriate technical and social solutions provided by vernacular and traditional architecture are analysed in detail. International case studies focus on environmental design aspects of traditional architecture in a broad range of climatic conditions and building types.

Date Submitted: 16/12/2013

Photographs will be released in limited editions of 20 at £300 or £240.00 for AA Members (inclusive of VAT). Each print will have a numbered certificate of authenticity on the back of the mount. A portion of the proceeds from the Eric de Maré prints will go towards the AA Foundation to support AA school bursaries and scholarships.


2013 Images:

Anti-God Museum, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Leningrad
Photograph: F R Yerbury, 1932
Giclée Fine Art Print on Hahnemule Photorag 308 gsm paper using pigment archival Inks
image size: 380mm x 380mm square
In 2.5 mm thick bevelled edge conservation mounts 580mm x 652mm

Transporter Bridge, Newport, Monmouthshire
Photograph: Eric de Maré, 1954
Giclée fine art print on Hahnemule Photorag 308 gsm paper using pigment archival inks
image size: 380mm x 405mm
In 2.5 mm thick bevelled edge conservation mounts 580mm x 652mm

Date Submitted: 5/12/2013

The competition seeks to find the best ways to create more space to live and work in London, and is open to architectural practices, interior designers and members of the public who have completed extensions or refurbishment projects in London within the last three years. 

Winning projects will be announced in early December, and all shortlisted projects will be shown in an exhibition at NLA from 6 December 2013 until 6 February 2014. 

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Peter Murray of New London Architecture will be leading a tour of "The Great Estates Exhibition" Friday 13 December.

Date Submitted: 4/12/2013

Digital Design Drop In: Immanuel Koh Generative-Glass
Saturday 7 December
, 13.00 16.00
V&A Sculpture gallery 21a

Free, drop-in, no booking required

The Digital Design Drop-in is a monthly event exploring intersections of art, design, craft and technology, inviting artists to show work in the V&A galleries in a pop-up studio format and offering visitors opportunities to meet the artists and discuss new work. 
This session will feature one of Immanuel Koh's on-going experimentation with the aesthetical,structural and assembly logics of glass using new computational and interactive fabrication production processes. A series of recently produced physical glass artifacts, alongside their digitally fabricated moulds, will be on display. Visitors are also welcomed to interact with the custom software developed for these generative processes and hear from the designer on the forthcoming stages of his glass experimentation, which incorporate robotic arms within the glass-blowing studio.

Immanuel Koh is an independent computational designer/architect based in London. His code-based works investigate the real-time visualization /manipulation of data (physical & virtual) and their implications on generative designs/geometries in architecture & art, across scales and materiality. He graduated from the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architectures Design Research Lab (AA_DRL) and has since taught/worked/exhibited/published internationally. Currently he teaches creative-coding at the AAs Media Studies (AAMS), interaction design at the AAs Interprofessional Studio (AAIS) and computational urbanism at The Bartlett (UCL), while practising/researching architecture at Zaha Hadid Architects (London). 


Date Submitted: 3/12/2013

Alongside an ICE structural engineer and CIBSE electrical engineer, the team was awarded a cash prize and the invitation to apply for membership to the Worshipful Company of Constructors, the 99th Livery Company of the City of London.

Teambuild is an intense multidisciplinary competition for young professionals that takes place over one weekend. The event focuses on developing skills in leadership, communication and coordination beyond the sum of an individual’s skill. The competition helps identify the way teams must work together in the construction industry with challenging scenarios common to construction projects across the UK. 

To find out more: www.teambuilduk.com

Date Submitted: 27/11/2013


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