The purpose of the proposal is to transform the social housing project of Tintoretto Tower, San Polo, Brescia, into a sociable, friendly and convivial architecture. The design introduces a new parking podium and generous balconies to shift the tone of the existing introverted architecture into an extroverted one.

With a compositional design of the balconies inspired by the futurist painting of Giacomo Balla 'Composizioni iridescenti n.7', the project also proposes an extensive renewable surge of energies such as integrated photovoltaic in the balconies and a geothermal heating system.

The idea is based on the realisation of balconies of varying depths that increase the surface area of each apartment, introduce open air landscapes to all apartments, establish dynamic building facades, and finally, save energy.

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Tintoretto Tower

Luca Peralta Studio

Date Submitted: 25/7/2013

The exhibition will showcase his work, along with three other residents at the Design Museum from 4 September 2013 to 12 January 2014.

From the Design Museum:

'Adam will explore the concept of identity in "our globalised mass culture which at times can be a confusing and unstable" and presents his findings through blogs, objects and film. Identity Parade will chart the development of Adam's residency at the Design Museum.'

More information on Furman's project can be found on his dedicated project blog: http://identity-parade.blogspot.co.uk

Find out more about Designers In Residence.

Adam Nathanial Furman graduated from Diploma Unit 9 in 2008 and holds an AAGradDip from the Interprofessional course (2008–09). He is a designer at Ron Arad Associates, and he is co-director of the AA Research Cluster Saturated Space and Madam Studio. More of Adam's work can be found on his blog.  

Date Submitted: 22/7/2013

The British Council announced that two shortlisted teams for the British Pavilion will be given the opportunity to further develop and explore their proposed ideas before the committee makes a decision.

The two teams are David Knight/Oliver Wainwright/Finn Williams and FAT/Crimson/Owen Hatherley. Both will be awarded an honorarium of £750 and asked to refine their proposals before the Selection Committee reconvenes to make a final decision.

For more information visit www.britishcouncil.org/backoftheenvelope and follow @british_design / #BritishPavilion2014


Photo: British Pavilion, photo John Riddy

Date Submitted: 17/7/2013

Awarded annually, the prize is presented to an AA Diploma student whose portfolio best addresses the themes of sustainability and infrastructure.

Find out more on Projects Review 2013.

Naylor's project has been featured on Arch Daily and Design Boom.

See all AA award recipients.

Date Submitted: 26/6/2013

Friedrich Grafling, Diploma Unit 4
Contemporary Court - a `Großraumbüro´ for the Mittelstand and Wiesen

Ja Kyung Kim, Diploma Unit 5
"Oi! Your shadow’s over the line!”

Mond Qu, Diploma Unit 6
Aditnálta: An Island dispersed across the internet

Antoine Vaxelaire, Diploma Unit 9


Find out more about the projects.

See their work at pr2013.aaschool.ac.uk.


Image, Ja Kyung Kim

Date Submitted: 26/6/2013

AA student work is the School’s greatest asset. In recognition of this, the AA awards prizes and distinctions at all levels. The list of prizes for the end of each academic year is announced at the Graduation Ceremony preceding the opening of Projects Review.

Find out about the awards. 

Henry Florence Studentship
Matthew Critchley, Diploma 14

Alex Stanhope Forbes Prize
Liam Denhamer, First Year

AA Travel Studentship
Albane Duvillier, Jonathan Cheng and Lorenzo Luzzi, Intermediate Unit 1

Howard Colls Studentship
Sergej Maier, Diploma Unit 1

Alexander Memorial Travel Fund
Helen Solvay, Intermediate Unit 10

William Glover Bequest
Lili Carr, Intermediate Unit 2

Henry Saxon Snell Scholarship
Eleonore Audi, Intermediate Unit 3

Ralph Knott Memorial Fund
Joy Matashi, Intermediate Unit 8

Holloway Trust
John Naylor, Diploma Unit 16

Julia Wood Foundation Prize
Rosie Nicolson, Foundation

AA Prize
Georges Massoud, Diploma Unit 9

Beverly Bernstein Prize
Carlos Andres Nuñez Davila, Housing and Urbanism

AA Student Honours Prize
Ja Kyung Kim, Diploma Unit 5

Foster + Partners Prize
John Naylor, Diploma Unit 16

Nicholas Boas Travel Award
Joshua Penk, Intermediate Unit 10
Manolis Stavrakakis, PhD

Nicolas Pozner Prize
Frederik Bojesen, Diploma Unit 10

Dennnis Sharp Prize for Excellence in Writing
Chris C Bisset

Honourable Mention
Hessa Albader

HTS Writing Awards 2013
Sandra Kolacz
Radu R Macovei
Rory Sherlock
Lili Carr

Technical Studies Awards 2012/13
Sho Ito
Mond Qu


Image, Rosie Nicolson

Date Submitted: 26/6/2013

Design and Make The Cocoon

Design & Make's inhabitable and suspended Cocoon, designed by Hugo G Urrutia, Abdullah Omar, Ashgar Khan and Karjvit Rirermvanich, has been profiled online at Dezeen.

'The Cocoon represents a journey through the forest, inviting and challenging the visitor to anticipate, imagine, explore and discover the natural beauty of the forest from a completely different perspective,' says the design team.

See the full article

Find out more about Design & Make on Projects Review 2013

Date Submitted: 25/6/2013

Gunjan Rustagi, Masters student from Landscape Urbanism program has been selected to present her research on 'opportunistic landscapes' at the “Thinking the Contemporary Landscape” conference in Hannover, Germany (June 20-22, 2013); organized by ETH and Volkswagen Foundation.


Date Submitted: 19/6/2013

Friday, 14 June

6–8pm, AA Bookshop

Recent architecture has found itself having to cope with new social and cultural complexities that demand networked systems that are time-based, reconfigurable and evolutionary, and a corresponding model of urbanism defined as an adaptive ecology. 

It is against this backdrop that the AA’s graduate Design Research Lab (DRL) has pursued its recent studio agenda through project-based research focusing on alternative models of housing. Integral to this research is a notion of architecture that looks towards designing systems that seek higher ordered goals emerging through an intimate correlation of material and computational interaction. With essays by Patrick Schumacher, Mark Burry, Brett Steele, John Frazer, John Henry Holland, Makoto Sei Watanabe and David Ruy, Adaptive Ecologies presents the results of this research and with it constructs a generative view of space and structure and the exploration of behaviour-based models of living through patterns found in nature.

All welcome. Those attending AADRL juries are invited to stop by afterwards. The book will be available for purchase from the AA Bookshop on the night at a discount of £22 (RRP 30.00, members price £24).

Date Submitted: 3/6/2013

AA SED team of recent MSc and MArch graduates wins the first real-time OpenSource International Design Competition over 72 hours on location in Milan, 8-10 May.

Pilar Perez del Real, Ignacio Medina, Isabel Silvestre, Valli Chidambaram, Aimilios Kourafas, Meital Ben Dayan, Katia Iliopoulou, Filippo Weber, Alexandra Andone with tutors Rosa Schiano-Phan and Federico Montella.

Date Submitted: 31/5/2013

The selection panel is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2013 award:

Joshua Penk, 2nd Year and Manolis Stavrakakis, AA PhD candidate.

In July, Joshua and Manolis will spend three weeks at the British School at Rome with all expenses generously provided by the Nicholas Boas Trust.

Selection Panel 2013: Mrs Elisabeth Boas, Valentin Bontjes van Beek, Ryan Dillon, Samantha Hardingham, Belinda Flaherty (administrator).


Date Submitted: 30/5/2013

Karl Wai (former Senior DPL Technician, AA)), Wiktor Kidziak (Intermediate 2010–13) and Omid Kamvari (AADipl, AAMsc) have recently set up a 3D printing company called 3dpeasy, which joined forces with the British Council on the London Festival of Architecture. The company will be printing all the models for the exhibition, Atlas of the Unbuilt World.

Date Submitted: 28/5/2013

The text investigates the use of the 1:1 scale in contemporary architectural practice and was a contribution to the International Prototyping Architecture Symposium held at the Building Centre, London in 2013.

Date Submitted: 24/5/2013

Christopher’s proposal is to undertake a study of the Ōtsuka Museum of Art in Naruto, Tokushima Prefecture – the largest exhibition space in Japan, which houses more than one thousand full-size ceramic reproductions of major works of art, including the Sistine Chapel, Scrovegni Chapel, triclinium of the Villa of the Mysteries and Guernica. The works are transfer-printed from photographs before being fired and retouched. Christopher has proposed to explore the notion and implications of copying art in Japan, and by extension for us all.

The subject was seen as a good introduction into a number of contemporary issues, in a rapidly evolving world where growing populations around the world will never have the opportunity to see the originals of these pieces how can reproduction be affected to ensure that people can be exposed to the wide range of experiences predicted on visits to places such as the Sistene Chapel.

This promises to be a very interesting project, and the judges look forward to the final outcome of Christopher's field work.

Learn more about the Michael Ventris Award.

Christopher is also the recipient of the Dennis Sharp Writing Prize.

Date Submitted: 24/5/2013

Edited by Jesko Fezer and Matthias Görlich

Published by Bedford Press

Bedford Press has published the first ebooks to be released by the AA. The Civic City Cahier series is now available, beginning with the out-of-print editions 1 and 2 by Margit Mayer and Gui Bonsiepe. The books are distributed worldwide, through Amazon for Kindle and on the iBookstore for Apple devices. A free Kindle reader app is also available for most smartphone and tablet platforms.

Please visit the Bedford Press website to purchase and for more information

Date Submitted: 21/5/2013


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