The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlists for the President’s Awards for Research 2014. The awards promote and champion high-quality research and encourage its dissemination to the profession; they raise the profile of those architects and academics engaged in research, and highlight the need for research across the profession to foster innovation and strategic thinking.

Juan Montoliu Hernandez's shortlisted Master's Degree Thesis " CRISIS Architecture: Colonizing existing concrete structures" can be read online at the SED site.


Date Submitted: 7/7/2014


Sevil Yazıcı (AA DRL. 2006) won "The Best Thesis Award of Year 2013" from the Istanbul Technical University (ITU) Graduate School of Science, Engineering and Technology in the field of Construction Sciences with her dissertation titled "A Material-Based Integrated Computational Design Model in Architecture", which she completed at the ITU Department of Architecture last year.

By working in various pioneering & innovative architectural design projects and award winning competitions world-wide, Dr. Yazıcı examined the current architectural design process and developed a novel method that allows reconsideration of the process through increasing efficiency. Dr. Yazıcı developed a Software Model, which can be used for form-finding, structural performance simulation and structural optimization. The method is currently pending for a Patent (No: PT 2014/00551).

Date Submitted: 5/7/2014


GeMo an Army of 3D printed Vases

They need to be born.

Mehran Gharleghi (EmTech) and Amin Sadeghy from studio INTEGRATE, are seeking support to launch a crowd funded exhibition of an army of 3D printed vases in London. Through the use of cutting edge technology, the vases are 3D printed in stainless steel, ceramic, resin and nylon. With a keen i

nterest in exploring the legacy of Middle Eastern art, combined with advanced methods of digital fabrication, they have created an army of over 500 mass customized 3D printed vases, called GeMo. GeMo utilizes the potentials of 3D printing technologies by creating a non-repetitive series of objects that are otherwise very cumbersome to manufacture using conventional methods. The form of each vase is generated from one of the fundamental components of Islamic art. It is made of two symmetrical octagons that merge into each other by using an algorithm. The algorithm uses repetition, rotation and symmetry to merge and develop the original shapes. This method is often used in creating traditional Islamic drawings and art. The word algorithm itself originates from, Al-Khwārizmī (c. 780-850), a Persian mathematician, astronomer, geographer and scholar. Digital tools were used to capture these steps to create over 500 unique variations that can only be realized by a 3D printer. By using this method, GeMo retained its cultural roots while leading to a novel set of artefacts. Each 3D printed GeMo is individually unique, yet partially resembles its neighbouring relative which is called "Genetically Modified" (GeMo). Around 10% of the geometries that are generated out of this algorithm are mutants and due to their centre of gravity cannot stand. So, these will not to be 3D printed. GeMo embodies the potential of what 3D-print fabrication is offering to contemporary design culture. Hence, with the aim of raising awareness of the possibilities of 3D printing, Mehran and Amin are turning to Kickstarter to raise funds to launch an exhibition in London, showcasing their army over 500 individually unique 3D printed vases. Their supporters will become the only owners and exhibitors of GeMo, which will be sent to them after the exhibition. By supporting the GeMo campaign, you will help a one-of-a-kind and exclusive design become recognised by a wider audience of art and design enthusiasts from around the world. Each GeMo(s) will be named after its (their) supporter. GeMo will be printed in multiple materials, such as stainless steel, plastic, resin and alumide. This is a possibility that has emerged from the world of digital design and production. Now, the army of GeMo is ready and they need them to be born.

Date Submitted: 3/7/2014

Ahmad Sukkar (PhD candidate, MRes, London Consortium; MArch AADRL; BArch, Dip.Arch Damascus University) has presented a paper entitled “Structures of Light: The Body and Architecture in Premodern Islam” at Setting Out, the 11th Annual PhD Research Symposium of the Architectural Humanities Research Association. The symposium was hosted by the School of Architecture, Landscape and the Built Environment, University College, Dublin, on May 19th 2014. Ahmad’s panel session had contributions dealing with aspects of philosophies of language, which was chaired by Professor Adam Sharr, Newcastle University. The symposium included a keynote presentation by Professor Anthony Vidler, Brown University.

Supervised by Professors Samer Akkach (University of Adelaide), Nader El-Bizri (American University of Beirut), Neil Leach (University of Southern California), and Mark Cousins (Architectural Association) at the London Consortium, Birkbeck, University of London, his doctoral thesis looks at the intricate relationship between philosophy, mysticism, cosmology, and architecture in relation to human reality. It is an architectural commentary on a critical edition of an Arabic manuscript, Miftah al-Futuh fi Mishkat al-Jism wa-Zujajat al-Nafs wa-Misbah al-Ruh (The Key of Openings Concerning the Niche of the Body, the Glass of the Soul, and the Light of the Spirit), which is written by an eminent Sufi Damascene scholar ‘Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi (d. 1143/1731).



http://settingoutsymposium.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/setting-out-timetable_8.pdf (4th presentation)

http://settingoutsymposium.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/setting-out_programme_a3-size-14-05-2014.pdf (1st page, 2nd line, 4th presentation)



Date Submitted: 30/6/2014

AA’s Diploma 6, The Unknown Fields Division will be screening a selection of films and animations developed across their last 4 years of global expeditions at the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Friday late program on June 27 2014.

Victoria and Albert Museum’s Friday Late event: It’s All Yours


Unknown Fields: Architecture Film Series
18.30-19.45, 20.45-21.45
The Unknown Fields Division, a course run by Liam Young and Kate Davies at London’s Architectural Association, is surely among the most radical and bizarre educations out there. This film series brings together a selection from the latest batch of students, exploring the intersection between fiction, reality, narrative, documentary and architecture. 

Date Submitted: 26/6/2014
Date Submitted: 16/6/2014

Paula Velasco (EmTech 2011) from MoVe arquitectos (www.movearchitects.com , Paula Velasco (EmTech 2011) and Alberto Moletto (SED 2009) have been invited to collaborate with New Perspectives: A Celebration at Balford Tower on June 21, 12 noon - 7pm, as part of the London Festival of Architecture.


Date Submitted: 11/6/2014

Monolith Controversies comprises more than seven years of research by Pedro Alonso and Hugo Palmarola

From the jury:

The jury recognises Chile with the Silver Lion for revealing a critical chapter of the history of global circulation of modernity. Focusing on one essential element of modern architecture – a prefabricated concrete wall – it critically highlights the role of elements of architecture in different ideological and political contexts.

Panel, an exhibition by Alonso and Palmarola, is on view at the AA in the Front Members' Room until Saturday 14 June.

Date Submitted: 9/6/2014

Brave New Now Ebook on sale now
1,49€ (iTunes), 1,78€ (Amazon) *


Editor: Liam Young

Authors: Warren Ellis, Tim Maughan, Jonathan Dotse, Bruce Sterling, Rachel Armstrong, Samit Basu, Anil Menon.

Photographers: Michael Wolf, Greg Girard, Neil Chowdhury, Vincent Fournier, Thomas Weinberger, Charlie Koolhaas, Greg White, Daniel Beltrá, Victoria Sambunaris, Christina Seely, Brice Richard, Bas Princen.

Concept Art: Hoving Alahaidoyan, Daniel Dociu.


Brave New Now is a collection of specially commissioned short stories set in a fictional future city developed by speculative architect Liam Young of the AA’s Diploma 6 Unknown Fields pision for the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale. Authors have been invited to inhabit the city, to breathe life into its characters and cultures and give form to its streets and spaces through narrative. It is a speculative urbanism, an exaggerated present, in which we can imagine the wonders and possibilities of emerging biological and technological research.


“A projective fiction is a critical tool that is both an extraordinary vision of tomorrow and a provocative examination of the pertinent questions facing us today.” Liam Young


This digital publication was commissioned by Close, Closer chief curator Beatrice Galilee, Art Direction by Zak Group and graphic design by Raquel Pinto.


*The support of The British Council has enabled a discounted distribution price of Brave New Now ebook.


[Image Credit: Hoving Alahaidoyan]

Date Submitted: 2/6/2014

A team of three recent graduates from the Housing and Urbanism Graduate programme have won first prize in the UN Habitat Competition for Brazil.

Mushit Fidelman

Alok Kothari

Neris Parlak 

The next stage is competing for "regional level" first prize which will be given to the one of the "national level" winners.

UN statement:

Once again we would like to thank all participants for having been part of this exciting competition. We are glad we have had 97 teams from 35 countries from the six regions around the world. Your contributions have definitely enriched the intellectual exchange aimed at by the competition. As announced earlier, the national winners are now published on the competition website

The submission on issuu - http://issuu.com/aaschool/docs/un_habitat_report?e=1383209/8067779

UN site. - http://www.masshousingcompetition.org/results/entry/761 

This work developed from The Recife Intensive Workshop 2013 published as the book Housing as Urbanism.

Date Submitted: 30/5/2014

Congratulations to Joshua Penk who has been nominated as the AA’s candidate for internship at the Renzo Piano Building Workshop.  He'll be spending 6 months as part of the RPBW team in Genoa.



Date Submitted: 21/5/2014

Alumnis: Mehran Gharleghi (Emtech Graduate and current studio tutor). Amin Sadeghy (Emtech Graduate) from studio INTEGRATE win 2013 Golden A' Design Award.


More information about the award



More information about Studio Integrate

Date Submitted: 20/5/2014

Ed Bottoms (AA Archivist) is lecturing on the AA Archives as a teaching resource at an Archives and Records Association conference, Frith Centre, Gloucester, 30th May.



Date Submitted: 20/5/2014
Co-curated by Sto Werkstatt’s Amy Croft, and artist Adam Nathaniel Furman, Re.presence explores the complexities of representing architecture, with specially commissioned installations by Studio BAAKO, Adam Nathaniel Furman, C. Fredrik V. Hellberg, Lawrence Lek and Ilona Sagar. The exhibition considers architecture in its many forms: from the built, to the virtual spaces of digital gaming landscapes, the architectural follies of the imagination and the traces that a human body leaves in a space. Using a combination of traditional and new media, the artists and designers in Re.presence have embarked on a search for a multi-sensory language that can communicate both the perceivable and the imperceivable qualities of their chosen sites.
Amy Croft and Adam Nathaniel Furman, co-curators of Re.presence comment:
“The idea behind Re.presence grew out of a shared fascination with the rapidly expanding range of possibilities that artists and architects have, to explore and represent their spatial ideas and creative processes. From interactive gaming environments, to digital projective mapping in real space, to the blurring of poetry, animation and traditional craft, to online
deep-linking brain-maps, we are proud to bring together five fresh new talents who approach these possibilities from variously fantastical, theoretical, and beautiful perspectives.”
The Visceral Intricacies of Magister Ludi’s Archetypes, is a high definition video installation by C. Fredrik V. Hellberg consisting of mirrors, a looped video projection, suspended paper surfaces and four-channel sound. The work weaves together an intentionally elusive, yet fantastically intricate fiction that charts four characters’ search for universal meaning.
Outside by Adam Nathaniel Furman explores how the absence of information about a place, of not knowing, and not seeing, acts as catalysts for the imagination. The work consists of two 3D printed sculptures cast in resin and set on circular
columns, alongside a digital animation with sound viewed on portable tablets with headphones (7’24”, looped).
The video game Shiva’s Dreaming by Lawrence Lek, installed in the Sto Haus, is set within a glass architecture where, through the visitor’s interactions with the game, visual and aural bomb blasts are triggered.
Haptic Skins of a Glass Eye (Proxy) by Ilona Sagar is a film –shot in part at Sto Werkstatt– and installation, exploring technology as a catalyst for shifting understandings of our bodies. The film collates an ensemble of vivid footage shot and carefully framed to endow the digital medium itself with a simulated and yet haptic, fleshy quality.
Re.presence extends beyond the gallery walls through an online platform, www.re-presence.org designed by studio BAAKO. The interface of this platform draws out inspirations from the works in the exhibition and correlates links between them, becoming a generative databank for new knowledge production.
Exhibition Dates:
21st May–21st July 2014
(Wed-Fri, 10am-5pm)
Date Submitted: 19/5/2014
Adam will be going to live in the British School at Rome for 6months to work on a project called "The Roman Singularity" and will be researching, designing, publishing and exhibiting while there.
Adam's abstract below.
Rome is a rich palimpsest of masterpieces, their remains, ruins, and re-appropriated fragments from innumerable historical periods since the Roman Republic, a veritable collection of epochs turned out to the visitor like so many household items displayed on the tables of a jumble sale. But Rome is also a crucible of modernity, a repository for possible futures precisely because it is and has been the seat of so much power, so many dreams which together with the authority of its past almost force it to be perpetually radical about the present. Every era marks the city with its greatness and its mediocrity, with projects built and proposed, ideas acted on and entertained, imaginations great and petty, collectively adding to the impossibly vast pile of history, and so forcing the city to wear it ever more lightly as time passes lest it suffocate beneath its weight. Ancient imperial forms host gay night clubs; renaissance palaces form backdrops to Berlusconi, Ruby Rubacuori, Matteo Renzi and Beppe Grillo; all the laundered money in the greatest and grandest church in the world cannot placate the South American poverty pontiff as he tweets to the world; graduates with three degrees huddle in call centres off the raccordo anulare imagining they are in Virzi’s ‘Tutta La Vita Davanti’; Borromini walks down the via Giulia with Pasolini’s Mamma Roma discussing the influx of Korean businessman, whilst Sorrentino’s Jep Gambardella parties with Raphael under some faded grotesques in a building owned by collapsing Monte dei Paschi di Siena, then over in EUR Fuksas’ PR agent waxes lyrical to Gabriele D’annunzio’s ghost about how the new convention centre is really a sign of Italian cultural superiority, and at the Corviale Marinetti is screaming at the sky that all the peasant countryside must be chewed up by steel and concrete, that this is not enough, but then Moretti’s great grandchildren are huddled around a fireplace off the Via Appia listening to a podcast of Moravia’s La Noia in a house designed by Libera, and quietly looking forward to their dinner of amatriciana and suppli al telefono.

I propose to explore and celebrate Rome as the contemporary city par excellence, an urban version of the internet, a place where the analogical-whole history of society, architecture, politics, literature and art coalesce into a space so intense and delimited that they collapse under the enormity of their own mass into a singularity of human endeavour, in which time is suspended as a dimension and everything is simultaneous, coextensive, feeding off of everything else in a city scale feast of endlessly creative auto-cannibalism. I will pick case studies, exemplary architectural moments and vignettes from key historical moments and explore these through research and documentation, whilst exploring the contemporary politics of the city and crossovers with its filmic, architectural, liturgical and literary past, as well as tracing the steps of a few key figures. A blog will document my drawings, writings, research and digressions as they progress, and at each point of discovery I will be designing architectures that evolve within the upended logic and transgressive physics of La Singolarità di Roma, as well as pulling the various threads together in short films. The project will conclude with an uncovered ‘city of singularity on paper’, and an Architectural Film-Poem that will encapsulate a fraction, a sectional slice through one part of the Roman Singularity, of specific narratives and contexts implied in the streets and the life of the city telling their tales and revealing their forms in a cabaret of tectonic denouement.

Date Submitted: 13/5/2014


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