The ScalelessSeamless International Symposium on Integrated Planning Processes, Munster School of Architecture 15-17 November 2012.

Elif Erdine (DRL'06, current AA PhD in Design) will present her PhD thesis entitled, "Generative Approaches in Tower Design: Algorithms for the Integration of Tower Subsystems".

Alexandros Kallegias, (AA DRL Graduate '09) will be presenting his work with AA Athens, AA Istanbul and DLAB Visiting Schools, "Interactive Fields".

More information on: http://scaleless-seamless.org/

Date Submitted: 12/11/2012

It is with great sadness that the AA reports the death of the distinguished architect John Winter, who passed away earlier today. A constant friend of the AA, John studied at the school from 1950–53, having earlier completed a pupillage under an Arts and Crafts architect in Norwich.

After a stint of National Service with the Royal Engineers, John attended Yale, where he came under the influence of Louis Kahn. Subsequently he moved to San Francisco, where he worked for both SOM and Charles Eames. On his return to the UK, John joined the office of Erno Goldfinger before setting up his own private practice. During these early years, he not only designed and self-built his own house on Regal Lane, overlooking London Zoo, but undertook a number of important private commissions, including a steel framed house in Wentworth (1964) and cottages and farmhouses in Derbyshire and Yorkshire.

Alongside his practice, Winter taught at the AA, from 1960–64 (his students included Jeremy Dixon, Ed Jones and Nicholas Grimshaw) and acted as the AA’s ‘house’ architect, responsible for many alterations and extensions, including what was initially intended as a ‘temporary’ back extension to the AA bar and terrace. Whilst small, highly thoughtful and individual modernist houses were to become Winter’s chief oeuvre – his 1990 Weekend House, Happisburgh, a superlative example – he also undertook a number of larger-scale housing estate projects in Milton Keynes in the 1970s.

However, perhaps the most celebrated and mourned of Winter’s houses is Hardy House, Swains Lane (1981, demolished 2008), which was situated with stunning views across London and the adjacent Highgate Cemetery and was supported on a central concrete pillar, with the first floor trussed up as a cantilever.

John himself will be sorely missed by the architectural community and at the AA where he not only inspired a generation of students but also made valuable contributions as a member of Council, as Honorary Secretary and as a Trustee of the AA Foundation.

Date Submitted: 12/11/2012
Schӧning, Berardi, Brillembourg and El Ultimo Grito will each present a film that has inspired their work to a live audience. Over the course of four nights at RIBA, each figure will host a Q&A before screening their film.

1. Pascal Schöning presents 'The Limits of Control': 13 November 2012, 6.00pm - 10.30pm
2. Antonio Berardi presents 'Sedotta e Abbandonata': 4 December 2012, 6.00pm - 10.30pm
4. El Ultimo Grito present 'Bienvenido Mister Marshall': 22 January 2013, 6.00pm - 10.30pm

A drinks reception after the screening promises to be a lively forum for debate and discussion.
Tickets (£8.50 for Non-Members and £5.50 for RIBA members and students) may be booked through RIBA. Places at the events are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Date Submitted: 6/11/2012

2 November, 8:30pm

Film Screenings: 4:30, 6:00 and 7:30pm

Inspired by the many spaces that exist in Africa beyond traditional cinemas, Film Africa 2012 is inviting you to experience film in an alternative way, as Lalibela Cinema Design Collective and Ranti Bamgbala transform the lower gallery of the Rich Mix into an experiential cinematic installation that explores themes of domesticity and the interaction of human form, cinema and fabric.

Free screenings, live events and the first-ever pidgin musical will be presented throughout the week. 

For the full programme, visit: http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/event/film-africa-create/

Lalibela Cinema Design Collective was founded by Andrew Tam, Helen Evans, Sanaa Shaikh and Jean-Francois C. Lemay during their studies at the AA School. In December 2008, the LCDC brought a custom-designed mobile cinema to the town of Lalibela in Northern Ethiopia. The LCDC is currently fundraising to continue the festival and build a permanent community centre for residents. 

Ranti Bamgbala is a London-based ceramicist whose work explores a dialogue between teh known and the experienced.

Date Submitted: 2/11/2012

Inter Five invite you to our online screening of NEW NATURE a showcase of 30-second films made by the unit.

Inter 5 Film New Nature October 2012

Inter Five searches for:
- An exploration of The New Nature that is evolving from a culture whose dominant raw materials exist outside the visible spectrum  
- responses not solutions  
- A Bill of Quantities for each project
- Search as methodology, search as programme
- Film used as a sketchbook  
- Ideas that are cared for  
- Technical decisions that are aesthetic decisions

Date Submitted: 2/11/2012

Christopher Lee (former Director of AA Projective Cities Programme and AA Dipl.(Hons) 1998) was conferred the Doctorate degree in Architecture and Urbanism by the Berlage Institute and TU Delft on 26 October 2012.

His doctoral thesis, titled 'The Fourth Typology: Dominant Type and the Idea of the City' proposes a renewed understanding of type and its relation to the idea of the city. This revalidation of the theory of type and its instrumentality for architectural production in today's globalised cities, rest on the potential of type as a heuristic device to locate a commonality in which architecture could invest itself with sociality.

For more information: www.thecityasaproject.org

Date Submitted: 29/10/2012
Date Submitted: 26/10/2012

Liam Young, of Tomorrows Thoughts Today and the AA’s Diploma 6- Unknown Fields Division has a new project titled Under Tomorrows Sky opening this week as part of Dutch Design week in Eindhoven.
Under Tomorrows Sky <http://undertomorrowssky.liamyoung.org/>  is a fictional, future city. Speculative architect Liam Young of the London based Tomorrows Thoughts Today has assembled a think tank of scientists, technologists, futurists, illustrators and science fiction authors to collectively develop this imaginary place, the landscapes that surround it and the stories it contains.
The team includes futurist and author Bruce Sterling, comic author Warren Ellis, Scientist Rachel Armstrong, games concept aritst Daniel Dociu, comic illustrator Paul Duffield, Microsoft Research Lab, BLDGBLOG, Animators Factory Fifteen, ARC magazine, Centre For Science and Imagination and many more. Working with special effects artists from such films as Alien, Sunshine and Blade Runner, the architects of Tomorrows Thoughts Today have built a room sized movie miniature model of the city.
See the website for further details. www.Undertomorrowssky.liamyoung.org <http://www.Undertomorrowssky.liamyoung.org>

Date Submitted: 22/10/2012

An artistic investigation by Mike Tsang into what it means to be a British-Born Chinese - featuring 12 photographic portraits, archival imagery and written interviews.


SW1 Gallery, 12 Cardinal Walk (up escalator), Victoria, London SW1E 5JE Tel: 020 7963 4024

November Tuesday 6th- Friday 16th 2012
Press View and Tea Tasting: Tuesday 6th November 4pm – 5pm
Private View: Wednesday 7th November 6pm – 8pm
Open Tues–Fri 12pm–6pm; Sat 12pm–4pm; Sun & Mon CLOSED
Artist website: www.miketsangphotography.com
Project website: www.betweeneastandwest.com

Date Submitted: 22/10/2012

AA members, staff and students are invited to for Issue 2 of MOINOPOLIS, an international laboratory of thoughts on spatial matters.

In a networked society driven by ambiguity and omnipresence, where information and images overwhelm everyday life, MOINOPOLIS focuses on relevant themes that strive to demystify the 'cloud'.

Digital media has invoked a rapidness of distribution and consumption of information that often gives more attention to the cursory and immediate than the thoughtful or thought-provoking. While the Library of Congress may archive each and every single tweet without distinguishing their individual significance, MOINOPOLIS strives to understand, discuss and communicate fundamental spatial matters – we are interested in profound positions, not superficial comments.

For more information, visit www.moinopolis.org

Date Submitted: 17/10/2012

edible infrastructures


Oct 21, at CCA in San Francisco

Edible Infrastructures investigates new modes of urbanism which consider food systems as integral and generative components of a city’s metabolic infrastructure. Using algorithms as design tools they pose the question 'What might the city look like if it were organised around the production and distribution of food?'

Other notable speakers at this year’s ACADIA conference include Greg Lynn, Neri Oxman, Saul Griffith, Achim Menges and Manuel DeLanda. http://2012.acadia.org/home.html

For information visit www.edibleInfrastructures.net


Date Submitted: 16/10/2012

The emerging landscape urbanism practice is led by five partners, including AA Landscape Urbanism tutors Alfredo Ramirez, Eva Castro and Eduardo Rico. To find out more about the shortlisted nominees, visit http://www.awards.bdonline.co.uk/shortlist/

Groundlab have also been invited to participate in Global Design NYU (GDNYU) Symposium to take place at at the Building Center on 19 October. Additionally, the studio is part of the GDNYU exhibition, taking place from 20 september - 20 October 2012. For more information on the symposium and exhibition, visit: http://nyudesign.blogspot.co.uk/

Date Submitted: 16/10/2012

By drawing attention to the borders surrounding and between architecture and philosophy, this three-day conference uses the perspective of architectural theory and practice, along with the work of the French philosopher Jacques Derrida, to explore whether a new kind of unease has emerged in the contemporary relations between the disciplines.

Featured participants include Mark Cousins, director of undergraduate History and Theory Studies; AA School Alumnus Bernard Tschumi and AA guest lecturer Peter Eisenman.

Architecture of Deconstruction / The Specter of Jacques Derrida is organised by the University of Belgrade Faculty of Architecture and the Center for Ethics, Law and Applied Philosophy (CELAP). For more information, see the conference announcement

Date Submitted: 3/10/2012

An international conference on 17 October 2012, at RIBA, London

Sustainability must be the heart of integrated design – from the initial concept through construction and then throughout the use of any building project with long-term value. It is core to the RIBA's mission to champion better performing buildings and a more sustainable environment through architecture and our members.

The conference aims to bring together architects, suppliers and independent BIPV experts in order to stimulate a dialogue. Designers need to be confident in the products and the benefits they offer and  understand how to specify them.

'BRE are holding this important conference at the RIBA on the Building Integration of Photovoltaics. We all need to better understand the benefits of a holistic and integrated approach to achieving improved and more certain energy and carbon performance targets for our buildings and most importantly lowering our carbon footprint.'

– Angela Brady, RIBA President, August 2012

For more information, a full event programme and a special price for students and AA Members (£25 + VAT), visit the BRE website.


Date Submitted: 26/9/2012

Please join Bedford Press at the seventh annual New York Art Book Fair, organised by Printed Matter, where the publisher will present: Public Occasion Agency 1–22, edited by Scrap Marshall & Jan Nauta (see below for details of AA Bookshop launch, 3 October) and fm-scenario – Where Palms Stand – Mask – Delay, edited by Joerg Franzbecker & Herbert Kapfer. 

New York Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, 27–30 September 2012
2nd floor, Q03

22–25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11101

For more information, visit the Bedford Press website.


Preview: Thursday 27 September, 6–9 PM
Friday 28 September, 12–7pm
Saturday 29 September, 11am–9pm
Sunday 30 September, 11am–7pm

Those in London are invited to the Book Launch for POA 1-22

Wednesday 3 October, 6:30pm

Architectural Association Bookshop
32 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES 

More about these titles:

POA 1–22 is part of the ongoing archive of activities conducted by the independent event bureau Public Occasion Agency (POA), founded by Jan Nauta and Scrap Marshall at the Architectural Association in 2009. The book is a collection of fragmented documents: previews, photographs, ephemera, reviews, reflections and opinions collated from the first twenty-two POA events. Critical and inquisitive, personal and probing contributions from a variety of authors from across fields and disciplines and with differing agendas here propose a withdrawal from idle commentary and encourage more productive forms of participation. Including essays by Pier Vittorio Aureli, Shumon Basar, Mark Campbell, Barbara-Ann Campbell-Lange, Henderson Downing, David Greene, Samantha Hardingham, Ingrid Schröder, Nicholas Simcik Arese, Silvana Taher, Tom Vandeputte and Carlos Villanueva Brandt

fm-scenario / the listener’s voice is a radio and software-inspired platform for generating narratives and investigating the architectures of discourse. Based around a publicly accessible online studio, users can edit radio programmes from an archive of works by artist Eran Schaerf. These programs are broadcast by the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation, serving as scenarios for a series of exhibitions and as opening montage statements for a series of blog-like publications.

This first fm-scenario edition coincides with the group exhibition Between Walls and Windows: Architecture and Ideology (House of World Cultures, Berlin, 2012) which presents ten location-specific productions by international artists and architects. The focus of this first issue derives from the exhibition and from the montage.

Date Submitted: 25/9/2012


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