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


Date Submitted: 12/5/2014
Paradise Lost Research Cluster Director, HTS Faculty and Intermediate Unit Master, Mark Campbell, gave a series of lectures on the relationship between technology and architecture as a Visiting Professor of Architecture at South-Eastern University, Nanjing. 
While in China, Mark also gave public lectures on work of the Paradise Lost Research Cluster and Intermediate Unit 1.
Image: Jong-Wa Na, New Liberty Township, NY.
Date Submitted: 29/4/2014

Friday 2nd May and Saturday 3 May 20:30 Leopold Museum, Vienna

Tommy used processing with a set of light algorithms to produce animations parallel to the dance movements.




Contingencies searches for differences. For example those which every individual can find as an unexpected divergence in habitual movement sequences, or those that develop within a group of performers. Here are the possibilities, potentials and coincidences that Contingencies give rise to as ever new structures and processes of being together. Here multilayered and simultaneous temporalities are practiced and become perceptible; light, music and architecture intervene independently in these events.

For Contingencies the relationship between space and body, bodies and spaces, and the exploration of architecture as a performative element is important. Thus at different venues, as here for the Leopold Museum, variants of the choreographic series that are specific to each venue are developed. As a work Contingencies always maintains the difference to itself. The togetherness of the group but also the performers’ relationship to the audience is constantly renegotiated.

Tommy's website http://www.tommyhuihk.com/

Details about the performance - http://www.tqw.at/en/node/9699#

Date Submitted: 24/4/2014

Kostas Grigoriadis (Diploma 2) will be presenting research papers on material continuity and the simulation of material properties at the ESARQ conference at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (4-6 June) and at the eCaade2014 FUSION conference at Northumbria University (10-12 September).

Further details on the conferences can be found here:



Date Submitted: 24/4/2014

The event will be a two day symposium from May 5-6th.

For more information: http://www.materiart.org/events/materiart-2014/

Date Submitted: 4/4/2014
Alex Warnock-Smith (UPB / Housing & Urbanism tutor), Juliana Muniz Westcott, Carlos Nunez and Jorge Sanchez (AA H&U 2013) to host Productive Territories networking session at the UN World Urban Forum in Medellin, 10 April 2014.
The networking session will discuss the role of Urbanism as a Tool for Promoting Social Mobility and Equity.  productiveterritories.org
Date Submitted: 3/4/2014
rat[LAB] project adaptive[skins]_V4.0 selected to be exhibited at Maker Faire 2014 in Bay Area, California, USA in May 2014. The project is led by Sushant Verma & Pradeep Devadass.
Sushant Verma & Pradeep Devadass, both graduated from AA M.Arch. Em.Tech. 2011-13. Verma works at Zaha Hadid Architects, London, while Devadass works at Archi-Union, Shanghai, and both lead the research organization rat[LAB] in a cloud-based setup. (www.rat-lab.org).
News List for rat[LAB]: http://www.rat-lab.org/#!news/c14kg
About Maker Faire: http://makerfaire.com/
Date Submitted: 31/3/2014


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