March 19-20th 2015

LOWER GALLERY, Meyerson Hall, University of Pennsylvania, 210 S. 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.


The lecture will deal with the use of physical and digital simulation of landforms as part of a wider form of territorial praxis.

The lecture outlines the idea of a form of praxis based on the research and critique of forms of analysis and representation which can be grouped under the category of “Material Technologies of the Territory” (MTT’s). The gives examples and precedents of these techniques but also the historical background and theoretical implications of the considering a “material” and “territorial” turns in their definition. It uses both academic research material as well as professional work in order to showcase both critical and practical implications of their use.

The lecture locates the work within a wider research on the forms of description and representation of landscapes and territories, to then situate this production within the contemporary “territorial” focus of design disciplines. “Territory”, understood as a political technology, is inherently linked to ideas of spatial contestation, conflict. Design, could be argued, shall inevitable begin with a curious and critical engagement with the forms of description and simulation of the material reality of our environment, both of natural and human origin. It is the feedback between these technologies and the formulation of spatial intention that can spark radical forms of engagement with the territory, understood both as a physical reality, social construct and political matter.

The lecture then describes precedents and theories of the work on material forms of simulation at territorial scale to speculate on how these can be used as design tools within the advent of new digital tools. In particular it focuses on the use of physical simulation of landscape processes combined with digital forms of data capturing and ecological modelling. Examples of these models include generation of deltas, rivers and dune formations which take precedent on theories of dimensional analysis and hydraulic simulations within engineering diciplines. This work implies new forms of engagement with the temporal dimension of form given the inherently dynamic and path dependent nature of these models which can be described as a “tacit” approach to design. The use of digital mechanisms of data capturing and environmental simulations scripted over these miniature landscapes can form the base of new forms of interfaces where end users can manage to learn about the natural and social interdependencies that lie behind the form of the environment.

The lecture then turns to describe the positioning of this work on material technologies within a wider project of looking at the relevance of spatial design at geographical scales inherent in the thinking of territories. It will link the material problem behind the use of simulations into the use of atlases as radical forms of re thinking policies at the scale of the European Union. The argument goes, is that the combination of a materialist view of social and natural formations can serve as a basis of a radicalized form of praxis dealing with the spatial specificity of landscapes and cities.

Date Submitted: 17/3/2015

MISS: Salon

Emerging Formats 2010 - 2015

A new exhibition tracing the next generation of female artists, designers, thinkers and makers breaking the waves is on show from March 13th, 2015. MISS: Salon brings together works of 11 future masters, including Ilana Harris-Babou, Fru*Fru, Angeline Gragasin, Paloma Jimenez, Emily Kloppenburg, Sessa Englund, Laura Miller, Kim Shui, Legacy Russell, Maureen St. Vincent and Rachel Stern, occupying over 3000 sq. ft. of loft space in Soho, NYC.

This exhibition speculates on the future of the arts by examining how emerging female practitioners are breaking the tradition of their discipline, and asks how an unconventional exhibition space can provoke new ways of thinking about artistic practice.

MISS: Salon is multidisciplinary in scope, housing performance, fashion, photography, video art, sculpture, painting, illustration and architectural practices in one space.

This exhibition is curated by MISS, the global platform that celebrates women in the arts. In a world where opportunities for women have been lacking, MISS is devoted to making space for female talent. Founded by Mary Wang & Vere van Gool at the Architectural Association in London, MISS has spread from architecture to cover all corners of the arts. MISS has produced numerous unique events, publications and workshops, featuring Beatriz Colomina, Julia Peyton-Jones, Paola Antonelli, Zaha Hadid, Ellen van Loon, Penny Martin and Eva Franch amongst others.

Opening reception

The opening reception of MISS: Salon will take place on Friday the 13th of March, from 7 - 10 pm. The evening will feature readings, screenings and performances.

Events Programme

A diverse programme of events will expand the themes of the exhibition and advance our exploration of new formats of artistic practice. Laura Miller will create a PowerPoint performance for the opening night on March 13th. Alexandra Qin,coder extraordinaire, will give a talk on the teaching of coding and programming. Sincerely, Tommy, the Brooklyn based concept store, will set up a pop-up shop within our space to showcase their unique mix of fashion and home goods designers from the surrounding neighborhood of Bed-Stuy to the rest of the world. Paten Hughes, actress and theatre- maker, will host a reading of recent work in the afternoon of March 15. Victory Club, a private dining club that gathers its members around the culinary and visual arts, will host a luncheon on March 15th.

Visitor Information

Opening times: March 13th - March 20th. Open for all on Saturday March 14th from 10AM - 6PM and Sunday March 15th 1:30PM - 6PM, afterwards by appointment only by contacting us at miss@miss-mag.com or +1 9176018895. Our space is located at 225 Lafayette Street, Mezzanine level, New York, NY 10012. Nearest Subway stations are Spring Street, Prince Street, and Broadway- Lafayette. More info at www.miss-mag.com.

Date Submitted: 12/3/2015

Penguin has just published The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present by Shumon Basar (Director of the AA’s Format Public Programme), novelist/artist Douglas Coupland and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist. Described as “a new history of how we are feeling in the world today when the future seems to be happening much faster than we ever thought,” it updates the 1967 experimental paperback The Medium is the Massage for the 21st century. In that book, Quentin Fiore made visual Marshall McLuhan’s prophetic words. In The Age of Earthquakes, AA Graphic Designer Wayne Daly has done the same, importing the surreal, mashed mannerisms of screen to page along with artworks from 35 visual artists. 

At lunchtime on Friday 13 March, Shumon Basar will be joined by Penguin’s Art Director Jim Stoddart, design critic Emily King and AA Files Editor Tom Weaver for a public discussion in the AA Lecture Hall entitled Paperback OS: The Book as Resilient Technology

Buy the Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present at AA Book Shop


Date Submitted: 11/3/2015

vPPR have been announced as the winners of the AJ Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Award 2015.
The award recognises those who excel in design and thought-leadership and who have ‘a bright future ahead’.

vPPR, the London-based architectural practice, was established in 2009 co-founded by:
Catherine Pease: MA(Cantab), AA Dip, RIBA,
Tatiana von Preussen: MA(Cantab), MArch, RIBA,
Jessica Reynolds: MA(Cantab), MPhil, MArch, ARB

The jury described them as 'fresh, collaborative, professional and very together’.

Visit the vPPR website.

Date Submitted: 2/3/2015

AA Past President & AA Alumnus Jim Eyre OBE has become the first architect to be awarded the prestigious Bodley Medal. The Bodley Medal is the highest honour of the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford and is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the worlds in which the Bodleian is active: literature, culture, science, and communication. Eyre's practise, Wilkinson Eyre, have recently refurbished the Bodleian's Weston Library which will reopen in March 2015.


Date Submitted: 20/2/2015

rat[LAB] (Founding Partner and Research Head Sushant Verma (Emtech Grad 2013) ) exhibits a large-scale prototype of ‘Cellular Morphology Façade’ at Alliance Française de Delhi, as a part of 20under35 Exhibition 2015.

London-originated organization, now has a studio in New Delhi, and aims to be the first independent research laboratory for design & architecture implementing cutting-edge computational technology in the discipline in India.

Cellular Morphology Façade is an algorithmically designed façade system that can be optimized for any climatic context and building typology, controlling heat, light & visibility in a space.

Exhibition at Alliance Française de Delhi

Sushant Verma / rat[LAB] was shortlisted as one of the 20 designers from Delhi (5 from architecture / habitat category) to be a part of 20under35 Exhibition 2015 by DesignXDesign, a joint initiative of Alliance Francaise de Delhi and Studio IF. rat[LAB] presented a large scale prototype of ‘Cellular Morphology Façade’ system that can potentially be optimized to changing solar insolation & daylight requirements of a building. The component-based building skin is parametrically designed through an algorithm that can control the apertures of each component based on views, visibility & environmental criteria. The mathematically driven prototype consists of 917 unique cells made of 5,392 non-identical surfaces & 5,227 customized joints fabricated through digital prototyping techniques.

On the day of inauguration at the gallery, rat[LAB] co-founder Sushant Verma spoke about the need of computational technology in India and how he aims to bring in the new breed of designers – computational designers to the country. This, he added, can change the way architects and designers conceive a project and how designs are realized in the industry. rat[LAB] uses cutting-edge computational and parametric techniques and works with designers to facilitate them on projects of all scales and typology. 

Date Submitted: 18/2/2015

Liam Young, of the AA’s Diploma 6- Unknown Fields Division and think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today will be performing at Android Paranoid: Architecture, Invisibility and Digital Culture in Munich on February 24th 6pm. http://www.we-are-plan-a.com/en/project/android_paranoid-symposium

He will also be performing at the Sonic Acts Festival in Amsterdam on March 28th. Liam will also be running a master class titled ‘Reimagining the Present, Scenes from a film that doesn't exist’ at the same festival. http://www.sonicacts.com/2015

Date Submitted: 16/2/2015
Magnificent Obsessions
The Artist as Collector 
Barbican Art Gallery 
12 February – 25 May 2015 
Media View, Wednesday 11 February 2015
10am – 1pm
Former AA graduates Max Kahlen and Christopher Dyvik have designed 
the next Barbican Art Gallery exhibition : Magnificent Obsessions : The Artist as Collector. The exhibition will present fascinating personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists. The objects will be displayed alongside key examples of their work to provide insight into their inspirations, influences, motives, and obsessions.
More information on Dyvik Kahlen Architects:
Barbican Press release:
Date Submitted: 10/2/2015

Fashion and Architecture will meet again this spring, when 10 Architects take over the retail windows in Shanghai’s most famous shopping plaza and showcase their talents during Shanghai Fashion Week for the RIBA Shanghai Windows Project 2015.

Jeroen van Ameijde is co-founder and director of Urban Systems, an office specialising in generative design methodologies which is currently developing several large scale projects in China.

Marco Vanucci is the founding director of OPENSYSTEMS Architecture, an architectural practice that bridges experimental design and practical solutions through computational protocols.

Date Submitted: 9/2/2015

"The primary function of the Barack Obama Presidential Library would be to serve as public forum and archive of his years in office, rather than as a memorial. The building would be divided into eight levels of differing heights, with openings offering various views of Chicago. Each level archives a single year of Obama’s presidency."

"The amphitheater at the base of the building is designed without any glass, or walls, and would provide Chicagoans with a public forum for free speech. The ground floor of the Library is shaped like a peace sign to represent the hope felt during Obama’s first year in office, and serve as a bridge connecting the three riverbanks. The peace sign shape changes on each level representing the distortion of hopes over time."


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Date Submitted: 5/2/2015

Laboratory of Explorative Architecture and Design (LEAD) won 3rd place in the anonymous international open competition for the design of 2 museums in Budapest.




Date Submitted: 28/1/2015
Date Submitted: 27/1/2015

“0.91 Cubic Metre” is the most recent show of work by 200 Grs. – the metric nomenclature Rana Haddad and Pascal Hachem chose for their collaboration.



Image: http://carwangallery.com

Date Submitted: 27/1/2015

The shortlist for The Architectural Journal's "Women in Architecture Awards" has been announced.


Jessica Reynolds (Inter 13 Unit Master) and Tatiana von Preussen (NYLON Visiting School Director) are founding partners of vPPR Architects and are shortlisted for Emerging Woman Architect of the year.



Sally Lewis (Professional Practice Student), founding director of Stitch Architects has also been shortlisted for the Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Award


Image: Stich architects' South Acton Estate Regeneration

Date Submitted: 26/1/2015

Potential Monuments of Unrealised Futures presents work by two Albanian artists: Edi Hila and Adrian Paci.



Article about the exhibition on The Albanian Prime Minister's Office Website




Date Submitted: 23/1/2015


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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.