Galán is a clothes valet (suit stand).

Galán received the Interior Innovation Award from the Rat für Formgebung (German Design Council) and was chosen to form part of the ‘Confession of Design’ exhibition organized by Aussenwirtschaft Austria (Advantage Austria), which will be held at the Rotonda della Besana in Milan coinciding with the 2014 edition of Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile.

http://confession-of design.com/exhibition/


“My first sketches of Galán, back in 1993, were dominated by a strong, central spine-like trace. It was a support, a human column that could hold a jacket and a pair of trousers. My mind then fought with the position of the garments. Once I achieved a balance, I put the sketches away, but my mind didn’t.

In 2004 I made a small model. In that model the original tension of the spine-like trace was still present. After that I drew a human-sized version of Galán based on my proportions. But it was lifeless. I realized then that for Galán to transmit a sense of vitality, I had to imbue it with the experience and weariness of life I had gained since I drew my first sketches. I then reworked the curve of the head, its back, and strengthened its neck and heel to express the stand’s resistance to its own weight; to life. Galán is a valet stand and as such, it will probably form part of the intimate realm of the bedroom. That is why it is respectful in its gesture, with its downward gaze, not wanting to intrude. It is just there, as company.

I then searched for the best materials and the finest furniture manufacturers to breathe life into my creation. This quest took me to the small Austrian town of Schwarzach, where local master carpenters have been working for generations with solid woods from the Alps. After various prototypes, Galán came to life in September 2013.

I have found it fascinating to arrive at the point where a form that had never existed before is perfect to my eye. Galán is alive because it has a tension of its own, because it has an identity of its own. Standing still, it is in movement. Doing nothing, it does.

Today, after twenty years, I believe that the traces I drew in 1993 were, even then, profoundly human.”

Jorge Gomendio Kindelan.


Date Submitted: 31/3/2014

Adam Nathaniel Furman (AAdip(hons) AAgraddip 2009 will be one of the exhibitors in a new show organised Habitat and the Crafts Council UK called "Space Craft".

The show will go on tour around the UK for 18months after its time in Habitat.
Date Submitted: 26/3/2014

Mark Campbell - Paradise Lost Research Cluster Director, HTS Faculty and Intermediate Unit Master - recently presented at the 'Renovating Aesthetics' PhD Symposium, held at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London, on 20 March, 2014. The symposium was chaired by Professor Murray Fraser and also included papers by Professor John Macarthur (University of Queensland) and Dr Peg Rawes (Bartlett School of Architecture). Mark's paper focused on his research on issues of aesthetics and politics at the beginning of the twentieth-century.


Image : Bernard Berenson visiting the Borghese Gallery, Rome, 1955. © David Seymour / Magnum Photos

Date Submitted: 24/3/2014
On April 4 +5 Liam Young of AA’s Diploma 6- Unknown Fields Division and think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today will be hosting  Data Drama: Crunching, Chunking and other Novel Data Technologies to Better Help us Escape From the Present at Princeton University School of Architecture. Across 2 days 20 speakers will be discussing the spatial possibilities and consequences of big data and the network. To accompany the presentations Andrew Blum, author of Tubes: A Journey to the Centre of the Internet, will be coordinating a field expedition through the wilds of New Jersey to visit a series of local data centres and critical engineer Julian Oliver will be running a workshop on the tools and tactics for asserting and defending civil liberties in the networked domain. For details head over here where the event will also be live streamed. Use #datadrama to contribute to the conversation.
James Bridle [Artist and founder Of Dronestagram and the New Aesthetic]
Kevin Slavin [Founder of the Playful Systems group at MIT's Media Lab]
Tim Maughan [Science Fiction Author]
Ivan Poupyrev [Project leader at Google’s Advance Technologies and Projects Division]
Ben Lewis [Director of Google and the World Brain]
Kate Crawford [Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research and Visiting Professor, MIT Center for Civic Media]
Metahaven [Designers and Editors of Black Transparency: The right to know in the age of Mass Surveillance]
Joanne McNeil [Techno political Writer and Researcher]
Scanlab [Specialists in Large scale 3D laser scanning]
Benjamin Bratton [Director of The Center for Design and Geopolitics]
Carlo Ratti [Director of Senseable City Lab at MIT]
Usman Hasque [Founder of internet of things data infrastructure Pachube]
Adam Harvey [Countersurveillance fashion designer]
Mario Carpo [Architectural Historian]
Date Submitted: 21/3/2014
The School of Architecture for All (SARCHA) initiated by Dr Maria Theodorou (AA PhD H&T 1998) features in Blueprint magazine, issue 332 January/February 2014 and described as another type of practice and research on architecture and the city produced by an extended assemblage of associates: “…[a] platform to share resources and experiences while learning with every project.”http://sarcha-architecture.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/sarcha-in-blueprint-architect-is-no.html
Date Submitted: 21/3/2014

Luca Peralta Studio’s awarded project, titled “Transforming Social Houses into Sociable Homes” , was recognized for its visionary solution for the regeneration of an abandoned social housing project, namely Torre Tintoretto in San Polo, Brescia, Italy.


Date Submitted: 20/3/2014

Foundation Studio Master Takako Hasegawa will be presenting at a multidisciplinary symposium Sensing Architectureat Royal Academy of Arts held in conjunction with the exhibition Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined. Saturday 29th March.


Date Submitted: 18/3/2014

The festival runs at Siobhan Davies studio from 10 April 2014.

What Now Festival : http://www.independentdance.co.uk/programmepage/activities/what-festival/

Siobhan Davies Studio: http://www.siobhandavies.com/

Date Submitted: 18/3/2014

AA graduates, ex-unit masters and visting school directors Marianne Mueller and Olaf Kneer received a Special Mention in the Architizer A+ Awards for White Cube Bermondsey, the conversion of a 70s warehouse into an art gallery complex in South London. http://architizer.com/projects/white-cube-bermondsey/

Date Submitted: 14/3/2014

Natassa Lianou and Ermis Chalvatzis, AA DRL alumni 2011, have been awarded an Honourable mention in the NEXT STOP-Designing Chicago BRT Stations competition with their project KINESIS. The competition was organized by the Chicago Architectural Club and Chicago Architecture Foundation. The two architects gave an interview to The Tovima newspaper about their award winning project KINESIS. They were also featured in 'The GENERATION OF 2020' issue of BHMAGAZINO.


Date Submitted: 12/3/2014
Farah's dissertation on Energy Efficient Garment Factories has been published in CibseJournal March 2014 edition.
Since leaving the AA Farah has been doing some work with the fashions brands and International labour organization to improve the working conditions of factories in Bangladesh. Farah works as Senior Sustainability Engineer at Ramboll Uk.
Date Submitted: 10/3/2014

Liam Young, of the AA’s Diploma 6- Unknown Fields Division and think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today will be speaking at the FUTURE EVERYTHING Festival in Manchester, 31st March – 1st April 2014. http://futureeverything.org/

Date Submitted: 4/3/2014

7pm, Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X8PH

From the Romanian Cultural Institute:

Three research teams made up of 12 international students from the Architectural Association Design Research Lab in London led by professor Theodore Spyropoulos, including the Romanian Octavian Gheorghiu, will present an alternative vision of the capital's future, putting forward an ecology of intelligent machines. The students will explore possible solutions for London by looking into several problematic aspects such as food supply and the import dependence, the growing need for public space and the underutilisation of the Thames River, transportation and urban mobility.

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Date Submitted: 25/2/2014

The Nature of the City

Monday 17, February, 6.30pm

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Date Submitted: 12/2/2014


Explore Majorca through drawings this Easter

Drawing the City is hosting a 6-day intensive drawing holiday workshop in Majorca in April. All the adventure and excitement of a city break, combined with an in-depth exploration of the Majorcan art scene, food, sunshine and of course... mad drawing.

The course is designed with those closet, part-time artists in mind, who have always wanted to draw more and improve their skills but never find the time to get stuck into it.
Drawing the City - Majorca 2014 is a collaboration with the Pilar i Joan Miró Foundation, and the local council in Palma; as part of an effort to share the charms of this burgeoning art city, while promoting a culture-led tourism instead of the sun & beach combos to which Majorca is commonly associated.

The course

The unique course offers a combination of daily 4-hour in-studio drawing and water colour sessions, with daily active drawing excursions in the city. Participants will be given the opportunity to explore the city through drawings and practice the techniques from the studio sessions on the exquisite subject of Palma de Majorca, a stunning medieval port city.

Thrown into the mix, the workshop also includes visits to museums, special private viewings of art, historic tours, local food tastings and your very own art exhibition party at the end. Drawings aside, there will still be time to explore the city in your own time, enjoy the nightlife and soak in the atmosphere, and witness the unique Majorcan Easter Celebrations before heading back.

Image : http://www.flickr.com/photos/guymoll/

Date Submitted: 7/2/2014


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