Date Submitted: 22/1/2013

The project will host the Museum and Libraries Council of the Chilean Government. Alan Chandler (AA Diploma 1996) from Arts Lettres Techniques served as conservation consultant. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

Competition Winner

For more information, visit plataformaarquitectura.cl

Date Submitted: 11/12/2012

Benjamin Reynolds

The competition, organised by the National Taipei University of Technology in Taiwan, asked participants to investigate the concept of orientation and its relationship to ecological issues through the form of a proposal. Reynolds' work explores the physical organisation and thermal behaviour of a gigantic datacentre located in Palm Springs, California.

For more information, visit his project page: http://competition.ntutarch.com/2012Awards.html

Date Submitted: 5/12/2012

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The project "Pretty Please Nightclub" located in St Kilda, Melbourne with the practice "Travis Walton Architecture" was shorlisted from over 2000 entries in the "Best Interior design catergory for Bars and Restaurants".

The project has also received a commendation at the Australian Interior Design Awards 2012 and won the 2012 Australian "Eat-Drink-Design Award" for best bar.

Date Submitted: 3/12/2012

Douglas Spencer (tutor in the AA’s graduate school programmes in Landscape Urbanism and History and Critical Thinking) was conferred his Doctorate in Architectural History and Theory at the University of Westminster on 26 November 2012.

Examined by Anthony Vidler and Matthew Charles, his thesis, ‘Smooth Operators: Architectural Deleuzism in Societies of Control’, is a critique of the role of contemporary architecture in shaping social subjects through and for new modes of governmentality, whilst claiming a progressive and liberatory character to its projects through its appropriations of Deleuze, complexity theory and the ‘new materialism’.

Date Submitted: 27/11/2012

The Biennale will take place at the Benaki Museum in Athens, 22 November 2012–13 January 2013.

For more information, visit the Biennale website. 


Date Submitted: 21/11/2012

AA Milan: CyberGardening the City directed by Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto has been recently featured in DOMUS
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Date Submitted: 20/11/2012

Alex Warnock-Smith (AA H&U Course Master) delivers talk entitled 'Mobilising the Metropolis: new approaches for fighting corruption in the context of rapid urbanisation' at the International Anti-Corruption Conference in Brasilia 09/11/2012, with Transparency International, UN Habitat, Avina and others.

Date Submitted: 20/11/2012

The AA School alumnus used digital design techniques such as computer-controlled (CNC) routing and laser-cutting to create Unlimited Edition – a system of bent-plywood modules that combine to form objects and environments including a chair and pavilion.

In a recent feature on Dezeen, Lek addressed how the project responds to the exhibition's theme of 'thrift': “I wanted to create the shapes from a single cut of the CNC router, in order to minimise costly machining time,” he told the magazine.

Watch the film of Unlimited Edition

Designers in Residence at the Design Museum runs until 13 January, 2013. Find out more.

Date Submitted: 20/11/2012

Darrick Borowski presented Edible Infrastructures: Cities, Farms & Algorithms, an investigation into the generative potential of food systems in the design of future cities. The research employs mathematical modeling and simulation to challenge the traditional methodologies of the urban designer and the meaning of authorship in the design process.

Andy Van Mater's talk, Complexity Through No Fault Of Our Own addressed the means and methods of city creation through examples of scripted works in the field of urban design.

The symposium was organised to discuss and debate the future of urban design education and practice in a rapidly urbanising world. Videos of the lectures will be available on the Washington University website.

Thom Mayne delivered the keynote lecture, which included work from his recently published book Combinatory Urbanism: The Complex Behavior of Collective Form

Date Submitted: 14/11/2012

The new Institute will unite advanced computational research and innovative practices from across the world, seizing the historical opportunities of current surging waves of construction and rapid urban development in greater China region.

Date Submitted: 12/11/2012

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


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