Available at www.aabookshop.net

The architectural community has had a strong and continuing interest in traditional and vernacular architecture. Lessons from Vernacular Architecture takes lessons directly from traditional and vernacular architecture and offers them to the reader as guidance and inspiration for new buildings. The appropriate technical and social solutions provided by vernacular and traditional architecture are analysed in detail. International case studies focus on environmental design aspects of traditional architecture in a broad range of climatic conditions and building types.

Date Submitted: 16/12/2013

Photographs will be released in limited editions of 20 at £300 or £240.00 for AA Members (inclusive of VAT). Each print will have a numbered certificate of authenticity on the back of the mount. A portion of the proceeds from the Eric de Maré prints will go towards the AA Foundation to support AA school bursaries and scholarships.


2013 Images:

Anti-God Museum, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Leningrad
Photograph: F R Yerbury, 1932
Giclée Fine Art Print on Hahnemule Photorag 308 gsm paper using pigment archival Inks
image size: 380mm x 380mm square
In 2.5 mm thick bevelled edge conservation mounts 580mm x 652mm

Transporter Bridge, Newport, Monmouthshire
Photograph: Eric de Maré, 1954
Giclée fine art print on Hahnemule Photorag 308 gsm paper using pigment archival inks
image size: 380mm x 405mm
In 2.5 mm thick bevelled edge conservation mounts 580mm x 652mm

Date Submitted: 5/12/2013

The competition seeks to find the best ways to create more space to live and work in London, and is open to architectural practices, interior designers and members of the public who have completed extensions or refurbishment projects in London within the last three years. 

Winning projects will be announced in early December, and all shortlisted projects will be shown in an exhibition at NLA from 6 December 2013 until 6 February 2014. 

See the complete list

Peter Murray of New London Architecture will be leading a tour of "The Great Estates Exhibition" Friday 13 December.

Date Submitted: 4/12/2013

Digital Design Drop In: Immanuel Koh Generative-Glass
Saturday 7 December
, 13.00 16.00
V&A Sculpture gallery 21a

Free, drop-in, no booking required

The Digital Design Drop-in is a monthly event exploring intersections of art, design, craft and technology, inviting artists to show work in the V&A galleries in a pop-up studio format and offering visitors opportunities to meet the artists and discuss new work. 
This session will feature one of Immanuel Koh's on-going experimentation with the aesthetical,structural and assembly logics of glass using new computational and interactive fabrication production processes. A series of recently produced physical glass artifacts, alongside their digitally fabricated moulds, will be on display. Visitors are also welcomed to interact with the custom software developed for these generative processes and hear from the designer on the forthcoming stages of his glass experimentation, which incorporate robotic arms within the glass-blowing studio.

Immanuel Koh is an independent computational designer/architect based in London. His code-based works investigate the real-time visualization /manipulation of data (physical & virtual) and their implications on generative designs/geometries in architecture & art, across scales and materiality. He graduated from the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architectures Design Research Lab (AA_DRL) and has since taught/worked/exhibited/published internationally. Currently he teaches creative-coding at the AAs Media Studies (AAMS), interaction design at the AAs Interprofessional Studio (AAIS) and computational urbanism at The Bartlett (UCL), while practising/researching architecture at Zaha Hadid Architects (London). 


Date Submitted: 3/12/2013

Alongside an ICE structural engineer and CIBSE electrical engineer, the team was awarded a cash prize and the invitation to apply for membership to the Worshipful Company of Constructors, the 99th Livery Company of the City of London.

Teambuild is an intense multidisciplinary competition for young professionals that takes place over one weekend. The event focuses on developing skills in leadership, communication and coordination beyond the sum of an individual’s skill. The competition helps identify the way teams must work together in the construction industry with challenging scenarios common to construction projects across the UK. 

To find out more: www.teambuilduk.com

Date Submitted: 27/11/2013

This is the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of the architect Rafael Moneo (Pritzker Prize 1996, RIBA Gold Medal 2003).

The exhibition is open at The Fundación Barrié, A Coruña, until 30 March, 2014.


Image: Opera in Madrid, Spain, Rafael Moneo (courtesy Fundación Barrié)

Date Submitted: 20/11/2013

Location: WORK Gallery, 10A Acton Street, London WC1X 9NG
Date: Saturday 16 November 2013
Time: 3-4.30pm
RSVP to press@workgallery.co.uk
More information: www.workgallery.co.uk

Date Submitted: 15/11/2013

The AA’s Architecture Words was established in 2008 as a series of small, accessible books that counters the dominance of images in architecture by promoting the written word, in the form of texts, essays, conversations, interviews, manifestos and other forms of writing by architects, historians and critics. AA Publications is producing ebook versions of the first four books in the series, available now, with the digitisation of the remaining books in the series following soon after.

Available worldwide on Apple iBookstore and Amazon Kindle (visit via AA Publications). Prices from £7.71. Search ‘Architecture Words’.

Date Submitted: 13/11/2013

The new issue of the academic journal RevistArquis includes Mark Cousins’ lecture Technology and Prosthesis, and Robin Evans’ article 'In Front of Lines that Leave Nothing Behind'. Both were translated into Spanish by AA PhD Valeria Guzmán-Verri. The issue also features papers by AA Histories and Theories Studies Tutor Doreen Bernath and DRL Studio Master Robert Stuart-Smith.

Access the translations and articles.

Date Submitted: 11/11/2013

Immanuel Koh (AAIS & AAMS tutor) has been invited to showcase work-in-progress interactive works of AA students at the 'Digital Futures' exhibition at Victoria & Albert Museum on Tuesday 12 November.

All are welcome to this free event from 11am–4pm at the V&A's Sackler Centre.


Date Submitted: 6/11/2013

The Architect's Guide to Effective Self-Presentation, by Andreas Luescher. Find out more about the book.

Date Submitted: 6/11/2013

For the site's theme of 'Real Fiction', Mond discusses his project 'Aditnálta: An Island dispersed across the internet', and its implications. 

From the interview:

'Otinif (finito backwards) draws [on the] relationship to our reliance on minerals. The program developed through the resource trails that our modern day tech objects leave. These electronics generate landscapes and places like Aditnálta. An ecstatic truth, the program is based on real areas with conflict minerals such as Serra Pelada, the Congo and the Amazon.'

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Mond is one of four AA Honours recipients whose work makes up the AA Honours exhibition (now in its closing week), in the AA Front Members' Room. Insight into work is also published in the AA Diploma Honours 2013 (AA Publications). See his work on Projects Review 2013.

Date Submitted: 29/10/2013

Virtual Synchronicity will be installed as part of the Microwavefest 2013 – TERRA ZERO

Hong Kong 8 – 17 November 

Tweet your images of sunrises and sunsets: @virtualsunset 

Tobias Klein studied architecture at the RWTH Aachen, Germany, the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria and the Bartlett School of Architecture, London. He worked for Coop Himmelb(l)au before founding his own practice, Studio Tobias Klein. The practice operates in between architecture and art, across the fields of installation, experimental design, interactivity and urbanism. Its production constantly evolves between static and dynamic models, shifting from objects to installations and design, prospecting new visual territories in the field of narrated embodied space. He is one of the founders of .horhizon, an experimental architectural design platform.

Date Submitted: 28/10/2013
Public Performance, Malet Street Gardens – 1 and 2pm
Public Talks and Discussion, Senate House (Beveridge Hall) – 5pm
Why are iron railings so firmly rooted in the British ideal of urban public space?  Might the abundance of railings betray particular cultural anxieties about open spaces and their potential?

The symposium will consider the effects and legacy of the wartime removal of iron railings from parks and gardens, opening a discussion about public space and accessibility in Bloomsbury and beyond.
The public talks at Senate House will be preceded by a specially-commissioned dance performance at Malet Street Gardens, site of 'PhantomRailings'

Speakers include:

Anna Minton – Writer, journalist, author of Ground Control, Fear and happiness in the twenty-first century city
Catalina Pollak – Architect and artist behind ‘Phantom Railings’
Dr. Matthew Ingleby – Lecturer, UCL
Zaynab Dena Ziari – Architect and writer, Architectural Association
Laurence Bain – Architect, CAB (Campaign Against Bollards)
Thomas Snow – Researcher (Chair), UCL
Date Submitted: 28/10/2013

Both graduates (MArch 2011–13) submitted an extension of their MArch thesis, adaptive[skins], as a proposal. They were shortlisted in the top eight emerging artists and architects from a total of 264 proposals from 37 countries.

The scholarships are designed for freelance artists, architecture students, graduates and diploma holders in architectural studies to explore innovations in art and architecture through experimental approaches
and also in practice-based projects.

The jury made its selection earlier this year, and the scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to realise one of their submitted works during the 2013/14 academic year while working from the MAK Centre for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles. 

Find out more about this year's winners. 

Learn more about the MAK Center Residency Programme.

During their Emtech studies, the team established rat[LAB] – an independent research cell – that has now become a multinational and interdisciplinary collective of specialised practitioners from the fields of design and technology.

Date Submitted: 16/10/2013


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