Alexandros Kallegias (AADRL MArch 2011) will deliver a lecture at Oxford Brookes University as part of the Reconstruction lecture series organised by OxArch.

Kallegias will be showcasing the work of the AA Visiting School Athens: Every major city is distinguished by its own unique built environment. Whether in terms of cultural significance or technological achievements, the urban fabric of various vital locations allows for a more specialised and genuine set of design qualities. Observed through time, the city’s transformation resembles the growth of a species and its’ personality is reflected on its’ edifices. In the era of information, the data of social activity, historic and contemporary events, urban morphology and more, extracted from a city can reveal insights leading to the emergence of its’ complex network topologies. How does one then picture clusters of information as they fluctuate? How do they look like?

The lecture will take place Tuesday 5 February at Oxford Brookes University. Find out more on the OxArch Facebook Page


Date Submitted: 30/1/2019

Last night T Magazine Spain celebrated the first edition of the T Spain Design Awards. Among the winners were former AA student Ron Arad, who won Designer of the Year, and Eva Franch i Gilabert (AA Director), who won Best Architect of the Year. Read more on the T Magazine Spain website.

Date Submitted: 22/1/2019

On Tuesday 15 January 2019, Michael Weinstock (Founder and a Director of MSc / MArch Emergent Technologies and Design & Head of Research) delivered the Digital Architecture Open Lecture at the University of Kent titled The Ecology of Intelligence, in Nature and in Civilisation.

It is commonly said that cities are complex systems, and exhibit many of the properties of living beings. The application of terms like 'Smart' or 'Adaptive' to subsidiary urban systems is ubiquitous but an exegesis of a model of intelligence specific to the city is more rarely encountered in the literature of complexity sciences. Successful living species have evolved sentience and responsive behaviour specific to the ecological system within which they exist. It follows that 'ecological intelligence' cannot be approached through models of 'general intelligence' but can only be approached through observation and analysis of the dynamics of inter-species and species- environment relationships across a range of spatial and temporal scales within each particular ecology. What is the significance of this definition of intelligence in understanding the evolutionary development of cities? Can a design paradigm for future cities be developed from this perspective?

Read more about Michael Weinstock on the Research Profile page

Date Submitted: 22/1/2019

The exhibition is of a series of drawings made on graph paper along with three sculptures that altogether explore the significance of fragmented architecture and our ability to recollect.

Conceived between 2011 and 2019, ‘Empire of Ice Cream’ is a series of thirteen meticulously filled graph paper drawings that show the remnants of architectural plans gathered from an assortment of historic and contemporary references. These elements are sometimes grand and monumental, others banal and generic, but all are summoned impromptu from Jacob’s memory; segments from Ancient Greek temples, football pitches, something Meisian, parts of a church, orchards, fountains, straightforward corridors, a chunk of Parliament, and a Buzzcock’s single cover are some examples.

Sam Jacob is currently a professor at University of Illinois at Chicago and visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong and has taught at Yale, Karlsruhe HfG and the AA in London where he also established AA Nightschool, a programme that opened up new ways of sharing of architectural knowledge. He has been a columnist for the AJ, Art Review and Dezeen and is the author of ‘Make It Real, Architecture as Enactment” published by Strelka Press.

Sam Jacob: Empire of Ice Cream

Exhibition dates: 26 January — 9 March 2019

Address: Betts Project, 100 Central Street, London EC1V 8AJ

Image: Sam Jacob, Empire of Ice Cream No.7, 2011, 21 x 29.7 cm, ink on graph paper. Courtesy Betts Project

Date Submitted: 18/1/2019

PhD by design candidate and Emtech graduate Mohammed Makki, PhD by design candidate Milad Showkatbakhsh – both studying under the directorship of Dr. Michael Weinstock – and Emtech graduate Yutao Song, have successfully released a new plugin for Grasshopper 3D called ‘Wallacei’.

Wallacei, a new plugin for grasshopper 3D, is an evolutionary engine that allows users to run evolutionary simulations through utilising highly detailed analytic tools coupled with various comprehensive selection methods, including algorithmic clustering, to assist users to better understand their evolutionary runs, and make more informed decisions at all stages of their evolutionary simulations; including setting up the design problem, running the evolutionary algorithm, analysing the outputted results and selecting the desired solution or solutions for the final output. Wallacei also provides users with the ability to select, reconstruct and output any phenotype from the population after completing their simulation.

The free plugin is streamlined to give users efficient access to the data outputted by their evolutionary simulations, and enable clear and efficient methods for analysis and selection – The aim is for users (of all degrees of expertise) to better understand their evolutionary simulations, gain a thorough understanding of the outputted numeric values, and seamlessly extract the optimised data; all within one user interface.

Wallacei also has a full tutorial series on how to use the plugin, and an official Wallacei primer, that goes through all the features and functions of the plugin. To learn more about the software, and to access the tutorials and download the Primer, visit the Wallacei website at:  https://www.wallacei.com/

Date Submitted: 15/1/2019

The Boring Revolution (Diploma Unit 13 and Dark Matter Laboratories) are editors of the blog entitled Mapping & Moonshots, A manifesto for the Boring Revolution. The blog is hosted on Medium, an online publishing platform. Read the articles - Our Cities are Designed for Loneliness, Big Data Cities, The beginning of the new logistical era, Juridicial watersheds, New Year New Understanding of You and P2P Planning - A Boring Revolution on the Mapping & Moonshots blog site here.

Date Submitted: 14/1/2019

The British Council have launched the open call for the British Pavilion 2020. Apply now to curate the exhibition at the next Venice Architecture Biennale.

The British Council are calling for ideas that spark debate, offer new perspectives on the issues that matter, create fresh experiences of architecture and show your work to the world. The submission deadline for proposals is 18 February 2019.

Invited by the British Council’s British Pavilion Commissioner, the 2020 Selection Committee includes:

Eva Franch I Gilabert, Director, Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture; Pooja Agrawal, Co-founder, Public Practice; Gabrielle Jenks, Digital Director, Manchester International Festival; Indy Johar, Co-founder, Architecture 00; Alan Jones, RIBA President Elect 2019; Jim MacDonald, Chief Executive, Architecture & Design Scotland; Sarah Mann, Commissioner, British Pavilion; Director, Architecture Design; Fashion Farshid Moussavi, Founder, Farshid Moussavi Architecture; Oliver Wainwright, Architecture and Design Critic, The Guardian

Find out more on the British Council website.

Image: © British Council

Date Submitted: 10/1/2019

Commemorated by Kettering’s Mayor, James Burton and Kettering’s Civic Society,

John Alfred Gotch, who died in 1942 aged 89, received a blue heritage plaque on Kettering’s High Street to honour the architect and architectural historian’s work.

Having attended Kettering Grammar School, he later studied at the University of Zürich and at King’s College London. Gotch was president of the Architectural Association in 1886, vice-president of the RIBA from 1914–1919, and president of RIBA from 1923–1925.

As well as designing many buildings, particularly for the Midland Bank, Gotch had a special interest in Elizabethan and Jacobean architecture. Gotch is author of nine books on the subject, giving prominent authority to such matter as well as having edited a book on the history of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Image: © Kettering Civic Society

Date Submitted: 10/1/2019

Sam Jacob Studio has won the Victoria and Albert Museum’s competition for a £2.25 million overhaul of its main entrance on Cromwell Road.

The practice was chosen ahead of rival bids by Studio TILT, Nex, Gibson Thornley Architects and John Puttick Associates to win the estimated £225,000 contract for a phased transformation of the Grade I-listed venue’s main entrance rotunda.

You can read more on the Architects' Journal website

Date Submitted: 10/1/2019

On December 21, the Financial Times featured a two-page article on Hooke Park entitled ‘Hooke Park’s woodland campus inspires timber construction.’ The article, written by Emily Rhodes, is a detailed account of Hooke Park’s history, the campus, its buildings and the Design and Make Graduate Programme that is located there. If you have a Financial Times subscription you can read the article here

On the same day, alumnus Arthur Mamou-Mani’s (AADipl 2008) exhibition at the Soane Museum also featured in the Financial Times. The article entitled ‘How to build a better future: high-tech Jenga at the Soane Museum - Mamou-Mani’s robotic installation offers a radical vision of tomorrow’s cities’ can be read here with a Financial Times subscription.

See more information about the Hooke Parke Campus.

See more information about the Design + Make Graduate Programme.

See more information about Arthur Mamou-Mani’s exhibition at the Soane Museum.

Date Submitted: 6/1/2019

The AA congratulates former student and current AA Member, John Pawson, on becoming a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's New Year's Honours list 2019, in recognition of his services to design and architecture. 

Date Submitted: 4/1/2019

On Thursday 10 January, Eyal Weizman (Diploma 3 Contributor and Director of Forensic Architecture), will give a talk at the Barbican Centre, discussing Forensic Architecture's practice of combining architecture and digital forensics. In the sold-out talk, Eyal Weizman will highlight key concepts of forensic architecture, including counter forensics, forensic aesthetics, operative models, the image-data complex and the architecture of memory.

The event is part of the Architecture on Stage Series, run in conjunction by the Barbican and the Architecture Foundation. 

Date Submitted: 4/1/2019

“The daughter of a reformist politician and suffragette, and a close friend of the architectural giant Le Corbusier, Minnette de Silva was Sri Lanka’s first modernist architect and the first Asian woman to become an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

She pursued her vocation despite her father’s opposition, moving first to Mumbai and later postwar London to study. During her time at the Architectural Association (AA) in the UK she cut an elegant figure, draped in silk saris and followed by a train of young male students bearing her bags and instruments.”

Read the full article on the Guardian website

Date Submitted: 14/12/2018

The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) is an Order of France, established on 2 May 1957 by the Minister of Culture. Its purpose is the recognition of significant contributions to the arts, literature, or the propagation of these fields.

Umberto Napolitano, AA Diploma 5 Unit Master and also the founder of Local Architecture Network (LAN), has been appointed to the rank of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

Date Submitted: 14/12/2018

The contest asked readers to consider the challenges that cities will face over the next century, and to propose innovative solutions for urban homes to overcome those challenges. The competition also asked submitted designs to respond to the MINI Living maxim "big life, small footprint" by making the most of available space in cities.

15 designs from readers based in nine different countries were shortlisted out of over 400 entries from around the world. The final winners will be announced on 17 January 2019, with £10,000 of prizes available: £5,000 for the winner, £3,000 for the runner up and £2,000 for third place.

Domestic Replica by Superficium Studio, UK

Domestic Replica is a new kind of housing that speculative architecture and design firm Superficium Studio envisions could appear in cities, as huge floating slums such as Makoko in Lagos become more common throughout the world.

The floating homes are constructed from machine-fabricated wood structures, which would be manufactured locally and distributed to slum dwellers for self-assembly.

Read more on the Dezeen Website

Date Submitted: 14/12/2018


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