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Sushant Verma joined the list of TEDx Speakers by speaking at TEDxGurugram on ‘Smart Cities need Smarter Design Education’. His second TEDxTalk was recently given at the IIT KGP in which he encouraged young professionals to pursue their passions in Design & Technology.

After graduating from the Emergent Technologies Programme at the AA, Sushant Verma worked with RoboFOLD London and Zaha Hadid Architects, while co-founding a global design research studio rat[LAB] – Research in Architecture & Technology (www.rat-lab.org) with Pradeep Devadass (AAEmTech MArch 2013). Sushant has been speaking at various forums, including three TEDx events, CIAT UK / INDIA Conference and will be speaking at Architecture of the Future 2019 Conference in Ukraine and Asian Architects in the Academe Assembly 2019 in Philippines on intersections of Design and Technology.

Watch the TEDxGurugram talk on YouTube 

Watch the TEDxIIT talk on YouTube

Date Submitted: 15/5/2019

Questo non è un modello (This is not a model) argues that concept of ‘model’ has an ambiguous relationship with the ideation, the representation, the construction and the communication of architecture. It is this ambiguity that enables the model to engage with the multiple relations that affect the definition of architecture as both a discipline and an edifice. As a prototype, a template or a guide for the production of the edifice of architecture, the model both proclaims and obfuscates the point of origin of the project, triggering a multiplicity of variations that render the discipline and the practice of architecture possible. As an object, the model offers a description, a presentation and, more significantly, an anticipation of the architectural object. Engaging in the making of architecture a plurality of agents beyond the historical figure of the artifexarchitect, the model challenges the single authorship of architecture. The model’s oscillations between object and concept – and object again, engage the production of the architectural project in a dynamic set of references, tensions and variations that continue to involve the viewer/actor/inhabitant. When the model loses its dynamics between transition and translation and presents itself as a resolved object, it no longer is ‘model’.  The talk draws from Teresa’s recent book ‘Unorthodox Ways to Think the City. Representations, Constructions, Dynamics’ (Routledge 2018).

Monday 13 May 2019, 4.30pm, Sapienza Università di Roma, Faculty of Architecture,  Fiorentino Lecture Hall, Via Gramsci 53, Rome.

Find out more on the University di Roma website

Date Submitted: 10/5/2019

This summer, Dancing Architects invites you to open up a fresh perspective of space and architecture by moving. The workshop will take place in Apulia, Italy. No prior dance or choreographic experience required.

An interdisciplinary exploration, the intensive workshop will take you to a personal journey of architectural choreography. The experience is sure to shift the way we engage with space and architecture towards new possibilities of design processes. Julie-Anne Stanzak from Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – a critically acclaimed Dance Theatre company in Germany - will help awaken our spatial intelligence through various movement workshops. With individual inner motivations and senses, participants will experiment and learn to express embodied ideas through the physicality of our bodies and choreography in relation to people; to objects; to the surroundings; to the streets and the city; and to the world around us – constantly transient in time and space that also change with our body and mind. Together, we will work towards creating a shared experience in the form of performance, as an experimental architectural dialogue. Our field of operation will be the beautiful and sustainable setting of Casina Settarte amongst ancient olive trees, as well as the urban streets and spaces in the white city of Ostuni, Apulia, in southern Italy, a short travel from Matera, the European Capital of Culture 2019. Expect to challenge the idea of architecture by moving together!

Activities include seminars on architecture and movement, discussions and tutorials, making of movement devices, performative presentations with invited guests.

Workshop date: 16 – 21 July 2019. Application is open until 20th June 2019, or until all places are filled. For more information and application, please visit www.dancingarchitects.org or www.facebook.com/events/2444159928949342/

Date Submitted: 9/5/2019

Maarten Gielen, Lionel Devlieger and Aude-Line Duliere (Rotor), Head Tutors of AA Diploma 18, together with their students Samuel Little and Arvind Roy, have contributed a piece for the Architectural Research Quarterly published by Cambridge University. The piece assesses the current state of material use and salvage within the UK building industry, and follows a series of field trips and first-hand research carried out by the students of AA Diploma 18. The projects phase culminated in an exhibition in December 2018, and launched as a new website: Opalis UK, which is an evolving directory of sellers of reclaimed building materials. 

 

Date Submitted: 9/5/2019

Eva Franch i Gilabert (AA Director) and Jeremy Till (Head of Central Saint Martins and Pro Vice-Chancellor Research of University of the Arts London) took part in the V&A’s Friday Late: Art Schooled discussion on What’s the point of art school? Chaired by Rory Hyde, curator of contemporary architecture and urbanism at the V&A, the talk explored the power and potential of art schools, exactly 100 years since the founding of the Bauhaus. The panel spoke on today’s climate of ever-increasing fees, funding cuts and results-driven education, questioning whether the art school can still be defined as radical and what that might mean today.

Date Submitted: 8/5/2019

Teresa Stoppani (AA History & Theory Sudies Lecturer) has been invited to chair the inaugural event of the POST SCRIPTUM*  series, a new project about the theory of architecture, launched this semester by the faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima.

Devised to mobilize the body of knowledge of faculty academics, researchers and students, POST SCRIPTUM* aims to foster a dialogue fuelled by confrontations of different points of view and to investigate topics of urgent relevance.

The first event in the series POST SCRIPTUM*: THIS IS NOT A THEORY will address the specifics of theory in relation to architecture, or “architectural theory”, with a roundtable discussion about Teresa Stoppani's text 'Post-scriptum. “But that is not enough”’ (This Thing Called Theory, T. Stoppani, G. Ponzo and G. Themistokleous (eds),  Routledge, 2016). The panel will be led by the architectural theorist Teresa Stoppani (Architectural Association School of Architecture, London), and by the architects Marta Morelli and Rodolfo Cortegana, professors at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of PUCP.

POST SCRIPTUM*: THIS IS NOT A THEORY, Thursday 2 May 2019, 7pm,  Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, room T-103, Av. Universitaria N°1801, San Miguel, Lima 32, Perú

Find out more on the Arquitectura PUCP website

Date Submitted: 1/5/2019

Degenerate Ark explores Gorda Cay, an island in the Caribbean with a narcotic past whose history has been supplanted by the Walt Disney Company's corporate imagineering. 

The Avery Review is an online journal dedicated to thinking about books, buildings, and other architectural media.

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Date Submitted: 30/4/2019

A new art installation by Nerma Cridge entitled Synonym/Antonym can be viewed at the Window at Silver Street, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. This piece consists of a mirror tape installation with printed/laser cut words on both the mirror face side and the backing paper side. Synonyms of the word Window are printed on the front, whilst antonyms are inverted as though being seen in a mirror. The suggestion behind it is that each word is often closely followed by its exact opposite meaning. Each opening leads to an end, each beginning to a closure, in continuous repetition.

With thanks to Angel Fernando Lara Moreira, Head of Digital Prototyping at the Architectural Association and Robert Good and Jonathon Church from Art Language Location for their support.

View the piece on the Art Language Location website

Date Submitted: 30/4/2019

“The Thang Nguan Vintage House is a place where time freezes: from its decadent walls and faded colors to its neighboring communities, you suddenly find yourselves in another era, perhaps not far away, but certainly within layers of objects, still imprinted with collective personal memories.

Our project does nothing more than emphasizing and creating a path between these fragments that were once used and nowadays are still intact - preserving their peculiar value through the matter.

The space has been designed as an architectural still life, where through delicate surfaces and heterogeneous openings you are able to be face to face with these objects. This curated space is a point of departure to be part of someone's recollection of playing - eating - travelling. For the first time, you are allowed to enter this private space, in which you become the main actor, taking with you belongings and pieces of uncle Poonsak's story.

As architects, we not only assembled personal relics, images, photographs, and other documents but we became archivists who shaped multiple views on this intimate past.”

https://themomentum.co/low-fat-art-fes-03/   

Date Submitted: 30/4/2019

On 11 and 12 April, the 2019 Cornerstone Conference welcomed over 700 attendees to Barcelona, Spain. This year’s event programming addressed subjects with profound economic, social and political implications. More than 50 expert speakers and moderators touched on topics including innovation in architecture, barriers for women in sports, sustainable fashion, the future of the European Union and girls’ access to education.

Eva Franch spoke on the topic of Form and Function: The Built Environment of the Future along with other guest speakers: Benedetta Tagliabue, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Miralles Tagliabue EMBT and Founder and CEO of Enric Miralles Foundation; Martha Thorne, Dean of the IE School of Architecture and Design in Madrid, Spain, and Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize; and Jeanne Meserve, award-winning journalist and former anchor and correspondent for CNN and ABC News.

Watch the conversation online on the International Women’s Forum website

Date Submitted: 29/4/2019

In his first exhibition at Sadie Coles HQ, alumnus Lawrence Lek presents AIDOL, a new feature-length film. Featuring a score written and orchestrated by the artist, this computer-generated fantasy tells the story of a fading superstar, Diva, who enlists an aspiring AI songwriter to mount a comeback performance at the 2065 eSports Olympic finale.

Set in a smoke-and-mirrors realm of fantastical architecture, sentient drones and snow-deluged jungles, AIDOL revolves around the long and complex struggle between humanity and Artificial Intelligence. Fame - in all its allure and emptiness - is set against the bigger contradictions of a post-AI world, a world where originality is sometimes no more than an algorithmic trick and where machines have the capacity for love and suffering.

Open from 18 April - 18 May 2019 with daily screenings Monday - Saturday 10.30, 12.00, 13.30, 15.00, 16.30 at Sadie Coles HQ, 62 Kingly Street

Find out more or watch the trailer

Date Submitted: 26/4/2019

The three winners of the 2019 Kohn Pedersen Fox Traveling Fellowship were selected by jury on April 16 and announced during an evening event held at KPF’s New York office.

The winners are CoCo Tin of Cornell University, Peteris Lazovskis of Harvard, and Jack Isles of The Architectural Association. Each will be awarded $8,000 to fund summer travel and an additional $2,000 after turning in a report about their experience. In addition, two students were awarded Honorable Mention: Taeseop Shin of MIT and Isabel Branas of Cornell.

The jury comprised Erika Hinrichs, Chair of the Department of Architecture at Pratt Institute and Principal at FBEH viaArchitecture ; Steven Hillyer, Director of the Irwin S Chanin School of Architecture Archive at Cooper Union and Co-founder of Arkanjel Productions; Maria Hurtado de Mendoza, Associate Professor of Architecture at New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Co-founder of Estudio.Entresitio; and Jeff Kenoff and Hugh Trumbull, Principals at KPF.

Each year, Kohn Pedersen Fox presents awards to students who are in their penultimate year at one of the twenty-seven design schools with whom KPF has chosen to partner. The goal of the award is to allow students to broaden their education through a summer of travel before their final year at school. Learn more about the KPF Traveling Fellowship and past winners here.

Date Submitted: 24/4/2019

Alumnus Jose Sanchez creates educational, architecture-led video games at design studio Plethora Project. He tells the Dezeen Jobs careers guide how he applies an architectural mindset to the gaming industry.

After originally studying to be an architect in his native Chile, a move to the Architectural Association provided Sanchez with an opportunity to "completely reinvent" his architectural thinking.

"I was disenchanted with how programming tools were being used in architecture," he explained.

"I had a vision of a far more interactive relation with computation, where a designer, or player, could intuitively push and pull different elements, and allow the software to respond or provide feedback."

This led him to launch Plethora Project, a design initiative geared towards making people more architecturally literate.

Plethora Project produces building-simulation games, designed to educate and engage users on the challenges modern cities present, while also promoting the value of good design.

"I think that video games have an important role to play in many disciplines including architecture, and the medium is still young so I don't think we have seen all its potential yet," said Sanchez.

"I have found coding to be a skill that opens so many doors, especially if we don't want to just be consumers of technologies developed by others," he added. "Learning programming should be seen as learning a language, one that allows you to have a more critical relation with technology."

Read the full interview on Dezeen Jobs

Date Submitted: 24/4/2019

Mean Home explores statistical means in Italian and British housing. It presents new visions of the average home, in spatial, financial, social, cultural and material terms. The exhibition is a cultural exchange and exquisite corpse. London architects REAL (Director Jack Self) have designed a home for Italians, while Milanese collective Fosbury Architecture have designed a home for the British. Mean Home is curated and designed by REAL, with additional projects by Fosbury Architecture and Adam Nathaniel Furman.

Exhibition and round table discussion with Jack Self (REAL Foundation), Adam Nathaniel Furman (former BSR Rome Prize-winner in Architecture), and Giacomo Ardesio (Fosbury Architecture). Chaired by Maria Claudia Clemente (Labics; Cornell University in Rome; Ithaca, New York). Exhibition opening hours: Monday–Friday, 16.00–19.30 Thursday 9 May until Thursday 30 May.

Date Submitted: 24/4/2019
The British Council has revealed that curators Manijeh Verghese (AADipl(Hons) 2012) and Madeleine Kessler (AADipl 2013) will represent the UK at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition at la Biennale di Venezia, 23 May – 29 November 2020.

A panel of architecture and design specialists from across the UK selected the winning team from a shortlist of nine proposals. The successful concept is titled The Garden of Privatised Delights and explores the creeping epidemic of privatised public spaces across cities in the UK.

Inspired by Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights, the winning project looks at how spaces such as the British High Street and the Playground are under threat from increasing privatisation. The exhibition will engage in the current debate around ownership and access to what we perceive as public space.

The curators will transform the British Pavilion into a series of immersive spaces, commissioned from leading researchers and practitioners, presenting both a critique of how they are currently used while providing strategies to increase people’s agency over their public spaces.

Manijeh Verghese and Madeleine Kessler are directors of Unscene Architecture and together have run summer school units, workshops and masterclasses on architecture across the UK.

Manijeh Verghese is Head of Public Programmes and Exhibitions at the Architectural Association. She is an architecture writer and educator. Madeleine Kessler is an Associate Architect at Haptic Architects and sits on the National Infrastructure Commission’s Young Professionals Panel. She is shortlisted for BD’s 2019 Female Architectural Leader of the Year Award.

Other projects shortlisted:

BOT, Team: Mollie Claypool (AAMA(Dist) History & Theory 2009), Gilles Retsin (AADRL MArch 2012), Alistair Campbell, Irini Papadimitrou

Fallen Idols, Team: Beatrice Galilee, Adrián Villar Rojas

The Gran Bretagna or The Definite Article, Team:  Hadrian Garrard and Diana Ibanez Lopez (Create London), Apparata, Seb Emina

Home & Other Worlds, Team: Rachel Armstrong/EAG, Sarah Wigglesworth, Irene Gallou, Studio Swine, Ioannis Ieropoulos, Simon Park

A House for Britain, Team: Priya Khanchandani, Joseph Henry, Jayden Ali

Land of Exceptional Qualities, Team: Brendan Cormier, Ruth Lang, OMMX (Hikkaru Nissanke (AADipl 2009) and Jon Lopez (AADipl 2011))

Learning from Artists Housing, Team: vPPR Architects (Tatiana Von Preussen, Catherine Pease (AADipl 2007), Jessica Reynolds (AA Unit Master)), Kate Goodwin, Create, Artist

Radically rural - the overlooked potential of contemporary rural architecture, Team: Jonathan Tuckey Design, Kate Darby Architects (AADipl 1997), David Connor Design, Rural Office for Architecture

Date Submitted: 23/4/2019
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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

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 Certificate), 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.

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