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In an interview by Michael Copper, John Makepeace speaks about the development of Hooke Park and says -

“It's a 350 acre forest in Dorset, England, which as director of the trust we purchased with the view to establishing a new campus within the woodland. It's now the practical base for the Architectural Association, a wonderful international school of architecture. And that was logical because we could bring so many good architects on the site. And so they were really excited by the whole idea that it could become a place for young architects, building new buildings.”

Read the full article on the Core 77 website

Date Submitted: 2/7/2019

Digital Blue Foam, a web-based tool to support early-stage building design and automate feasibility analysis, was unveiled at a global gathering of leading architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) companies.  Digital Blue Foam aims to provide a web-based, centralized, user-friendly platform that is accessible to and usable by designers and non-designers. It will integrate all sustainability considerations under one roof and allow for cross-platform integration.

Read more on the Architosh website

Date Submitted: 27/6/2019

Sadie Morgan, co-founder of Stirling Prize-winning practice dRMM has been honoured with AJ100 Contribution to the Profession award. As the chair of the independent design panel for High Speed 2 since 2015 and one of 10 National Infrastructure Commissioners, the AJ writes that Morgan is in a powerful position to promote the value of design to the highest level of government. She is currently in the early stages of setting up a Quality of Life Foundation to encourage developers to prioritise wellbeing in their projects. Morgan is also professor of professional practice at the University of Westminster, a non-executive director of both the Major Projects Association and developer U + I, and a Mayor of London design advocate. Back in 2013, she was the youngest ever president of the Architectural Association.

Read the full article of the Architects’ Journal website

Image: © Architects' Journal

Date Submitted: 27/6/2019

The Fielding Architecture: Feminist Practices for a Decolonised Pedagogy symposium took place at the University of Brighton on 24 & 25 June.

The interdisciplinary symposium explored and questioned the practice of teaching architectural history / theory primarily focused in the UK context though welcoming a debate through dialogues with other contexts from a feminist and critical perspective, asking: how is it constructed, from which positions, and from where its content derives; how can its construction be critiqued and informed by other disciplines such as feminist geographies, environmental psychology, cultural studies, technology and science studies, queer theory and urban geography amongst others; and, moreover, how should architectural histories and theories be constructed in the future.

Date Submitted: 27/6/2019

Done in collaboration with Tanya Lee-Monteiro, a current student of the Architectural Association, and Daniel Swan the exhibition is an insight into the lives of the most marginalised people of our society. Through paintings, prints, photography, and poetry, the stories of some of the most wonderful and vulnerable people on these streets are shared.

The exhibition is opening from Wednesday 12th June -  Sunday 23rd June, at The Painting Rooms,1-5 Flitcroft Street, London, WC2H 8DH

Find out more on the Daniel Swan website

Date Submitted: 11/6/2019

As the Parisian studio takes on the redesign of the Grand Palais, co-founder Umberto talks to Domus about tackling challenges of new scales, whether it is necessary to reconstruct Notre Dame and still feeling like an “outsider” after almost 20 years of practice.

Read the full article on the Domus website

Date Submitted: 7/6/2019

‘Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation’ is a collaboration between London Festival of Architecture and the Design Museum, highlighting work by an emerging generation of voices in architecture who are shaping a new future for London.

The challenges that London poses to young people are shaping the boundaries of architecture and what it means to be an architect in this city. Migration, the housing crisis, a constrained jobs market, precarious working conditions, cuts to public services and facilities, racial discrimination and gang violence are just some of the defining challenges facing young people today. In London, they present urgent and complex spatial challenges for the city.

Responding to these conditions, a new generation of architecture voices are proposing alternative visions for London’s urban landscape. These manifestos prioritise collaboration, dialogue, learning and action in response to the real material and social conditions of a city in flux. They are often steered by collectives over individuals focused on public organisation and democratisation.

This event brings a group of emerging voices in architecture that are expanding the parameters of what architecture can be, who London is for and what its future holds. They include: Alpa Depani, Stephanie Edwards (AADipl 2010), Joseph Henry, Chris Hildrey, RESOLVE, Neba Sere (AA Professional Practice Student), Holy Fool Studio (Patricia de Souza Leão Müller (AADipl 2018)), Pricegore, Space Popular (AA Unit Masters Lara Lesmes (AADipl 2011) and Fredrik Hellberg (AADipl(Hons)2011)) and Part W.

Find out more on the Design Museum website

Date Submitted: 7/6/2019

Theresa May has directly appointed Nabeel Hamdi (AADipl 1970), a professor in housing and planning, to sit alongside the head of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry panel

May’s decision to widen the panel for the technical phase of the inquiry follows pressure from survivors and families of victims – a call backed by a 156,000-strong petition.

Nabeel Hamd, worked on housing at the Greater London Council and was previously associate professor of housing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has consulted on housing, participatory action planning and upgrading of slums in cities to all major international development agencies, charities and NGOs.

Read the full article on the Architects’ Journal website

Date Submitted: 7/6/2019

This year’s LFA symposium at the Royal Academy offers a rich exploration of the role and application of boundaries in architecture and placemaking.

Boundaries have always been a fundamental aspect of the human world. Life in cities is governed by both physical and perceived boundaries. We are constrained, ordered and defined by borders, fences and walls, which can either make us feel comfortable or constrained. Yet for spatial practitioners, boundaries are more than a mundane fact of everyday life: they are something to explore and challenge. Thresholds or barriers? brings together prominent architects, academics and commentators to explore the ongoing impact of boundaries on the development of a place.

The symposium will explore connections between architecture and boundaries through two expert panels and a keynote in conversation. Building on specific case studies ranging from the North London Eruv Perimeter to the divided contexts of Northern Ireland, the first panel will debate the impact of tangible boundaries on our day-to-day physical experience of the city. Then, a second panel will delve into the role of intangible boundaries in our understanding of the built environment and spaces around us, examining everything from role the Dayton Peace Agreement played in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s built environment, to the future of architectural heritage in the age of digital technologies.

The event will conclude with a keynote in conversation between Farshid Moussavi (Former AA Academic Staff) and Eyal Weizman (Diploma 3 Contributor). This conversation will be moderated by Shumi Bose (AA MA History and Theory 2010).

The event will take place on Friday 14 June, 7.30pm at The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly.

Find out more on the RA website

Date Submitted: 7/6/2019

The Quintessential English Garden: What does it mean to be native?  is based on the design of Stourhead. Lily Jencks Studio’s temporary landscape features typical trees, shrubs and other plants found in this iconic garden — many of which are non-native, having been introduced during times of colonial expansion. The installation challenges visitors to reflect and discuss questions driving identity politics around the globe; ‘what does it mean to be local, rooted and originating in a place?’  Stourhead typifies the English Picturesque, seemingly allowing nature to flow naturally, and people to wander from one idea to the next. In the human-made environs of Canary Wharf, this miniature Stourhead provides a communal space to gather and learn about the heritage of our political and environmental concepts and language, while enjoying a small urban landscape.

Lily Jencks currently teaches at the Architectural Association as Intermediate 13 Unit Master

The Quintessential English Garden: What does it mean to be native? is on display from Monday 10 June – Fridaty 12 July in Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, E14

Date Submitted: 7/6/2019

Inspired by Sir John Soane’s Museum, one of the world’s great architectural laboratories, this pop-up exhibition presents work by students from Intermediate Unit 13: Crude Hints Towards an Architectural Academy of the Future.  The exhibition includes an ‘exquisite corpse’ model of the Soane Museum, which reinterprets each room through the lens of a particular architectural effect that is both spatial and experiential. Interactive 4-D drawings of the Museum elaborate on the building’s playful performance. Speculative designs for pavilions for Lincoln’s Inn Fields aim to engage the public and develop architectural languages with rich atmospheres, juxtaposed narratives and choreographed sequences.  

The exhibited final projects offer proposals for new architectural academies around London. Following Soane’s description of his house-museum as an ‘academy of architecture’, the students’ designs include spaces for discourse and debate, exhibition space and a private residence. Each project responds in its own way to the question: how can the architecture academy of the future act to engage the city and allow the city to influence pedagogy?

The pop-up exhibition will be on show from 5 - 9 June in the Sir John Soane's Museum and the private view is from 6-8pm on 5 June. Find out more by visiting the Sir John Soane's Museum website

Date Submitted: 31/5/2019

The exhibition points to the power, prevalence and activity of non-human entities within the places we inhabit. Items such as windows, cabinets, gym equipment, beds, chairs, pet cats and fish, ponds, shoe boxes and record players are some such items that inhabit our domesticities and, to Egashira, remain entirely separate yet determinant agents upon our behaviour and sense of place in the world. By stepping into the unusual mind of Egashira and into a realm of the absurd, Beautifully Incomplete will revisit old works that attempt to consider a new possibility of living amongst the things that surround us.

Shin Egashira (Tokyo, 1963) is an artist, architect and educator that worked in Tokyo, Beijing and New York before coming to London where he established since 1987. His recent experiments include the construction of Alfred Jarry’s “Time Machine” alongside astro-physicist Andrew Jaffe, “How to Walk a Flat elephant” and “Twisting Concrete”, which fuses old and new technologies. Shin Egashira conducts a series of landscape workshops in rural and inner city communities across the world including Koshirakura (Japan), Muxagata (Portugal), Shanghai, Brooklyn and Tokyo. He has been teaching at the Architectural Association since 1990 and is the Unit Master of Diploma Unit 11. With the theme of “Urban Interior” the unit has been closely observing London’s inner peripheries in opposition to the recursive forms of urban gentrification and erasure. His works have been exhibited internationally. He has been artist in residency at the Camden Arts Centre in London and Bennington College in Vermont.

The exhibition will run from 8 June – 27 July and the Private View will be on 7 June from 6pm – 8pm. Betts Project, 100 Central Street, London, EC1V 8AJ. Visit Bett's Project for more information.

Image: Shin Egashira, Parallel Garden - Double (Cross) Globes, 1993, graphite on tracing paper, 42 x 59.4 cm. Courtesy the artist and Betts Project

Date Submitted: 30/5/2019

The European Forum Alpbach (EFA) has selected Lukas Pauer (AAPhD Candidate) to participate in AIM 2019 – The Alpbach Summit of Emerging Leaders. Lukas is the Founding Director of the Vertical Geopolitics Lab, an undisciplined non-profit think-tank and investigative design practice dedicated to the interrogation of cross-scalar agency to expose hidden systems and intangible agenda within the built environment. At the upcoming EFA Alpbach in Motion Summit, a get-together for next generaton leaders in a solution-focused dialogue around changes for the European economic system, Lukas will critically discuss the role of physical infrastructure in the making of economies and social relations.

Established in 1945, EFA is an interdisciplinary annual forum for science, politics, business, and culture, connecting international decision-makers from all sectors of society to address the relevant socio-political questions of our time. The EFA Alpbach in Motion Summit connects committed people from various business backgrounds (start-ups, social enterprises, creative industries, etc) to impart knowledge of structural problems and to spark new ideas. As an incubator for new leadership, the summit aims to encourage its young leaders to bring change and new ways of acting into their industries and networks.

The summit takes place between August 25 and August 27, 2019 and more information can be found on the European Forum Alpbach website

Date Submitted: 28/5/2019

Visiting School Naples workshop Moulding Matters seeks to revisit and reinvent the ornamental in architecture through the production of drawings and 1:1 plaster mouldings. From the grammatically-correct Classicism of a nineteenth century ceiling rose to the geometric abstractions of a Modernist fireplace, from fragments of the remains of Pompeii to the grand excesses of a Baroque cornice, it reconsiders a breadth of historical precedents to generate formal grammar.

Through the success of the first workshop, Moulding Matters has been invited by curators Ambra Favi and Giovanni Piovene to present at the Lisbon Triennale this autumn, as part of the exhibition What is Ornament? at the culturegest venue. 

In other news, Moulding Matters has also been published on designboom. They describe the workshop as 'a new design phenomenon conducting research through hands-on casting of traditional ornamental profiles and motifs.’

Read the full article

The next Moulding Matters workshop is currently accepting applications. The deadline for applications is Saturday 1 June. To find out more visit the AA VS Naples website.

Date Submitted: 24/5/2019

Georgia Hablutzel and Quentin Dauvergne created the booklets published on the Whitechapel Gallery website with tutors Sue Barr and Caroline Rabourdin for the AA Visiting School in Richelieu.The works are the result of individual research on the town of Richelieu and its history. Both projects look at the town from a distance, allowing for new interpretations and displacements through the re-appropriation of historical documents. Quentin’s photographic work was conducted in the gardens of Versailles, which were heavily inspired by the gardens of the ideal city, whilst Georgia’s interviews were conducted on site, and merge with words written over 450 years ago by John Evelyn during his visit to the town of Richelieu.

Read the full article on the Whitechapel Gallery website

Date Submitted: 23/5/2019
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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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