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AA alumni Jean Wang (ex-Diploma 15) with the-CAF are finalists for Roanoke Urban Effect international design competition with their biG local project.
biG local addresses the challenge of matching a global concern, the endangered food production system, with under-utilised local resources, agricultural capacity, an extensive movement infrastructure, and a nature-tourism base. The biG local proposal exaggerates these conditions and qualities, promoting the area to become a prototypical international eco-municipality.
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Date Submitted: 19/11/2008
AA member Gonçalo M. Furtado and C. Lopes's paper 'Gordon Pask: Exchanges Between Cybernetics and Architecture and the Envisioning of the Informational Environment' won The Kybernetes Research Award  for their highly commended paper, at the XIVth World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics International Congress.
Date Submitted: 18/11/2008
The Showroom, 44 Bonner Road, London E2
Tel 020 8983 4115, open Thursday-Sunday 12-6.00

Bringing together artistic and architectural projects by distinguished international practitioners, Curating Architecture focuses on the
relationship between architecture as an increasingly influential (and dominantly transdisciplinary) aesthetic practice and the complex claims on public and institutional space made by artists, curators and architects as they seek to articulate new, often political and certainly critical, productions of space.

AMO, the research wing of the Office of Metropolitan Architecture led by Rem Koolhaas, has consistently intervened into the process of exhibition-making in ways that provoke new thought on the relation between architecture and its exhibited manifestation as a political and persuasive form. For Curating Architecture AMO produces an installation that restages past exhibitions of the Office’s projects in Brussels, Venice, Istanbul, and through the pages of their prolific publications in the context of current economic conditions.

Ângela Ferreira will present a work that responds to her research into utopian mobile architectural structures and their programmatic relation to politics. Starting points include: Jean-Luc Godard’s documentation of his attempt to set up a democratically generated TV broadcasting service in Mozambique after the revolution of 1975; Jean Rouch’s filmic experiments in Africa; the architecture of radio transmitters across revolutionary Mozambique; and Gustav Klutsis’ mid-1920s portable agit-prop kiosks.

Nikolaus Hirsch & Philipp Misselwitz propose the literal reinvention of a kunsthalle which they will present in model form in the gallery, responding to the perceived necessity for divergent or aberrant patterns of spatial design in current museum and gallery models clearly evident in recent curatorial and artistic projects. The project is developed collaboratively as the architects invite artists (including Rirkrit Tiravanija, Anton Vidokle, Willem de Rooij, Tobias Rehberger, Judith Hopf and Raqs Media Collective) to design modules of the building. As such they propose the architect as the ultimate curator, a provocative renegotiation of current
role models.

Examining the relation between the wars of the past century in the Middle East and the current implementation of new cultural infrastructures in the UAE and elsewhere in the Arab world, Walid Raad is currently developing a suite of works under the title of Scratching on Things I Could Disavow that investigates how artworks are affected by various forms of violence. For Curating Architecture Raad will present A History of Modern and Contemporary Arab Art: Part I_Chapter 1: Beirut (1992-2005) Part I_Chapter 1_Section 79: Index XXVI: Artists.

These new commissions form the final part of the Curating Architecture research project based at the Department of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London. The format of the exhibition is designed to reflect the research basis of an inquiry in which work is not produced to illustrate a concept but instead to test and further question assumptions about the relations between exhibition-making, architecture and artistic production as forms of social and political process. As such, the architect Celine Condorelli, will provide a set of questions aimed at the exhibition and its research format. These questions will be published alongside the exhibition.
Date Submitted: 17/11/2008

4.30 Nikolaus Hirsch & Michel Müller
Presentation of the Cybermohalla Hub and the 'minor practices' of the Cybermohalla Ensembles

5.00 Roundtable
Khin Khin Su, Gonkar Gyatso, Amar Kanwar, Nikolaus Hirsch & Michel Müller, Francesca von Habsburg, Aradhana Seth, Daniela Zyman. Moderator: Diana Baldon

All talks will be held in English.

A Question of Evidence
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Wien
Himmelpfortgasse 13, 1010 Wien

Opening: Wednesday 19 November, 7.00
Open Tuesday–Sunday 12.00 to 6.00, to 5 April 2009
Free admission

Thyssen-Bornmisza Art Contemporary
Himmelpfortgasse 13, 2nd floor, 1010 Vienna
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Date Submitted: 17/11/2008
World famous architect extraordinaire Zaha Hadid will be in conversation for the first time with Tim Marlow, Director of the White Cube Gallery and presenter for Channel 5 and BBC.

Monday 24 November: 6.45-8.00pm
Victoria Miro Gallery, 16 Wharf Road, London, N1 7RW
Tickets £13.50

Revelation Arts & Media aims to gather like-minded individuals under one roof to explore and celebrate international creative practitioners and their contribution to the UK's economic, cultural and artistic landscape.

Our first event will feature world famous architect extraordinaire Zaha Hadid in conversation for the first time with Tim Marlow, Director of the White Cube Gallery and presenter for Channel 5 and BBC. Zaha will discuss her approach and views on modern UK creativity in all its forms, and discuss how other creative activities impact on and develop her approach.

Born in Baghdad, Zaha established her firm in London in the 1970s. Hadid's travels have exposed her to appreciate the rich diversity of creative talent and creative approaches operating in the UK and internationally, which has developed her approach in taking a lead in the 21st century on issues of creativity.

The evening will be hosted by Victoria Miro gallery, one of London's leading commercial galleries and includes a private viewing of the exhibition, War Problems by international Danish artist John Kørner. The exhibition will open publicly on 26 November as part of the full 2008 British Creative Exchange Season.

This exclusive event is part of the 2008 British Creative Exchange Season — the UK's premier national event for celebrating the contribution of UK based international talent to our creative, artistic and cultural landscape. This series of public events across London begin on 24 November and run through 30 November. Visit for full listing, tickets and internship opportunities.

Contact name: JoAnn DeLuna
Organisation: Revelation Arts & Media
Phone: 07786 265 661
Date Submitted: 17/11/2008
Yusuke Obuchi, DRL Co-Director and Alisa Andrasek, DRL Course Master, co-curate Beijing Biennale 2008 and gave lecture at symposium, (Im)material Processes: New Digital Techniques for Architecture, held at Tsinghua University, Beijing China, 24–26 October.
Date Submitted: 3/11/2008
AA tutor Pedro Ignacio Alonso lectures in Greenwich Architecture Open lecture programme on Premodern Postdigital on Tuesday 11 November 2008 on  5.30pm
Date Submitted: 3/11/2008
Serie Architects - Chris Lee [Diploma 6 Unit Master] and Kapil Gupta [AAGDG '98] - is this year's BD Young Architect of the Year Awards Runners-Up.
Serie Architects:
AA Diploma Unit 6:
Date Submitted: 3/11/2008

 Against the backdrop of environmental and legislative imperatives CarbonBuzz aim to raise awareness of real CO2 emissions in buildings. Following the launch of this online platform architects and engineers will be able to benchmark the forecast and actual energy use of their projects against CIBSE benchmarks and against one another anonymously.

The event will be introduced by Bill Gething (RIBA Sustainable Futures Group) and will feature presentations from Sunand Prasad (RIBA President) and Hywel Davies (CIBSE Technical Director) with keynote from Bill Bordass (Usable Buildings Trust).

See more on:

Date Submitted: 3/11/2008
Download series schedule pdf here
The series is organised through C-SCAIPE, the Centre for Sustainable Communities Achieved through Integrated Professional Education, one of 74 Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETLs) announced by the government in 2005. C-SCAIPE is one of only three Centres for Excellence that focuses on the environment and sustainability, and the only Centre in the UK to focus solely on sustainability and the built environment.

Attendance at the Research Seminar Series is free. Please direct any enquiries to the organiser, Dr Silvia Gullino
Date Submitted: 28/10/2008
R-are architecture, Intermediate 4 tutors' practice, has been granted planning permission for the refurbishment and extension of the Bethnal Green Old Town Hall.

Works on site have started this month, for the refurbishment and extension of the Bethnal Green Old Town Hall in east London. The 7500-square-metre building will be further extended with a bespoke additional level and facade. It will be transformed into a 100-room hotel, with gym, pool and conference facilities, as well as a bar and restaurant. Completion is expected early 2010.
Date Submitted: 14/10/2008

All events are free and open to the public.

Tue 14 Oct   
Sarah Chaplin
Urban Renaissance Institute, University of Greenwich
(Learning from) Las Vegas, love hotels and low-brow architecture

Tue 21 Oct   
Koen Vanmechelen
Artist, Meeuwen-Gruitrode, Belgium
The Chicken's Appeal

Tue 28 Oct    
Hilary Powell
Artist, London
Olympic Interventions: a critical and creative engagement with the London 2012 Olympic development

Tue 4 November       
Raymond Quek
University of Nottingham
Modern Nocturne: film noir, the graphic novel and the Metropolis

Tue 11 November       
Gavin Keeney
LANY Landscape Agency New York
Metaphysical-Formal Agency: aspects of art & architecture

Tue 18 November       
George L. Legendre
Architect, IJP Corporation, London
On the Surface

Tue 25 November       
Alex Schweder
Architect Artist, Berlin
This Form Follows Your Performance

January, February, March speakers:
Desley Luscombe (University of Technology Sydney), Mark Crinson (University of Manchester), Ranulph Glanville (UCL London, RCA London, St Lucas Brussels and Ghent, RMIT Melbourne), Sibylle Heil (University of Greenwich), Adrian Hornsby (Dynamic City Foundation), Mario Fallini (Artist, Alessandria), Hélène Frichot (RMIT University Melbourne), Isotta Cortesi (Università di Catania-Siracusa).

See Greenwich Architecture Open Lectures for details of all forthcoming and directions to reach the venue

Date Submitted: 13/10/2008
The most recent edition of the quarterly magazine Ma (Iranian architecture) is devoted to performance-related architecture. The magazine, co-edited by Michael Hensel, Omid Kamvari and Achim Menges, explores the idea and theories born out of the research at the AA’s Diploma 4 and EmTech programmes.

Following the workshop by Omid Kamvari in 2007 on morphogenetic design and performance-related architecture, Ma magazine covers some theoretical aspects of such methods of practise. Translated into Farsi for the very first time the publication offers academics and professional a real insight into advanced design processes.

Ma is of significance due to Iran’s historical precedents in regards to performance-related structures, it is hoped that the publication will become a good basis for further exploration of historical and vernacular architecture in Iran and their performative capacities.
Date Submitted: 13/10/2008
This month’s salon is from public works, an art/architecture collective based in London. Tonight they explore the role of feminism in current cultural practice.

The Friday Session FEMINISM IS ON THE AGENDA earlier this year resulted in a collective wish and attempt to continue the discussion.
As part of the Nought to Sixty Programme at the ICA, London, FEMINISM IS ON THE AGENDA will be continued in public, on Monday 20 October at 20.00 in the Nash Room.

Contributors include Doina Petrescu, Jane Rendell, Ruth Morrow, Maria Walsh, taking place collective, Sarah Smith, Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre, Rebecca Ross, Torange Khonsari, Amy Fenneck, editors MAP, Kathrin Böhm, Anna Holder, Meike Schalk, Celine Condorelli, Nathalie Magnan.

Free. Booking is required – please call the Box Office on 020 7930 3647.

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Date Submitted: 13/10/2008
AA Inter 1 tutors Olaf Kneer and Marianne Mueller have launched the hm55 furniture range at 100% Design in London. The pieces are produced and distributed by renowned furnituremakers Hitch Mylius who also work with David Chipperfield and Nigel Coates.

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Date Submitted: 22/9/2008


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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 Diploma), 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.