The shortlist for this year’s Film London Jarman Award has been announced. The prestigious £10,000 prize celebrates the boundary-pushing work of the UK’s foremost artist filmmakers. It recognises and supports artists working with moving image and celebrates the spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation in the work of UK-based artist filmmakers.

The artists selected this year are: Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Jasmina Cibic, Lawrence Lek (AA Dipl 2008), Daria Martin, Hardeep Pandhal and Margaret Salmon.

Engaging with the fields of virtual reality and simulation, Lawrence Lek creates moving image works using gaming software, 3D animation, installation and performance. His digital environments reflect the impact of the virtual world on our perception of reality, by rendering real places and architectures within fictional and often fantastical scenarios.

The winner of the £10,000 Jarman Award will be announced in November. In the run-up to the event, the work of the shortlisted artists can be seen as part of a specially-curated tour that will travel the length and breadth of the UK, culminating in a special weekend of screenings, discussions and performances at Whitechapel Gallery on 17 and 18 November. Find out more at the Jarman Award website

Image credit: Lawrence Lek, Geomancer, 2018

Date Submitted: 4/10/2018

Indy Johar (Diploma 13 Unit Master), with Dark Matter Laboratories, opens ‘We Are They', an immersive installation as part of the Invisible Landscapes project in the new Architecture Studio at the Royal Academy. Research platform Dark Matter Laboratories explore the role of technology in shifting the focus of design from objects to outcomes, products to performance – in turn creating a more human city.

The opening will be celebrated this Friday with a conversation between acclaimed economist Kate Raworth and architect, AA Diploma 13 Unit Master and Dark Matter Laboratories founder Indy Johar, as they explore how technology can enable the visualisation and transformation of the values and parameters defining contemporary cities, and proposing new models for a more equitable urban environment.

Find out more and book your place on the Royal Academy website 

Date Submitted: 4/10/2018

Manon Mollard (AA Dipl 2014) has been named as the Editor of the Architectural Review, following in the footsteps of Catherine Slessor and Christine Murray. Mollard is the AR’s 16th editor in its 122-year history.

Date Submitted: 4/10/2018

Sir Nicholas Grimshaw (AA Dipl 1965), renowned for his Modernist public buildings and large-scale infrastructure projects, is the recipient of the 2019 RIBA Royal Gold Medal. Given in recognition of a lifetime’s work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by Her Majesty The Queen and is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence 'either directly or indirectly on the advancement of architecture'.

After graduating from the AA, Grimshaw worked with Terry Farrell for fifteen years before setting up his own practice in 1980, which now employs over 600 staff with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Doha, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne and Sydney. Grimshaw was a member of the AA Council for 11 years during which he was also President of the AA from 1999-2001.

On making the announcement, RIBA President, Ben Derbyshire said: “For more than half a century, Sir Nicholas’s influence has been exceptional. He is responsible for an extraordinary number of buildings and infrastructure projects of international significance, and for the continuous development of an architecture which places technology at the heart of the aesthetic.”

Grimshaw joins the pantheon of AA Alumni receiving Royal Gold Medals, including Zaha Hadid (2016), David Chipperfield (2011), Edward Cullinnan (2008) and Rem Koolhaas (2004). See more AA Alumni Royal Gold Medallists by visiting our AA Alumni page.

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Date Submitted: 27/9/2018

The Tate Britain has unveiled an exhibition of work by the four artists shortlisted for Turner Prize 2018: Forensic Architecture, Naeem Mohaiemen, Charlotte Prodger and Luke Willis Thompson. One of the world’s best known prizes for visual art, the Turner Prize aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art. 

Forensic Architecture's The Long Duration of a Split Second presents investigations surrounding the Bedouin communities of the Naqab/Negev region of southern Israel. Together with members of the photographic collective Activestills, Forensic Architecture investigated the events of 18 January 2017, a day on which an attempt by police to clear an unrecognised Bedouin village resulted in the deaths of two people. Forensic Architecture are an international research agency that use video, photographs, scale models, text and reproductions to investigate allegations of state and corporate violence.

Current members of Forensic Architecture include founding director Eyal Weizman (Diploma 3 Contributer), deputy director Christina Varvia (Diploma 3 Unit Master), project coordinators Stefan Laxness (Diploma 9 Unit Master), Samaneh Moafi (AA PhD Candidate) and Nicholas Masterton (AA GradDipl 2015), and architects Tane Kinch (AA Dipl 2017), Nathan Su (AA Grad Dipl 2017), Sebastian Tiew (AA Dipl 2018) and Nicholas Zembashi (AA Diply 2018).

The winner of the Turner Prize 2018 will be announced on Tuesday 4 December.

Image: Forensic Architecture, The Long Duration of a Split Second consisting of two projects Killing in Umm al-Hiran 18 January 2017, Nagev/Naqab, Israel/Palestine, Investigation: 2017- ongoing, video, model, texts and Traces of Bedouin Inhabitation 1945-present, Nagev/Naqab, Israel/Palestine, Investigation: 2015-ongoing, video, aerial images, text. Turner Prize 2018 exhibition installation view, Tate Britain [26 September 2018 - 9 January 2019]. Photo credit: Tate Photography 

Date Submitted: 26/9/2018
The Graham Foundation has announced the award of $609,500 for grants to organizations including innovative projects led by eminent and emerging architects, artists, curators, filmmakers, historians, and publishers, among other professionals. Selected from over 200 proposals, the 53 awarded projects support work that continues to advocate for engaging original ideas that advance our understanding of the designed environment.

The AA's Landscape and Urbanism Graduate Design Programme has been awarded for its publication Landscape as Territory. It is a cartographic book project that critically addresses the agency of architects in the so-called "urban age," through an understanding of territory as a design praxis through which consequential landscapes are produced. Territory, understood as a “political technology,” has the capacity to involve architects and designers into complex social, political, technical, legal, strategic, and economic processes that are both historical and geographical engines of contemporary urbanization. Territorial praxis is interrogated in a collection of threaded theory and design contributions where essays pose key questions that are addressed through projective cartographies, unfolding arguments related to three sections: (1) territory, (2) critical cartographies and (3) agency. This material proposes a critical reappropriation of cartographic tools, complicit in the production of territories, to question and expand the architect’s agency, beyond its current disciplinary confinements.

Landscape as Territory is edited and authored by Clara Oloriz Sanjuan and features essays by Stuart Elden on Territory; by Mark Duffield, Marti Peran and Liam Mouritz on Cartography; and by Douglas Spencer on Agency, together with project theses from the AALU programme. 

To learn more about the 2018 grants to organizations visit the Graham Foundation website.

Date Submitted: 24/9/2018
Alumna and architect Nili Portugali's (AA Dip 1973) film has been officially selected for screening at the Lund International Architecture Film Festival in Sweden. “And the alley she whitewashed in light blue” will be screened at the Museum Kulturen in Lund on Sunday October 14 at 11.15am.

The film takes you on a deeply intimate journey into the Kabbala holy city of Tsefat, Isreal, and explores the questions - what is the secret of all timeless places in which people feel 'at home' and what is the 'pure art of making' that creates them?

To find out more visit Nili Portugali's website.
Date Submitted: 23/9/2018

Alumni Rok Oman (MArch DRL 2000) and Špela Videčnik (March DRL 2000) founded OFIS in 1998 and this year teamed up with AKT II to bring the Living Unit to Shoreditch for London Design Festival 2018 and Open House London.

The unit was born out of a larger initiative to research into homes in extreme environments, challenges of rising costs of land, and the unprecedented draw to live in cities like London. The goal included implementing the most innovative ideas of form that adapt to transform underutilized sites into beacons of collaboration between construction and design, sustainability and resiliency.

Though the idea of micro-living is not new, it is a specific challenge faced by London, so a courtyard in Shoreditch presents a great canvas to explore this prototype. The Living Unit is a sustainable self-contained wooden shell, which is flexible and adaptable to different locations, climate conditions and terrains. The innovative sleek design stacks as triple-height pods, allowing for a small footprint in this compact urban location.

The Living Unit is also up for sale on Ebay in a 10 Day Auction running from 17 - 27 September 2018. Bidding started at £5,000 with the highest bid standing at £7,000 as of 3pm on Friday 21 September.

The unit will be exhibited throughout the month at AKT II’s headquarters in Old Street Yard, adjacent to the White Collar Factory, where visitors will be able to explore the compact interior and get a taste for sustainable, small-scale living.

Find out more on the Architectural Foundation Website.

Photo credit: © Edward Bishop, courtesy of AKT II

Date Submitted: 21/9/2018

Kostas Grigoriadis (Diploma 2 Unit Staff) and AA PhD candidate Jingru Cheng have been announced as two of this year’s shortlist for the RIBA President's Awards for Research. Cheng’s paper Care and Rebellion: The Dissolved Household in Contemporary Rural China has been shortlisted in the 'Cities and Community’ category and Grigoriadis’ paper Computational Blends: The Epistemology of Designing with Functionally Graded Materials has been shortlisted in the ‘Design and Technical Category’.

The winning papers and medallist will be announced on the 4th December 2018.

Read more on the RIBA website.

Image Credit: Courtesy of Kostas Grigordiadis

Date Submitted: 21/9/2018

AA Inter 15 Unit Masters and curators of the Greek Pavilion, Ryan Neiheiser and Xristina Argyros, invite you to an open conversation on the of the city of Athens and the University on 22 & 23 September at the Venice Biennale.

Saturday September 22nd, 2018, 15:00 – 18:00

Sunday September 23rd, 2018, 10:00 – 13:00

At the National Pavilion of Greece, Giardini della Biennale, Venice, Italy

The open discussion between students and recent graduates of the National Technical University of Athens & the Architectural Association, run in collaboration with ƩO∆A the City of Athens and the University, will explore topics on the city of Athens and the University such as-

  • What is the relationship between the traditional space of learning and the city?
  • How can one design a university open to the city?
  • How does one address different scales in Athens?
  • What is the potential symbiosis between old and new?
  • How is the university space productive? How is it productively unproductive?
  • What works, what doesn’t?
  • Can the University reshape the future of the city?
  • The university within the city of the City within the University?
  • What can we learn from Athens?

If interested in actively participating please contact the curators at office@neiheiserargyros.com

Date Submitted: 11/9/2018

Parallel Collective is a London-based architecture and design studio established in March 2017. Alumni Pierluigi Turco (MArch SED 2015), Andrea Rossi (MArch SED 2015) and Gabriele Motta (MSc Em Tech 2015) make up three of the six practice members.

Their project Sipario Urbano won 1st prize in an international competition which called for the construction of an innovative and all-inclusive school. Their project conceives of the new educational complex as a cultural attractor for the northern part of the city of Palermo.

Their design is defined as a compact volume extending along three parallel bands, where formal and informal learning are integrated in a series of interrelated spaces, forming a continuous landscape for interaction.

A central spine of social spaces works as a catalyst for the project and contains all the areas open to the community: auditorium for events and exhibitions, leisure and recreation areas, research facilities, laboratories and library, culminating in an open terrace facing the surrounding landscape of Monte Pellegrino. The building itself is therefore designed as an educational tool and a reference point for the local community.

As a practice, Parallel Collective are committed to the delivery of responsible and user-centered architecture for forward-thinking clients. The work of the practice spans from small to large scale, creating places to live, work and learn.

To find out more please visit https://parallelcollective.org/

Date Submitted: 10/9/2018

Sir John Soane’s Museum have announced that Denise Scott Brown (AADipl 1956), the pioneering American architect, planner and theorist, will be the recipient of the 2018 Soane Medal, awarded annually in recognition of architects who have made a major contribution to their field, through their built work, through education, history and theory. 
Denise Scott Brown’s ideas and work as architect, planner, urbanist, theorist, writer and educator have had a global influence, transforming thinking about architecture and cities. As an academic and educator, Scott Brown has led countless research projects, notably Learning from Las Vegas, which became a seminal book (1972; revised edition 1977, with Robert Venturi and Steven Izenour). Both the ideas and the techniques employed in this and other studies have proved highly influential on the subsequent direction of architectural research. Scott Brown’s other books include The View from the Campidoglio (1984 with Robert Venturi), Architecture as Signs and Systems for a Mannerist Time (2004 with Robert Venturi) and Having Words (2009).

Denise Scott Brown’s award will be celebrated at a special public event on Wednesday 17 October at the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery, which she designed with Robert Venturi. The event will comprise a lecture, pre-recorded by Denise Scott Brown at her home in Philadelphia and illustrated by her own largely unseen photographs, with a live response by Sir David Chipperfield.
Learn more and get tickets at https://www.soane.org/medal

Image: Denise Scott Brown in front of The Strip, Las Vegas, NV, US, 1966, Photo by Robert Venturi, courtesy of Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, Inc.

Date Submitted: 7/9/2018

New AA Director Eva Franch i Gilabert, Alumni Denise Scott Brown and Neri Oxman, and former Visiting School tutor Frida Escobedo, make up four of the "16 Women breaking new ground in Architecture". In the article Artsy highlights 16 women across generations and borders, and the ways they’re leading the charge in moving the architecture field forward.

Aileen Kwun writes, "When it comes to gender inequity in the architecture world, the writing’s on the wall: In the U.S. alone, women make up nearly half of the student body in architecture schools, and yet those numbers drop off dramatically in the professional field, where women make up a paltry 18 percent of licensed architects and, worse yet, suffer from a host of well-documented wage and social inequities that prevent them from scaling the ladder. Worldwide, only three of the top 100 firms are headed by women."

To read the article, please visit - https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-16-women-breaking-new-ground-architecture

Date Submitted: 6/9/2018

After gaining significant experience working for prestigious firms such as Zaha Hadid Architects and AL_A, alumnus Alvin Huang began his practice Synthesis Design + Architecture in 2011. Blending applied research with exploratory practice, the young practice has completed commissions ranging from a huge shopping centre in Bangkok to a rapidly deployable solar-powered charging station for a new, alternative-fuel Volvo.

In an article featured on the website Archinect, Huang discusses how he took the leap to start his own practice and the challenges he has faced in doing so.  In the article Huang says, “The two major hurdles we have come across recently have been issues of “hunting” aka business development, and “currency” aka reputation.”

To find out more and to see how Synthesis Design + Architecture have overcome the challenges they have faced please visit http://bit.ly/SDAarchinect

Date Submitted: 5/9/2018

AA intermediate studio tutor Thomas Randall-Page and former AA foundation student Benedetta Rogers have set sail to AirDraft, an inflatable floating theatre, on the Regents Canal. The second of the annual Antepavilion series, AirDraft was chosen from 132 entries in the open architectural competition that called for proposals that engage with the heritage of the Regent’s Canal in innovative ways.

Commenting on their design, Randall-Page and Rogers said: “The lower of two membranes produces a soft playful landscape for lounging around on, and a second far lighter membrane provides shelter and enclosure. When the membranes are deflated, the incognito AirDraft has ample clearance under even the lowest canal bridge allowing her to relocate and tour.”

“Viewed from the towpath AirDraft resembles a curiously overloaded cargo boat complementing and adding to Hoxton Docks’ existing ensemble of playful and artistic structures.”

Read more about the project at https://www.bdonline.co.uk/news/zeppelin-inspired-floating-theatre-sets-sail/5095066.article

Image Credit: Jim Stephenson, bd online

Date Submitted: 4/9/2018


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