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Published every term, AArchitecture journal is edited by and written for the AA Community. It interprets the different roles that research plays within architectural discourse.

Issue 39 seeks both written and visual material. Submit by Monday 25 November to aarchitecture@aaschool.ac.uk

A charger for a Non-rechargeablebattery
Technologies of disobedience from the Archive of Ernesto Oroza

“This is an object that I found recently. You plug it into an electrical outlet. And with these attachments it can revive a non-rechargeable battery. It’s mainly used by people with hearing aids and these devices need batteries. People made this for them so they could always recharge their batteries.” (Cuba’s DIY Inventions from 30 Years of Isolation. (2010). Directed by S. Stelley. Motherboard.) Throughout Cuba’s 30 years of isolation from global market trade, the government was forced to produce and supply each household with a series of standard objects. This led to a lack of basic amenities. What emerged was a habit of ‘hacking’ objects in order to prolong the life cycle of rarities, evolving into a black market of domestic objects. Where plates become satellite dishes or scrap materials are assembled to plug into an electrical socket, the life cycle of an object is supplemented, enabling re-use. This instance touches upon rules of aesthetics, law and economy in a context with dwindling state support. These objects enable the public to reclaim their household; interrupting, reviving and prolonging. Maybe the most mundane need can become an object of protest. Its maker is its user, a technology of disobedience.

Date Submitted: 9/10/2019

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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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