Net Works

Curated by Francisco González de Canales

AA Bar and Back Members' Room 19/11/2011 - 14/12/2011

Monday to Friday 10.00 to 7.00, Saturday 10.00 to 5.00


Net Works: An Atlas of Connective and Distributive Intelligence in Architecture

Net Works records the modern and contemporary history of connective and distributed intelligence in architecture. The book and exhibition present the ways in which networks and distributed organisations have long operated within architectural practice and culture.

A key objective is to frame and better understand the early modern foundations on which much of current architectural experimentation lies, as a means to reassess the social, cultural and political implications of architectural culture in the early 21st century.

The exhibition displays the work of 4x4 contemporary young offices, schools and emerging forms of practising whose projects openly explore the potential of connective design technologies, distributed material structures, or diffused operational/managerial working approaches in architecture today. Contributors include Atelier d'Architecture Autogerée, AADRL, AA Visiting School, Ball-Nogues, Misuk Cho, Sou Fujimoto, Vicente Guallart, Exyzt, Theo Jansen, Kram/Weisshaar, Achim Menges, Supersudaca, Stalker, Studio-X Global Network Initiative, School of Missing Studies and Talca School of Architecture.

The accompanying monograph, Net Works: An Atlas of Connective and Distributive Intelligence in Architecture (AA Publications, 2011) includes examples selected from the 20th-century history of networks in architectural practise, culture and its discourses, revealing the deep history of conceptual, performative, structural, pedagogical and managerial models.

Compiled as an international catalogue of essential projects and forms of learning and practising in architecture, it is the second volume of a planned trilogy edited by Brett Steele and Francisco González de Canales, exploring changing modern conditions of architectural production in relation to emerging contemporary technologies and radical experimentation.



Photos: Sue Barr


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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 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.