Rainforest-GUN Architects

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AA Gallery + Bedford Square 17/5/2014 - 19/7/2014


Pavilion: Open 24 hours a day (Bedford Square, South-west corner, 17 May - 19 July)
Exhibition: Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-15:00 (AA Gallery, 17 May - 14 June)
NB. The gallery will be CLOSED on Bank Holiday Monday 26 May.

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Rainforest is a public pavilion by Chilean-German architecture practice GUN Architects, installed in London's Bedford Square during the Summer of 2014. An imposing five metre high micro-climate of minimal tree-like structures with a field of pyramidal fabric 'stalactites' which gently drip water - the pavilion is an oasis in the centre of London. Visitors can sit beneath a canopy of inverted prisms to enjoy a forest-like environment of raindrops, pools and plants.

Rainforest is part of GUN Architects' exploration into natural dynamics in the diverse Chilean climate - making water a protagonist of the architecture, where the production of temporal atmospheres is based on water circulation and accumulation. The practice engages in architectural and urban projects rooted in the environmental and cultural context of Chile, attempting to develop design forms which are consistent with current urban expansion and its associated geographical conditions.

An exhibition in the main AA Gallery accompanies the pavilion and describes the development of Rainforest through earlier research by GUN Architects, the pavilion's conceptual evolution and technical engineering. The exhibition also features photographic works by Cristóbal Palma and Helene Binet.

The installation is part of the London Festival of Architecture 2014 - an annual event that 'celebrates the City's role as a global hub of architectural experimentation, thinking, learning and practice.' The festival takes place between the 1st and 30th of June.

Rainforest
Pavilion
17 May - 19 July 2014, South-west corner of Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3ES

Exhibition
17 May - 14 June 2014, AA Gallery, 36 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3ES






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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 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.

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