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Salones de Eventos, Freddy Mamani Silvestre


AA Bar 17/1/2015 - 14/2/2015

Exhibitions are open Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-15:00.


In the fast-developing city of El Alto, just west of La Paz, Bolivia, an architectural phenomenon has emerged so rapidly that it still lacks a proper name. Some refer to it as 'space-ship architecture,' others herald it as 'new Andean,' but most just call it 'kitsch.' Yet the brightly coloured buildings that continue to pop up all over the otherwise flat and monotonous landscape of El Alto represent the most interesting architectural development in the country today.


With no architectural training and almost single-handedly, Freddy Mamani Silvestre has built for the emerging middle-classes of Aymara origins about 60 such buildings in little more than 10 years. A double-height Salon de Eventos (Party Hall) occupies the first floor. It caters for Ayamara's strong culture of communal activity and celebration, and it provides the building's owner with a generous source of income.

Mamani Silvestre believes he is providing the long-despised city of El Alto with a new positive identity.

Extract of an article by Elisabetta Andreoli,
author of The Architecture of Freddy Mamani Silvestre (La Paz, 2014). 

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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.