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Hyper の Aware

Organised by Joy Lai, Elina Zampetakis, Hotaru Kawaguchi, Alex Lin, Angelica Rimoldi and Sean Gwee.

AA Front Members' Room 4/11/2019 - 8/11/2019

1200 - 1500 daily

Mono No Aware (物の哀れ) can be literally translated as “the pathos of things” and refers to an appreciation for the fleeting temporality of the objects and environment around us.

Hyper の Aware is our exploration of fleeting moments, intimacy and soil, through the format of a 15 minute tea ceremony.

Our tea ceremony is designed as a performance and device to generate a heightened state of awareness, triggering a guest into a frame of mind that can only be described as Hyper-Aware.

Housed in a 2.1m x 2.1m x 2.1m timber-framed cube, clad in delicate shoji paper, the tea house creates a Temporary Autonomous Zone. The floor is made of a 90mm depth of soil dug from Hooke Park, creating an exteriorised interior and a lived connection to the soil that sustains us.

Tea is served in a bowl made of raw clay that begins to disintegrate as the guest imbibes their tea. All the tea implements are made to heighten both the guest and the host’s states of awareness.

Hyper の Aware serves to both generate appreciation of the moment and linger in the form of a visceral memory of a space that will disappear and fade in less than a week.

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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.