Diploma 11 Recomposition Matrix – 1:20 details of London, DIP11, 2018–19

Into the Interior

Shin Egashira

London is dominated by two opposing sense of values: one financial and the other historical; one erases and replaces, the other uncovers and de-temporalises. That which is squeezed in between these forces occupies the uncertain ground that DIP11 will respond to creatively, proposing values that could counter the dominant patterns of neo-liberal urban transformation.

We see London as a project of collage. Its unique architecture and successful spaces often occur by accident, celebrated as characterisations of its dysfunctional charm. The unit therefore engages with the unspoken rules that encourage freedom within this framework of collaging, questioning how design can challenge our capacity to appreciate imperfection, explore the ambiguities that lie between new and old, and grant importance to slowness and smallness in a fast-changing urban landscape.

The unit will document inner-London communities, charting the various ways of life inside the city that are affected by the rapid forces of contemporary development as the sense of cultural tolerance linked to London’s post-colonial past simultaneously and slowly declines.

PIECING TOGETHER

The year begins by collectively forming a field map of London. Each member of the unit will identify a community existing within a three-mile radius of the AA, making portraits that represent who they are, the values that they share and how they operate. Field maps and cross-sections will be associated with catalogues of objects, knowledge and resources. We will design ways of engaging with the community, making tools that trigger active communication by forcing the different languages, values and meanings present to be challenged playfully.

MATERIAL INTELLIGENCE: MEMORY BANK, STORYTELLING OBJECTS

Urban surgery is our design technique. We will be looking at micro-scale, radioscopic views of all the familiar materials that make up the fabric of London: concrete, steel, timber, asphalt, cables, paper, clay, sand and other debris of artificial geology, fusing the scientific and poetic applications of those familiar materials with our design projects. We will revisit the notion of a climate register, imagining ways to infuse tactile materials with environmental, historical, geographical and climatic data.

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Shin Egashira, is an architect and artist. Working on installations, drawings and sculptures, he also created and directs the Koshirakura Landscape Workshop, an annual event in the mountains of Niigata, Japan, in which participants from all over the world join the Koshirakura village community to design, build and enjoy meals together.

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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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