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Mittelmeer-Land 1

Monday 31 January – Thursday 10 February 2011

Mittelmeerland will investigate the future of the Mediterranean. Over three years the intention is to research six different Mediterranean cities, starting with Dubrovnik, and then continuing with Tangier, Tripoli, Istanbul, Alexandria and Haifa. In the first of these we will study the dynamic territory of Dubrovnik’s coastline and the mutual dependencies of land and water.

The area itself, from Dubrovnik to the port of Ploce, extends more than 113km and provides an amphibious context defined by an ongoing conflict between the natural landscape, industry and tourism. This condition forces us to ask: How is the rapid growth of global trade affecting Mediterranean ports? And how can these cities along the Mediterranean coast become more environmentally engaged?

We will work on five different areas along the coastline analysing existing conditions and future projections, playfully utilising small-scale phenomena, translating found conditions into large-scale urban interventions and envisioning future changes. We will produce architectural portraits, urban biographies, video narrations and imaginative axonometric collages, which ultimately will feature in a publication of the workshop’s research on various waterfront cities around the Mediterranean.

During the workshop a one day symposium will be held on 5 February 2011. Its purpose is to examine how the Mediterranean region can position itself as a ’territory’, one that is based on climatic and economic conditions, and subject to specific social, political and spatial dynamics and experiences. We want to discover similarities and differences by comparing cities.

Speakers and visiting critics
Elias Torres (Torres-Lapeña, Barcelona), Christopher Pierce (AA), Jorge Garcia de la Camara (BIArch Barcelona), Sanja Filep (University Zagreb), Roman Silje (Normala), Cristian Suau (Cardiff University), Vedran Mimica (Berlage Institute), Erez Ella (Tel Aviv), Dinka Pavelic (Man and Space Magazin, Zagreb), Lulzim Kabashi (Zagreb), Mice Gamulin (Split), Hrvoje Hrabak (President Croatian Architects Association), plus AA tutors, among others.


Deadline for applications is 24 January. Applications can be submitted to:


Accommodation during the workshop is not provided, but we have reserved enough rooms at the Inter University Centre, which costs £215 per participant for ten days.

The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £650 per participant, which includes a £50 Visiting Student Membership, made payable to the AA School of Architecture. Fees do not include flights. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops, digital cameras and any other tools they may wish to use during the workshop.

Please note: Partial Scholarships are available for Dubrovnik Visiting School.
Please send a PDF (maximum three pages A4) including a short CV and photo, contact details, a letter of motivation and samples of your work by 17 January, 4.00 to:

Supporters are Inter University CentreDubrovnik, CAA/ UHA Croatian Architects Associaton Zagreb, Dubrovnik- Neretva County, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Architecture, Design2context, ZHdK and Goethe-Institut Kroatien.


Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782

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Publicity card


Visiting School Prospectus


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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.