Kris Mun, Liam Ross, Nerma Cridge, Doreen Bernath, Theo Spyropoulos

The Critique of the New: Questioning the Legitimisation of Newness through Technology 3/5

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Date: Friday 2 May 2008
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Running time: 147 mins

The Critique of the New aims to formulate an interactive channel engaging doctoral research conducted at the AA and the diverse experimental practices within the wider school community, while also providing a platform for responses from invited representatives in the field and beyond. Many trajectories of investigation within the field of architecture are predicated on the assumption that the emergence of new techniques of representation and production bring with them fresh possibilities of creative output. The purpose of this symposium is to address this presumption of an essential link between newness and technological innovation. For example, does the performance of digitally based techniques of design - those that have replaced apparently redundant analogue methods - actually produce objects, concepts or strategies that are truly novel? The broader issues of how the new is claimed and legitimised, and equally how the old is established and examined, are called forth for discussion. Kris Mun - New In-formation. Liam Ross - An Excess of Unthinking Material: the Tectonic of Flow in Zaha Hadids Recent Work. Nerma Cridge - Nothing never is, it can merely become New. Doreen Bernath - Photoshop and the Introjective Cast Session Discussion: moderated by Theo Spyropoulos



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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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