Technology and the First Person Singular: The Engraved Line 3/12

Series: Friday Lecture Series
Date: Friday 12 November 2010
Time: 17:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 50 mins

Many writers consider technology as a self-evident thing; these lectures will not assume that it exists in this form. By looking at issues from the side of subjective experience, the lectures seek to unravel the self-evidence. Some writers have assumed that whatever the benefits technology confers, the human subject remains robustly independent. Others have painted a dystopian picture of technology erasing the human. The series rejects both views.

In the first term the lectures will be concerned with the technologies of communication. The second term will be concerned with technologies of energy and power. Reading, writing, script, print, telegraphy, telephony, the phonograph, writing machines, the archive, the domain of recording will all be considered.

Mark Cousins has taught and lectured at the AA since the 1980s. He is Director of History and Theory at the AA. He was visiting professor at Columbia 2000–08 and is now Guest Professor at South Eastern University Nanjing, China. He was the founder member of the new graduate school, The London Consortium. The Friday lectures have been part of the AA Public Programme for over 20 years.

Autumn schedule:
Homer and the Voice (22 October)
Inscription and Spacing (29 October)
The Engraved Line (12 November)
Neighbours Without Proximity (19 November)

This series will take place in the Autumn and Winter Terms at 5.00 in the Lecture Hall. 

All lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students unless otherwise stated.

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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.