MINTON, Anna

Ground Control

Series: Public Occasion Agency
Date: Tuesday 15 February 2011
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 80 mins

Why is fear of crime soaring although crime itself continues to fall? Britons are increasingly aware of living in a society plagued by fear and unhappiness. Could our towns and cities be the cause? Ground Control is about the architecture of boom and bust and the architecture of fear it creates. This in-depth and passionate exploration of the state of Britain today reveals how the marketplace has taken control from the  electorate. Over the last decade, property-driven policies, imported from the US, have transformed not only our cities, but the very nature of public space, of citizenship and of trust.

Anna Minton is a writer and journalist and the author of Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the 21st Century City, published by Penguin. She is also the author of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's Viewpoint on fear and distrust and a member of the writers' panel for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. She appears regularly on television and radio and is a contributor to The Guardian and the New Statesman.



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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 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.

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