The Unprimed Canvas: Burgeoning fields in practice 1 of 2

Series: Symposium
Date: Friday 4 February 2011
Time: 10:30
Running time: 180 mins

The Unprimed Canvas is related to Francis Bacon's decision to use an unprimed canvas, for example, every mark in the making of the work is very important. The symposium will be quite speculative in talking about these relationships as a powerful act of making.

Symposium schedule:

10.30 Ideation
Kate Davies and Shaun Murray
11.00 Ecological Design Visions
Visionary thinking on methodologies of communicating an architecture along with new models and ecological contribution.
Shaun Murray (Eniatype, London)
Jon Goodbun
Timothy Morton (UC Davies, California)
12.00 Notational Design Visions
Notational systems within architectural education used as a communication tool have made the composition of architecture an activity like the composition of fiction: the activity of communication.
Mathew Emmett
Kate Davies/ Emmanuel Vercruysse (LiquidFactory)
James Moore (University of Falmouth)

Coffee Break

13.30 Instructional Design Visions
There are many kinds of relationships between participant and environment within context, design and communication. An extremely important one is who communicates with whom and who instructs whom.
Benedict Singleton
Kjell Yngve Petersen (IT Copenhagen)
Felix Robbins (Make Architects, London)
2.30 Aesthetical Design Visions
Aesthetic experience is one of the most common ways to value our environment. Whether it is having a walk in the park, cycling through a country lane, or just sitting in your garden, we can appreciate the aesthetic qualities. We could go on to say that we should be developing environmental sensitivity through aesthetic experience.
Claudia Westermann
Bastian Glaessner (Lynn Fox, Blink productions)
Bruce McLean (Bruce Mclean, London)
3.30 Discussion
Through original design exploration, this symposium proffers a critical vision towards the built environment. These conceptions challenge the everyday education of architectural design by offering a transdisciplinary framework for design production.
5.00 Book launch and drinks

4-25 February
Back Members' Room

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Bruce Mclean
Liquid Factory

Design Ecologies, a new international transdisciplinary academic peer-reviewed journal that aims to foregrounds the inextricable connection between human communication and ecological accountability in architectural design. This burgeoning field has the potential to become a far-reaching discipline, bonding a community that crosses over into and out of architecture, environment, interaction, urbanism, and performing arts and communication.

Through original design exploration ranging in scale, the journal will proffer a critical vision towards the built environment, and promote ecological transitions within local and global contexts. It will challenge the everyday emerging practices of architectural design by offering a transdisciplinary framework for design production.

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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.