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Organised by Liam Young and Geoff Manaugh

Thrilling Wonder Stories 2: Stranger than Truth 4 of 5

Series: Symposium
Date: Friday 26 November 2010
Time: 12:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 90 mins
 Co ordinated by Liam Young [Diploma 6/Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today] and Geoff Manaugh [BLDGBLOG] 

We have always regaled ourselves with speculative stories of a day yet to come. In these polemic visions we furnish the fictional spaces of tomorrow with objects and ideas that at the same time chronicle the contradictions, inconsistencies, flaws and frailties of the everyday. Slipping suggestively between the real and the imagined they offer a distanced view from which to survey the consequences of various social, environmental and technological scenarios.

Thrilling Wonder Stories gathers an ensemble of mad scientists, literary astronauts, digital poets, speculative gamers, mavericks, visionaries and luminaries to spin stories of wondrous possibilities or dark cautionary tales.

With introductions by Liam Young and Geoff Manaugh

Dunne and Raby
[Design Provocateurs]; Gavin Rothery [Concept artist for the film Moon and Rockstar Game’s Grand Theft Auto]; Paul Duffield [Artist and Author of Freakangels and Signal comics]

Antony Johnston
[Author of the post-apocalyptic graphic novel series Wasteland and Daredevil comics] [Designers of the Ark, the war stricken floating refugee city from the game Brink]; Splash Damage; Johnny Hardstaff [Filmmaker and designer for Ridley Scott Associates]

Will Self
[Author of The Book of Dave, Psychogeography and Walking Through Hollywood]; Geoff Manaugh + Nicola Twilley [Founders of BLDGBLOG, Edible Geography and Future Plural]; Joep Van Lieshout [Founder of Atelier Van Lieshout and the speculative free state of AVL Ville]

BERG London
[Technologists, Futurists and RFID magicians]; Rachel Armstrong [Biotechnology and Sci Fi Squishiness]; The Why Factory [Urban futures think tank]

Ant Farm
[Architectural super group and counter-culture heroes]; Cedric Delsaux [Photographer of the Dark Lens series]; Jeff VanderMeer [Author of the fantasy novels City of Saints and Madmen and Finch]; SPOV [Motion graphics artists for Discovery channel’s Future Weapons and Project Earth]

Also Featuring …
Xbox Kinect full body gaming with pre release demonstration of Ubisoft’s groundbreaking Children of Eden and discussion with Julian Gerighty and Jorg Tittel
live musical accompaniment from the melodramatic folk ensemble  ‘Plaster of Paris’
and lounge around in the pop-up AA Bookshop stocking titles from the fantastic future

And coming in 2011 THRILLING WONDER STORIES 3 tbc with Darren Aronofsky [director of Pi and Requiem for a Dream], Joseph Kosinski [director of Tron Legacy], Bruce Sterling [author/futurist], China Mieville [Science Fiction author], Daniel Dociu [games concept artist], Greg Lynn [architect Greg Lynn FORM], Ben Templesmith [ illustrator], Kevin Warwicker [cyborg], The Bristol Robotics Lab [robotic engineers] and many more 



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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.