Inter 10 Book Launch/ecoMachines v3.0

The World Dubai Marine Life Incubators

Series: Book Launch
Date: Tuesday 8 March 2011
Time: 18:30
Venue: A Dining Room and AA Bookshop
Running time: 0 mins
Can architecture claim new roles in this period of economic and ecologic turmoil? Can architects contribute by developing new spatial and material practices for the refunctionalisation of the urban landscape? 

'The World', an artificial marine landscape built off the cost of Dubai City, has provided the perfect ground to engage these questions; due to its sheer size, its embedded fragility, its iconic design and its massive impact on the surroundings, the 12 billion dollars uncompleted lagoon has revealed in itself all the contradictions of contemporary urban developments in Dubai and around the world.

The World Dubai Marine Life Incubators research has taken the form of 13 visionary projects; each project investigates a specific architectural mechanism of co-existence and co-evolution within the local marine habitat, prefiguring future scenarios of development whereby the lagoon is re-contextualized in socio-economic and technological terms in relationship to such phenomena as global warming, coral bleaching, ecotourism, social networking, workforce global migration, food production, renewable energies, urban well being and building material flows.       

The book contains the architectural design research of the INTER10 Unit at the Architectural Association; alongside the individual design proposals, the book illustrates the parallel methodological and technical background developed within the framework of the Unit and in a series of dedicated workshops. Full coloor images and accompanying text illustrate in detail the drawings, the diagrams, the models and the testing prototypes developed during the year long project.

Curators: Claudia Pasquero, Marco Poletto
AAINTER10 Unit Masters, ecoLogicStudio Directors

 Tuesday 8th March at 6.30pm in the AA Dining Room and AA Bookshop.

Contributors, AA Inter10 students: Wesley Soo, Masaki Echizenya, Noam Hazan, Lola Lozano,  Alessandro Bava, Yu Won Kang, Leila Meroue, Wei Hou, Michalis Patsalosavis, Katerina Albertucci, Zachary Fluker, Wenlan Yuan, Iker Mugarra Flores

ecoLogicStudio ltd: Marco Poletto, Claudia Pasquero, Alessio Carta, Manuele Gaioni, Neil Grant

Maria Arceo - Artist

Dr Abeer AlJanahi-W S Atkins-Assistant Professor British University in Dubai

Partners: British University in Dubai

Research support:

Nakheel – Property Developers, Biorock – Artificial Reefs and Marine biology Specialists, AA School of, Architecture London – Academic support

Editorial team ecoLogicStudio: Marco Poletto, Claudia Pasquero, Alessio Carta, Lola Lozano

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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 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.