Jeremy Rifkin

The 3rd Industrial Revolution: A plan for regrowing the economy and updating energy infrastructure

Series: Evening Lecture
Date: Monday 7 November 2011
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall/Bedford Square
Running time: 72 mins

(with Enric Ruiz Geli and Diploma 18 students)

The Industrial Revolution, powered by oil and other fossil fuels, is spiralling into a dangerous endgame. The price of energy and food is climbing, unemployment remains high, the housing market has tanked, consumer and government debt is soaring, and the recovery is slowing. The prospect of a second collapse of the global economy leaves humanity desperate for a sustainable economic game plan for the future.

In his book, The Third Industrial Revolution (forthcoming 2011), Rifkin describes how the five-pillars of the Third Industrial Revolution will create innumerable businesses and jobs, and usher in a fundamental reordering of human relationships, from hierarchical to lateral power, that will impact on the conduct of business, governance, education and civic life.

Jeremy Rifkin is president and founder of the Foundation on Economic Trends and the author of many books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. He is the principal architect of the European Union’s Third Industrial Revolution long-term economic sustainability plan, which was formally endorsed by the European Parliament in 2007 and is now being implemented by agencies within the European Commission as well as in the 27 member-states.

The lecture will be broadcast live into the street, accompanying the Diploma 18 projection – see below.

Read Jeremy Rifkin’s article: ‘Only An Energy Internet Can Ward Off Disaster’ (FT 10.5.2010)


Followed by:
Diploma 18 Projection
Monday 7 November, 7.30 facade of 32 to 39 Bedford Square
Stunning projections created by Diploma 18, led by Enric Ruiz-Geli, across the entire facade of the school will show how the AA – and other businesses, homes and people – can rethink the future of power generation, their role in society, work and the city. Linked with the broadcast of Rifkin’s lecture (see above), the projection mapping will illuminate the environmental analysis of the AA School on a one-to-one scale, showing how it could become a zero-emissions building – a power plant harvesting renewable energy sources while also demonstrating how these technologies can be used to transform cities.


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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.