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Roundtable discussion and Harvest Night 2 of 2

Series: Exhibition-related Event
Date: Tuesday 24 January 2012
Time: 17:00
Venue: AA Lecture Hall, Front Members' Room
Running time: 75 mins
H·O·R·T·U·S stimulates the emergence of novel material practices and related spatial narratives. In this exhibition related event Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto will discuss with guests the design philosophy of the project and its relevance for contemporary architecture and urban design. The event is structured around three ‘moments’: two conversations and a hands-on harvest event, which will see the public engaging directly with the garden.

_conversation One: H·O·R·T·U·S ‘How To’ will present the design&make of the prototype installation and the potential applicability of these emergent materials and spatial protocols for masterplanning in large regional landscapes. The conversation will unveil the details of the biological mechanisms at work, as well as the algorithmic design technique employed, the sensing and actuating devices and innovative digital interfaces embedded in the gardening apparatus. 

_conversation Two: ’Systemic Design as Critical Practice’ will involve critical thinkers and designers, discussing how systemic design practices can acquire a critical role in shaping a new notion of urban ecology within contemporary architectural discourse.

The evening will end with ‘The Harvest’; a hands-on event curated by the students of AA Inter10 where saturated photo-bioreactors will be harvested.

17.00 Introduction
17.15 H·O·R·T·U·S ‘How To’, Marco Poletto and Claudia Pasquero, directors ecoLogicStudio and AA Inter10 Unit Masters with: Catherine Legrand, evolution biologist; Simon Park, Biolumenescence; Mats Broden, knowledge-sharing; Immanuel Koh, digital interface; Andrea Bugli, ecoLogicStudio, parametric design
18.15 ‘Systemic Design as Critical Practice’, Lucy Bullivant with: Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto; Alisa Andrasek, Biothing, AA, Bartlett; Alex Haw, Atmos, RCA
19.30 The Harvest, Front Members’ Room and AA Bar, curated by AA Inter10 students
Practice1:bio-oil extraction
Practice2: cooking super-snacks
Practice3: weaving bio-fabrics

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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.