Tel Aviv Visiting School

ActiveMatter2012, with Ben van Berkel, Brett Steele, Alisa Andrasek, curated by Gary Freedman and Shany Barath

Series: Visiting School
Date: Sunday 26 February 2012
Time: 13:00
Venue: The Peres Center for Peace, Yaffo
Running time: 0 mins

We perceive our environment as an 'ActiveMatter', immersed in a dense field of visible and invisible forces, connected in a complex system of geological, hydrological and atmospheric relations as well as cultural and social bonds.

Such understanding has encouraged architects and designers to widen their scope of exploration in order to accommodate fully the transformative tendencies of the landscape as well as its performative potentials. Shifting from notions of nature versus city, or natural versus artificial, the idea of design as an active agent capable of monitoring, amplifying and even manufacturing environments has brought forward a new spectrum of mediation between nature, technology and built environment.

Bringing together architects, engineers, product designers, environmentalists and Industrial manufacturers, ActiveMatter will 'stir-up' an interdisciplinary discussion, speculating and cultivating the emergence of new infrastructural and recreational systems within the vast Negev Desert.

13:00 AA Active Matter Program Introduction
Arch. Gary Freedman, Program Director
Arch. Shany Barath, Program Director
13:30 Workshop Results presentation
15:30 Panel Discussion:
Arch. Ben Van Berkel, UNStudio, Co–Founder , Amsterdam
Arch. Brett Steele, Architectural Association School of Architecture, Director, London
Arch. Alisa Andrasek, Biothing, London
Arch. Gary Freedman, ShaGa Studio, Amsterdam
Arch. Shraga Kirshner, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Head of Building and Environment department
Arch. Sabine Müller, SMAQ, Berlin
Arch. Alfredo Ramirez, Groundlab, London
Arch. Daniel Widrig, Daniel Widrig Design, London
16:00 Break
16:30 Arch. Alisa Andrasek, Biothing, Director, London
'Open Synthesis: Towards Increased Resolution Fabric of Architecture'
17:30 Arch. Brett Steele, Architectural Association School of Architecture, Director, London
18:30 Break
19:00 Arch. Ben Van Berkel, UNStudio, Co–Founder, Amsterdam
Keynote Speaker, 'The New Understanding'

Image: NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team

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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.