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The Library is on Fire
Part 1/Creature: Charles Arsène-Henry
Date: Thursday 3 May 2012
Venue: New Soft Room
Running time: 64 mins
Thursday 3 to Saturday 5 May, New Soft Room
What if a library was to function like a novel or a film? The Library is on Fire will occupy the New Soft Room with a programme of texts, images and sounds: an experimental form of reading room. Material from the collection will be available for reference during the course of the day.
Thursday 3 May, Part 1/Creature
12.00–6.00 Reading and Screening Room
6.00 Presentation by Charles Arsène-Henry: The fictional librarian will be introduced: a creature that searches inside books and film for the form of its intelligence.
Friday 4 May, Part 2/Volume
12.00–6.00 Reading and Screening Room
6.00 Presentation by Shumon Basar: The Library’s ways of acquiring and organising its collection will be described, using institutional precedents that appear in films such as Toute la mémoire du Monde and Wings of Desire, as well as other vessels of space/time volume.
Saturday 5 May, Part 3/Tracking Shot
1.00 Seminar and screenings by Michael Brooke
Film critic and theorist Michael Brooke will conduct a seminar on the language of the ‘tracking shot’ in the history of cinema, including Week-end, The Shining and The Night is Young.
The Library is on Fire, conceived by Charles Arsène-Henry, is the second hemisphere of the future LUMA Foundation library.
All lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students unless otherwise stated.
THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES
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.