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Burghers in Suburbia: Holland 1998-2010 1/4

Date: Saturday 16 May 1998
Time: 18:00
Running time: 71 mins

The Dutch government plans to build one million houses by the year 2010. What makes the Dutch situation unique is the employment - and the influence - of leading architects and planners. Arguably, at no other time this century have architects been in a similar situation where they could have such an impact on the future of suburbia. The symposium addresses this subject through a number of themes including questions of density (notably how architects and planners are responding to the new VINEX policy), social individualization and its impact on housing types, and the consequences of the privatization of housing on the design of housing and neighbourhoods.

Mohsen Mostafavi supplies the welcome.
Irénée Scalbert introduces the morning session.
Noud de Vreeze gives a short survey of housing in the Netherlands and a description of the causes behind the present architectural culture there, including issues relating to the VINEX policy.
Arnold Reijndorp examines the current relationship between sociology and architecture in Holland and the interpretation of lifestyles and urbanity by architects and planners.

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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.