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Marina Lathouri, Christopher Lee, Patrik Schumacher and Brett Steele, moderated by Tom Verebes
Masterplanning the Adaptive City: Computational Urbanism in the Twenty-First Century
Series: Evening Roundtable Event
Date: Tuesday 15 October 2013
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 180 mins
This event celebrates the launch of Tom Verebes’ book, Masterplanning the Adaptive City: Computational Urbanism in the Twenty-first Century (Routledge, 2013), and invites a number of its authors to present their contributions and engage in a moderated discussion.
Today’s urban complexities and contradictions lay in the task of planning in an increasingly uncertain world. Investigating a deficiency of the preeminent masterplanning tools and techniques of the twentieth century to keep up with the pace of rapid urbanisation in the developing world, the author challenges the capacity of conventional design methodologies to manage the indeterminacy of urban development, the environment, the economy, migration and other dynamic forces which shape the dynamic nature of urbanity. The book’s core thesis explores the evolutionary nature of cities, addressing issues associated with the endurance, obsolescence, and the adaptive and transformative capacity of architecture and urbanism.
The roundtable will be followed by drinks in the South Jury Room.
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.