Before Object, After Image: Koshirakura Landscape 1996-2006

Date: Thursday 26 October 2006
Time: 00:00
Running time: 135 mins
Lecture by Shin Egashira to accompany an AA exhibition and book that documents the accumulation of direct creative responses to a post-agricultural community in a time of transition. While teaching at the AA, architect/artist Egashira set up in 1996 a field workshop in Koshirakura in the Japanese province of Niigata. Some 200 km north of Tokyo in a mountainous region with overgrown forests and abundant rice fields, the area is still recovering from an earthquake in 2004. Every summer the workshop replaced the absence of children at the village school with the new architectural residents. With over 160 workshop participants from about 40 different nationalities, Koshirakura is perhaps Japan's most international, independent village. The local population continues to experience rural migration. Egashira's desire to contribute to the Koshirakura community through the application of architectural knowledge and by making buildings as continuous forms of communication has led to 16 built projects, including a bus shelter, pavilion, movie screen and viewing platform as well as artefacts, maps, sections, portraits and films. All the projects are related to and informed by one another.

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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’.

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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.