MOREL, Phillipe

From Integrated Science to Integral Capitalism: The Epistemological Roots of the Present-Day Economy

Date: Friday 27 October 2006
Time: 00:00
Running time: 84 mins
Phillipe Morel looks at the present-day economy using a number of little known but nonetheless essential epistemological assertions. The words of mathematicians, including those from previous centuries, shed light on the production of form in architecture, and on the economy in general. From this angle, we see that a contemporary, renewed epistemology enables us to grasp both the global and distinctive natures of a discipline such as architecture. To make a brief parallel, we could link the architectural analyses of Peter Eisenman with the polemical, urbanistic analyses of Rem Koolhaas. The challenge is to move beyond all opposition in an era that already achieved this and that seems, thanks to widespread computation, to have turned Carnaps Logical Structure of the World (1928) into a strictly positivist but nonetheless absolutely real standpoint. A tutor in History & Theory Studies at the AA, Phillipe Morel is co-founder of EZCT Architecture & Design Research and Associate Professor at the Ecole Nationale Sup

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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.