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Antonino Cardillo

House of Dust

Date: Wednesday 20 November 2013
Time: 18:00
Venue: New Soft Room
Running time: 0 mins

Intermediate Unit 2 Open Lecture – all welcome

Hot on the heels of our Sicilian love affair, Intermediate 2 presents an evening to transport us once more to the stone island's spectacular sensuous atmosphere and rich cultural syncretism.

The House of Dust takes its influences from primordial caverns, renaissance grottos and nymphaea at Rome's Villa Doria Pamphilj. Materiality, colour and light evoke an archaeological architecture – a ceiling of rough plaster is the colour of bare earth and the palest pink light evokes dawn and flowers – the colour of beauty that dies. The House breathes light through spaces in a balanced sequence of compression and dilations.

Born in Sicily, Antonino Cardillo is an itinerant architect based in London. Practising internationally, his works have also been widely exhibited, including the 4th International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam, Artindex of St-Petersburg, and the London Design Festival at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Through his works Cardillo explores the boundaries between ancient and modern languages, his architectonic spaces are a syncretic synthesis, attempting to reconcile different world views, beliefs, traditions and cultures.

Film screening 

Luchino Visconti 

The Leopard (Il Gattopardo)

starring Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster

185 minutes, colour

The Leopard is an elegiac story of a dying aristocracy struggling to maintain its culture against a harsh Sicilian landscape of 1860s Risorgimento. Based on the eponymous novel by Lampedusa, Visconti's translation documents the passing of power into the ambitious grip of the new rich. Visconti's film breaks away from Italian neo-realism towards a more classical yet lavishly flamboyant storytelling. The climatic scene is the sumptuous forty-minute ball, often cited as one of the most spectacular sequences in film history. Awarded the Palme d'Or in 1963, The Leopard is considered Visconti's masterpiece.

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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.