OUTRAM, John

The Image and its Enemies: An Iconography of Iconophobia, To the 'Now' from Le Corbusier

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Date: Thursday 16 November 2006
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Running time: 73 mins
Docomomo Annual Lecture 'I divide "Decon", iconically, into four types of facial disfigurement, erasure, dissimulation and evasion. These prove an obsession with image and an equal determination to deny the obsession. Viewing Le Corbusier through this lens I recognise a project to destroy social space; an epistemological project to deny knowledge of the built; and a political project to escape the consequences of building. These culminate in his ontological project to destroy Architecture as a proscenium for mediating an iconically-scripted conceptual landscape. I relate these two by arguing, from the facts, that Corbusier was a failed decorative artist who invented a way of building that prohibited decoration. Yet he died in the sea off the Villa atv Roquebrune, into which he had inserted, against the spirit of that house and its creator, Eileen Gray, some wonderful, but architecturally-inconsequential, murals.' John Outram's only fully inscribed building is at the University of Houston. He worked in London for 50 years, representing Britain in the 1991 Venice Biennale.


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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.

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