AIRBNB Pavilion

Home 2014

Series: What’s Next
Date: Monday 24 November 2014
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 66 mins

In five years, Airbnb has re-purposed an unprecedented amount of architecture around the world. Everyone who has access to a house can now sell that access easily and safely. What used to be the fortress of the family and the individual is now a marketable asset in the economy, which questions whether the online marketplace for short-term lodging hasn't changed the home for good. Today, Airbnb is a major player in the much hoped-for ‘sharing economy’ but also remains an archetypal neo-liberal endeavour inviting all to be entrepreneurs of their own selves. Evolving from this ambiguous line, the AIRBNB Pavilion critically engages with the corporations owning the means of our identity, providing the infrastructure for our everyday lives and redefining the private realm and private property.
The AIRBNB Pavilion is an independent project that uses Airbnb as a paradigm to explore contemporary forms of domesticity. It began as an exhibition in the first three days of the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale and continues at present to gather and disseminate ideas around and about the house. It has been founded and is led by Fabrizio Ballabio (AA HCT 2013), Alessandro Bava (AADipl2013), Luis Ortega Govela (5th Year) and Octave Perrault (AADipl2013).

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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.