The Architecture Exchange - How is Architecture Political?

Mouffe in conversation with Aureli, Martin, Weizman and Whiting

Series: The Architecture Exchange
Date: Saturday 6 December 2014
Time: 14:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 244 mins

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The second in The Architecture Exchange's series of crossings between theory and architecture presents an open discussion between Chantal Mouffe and four preeminent architectural thinkers.
How is Architecture Political? is a forum to discuss the possible exchanges between architectural and political thinking, with special guest Chantal Mouffe and respondents Pier Vittorio Aureli, Reinhold Martin, Ines Weizman and Sarah Whiting.
Audience members are encouraged to contribute as active participants.  
This event has been organised by The Architecture Exchange
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Chantal Mouffe is one of the world’s leading political theorists, and director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster. She is the author of  Hegemony and Socialist Strategy, (1985) and most recently Agonistics: Thinking The World Politically (2013), On the Political (2005) and The Return of the Political (1993)
Pier Vittorio Aureli is an architect, co-founder of Dogma and teacher at the Architectural Association. He is the author of The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture (2011), and The Project of Autonomy: Politics and Architecture Within and Against Architecture (2008). 
Reinhold Martin is Associate Professor of Architecture in the GSAPP, Columbia University, where he directs the Temple Hoyne Buell Center. He co-founder of the journal Grey Room and author of The Organizational Complex: Architecture, Media, and Corporate Space (MIT Press, 2003), and Utopia’s Ghost: Architecture and Postmodernism, Again (Minnesota, 2010).
Sarah Whiting is Dean of Rice University School of Architecture. She is a partner in WWarchitects in Houston. She is the series editor of POINT, the polemical series of manifesto books and author of many seminal essays. Her forthcoming book is Superblock Urbanism: Chicago's Elastic Grid
Ines Weizman is a London-based architect and theorist, teaching at London Metropolitan University. She researches and publishes on the ideological spectacles and urban historiography of Soviet-era architecture and is the author of Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence (2013).



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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 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.

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