Stefano Rabolli Pansera and Jonida Turani in discussion with Adrian Paci, Edi Hila and Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania

Potential Monuments of Unrealised Futures

Series: Evening Lecture
Date: Friday 16 January 2015
Time: 18:30
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 36 mins

A conversation accompanying the eponymous exhibition in the AA Gallery, Potential Monuments of Unrealised Futures, which presents work by two Albanian artists: Edi Hila and Adrian Paci. Curated by Beyond Entropy Balkans (Jonida Turani and Stefano Rabolli Pansera), this exhibition was originally commissioned by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Albania for the Pavilion of the Republic of Albania at the 14th International Architecure Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2014. The exhibition explores how modernity can be absorbed through a reflection on the social and cultural dynamics presented in the work of the two artists. The unrealized futures are the promises of modernity; partially realised, but yet not completed.

Edi Hila (b. Albania 1944) has participated in numerous international exhibitions including the Venice Biennale (1999), After the Wall at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm (1999), Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin and the Ludvig Museum in Budapest (2000), Blood and Honey - Future’s in the Balkans at the Essl Museum in Vienna (2003) and the Liverpool Biennale (2010). His works are part of the collection of Centre Pompidou, Ville de Paris, René Block, and the National Gallery of Arts of Tirana.

Adrian Paci (b. Albania 1969) has participated in numerous international exhibitions, most notably: Adrian Paci, PS1, MOMA, New York (2005), Motion Picture(s), Kunsthaus Zurich (2010), Lives in transit, Jeu de Paume, Paris (2013) and MAC, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal (2014). Group exhibitions include: Venice Biennale (2005), Street and studio in urban history of photography, Tate Modern, London (2008), Unfinished Journeys, The National Museum of Arts, Oslo (2012) and Neighbours, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul (2014).

Beyond Entropy is a London-based non-profit limited company practicing architecture, urbanism, and cultural analysis. The company, founded in 2009 as a collaborative practice operating public-private partnerships globally, developed from trans-disciplinary research at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. Currently Beyond Entropy Ltd operates at the threshold between art, architecture, and geopolitics focusing on the notion of energy influencing urban and architectural form. Projects are located in Africa, in the Balkans and in the Mediterranean region and vary from art installations, to architectural master-planning, to public debates.

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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.