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The Appearance of Modern Architecture: Introduction - Modernity, Autonomy, and the Question of Appearance

Date: Monday 19 January 2004
Time: 00:00
Running time: 72 mins

How can we specify the characteristics of modern architecture? This question has particular force in relation to the growing interest in organicism within architectural practice, a movement that seems to recall certain baroque motifs rather than ostensibly modern ones. To attempt an answer Andrew Benjamins lecture series will look at three distinct areas: the writings of Emil Kaufmann for whom there is a distinct break between the baroque and the postbaroque; Colin Rowes analysis of the relationship between the classical and the modern, according to which the pretensions of the modern are undone by the retention of ideal forms; and the use of the baroque in order to stage the concerns of the modern - this position finds its most emphatic expression in the philosophical writings of Gilles Deleuze and their use by contemporary theorists.NB: The few slides shown during the lecture are not recorded on camera until the last moments of the Q & A.5

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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.