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AD Typological Urbanism: Projective Cities 2/2

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Date: Wednesday 23 February 2011
Time: 18:00
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Running time: 69 mins

To accompany the launch of the AD magazine on Typological Urbanism: Projective Cities (guest-edited by Christopher Lee and Sam Jacoby), Pier Vittorio Aureli, Marina Lathouri, and David Grahame Shane will give presentations, followed by a table discussion with the editors.

The magazine poses the question: How can architecture today be simultaneously relevant to its urban context and at the very forefront of design? For a decade or so, iconic architecture has been fuelled by the market economy and an insatiable appetite for the novel and different. The relentless speed and scale of urbanisation, with its ruptured, decentralised, and fast-changing context, however, demands a rethink of the role of the designer and the function of architecture.

This edition of AD therefore confronts and questions the inability of the profession and academia to confidently and comprehensively describe, conceptualise, theorise and ultimately project new ideas of architecture for the city. In so doing, it provides a potent alternative for projective cities: Typological Urbanism. This examines and develops the strategies of typological reasoning in order to re-engage architecture with the city in both a critical and speculative manner. Architecture and urbanism are no longer seen as separate domains or subservient to each other, but as synthesising disciplines and processes that allow integrating and controlling effect on both the city and its built environment.

The magazine includes contributions from architects and thinkers: Peter Carl, Michael Hensel, Marina Lathouri, Martino Tattara and Pier Vittorio Aureli. Featured architects include: Ben van Berkel & Caroline Bos of UNStudio, DOGMA, Toyo Ito & Associates, l'AUC, OMA, SANAA and Serie Architects.



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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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