Housing & Urbanism Symposium

Informal City: design as political engagement - Part 2

Series: Symposium
Date: Wednesday 30 May 2012
Time: 17:30
Venue: New Soft Room
Running time: 96 mins

The AA has been central to the evolution of ideas about the informal city and the formulation of strategies to deal with it. The AA Research Cluster on Urbanism and the Informal City seeks to give continuity to that work while focusing specifically on architecture and urbanism as tools of political engagement in the transformation of the informal city and social conditions associated with it.

Part 2 of the symposium held in February continues to investigate the role of design as a generative tool in reconceptualising the challenges and potential of informality, bringing together guest speakers with considerable experience in professional and theoretical practice.

*Due to unforeseen probalems V Rao will now not be able to attend the symposium, apologies for inconvenience.*
Vyjayanthi V Rao is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the New School for Social Research, New York. She works on cities after globalisation, on the intersections of urban planning, design art, violence and speculation in the articulation of the contemporary global city. She is completing a book titled The Speculative City and has also been published in the Sage Handbook of Architectural Theory (2012) and in Editoriale Lotus, among others.

Teddy Cruz is recognised internationally for his urban research of the Tijuana-San Diego border, and in collaboration with community-based non-profit organisations for advancing new models of civic participation, affordable housing and public infrastructure at neighbourhood scale. He has received many prestigious awards. Cruz is a professor in Public Culture and Urbanism in the Visual Arts Department at University of California, San Diego.

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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.