VESELY, Dalibor

Contemporary Architecture at the Crossroad

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Date: Thursday 2 December 2004
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Running time: 112 mins
Contemporary Architecture at the Crossroad: The Question of Creativity in the Shadow of Production. The conceptual possibilities of representation and production have reached a level of perfection that opens to contemporary architecture an almost unlimited horizon of solutions. This situation raises a question about the purpose of purely productive possibilities and the conditions under which they can be sustained. Addressing the link between virtual modes of representation and the irreducible corporeality of architecture, the nature of the grey zone of modernity, Dalibor Vesely tries to explain the analogy: as the written text is to literacy, so architecture is to culture as a whole. Dalibor Vesely studied architecture, art history and philosophy in Prague. From 1968 to 1978 he was diploma studio master at the AA and from 1978 held the same position at Cambridge where he is a director of the graduate programme in the history and philosophy of architecture.


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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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