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Organised by Beatriz Colomina & Mark Wigley

ARE WE HUMAN? -- DESIGN AFTER DESIGN

Series: Symposium
Date: Friday 13 May 2016
Time: 13:30
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 0 mins

In this event, the curators of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, exhibition architect, some of the London based participants, and some leading design theorists and critics engage its central theme: 


ARE WE HUMAN?
THE DESIGN OF THE SPECIES
200,000 years 200 years, 2 years, 2 seconds


Design always presents itself as serving the human but its real ambition is to redesign the human. To talk about design is to talk about the state of our species. Humans have always been radically reshaped by the designs they produce and the world of design keeps expanding. We live in a time when everything is designed, from our carefully crafted individual looks and online identities, to the surrounding galaxies of personal devices, new materials, interfaces, networks, systems, infrastructures, data, chemicals, organisms, and genetic codes. Even the planet itself has been completely encrusted by design as a geological layer. There is no longer an outside to the world of design. Design has become the world. The default concept of “good design” that was incubated in London in the mid nineteenth-century is no longer adequate. It is an anesthetic that has worn off. The urgent question is what is design after design? 


For information on the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, and the open call for 2 minute videos: http://arewehuman.iksv.org/ 


Schedule


Introduction: 1.30pm- to 1.45
Brett Steele


Presentation of the Biennial theme: 1.45pm to 2.30pm
Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley


Session 1: 2.30pm-4.15pm
John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Ronnskog
Revital Cohen and Tuur van Balen

Andres Jaque
Deyan Sudjic


Break: 4.15pm-4.45pm


Session 2: 4.45pm-6.30 pm
Joseph Grima
Francesca Hughes
Mark Cousins
Eyal Weizman



All lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students unless otherwise stated.


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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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