Mark Cousins

To whom do we turn?

Series: Friday Evening Lectures
Date: Friday 3 February 2017
Time: 17:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 58 mins

In modernity the question of miracles has been almost completely displaced. If they are discussed at all, it is usually to show that their very existence has been excluded due to the rise of scientific explanation. Today, the spread of both sceptical and secular systems of values has relegated miracles to the realm of superstition and credulity. But the issue of miracles does not have to be tied to the rational or the scientific method. This lecture series attempts to provide a godless defence of the miraculous, introducing the idea that the miracle fulfils the wishes of those who bear witness to it. In many ways miracles are the poetry of the poor. This analysis is put into the context of urban everyday life – the contemporary setting of the miraculous. The topic was also discussed by Mark Cousins and Hans Ulrich Obrist with invited guests during the Serpentine Gallery Marathon on 8 October.



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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 Certificate), 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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