A PLAKAT/ Design Museum Collaboration

Six Ghosts

Series: Evening Lecture
Date: Tuesday 7 February 2017
Time: 18:30
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 50 mins

This evening event and the one day design workshop that precedes it, are the first parts of the ongoing collaboration between Plakat Platform, the AA and the Design Museum. 

It will build upon the six core case studies drawn from the upcoming exhibition on the Russian Avant-Garde and Revolution, and rethink the relation between real and imaginary cities through an architect's lens. The main purpose of the design workshop is to exploit the unique status of original works as "ghosts" of the exhibition, using it as an opportunity for recontextualisation, reevalution and extension into new provocations.

The round-table discussion will reflect upon a series of new postcards generated, and involve a number of larger themes that are central to the Plakat briefs and the exhibition -  coexistence of real and imaginary cities, visionary city and its built architecture, as well as the roles of precedent and imagination in constructing urban space. Participants in the discussion will include: Maria Fedorchenko (AA/Plakat), Eszter Steierhoffer (Curator, Design Museum), Lorenzo Perri (Plakat) and Cosimo Ballestri (Plakat).

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

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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.