Nannette Jackowski and Ricardo de Ostos, introduced by Sir Peter Cook

Scavengers in Promised Lands

Series: Evening Lecture and Book Launch
Date: Thursday 19 October 2017
Time: 18:30
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 84 mins

Architecture has never been solely about the industry of building as environmental performance. Most importantly architecture is a projection of past/future cultural desires materialized in spaces, cities and landscapes. In the last decade neoliberal capitalism has aggressively built a global infrastructure to sustain consumerism demand back in capital cities. This inter-national trend has resulted in persistent communities displacement around the world’s generating a loss not only of land as shelter, but as a built environment of collective myths and memory. 

Reacting to that contemporary displacement pattern Scavengers in Promised Lands  is a provocative architectural exploration of how radical cultural practices and time base spaces enables a new set of architectural responses. For the last ten years Ricardo de Ostos and Nannette Jackowski have led AA Intermediate 3 in the pursue of this question through cities, forests and wastelands. Illustrating their approach, the lecture will presents ten years of AA Inter 3 work with an in depth research on how storytelling, collapsing environments and innovation in design shape a innovative understanding of the built environment. With a photographic documentation of unique places on the Planet Earth Scavengers in Promised Lands explores the gripping power of myth and fiction as radical narratives for imagining the near future of cities and forests.

Nannette Jackowski and Ricardo de Ostos are principals of NaJa & deOstos and Unit Masters of Intermediate Unit 3 at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. Together they create speculative architectures that envision built and unbuilt projects in shifting environmental and cultural contexts. Utilizing narrative to create a complex context articulation their projects include conceptual designs, interactive installations, exhibitions, alongside their new project for a Mangrove Research Campus in Bangladesh. 

In 2012 they were nominated for the Iakov Chernikhov International Prize for Young Architects. Together, they lead workshops and lecture about their work worldwide. They are co-founders of the Planetary City Lab and the authors of The Hanging Cemetery of Baghdad  (2007), Pamphlet Architecture 29: Ambiguous Spaces  (2008) and Scavengers and Other Creatures in Promised Lands (2017).

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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 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.