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Paolo Cascone

About Urban Fabrication Laboratories

Series: What’s Next?
Date: Monday 23 October 2017
Time: 18:30
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 76 mins

The lecture will tell the story of COdesignLab, from its theoretical background to its experimental practice, oscillating between COllaborative design, COmputational thinking and self-COnstruction. After a decade of engagement in both professional and academic practices around the world, Paolo Cascone started to investigate how to redefine the role of urban designers and independent researchers in order to bridge technological and social innovation. These investigations have generated a series of urban fabrication laboratories between Africa and his hometown of Naples in Italy. 

Born in Italy (1976), Paolo Cascone grew up between the West Indies and East Africa, before starting his research into urban ecologies, digital fabrication and self-construction during his Masters degree at the Architectural Association. He then continued to develop this through a PhD in environmental engineering in Rome. Paolo founded COdesignLab in Paris in 2007. He lectures widely and is now the Scientific Director of the African Fabbers School.

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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.