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Manuel Orazi

The Erratic Universe of Yona Friedman

Series: Lunchtime Lecture
Date: Tuesday 17 October 2017
Time: 13:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 67 mins

During his long career, Yona Friedman crossed three continents and nine decades of a tragic and exciting history of the recent past. He regularly disappeared and reappeared in different contexts and disciplines, often seen by architectural historians as an eccentric utopist. Nevertheless, he constantly stimulated architects and planners to face capital issues such as mobility, participation and non-plan thus debating with some of the most interesting personalities of his time (Konrad Wachsmann, Team Ten, Constant but also Nicholas Negroponte, Ilya Prigogine and Ivan Illich). The recent book The Dilution of Architecture (Zurich: Park Books 2015) has been the first occasion for a general evaluation of his dense thought in comparison with the development of the current architectural debate.

Manuel Orazi is an architect, researcher and publisher. He holds a PhD on the work of Yona Friedman from the SSAV Foundation and the IUAV in Venezia . Since 2002 he works for the publishing house Quodlibet based in Macerata, where he curates their architectural books. He currently teaches at the University of Ferrara and regularly writes for  “Log” magazine, "Domus" and several Italian newspapers.

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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’.

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