Pier Vittorio Aureli and Maria S. Giudici

Domestication and its Discontents

Series: Open Seminars
Date: Wednesday 5 December 2018
Time: 14:30
Venue: 37 First Floor Front
Running time: 0 mins

This Open Seminar will take place on Wednesdays in Term 1 at 2.30pm, starting Wednesday, 10 October  

The seminar focuses on the history of settlements from prehistory to today seen from the perspective of one of the most controversial issues of human history: the process of domestication. By domestication we mean the complex of practices that construct consensus and thus social order. Far from being expressed in clear ideological terms, domestication is rather a diffused force that shapes our life, orients our behavior, and controls shared knowledge. Such vantage point will allow us to problematize the omnipresent category of the ‘urban’ and look at how both architecture and daily rituals often become fundamental conduits of governmental power.

Image: Plan of an excavated block from the archaeological area of Mohenjo-Daro, from John Marshall, Mohenjo-Daro and the Indus Civilization (1931).


10 October : Village: Architecture and the Rise of Sedentary Forms of Life
17 October : City: Early Cities in the Near East and Indus Valley
24 October : Town: Planned Settlements in Ancient Egypt and China
7 November : Grid: The Principle of Rectangular Subdivision in Ancient Greece and Rome
14 November : Monastery: The Domestication of Landscape in Late Medieval Europe
21 November : Capital: The Emergence of Domesticity in the Early Nation States
28 November : Enclosure: Colonial Appropriation from Europe to Asia and the Americas
5 December : Park: Greening and Primitive Accumulation in the Modern Western City

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.