Organised by Space Popular (Lara Lesmes & Fredrik Hellberg) & James Taylor-Foster

Architecture of the Immersive Internet

Series: Symposium
Date: Friday 1 March 2019
Time: 10:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 0 mins

Organised by AA Inter.One tutors Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg together with James Taylor-Foster, Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Design at ArkDes, this symposium at the Architectural Association in London will bring together technologists, storytellers, designers, and architects to create the first draft treatise on the Architecture of the Immersive Internet.
Recent developments in virtual technologies increasingly point to the possibility of a three-dimensional future for the Internet, persistently mapped over the entire planet. The inhabitable internet might eventually become a collective place for all humans to live, work, and play. Based on this assumption, what will the spatial internet look and feel like? How should we value it? How do we make it fair, safe, and equal for all? Who—if anyone—will own and govern it?
In the context of the immersive, inhabitable Internet, the role of the architect is ambiguous and their responsibilities remain unclear. One does not need an architect to construct physical spaces, nor to construct the two-dimensional graphic worlds we now inhabit. Will we need architects to conceptualise and construct three-dimensional virtual spaces? In short, should the essential role of the architect evolve faster, and sooner, than it has ever been required to before?
We see an urgency to formulate possibilities and principles for how our future digital lives—blending our intellects, emotions, and bodies— communities, and values, will be shaped.

Kent Bye, Andreea Cojocaru, Eva Franch i Gilabert, Fredrik Hellberg, Jeff Yu-Fu Huang, Dalia Matsuura Frontini, Luke Jones, Lara Lesmes, Anna Mill, Paula Strunden, Nathan Su, James Taylor Foster, Sebastian Tiew, Ben Vickers, Yasemin Yesilipek, Nicholas Zembashi

10:30 - 11:00      INTRODUCTION
11:00 – 13:00     MORNING PANEL
14:00 – 16:00     AFTERNOON PANEL
16:00 – 17:30     TREATY DEBATE
17:30 – 18:00     TREATY SIGNING
18:30 – 19:30     TREATY DECLARATION

Image: Draft for a Virtual Seal for the Architectural Association. Lara Lesmes & Fredrik Hellberg, 2019.

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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.