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Organised by AA Polar Lab. Directed by Giulia Foscari and Francesco Bandarin. Guest collaborator: Accurat. Guest speakers: Prof. David Walton, Prof. Klaus Dodds & Ms. Camilla Nichol

Constructing an Antarctic Atlas (Part I)

Series: Open Week Workshop
Date: Saturday 2 February 2019
Time: 10:00
Venue: 33 First Floor Front and Back
Running time: 0 mins

Saturday, 2 February 2019 – Friday, 8 February 2019

The AA Polar Lab inaugurates the two-year Research Platform with a workshop devoted to understanding and visualizing the geopolitical system that governs the most extreme and experimental of all continents: Antarctica.

Punctuated by conversations with Antarctic experts and run in collaboration with Accurat, the workshop aims to construct the first comprehensive Antarctic Atlas, which at once charts the evolution of polar architectures (including archaeological huts, bases and 75 scientific stations) while unfolding the implications of the Antarctic Treaty. Signed in 1959 by 12 countries (now 29), the Treaty de-facto “transformed” the continent into a laboratory, i.e. into the only non-nationalised, demilitarized, denuclearized territory of the world, devoted uniquely to (shared) scientific research. A deep understanding of the policies that contribute to preserve the fragile ecosystem South of latitude 60° – including the much debated Protocol on Environmental Protection – will be central to the workshop’s agenda.

Output: Comprehensive data-driven info-graphic Antarctic Atlas, to be presented at the SCAR standing Committee on the Humanities & social Sciences (SC-HASS) in Ushuaia in April 2019.

Eligibility: The workshop is open to all AA students currently enrolled at undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programmes. AA Alumni can also participate provided they have an the AA Membership. 
Software Requirements: Adobe suite and Excel. If possible: RawgraphsFlourishQGisGephiTableau.

1) You can make an application by sending an email to The email should be accompanied by a brief statement which expands on your interest on the Antarctica 200 project. A CV is welcome but not required. 
2) Upon receipt of the confirmation email, and undersigning of the project IP Waver attached to the first, you will be registered to the programme.
The deadline for applications is 23 January 2019. Please note that places are limited to 15 students and early booking is recommended.

Directed by: Giulia Foscari & Francesco Bandarin (AA Polar Lab Directors)

Guest Collaborators: Accurat*
Marco Bernardi – Accurat Deputy Design Director.
Alessandro Zotta - Accurat Data Visualization Designer.

Guest Speakers: 
Prof. David Walton – Emeritus Professor & Fellow, British Antarctic Survey.
Prof. Klaus Dodds – Professor at Royal Holloway University of London
Ms. Camilla Nichol – Chief Executive, UK Antarctic Heritage Trust.

Workshop Tutors: Federica Sofia Zambeletti, Lloyd Lee.

*Accurat is a data-driven research, design, and innovation firm, with offices in Milan and New York. The international team of data scientists, analysts, designers and developers of Accurat work collaboratively with clients to design and deploy internal and external data visualizations, interfaces, and tools that drive insight and engagement.

Image Credit: Accurat

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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.