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Edited by Peter Chadwick and Ben Weaver

The Town of Tomorrow - 50 Years of Thamesmead

Series: Book Launch
Date: Wednesday 23 January 2019
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Bookshop
Running time: 0 mins

Rising from London’s Erith marshes in the 1960s, Thamesmead, now home to over 30,000 people, was London County Council's bold attempt to build a new town to address the city's housing shortage after WWII. Noted for its daring, experimental design, the town received attention from architects, sociologists and politicians throughout the world but also gained notoriety as the backdrop to Stanley Kubrick’s film, 'A Clockwork Orange'. 


'The Town of Tomorrow' assembles archive material and newly commissioned photography to create an illustrated history of 50 years of Thamesmead. Original plans, models, leaflets and newspaper cuttings are presented alongside interviews with current and former residents. Together with an essay by John Grindrod, the material conveys the story of this influential but often misunderstood town, from the dreams and excitement of its ambitious original vision to the complex realities of living there today.


Join us for a drinks reception with the editors to celebrate the launch of this great new book


The Town of Tomorrow - 50 Years of Thamesmead
Edited by Peter Chadwick and Ben Weaver
Launch Price £25 RRP £30   
New photography and interviews by Tara Darby
Introductory essay by John Grindrod



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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

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.

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