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Teresa Stoppani

Unorthodox Ways to Think the City

Series: Book Launch
Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Bookshop
Running time: 0 mins

This book considers a series of familiar words and concepts that are ambiguously placed between the representation and the construction of space in architecture and the city. It challenges those ideas – their representations, constructions and dynamics – weaving around them a web of questions, references and narratives, to suggest new understandings.  The paradigm and philosophy, the island and the city, the map and representation, the model and making, and the questioning of form performed by dust, are explored beyond their definition, as processes that differently make space between architecture and the city, and are proposed as unorthodox analytic techniques to decipher contemporary spatial complexity.


Unorthodox Ways analyses how these ‘figures’ have been employed at different times and in different creative disciplines, beyond architecture and in relation to changing notions of space, and traces the role that they have played in the shift towards the dynamic that has taken place in contemporary theory and design research. What emerges is the idea of an ‘architecture of the city’ that is not only physical but is largely defined by the way in which its physical spaces are regulated, lived and perceived, but also imagined and projected.


Teresa Stoppani lectures in History and Theory Studies at the Architectural Association. She is an editor of The Journal of Architecture, and the instigator and founder of the architecture research collective This Thing Called Theory. Her books include Paradigm Islands: Manhattan and Venice (2010) and the co-edited This Thing Called Theory (2016).


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


Launch Price £65 RRP £115 (£50 Saving!)   



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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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