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Edited by Florian Hertweck and Nikos Katsikis

Positions on Emancipation: Architecture between Aesthetics and Politics

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

Launch Price £18 RRP £22

This book documents and reflects a debate debate held in Schengen in spring 2017, organised by the Master of Architecture, European Urbanisation and Globalisation at the University of Luxembourg. It was an attempt to make explicit various trends in architectural thinking, all of which aim to liberate architecture from the excesses of capitalism. While our era of constant crisis demands stronger social and political engagement, during the last decades architecture has been largely characterized  by a lack of strong positions. But a new tendency seems to stir up this unsatisfying situation. We can increasingly observe attitudes which try to address architecture and urbanism more directly engaged with the social and political development of our relentlessly urbanized environment. Against the postmodern, or post-historic, “anything goes”, these attitudes promote a concordance of conceptualization, methodological integration and critical action, interwoven with a renewed interest in the structural formation of spaces. A new social and political influence of the discipline is again claimed, without thrusting aside the aesthetic dimension of architecture. To what extent are these attitudes able to take into account the complexities of the socio-political, economic, ecological and cultural aspects of the production of space? Which architectural and urbanistic approaches might fulfill the postulated social and political ambition?  

The event will feature the screening of a short movie by Christopher Roth, documenting the symposium, and a discussion between Florian Hertweck, Nikos Katsikis, Peter Swinnen (University of Luxembourg), and Costandis Kizis (AA) and Flavien Menu (Office for Cities).

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

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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.