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Jesse Reiser + Nakako Umemoto

Projects and Their Consequences

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

Autobiographical, technical, prophetic, and meditative, Reiser + Umemoto’s Projects and Their Consequences is a genre‐blending monograph presenting thirty years of work by their firm, RUR Architecture. The book balances incisive interviews and essays with more than four hundred strikingly original drawings, collages, and paintings. Multiple, overlapping perspectives describe projects that vary widely in scope and approach: large‐scale studies of infrastructure for the East River corridor and Hudson Yards areas in Manhattan and the Alishan Railway in Taiwan as well as schemes for cultural institutions, including the New Museum, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, and University of Applied Arts Vienna. Also documented are carefully conceived small‐scale projects, such as an imaginative water garden and the Sagaponack House, and thought‐provoking “textual projects”—narrative works that blur the boundaries of art and architecture, such as a meditation on language in the context of the Globe Theater.

Projects and Their Consequences offers a unique view of the intersections of the visionary, the speculative, and the practical work of architecture and its relationship to multiple disciplines. Join us for a drinks reception with the author to celebrate the launch of this great new book.

The book launch will be accompanied by a 30 minute presentation and discussion between Jesse and Nakako and Tina di Carlo, editor at Drawing Matter and formerly a curator in the Department of Architecture & Design at MoMA.

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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.