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Shumon Basar

Much Content

Series: Summer School
Date: Wednesday 3 July 2019
Time: 13:00
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 0 mins

It is said we are at "Peak Television." Are we also, therefore, at "Peak Biennial"? "Peak Literature"? Or did these golden moments already pass? We are certainly surrounded by content, that amorphous resource which fuels our endless feeds. But isn't it strange that Peak Content coincides with Peak Attention Deficiency? Not when paradoxes are the cute new normal. Shumon Basar journeys through some of his recent projects — a book that feels like a screen; a summit that thinks it's a port; a fashion house that is also a serious art museum — in search of the right forms to address "the extreme present." 

Shumon Basar is a writer, editor and curator. He is Commissioner of the Global Art Forum in Dubai; Editor-at-Large at Tank magazine and Contributing Editor at Bidoun magazine; and is a member of Fondazione Prada’s “Thought Council.” Shumon has been active at the Architectural Association for two decades, primarily in the public program and directing “Format: The Shapes of Discourse.” He is co-author of The Age of Earthquakes with Hans Ulrich Obrist and Douglas Coupland.

Image: From "The Age of Earthquakes" by Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist, 2015. 



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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.