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John Palmesino & Ann-Sofi Rönnskog (Territorial Agency)

Session 8: Climate Peace

Series: Open Seminar - Plan the Planet
Date: Monday 2 December 2019
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 103 mins
The upheaval of the Anthropocene and its intrusion into contemporary life is where we start: how can we articulate what it means to form a polity without an overarching scheme, or what does it means to link it to spaces in deep and rapid transformation. To what extent are we ready to dismantle what appears as the core principle of the Holocene—cohesion and stability, and construct an architecture of peace open on all sides, engaged in constant negotiations and diplomatic encounters.

John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog are architects and urbanists. They established Territorial Agency, an independent organisation that combines architecture, analysis, advocacy and action for integrated spatial transformation of contemporary territories. Recent projects include Oceans in transformation, Museum of Oil, Anthropocene Observatory and North. They are Diploma 4 Unit Masters at the AA.

Selected readings:
Radical Conservation—Museum of Oil, by John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog, in Reset Modernity! by Bruno Latour
Gaia: A new look at life on Earth by James Lovelock
Cosmopolitics I by Isabelle Stengers
World System Analysis by Immanuel Wallerstein

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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.