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Samantha Hardingham re-screens Cedric Price

Time and the City (AA, 1991)

Series: RE-screen
Date: Thursday 7 May 2020
Time: 18:00
Venue: Zoom (see link below)
Running time: 0 mins

Cedric Price (1934-2003) started talking at the AA in 1955, first as a student in fourth year and then over the subsequent forty or more years as a tutor, a critic on juries, at a lectern in the bar during lunchtime service, and famously delivering a series of talks with musical accompaniment in the lecture hall. He was thinking about how he might have delivered a talk from a vending machine in 1968 but the technology just wasn’t ready for him yet. Price made time in his working day to talk -  (distinct from giving a lecture) as a means to debate and think through ideas. Time and the City is one of his later talks from 1991. It’s an exemplar of his way of working - difficult, but useful and timeless, and an opportunity to get to grips with his ideas on time in relation to architecture. It offers a glimpse of a particular period of time at the AA - check out the green walls. It’s long, at just over 2 hours, so a good reason to watch it now. There are lots of seemingly loose ends - don’t worry, go with the flow and we’ll talk about it next week.

Samantha Hardingham was a student at the AA (1987-93), a tutor across all years (2008-2017) and was the school's interim director (2017-18). She is an independent designer, writer, curator and scholar in the field of experimental architectural practice. She is author of a number of books, most recently Cedric Price Works 1952-2003: a forward-minded retrospective (AA/CCA, 2016).

Make sure you watch Cedric Price speak about Time and the City before this lecture!

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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.