GUALLART, Vicente

GeoLogics: Geography, Information, Architecture

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Date: Friday 13 February 2009
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Running time: 79 mins
This lecture examines the technological, social and cultural changes in the information society for new urban building. Presenting the last 15 years of his work, Vicente Guallart investigates architectures ability to construct systems for inhabitable environments in diverse environmental, social and economic conditions. His collaborations with specialists in geology, anthropology, sociology, engineering, economics, software and interface design have blurred traditional boundaries. The projects follow a natural logic, referring to components originating in nature, as well as to environmental systems. Such a logic connects nature with the transformations of urban spaces, social organisations, and the digital world. Vicente Guallart opened his studio in Barcelona in 1992. He is Director of the new Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (iaac.net). He has lectured at Princeton and Taipei universities, UPenn, UCLA, MIT, Space (Seoul) and the AA. He is co-author of the Metapolis Dictionary of Advanced Architecture, and HiperCatalonia; and author of Media, Mountains and Architecture and Intelligent Realities.


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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

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 Certificate), 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.

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