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The Power of Images
Date: Wednesday 25 October 2000
Running time: 103 mins
Since Jacques Herzog began his partnership with Pierre de Meuron in 1978, their practice has become one of the leading architectural design partnerships in Europe. Their Eberswalde Library, designed in collaboration with the artist Thomas Ruff, took the idea of a pictorial facade further than any previous Herzog & de Meuron project and was the subject of an AA Publication. Combining elements which have long been deemed incompatible - minimalism and ornament, purity and baroque fullness, concrete box and pictorial facade, space and surface - the building challenges the conventions of modernism. For this event, Jacques Herzog presents a series of images of the Eberswalde Library in Eberswalde, Germany. Herzog also shows a competition project for a Greek Orthodox Church which reconfigured the traditional composition of icons within the space of the Church; and the packing and distribution centre for Ricola Europe near the Swiss border in France that includes translucent wall panels printed with a repeated motif of a photograph of a leaf by Karl Blossfeldt.Herzog's presentation is followed by brief responses from Mark Cousins and Andrew Benjamin. Mohsen Mostafavi then moderates a conversation between the participants.
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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.