MORAVANSZKY, Akos

Excavations in Atectonic Culture

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Date: Tuesday 2 March 1999
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Running time: 100 mins
To find a counterweight to the intellectually refined system of the tectonic in architecture requires digging down into the heavy foundations on which it rests. The mound, which sets the stage for architecture, is the product of human labour but still belongs to the earth. The real or imagined subterranean interior of the mound is not defined by clear geometrical boundaries but by an atmosphere - a notion largely disregarded by theorists of architecture. The growing importance of such auratic spaces requires the restoration of an aesthetic theory that treats the perception of nature as part of the sensual experience of architecture. In this lecture Akos Moravnzsky leads these excavations. Professor Moravnzsky teaches theory of architecture at ETH in Zurich.


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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 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.

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