ROBBINS, Edward

Space, Spatiality and Postmodernity: Myths and Mystification

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Date: Wednesday 5 March 1997
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Running time: 85 mins

In a period characterised by the emergence of global capital, the increasingly rapid and vast movements of people throughout the world, and the growth of the internet, the definition of place has become increasingly destabilised. As a consequence, much post-modern discourse has placed great importance on concepts of space and spatiality, though the frequently vague and ungrounded use of these terms in social and cultural theory has more often served to obscure than to enlighten. Edward Robbins addresses these issues in this lecture. Using the notions public and private he examines the nature of this mystification and offers a language of practices which both encompasses the condition of space and spatiality and allows for a more grounded and specific discussion of their implications. Robbins lectures in Urban Design at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard.



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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’.

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