The Everyday: The Physical and Psychological Spaces

Date: Friday 31 October 1997
Time: 00:00
Running time: 86 mins
'While photography lays claim to the real through its documentary and indexical nature, few artists have been able to defy the pictorial limits of the image by dissolving the picture frame, blurring the boundary between the image and the space in which it is viewed. An important exception has been the artist Hannah Collins. Her photographs can be experienced as an image and as a kind of architecture; as two-dimensional surface and as sculpture.' - Iwona Blazwick. Barcelona-based artist and photographer Hannah Collins addresses her work over the last ten years during a period of great change in the city. The lecture includes work made in the Catalan capital as well as in a number of other locations, including the industrial south of Poland (the second most polluted area of Europe after Chernobyl) and more recent work in Israel, both in the city and the desert. All of these locations enable Collins to document the omnipresence of a universal modernism and the global features of modernity. At the same time, her lens reveals the cracks and fissures through which the ancient and the culturally specific become visible. The global effects of shifting economic patterns and the power of place and architecture to communicate historic events are recurring themes in her work.

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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.