Unplanned Entertainment: Guerilla Architecture in No Mans Land

Date: Wednesday 17 October 1990
Time: 00:00
Running time: 82 mins
In the decades since Woodstock, the construction of temporary and portable architecture to accommodate outdoor concerts has developed from a bunch of hippies in a field to a global construction industry. The ensuing architectures instant and ephemeral nature has led some commentators to describe it as one of the few realisations of the ideas of Archigram. Others have seen its development from flimsy towers of scaffolding to baroque mountains of custom-built scenery as a manifestation of a decadent culture of greed. More tellingly, for Mark Fisher, these primitive structures demonstrate that the only constraint on form is funding. In this lecture he discusses his stage sets for the Rolling Stones tour 'Wheels of Steel' and for 'The Wall', a one-off event in Berlin. Mark Fisher studied at the AA from 1965 to 1971, during which time he experimented with self-articulating inflatables and portable structures. He taught at the AA in the mid-1970s, before moving to full-time set design for discos in the 1980s and rock shows in the 1990s.

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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.