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Events at the AA 28th November - 2nd December 2012


  • Design & Make ThesisPresentation Monday 28 November, 11.00 33 First Floor Front Open to all AA studentsD&M Phase 2 student Nozomi Nakabayashi will present her thesis proposal, informed by Hooke Park and the Big Shed project.

    Hosted by Informal City Research Cluster and Housing & Urbanism ProgrammeMedellns Social Urbanism: Symbolism or transformation? Tuesday 29 November, 6.00 36 SFBMedellns social urbanism represents a new generation of urban upgrading programmes. In Colombias second largest city, with a recent history of violence and social inequality, the audacious use of well-established ski-slope aerial cable-car technology in dense and hilly low-income informal settlements was followed by major neighbourhood upgrading, comprising new social housing, schools and other social infrastructure, as well as support to micro-enterprises. Although such programmes and the symbolic value of cable car systems have instilled among the local population a feeling of inclusion and integration into the modern city, they can also be understood as mechanisms for the normalisation of informal sectors of the city. A presentation by Dr Julio D Dvila begins discussion between Dr Felipe Hernndez and Dr Ann Varley. Dvila directs the MPhil/PhD Programme at the Development Planning Unit, University College London (UCL). An urban development planner/civil engineer of over 25 years international experience, recent work focuses on the local government role in Global South cities in social and political transformation. Hernndez is an architect and lecturer in architectural design, history and theory (Cambridge), working extensively on the developing world. Varley is Professor in Human Geography at UCL; her research lies within the fields of urban land and housing, gender, families and households, family law and the home, and law and urban governance.

    Evening LectureLars SpuybroekThe Sympathy of Things: Ruskin and the ecology of designTuesday 29 November, 6.00Lecture HallLars Spuybroek will be talking about The Sympathy of Things, his recently published book on John Ruskin. He will discuss why Ruskins notion of the Gothic is a much better candidate for digital architecture than Deleuzes

    upon architecture, as expressed in Sabbioneta, offer insights into the changing social environment that was the basis of his world and in doing so, perhaps inadvertently, reveal something about the history of modern architecture. Sabbioneta: Cryptic City, available at a special discounted price for the launch, is published by Bibliotheque McLean, an imprint set up by former AA student Will McLean; see

    Exhibitions are open to Wednesday 14 December, Monday to Friday 10.007.00, Saturday 10.005.00

    Net Works: An Atlas of Connective and Distributive Intelligence in ArchitectureCurated by Francisco Gonzlez de CanalesAA Bar and Back Members RoomNet Works records the modern and contemporary history of connective and distributed intelligence in architecture. The exhibition and (forthcoming) book present the ways in which networks and distributed organisations have long operated within architectural practice and culture. A key objective is to frame and better understand the early modern foundations on which much of current architectural experimentation lies, as a means to reassess the social, cultural and political implications of architectural culture in the early 21st century. The exhibition displays the work of contemporary young offices, schools and emerging forms of practising whose projects openly explore the potential of connective design technologies, distributed material structures, or diffused operational/managerial working approaches in architecture today.

    GOD & CO: Franois Dallegret Beyond the Bubble Franois Dallegrets own life (1937) and work beginning in Paris in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and later taking in New York and Montreal defies anything so predictable as a neat synopsis. His work absorbs everything from intricate line drawings for a series of astrological vehicles and designs for a number of machines (from those that assist in cooking a meal to others that generate literature) to the A Home Is Not a House collaboration with the critic Reyner Banham; a drugstore/gallery in Montreal; proposals for a new Montreal Palais Mtro; designs for chairs, more cars and yet more machines; a film collaborative set up to shoot a western; contributions to the Montreal 67 Expo; bars of soap; subversive credit cards; ironique villas and light installations.

    Baroque Fold. He advocates a return to Ruskins vital beauty, steering away from the Scrutonian call for harmony and typical beauty. A discussion with Charles Jencks will follow. Architect/artist Spuybroek is a pioneer of digital design. He has been a Professor of Architecture since 2001 and now also the Distinguished Ventulett Chair of Architectural Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. His books include NOX: Machining Architecture and Textile Tectonics.

    Open Talks at Hooke ParkPatrick Devine-WrightFrom NIMBYism to Sense of PlaceWednesday 30 November, 5.00The Refectory, Hooke ParkPatrick Devine-Wrights 2011 study, Renewable Energy and the Public: From NIMBY to Participation explores public engagement in the context of innovative energy technologies. He discusses the concepts of place attachment and place identity, and discuss how they can be drawn upon to better understand NIMBY opposition to energy projects. He explores the implications of a place-based conception of engagement for policy makers and the energy industry. Devine-Wright is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Exeter.

    Roundtable DiscussionNORTHWednesday 30 November, 6.00 Lecture HallThe North presents architecture with a demand to reconceptualise change and transformation: to what degree of magnitude can architecture operate? Can architecture supplement the grid of rules, criteria, laws that characterise human intervention at the higher latitudes by integrating spatial analysis with image making, geographic knowledge, remote sensing? Can architecture rethink its agency?A roundtable discussion convened by Territorial Agency (John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rnnskog, Diploma 4 unit masters) with Philippe Rekacewicz (Le Monde Diplomatique), Marianne Skjulhaug (Bergen School of Architecture and Oslo School of Architecture and Design), Magnum Photos (speaker tbc) and AA Diploma 4. First in a series on architecture as the agent of contemporary relations between polity and space.

    Evening LectureDavid Lowenthal From Eden to Earth Day: Landscape restoration as mission and metaphorThursday 1 December, 6.00 Lecture HallIn this Inaugural Lecture of the Landscape Research Group, Professor

    Examples of all of this work will be on display in the form of drawings, photo- graphs, films, cars and a small cosmology of objects designed and produced by Dallegret since 1957. The exhibition catalogue illustrates many of Dallegrets works and contains texts by Alessandra Ponte, Laurent Stalder and Thomas Weaver.

    ArchizinesFrom photo-copied and print-on-demand newsletters such as Another Pamphlet, Scapegoat and Preston is My Paris, to beautiful magazines such as Mark, Spam and PIN-UP Archizines celebrates and promotes the resurgence of alternative and independent architectural publishing worldwide. The exhibition, curated by Elias Redstone, originated as an online project and showcases 60 architecture magazines, fanzines and journals. These publications reframe how people relate to the built environment taking comment and criticism into everyday life. The titles offer platforms for architectural research and debate, and demonstrate the residual love of print and paper. Made by architects, artists and students, they make an important, often radical, addition to architectural discourse. Elias Redstone curated Polands pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 and was Senior Curator at the Architecture Foundation. He is Editor in Chief of the London Architecture Diary and an online columnist for the New York Times T Magazine.

    Open Evening Fourth YearMonday 5 December, 6.007.30The Open Sessions introduce the AA School to prospective students and offer an opportunity to meet with tutors and students and ask questions. 6.00 Refreshments6.15 Introduction to Diploma Courses, Barbara Campbell-Lange6.25 Overview of admissions procedure,Undergraduate admissions co-ordinator, Saira Haq6.30 Portfolio presentationsDiploma students (Fourth and Fifth Year) present completed portfolios. Tutors available: Andrew Yau, Tobias Klein, Shin Egashira7.00 Group TourPlease contact Lucy Hansford or Saira Haq for details or to reserve a place on +44 (0)20 7887 4051/4094 or email Forthcoming: Graduate School Open Day, Friday 20 January, 9.30 Email to reserve a place.

    Lowenthal will discuss the religious roots of landscape restoration, and show how it morphed from a theological to an environmental agenda, while retaining the fervour of a sacred mission. Perceived analogies with archaeology, art, architecture and medicine additionally shaped the aims and conventions of landscape restoration, enforcing and widening an enduring and probably unavoidable gulf between precept and practice. In the aftermath of the publication of Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis by Lynn White, Jr in 1967, convergent redemptive philosophies have realigned ecotheology and landscape restoration, with benefits and burdens for both realms. Lowenthal is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography, UCL. He has published extensively on the relationship between history and cultural heritage, including: The Past is a Foreign Country (1985); George Perkins Marsh: Prophet of Conservation (2000).

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