“The Baltic Material Assemblies” at Architectural Association

To mark the centenary of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian independence, the Baltic Material Assemblies presents architecture of the Baltic states, exploring the material, infrastructural and cultural connections that have persevered despite the political borders and conflict lines that have been laid throughout the region.

 

"The Baltic Material Assemblies" © Jonathan-Lovekin

“The Baltic Material Assemblies” © Jonathan-Lovekin

 

‘The Baltic Material Assemblies’ presents architecture from the Baltic states, investigating the material, infrastructural and cultural connections that have persisted despite the political borders and conflict lines that changing regimes have aimed to introduce tothe region. The exhibition explores geologies, infrastructure and architecture which hold not just our past but our shared futures within them. (more…)

“Mudun. Urban Cultures in Transit” at Architectural Association

The exhibition Mudun, Urban Cultures in Transit presents the varying dynamics and atmospheres of urban areas in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region through ten years of research and documentation by the Dubai-based magazine, Brownbook. These distinct mudun (‘cities’ in Arabic) include Ankara, Baghdad, Sharjah and Tangier, as well as the diaspora in Altach, Nashville, Santiago and Södertälje.

 

Rashid Karami International Fair Tripoli by Oscar Niemeyer

Rashid Karami International Fair Tripoli by Oscar Niemeyer

 

As a whole, this region’s rapid urbanisation has resulted in heterogenous city landscapes that oscillate between deeply rooted connections to tradition and an openness to globalisation and technological progress. Because of this tension the cities of the MENA region provide the grounds for a number of paradoxes – for individual opportunity and development, conflicts and injustice, for both the establishment and for subcultures, as well as for debates about identity and participation in the urban habitat.

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“Every House on Langland Road” at Architectural Association

Every House on Langland Road is an exploration of Netherfield, a unique housing project built in the new city of Milton Keynes in the early 1970s. The houses were designed before the collapse of the post war consensus in an optimistic spirit of public housing and social mobility.

 

"Every House on Langland Road" © AA  Simon Phipps and Darren Umney

“Every House on Langland Road” © AA Simon Phipps and Darren Umney

 

They were however built under the pressures of the three day week and within the budgetary constraints of a remote central government with shifting policies. The unique length, presence and history of the Netherfield streetscape provides a backdrop against which long standing and unresolved questions around the nature of housing, and social housing in particular, are brought into focus. An exhibition by Simon Phipps and Darren Umney. (more…)

AA XX 100: Celebrating 100 Years of Women at the Architectural Association

This autumn sees the launch of AA XX 100: Celebrating 100 Years of Women at the Architectural Association. The project marks the centenary of the first intake of the school’s women students in 1917 and takes the form of an exhibition, accompanying book and three-day international conference.

 

Denise Scott Brown_ photograph Robert Venturi_ 1966_ Venturi © Scott Brown Collection_ the Architectural Archives_ University of Pennsylvania

Denise Scott Brown  photograph Robert Venturi 1966, Venturi © Scott Brown Collection, the Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania

 

AA XX 100 represents the work of AA women, its graduates and teachers, who are among the most important architects and designers, educators and historians of the 20th-21st century; some are celebrated: Dame Zaha Hadid, Amanda Levete, Farshid Moussavi and Patty Hopkins, and many others unrecognised. (more…)

“Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association” at Tchoban Foundation

The exhibition presents some 50 masterworks of contemporary architectural drawings made by celebrated architects and assembled by the long-term chairman of the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) in London, Alvin Boyarsky.

 

The Macrophone, 1981 by Jeremie Frank at Tchoban Foundation © Jeremie Frank

The Macrophone, 1981 by Jeremie Frank at Tchoban Foundation © Jeremie Frank

 

The Tchoban Foundation, Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin hosts an exhibition on the drawings of some of the most celebrated architects formed at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Alvin Boyarsky, who was chairman of the AA from 1971 to 1990, architectural drawing was not only a means of representation or a presentation medium but also a form of architecture.

The exhibition has already been on view at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum of Washington University in St. Louis, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, and at the Cooper Union in New York and is now coming to Berlin.  (more…)

“The Riverbed” exhibition by Ben Murphy at Architectural Association London

These photographs, made during extended trips over a ten-year period, show how international neo-nomadic countercultures are represented, reinforced and maintained through the customised trucks, vans, coaches and self-made dwellings they inhabit.

 

"The Riverbed" © Ben Murphy

“The Riverbed” © Ben Murphy

 

In a mountainous area of southeast Spain individuals live out their versions of paradise. Those who reject and subvert the conventions of a structured democratic society from Europe, North and South America, Japan and Australasia gravitate here, imprinting on the land, local culture and atmosphere through the environments they stage and occupy. (more…)

“Cedric Price Works 1952–2003: A Forward-Minded Retrospective” celebrating Cedric Price’s illustrious career

“Cedric Price Works 1952–2003: A Forward-Minded Retrospective”, written and edited by Samantha Hardingham, is a two-volume anthology bringing together for the first time all of the projects, articles and talks by British architect Cedric Price.

 

Perspective view of Madeley Transfer area, Potteries Thinkbelt, 1963–66 © Canadian Centre for Architecture

Perspective view of Madeley Transfer area, Potteries Thinkbelt, 1963–66 © Canadian Centre for Architecture

 

Co-published by the Architectural Association (AA) and the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), the publication celebrates Price’s illustrious career as an influential thinker, philosopher, teacher and architect.

A student at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in the 1950s, Price established his office in London (1960), going on to produce some of the most intensely imaginative and experimental architectural projects of the latter half of the 20th Century, including one of his very few built projects, the Aviary at London Zoo (1960-65) with The Earl of Snowdon and Frank Newby. (more…)

“Anthroposophical Architecture: Rudolf Steiner” at Architectural Association London

The Photo Library of the AA School of Architecture in London presents “Anthroposophical Architecture: Rudolf Steiner”, a photographic survey by Peter Jeffree on Rudolf Steiner’s work.

 

Rudolph Steiner, Goetheanum II, Dornach, Switzerland © Peter-Jeffree, 2015

Rudolph Steiner, Goetheanum II, Dornach, Switzerland © Peter-Jeffree, 2015

 

This exhibition presents photographs taken by Peter Jeffree of the Goetheanum, the world centre for the anthroposophical movement located in Dornach, Switzerland. (more…)

“Unknown Fields – The Dark Side of the City” at the Architectural Association

Unknown Fields is a nomadic design studio that ventures out on expeditions through the shadows cast by the contemporary city to trace the alternative worlds, alien landscapes, industrial ecologies and precarious wildernesses that its technology and culture set in motion.

 

Inflatable toy sellers in China Commodity City, Yiwu, China © Unknown Fields, AA

Inflatable toy sellers in China Commodity City, Yiwu, China © Unknown Fields, AA

 

These distributed landscapes, the iconic and the ignored, the excavated, irradiated and the pristine, are embedded in global systems that connect them in surprising and complicated ways to our everyday lives. Systems that form a network of vast but elusive tendrils, twisting threadlike over everything around us, crisscrossing the planet, connecting the mundane to the extraordinary. (more…)

“Modern Forms – A Subjective Atlas of 20th Century Architecture” at AA

The exhibition brings Nicolas Grospierre’s photographs (Golden Lion at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale) to the Architectural Association. A reference work about modernist architecture, presenting the buildings as results of political and social ideologies

 

Space Museum and Heliport, International Fairgrounds, Tripoli, Lebanon, 2010 © Nicolas Grospierre

Space Museum and Heliport, International Fairgrounds, Tripoli, Lebanon, 2010 © Nicolas Grospierre

 

At once a reference work and a personal exploration of modernist architecture, this fascinating collection of Nicolas Grospierre’s photographs covers structures built between 1920 and 1989 in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and Asia.

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