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Clues of self-sufficiency – Stefan C. Popa

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Architecture Knowledge and Writing – 2014/15

Writing Exercise 2 (600 – 800 words)

Task: Identify a building in London and speculate about the political, socio-economical and technological conditions that informed and possibly determined its design.

Example: Jonathan Massey, Risk Design, 2013

Savia Palate

Stefan C. Popa

Sunaina Shah

Daniela Puga

Davi Weber

Elena Palacios

 

Melissa Hollis

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Design by words 2014/15

Workshop on Reading and Writing with Fabrizio Gallanti and Marina Lathouri.
In this one-week intensive workshop reading and writing are considered as a tool to share and communicate ideas in a clear and direct way. The objective is to introduce the students to formats and techniques of academic writing, with particular emphasis on the strategies to advance, develop and express ideas at an early stage of work.
Each day consists of the reading and discussion of a writing example, and then the writing and reading in public of a book proposal. The practice of reading, during which words, voices and still images weave into a space of exchange will evoke a different entry into the problem of the voice.

For such purpose, five readings are suggested, and two projects to be developed over the course of the week and to be evaluated and discussed on a daily basis.

Julian Barnes, Levels of Life, London 2013
Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millenium, 1988
David Foster Wallace, ‘Authority and the American Usage’, in: Consider the Lobster and Other Essays, 2005
Georges Perec, Species of Spaces and Other Pieces
Clear and Simple As the Truth: Writing Classic Prose, by Francis-Noël Thomas and Mark Turner

Reading project: Titles, subtitles, and blurbs
Each participant will have to identify and bring to class, at least 5 examples of academic publications (books or articles). Fields can vary, architecture, urban studies, arts history, sociology, etc. They will analyze the title, subtitle and the abstract (or in some cases the back cover blurb). Through visual presentation they will organize interpretations and judgments about the combination of these elements, selecting among the examples, two specific ones, which would be considered as the best and the worst.

Writing project: Letter to a publisher
Each student will produce a one-page book proposal with the intention to contact an academic publisher and/or journal, proposing the content of the research as suitable for publication. The key element would be a one-sentence summary, a brief overview and the explanation of the reasons why such book would be needed and for which audience. On the base of the topic identified, an annotated bibliography of 7 books and/or articles is to support the research and discourse of the proposed book.

Writing project proposals: Letter to a publisher

Daniela Puga

Davi Weber

Elena Palacios

 

Melissa Hollis

 

Rachel Serfling

 

Savia Palate

 

Shengze Chen

 

Sunaina Shah

 

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Sophia Psarra – interview by Sunaina Shah

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Louis Moreno: interview by Rachel Serfling

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Adrian Lahoud – interview by Stefan C. Popa

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A. Vougia – interview by Rajeel Arab

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Louis Moreno – interview by Shengze Chen

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Adrian Lahoud – interview by Savia Palate

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Benjamin Noys – interview by Amina Al-Failakawi

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Thanos Zartaloudis – interview by Davi Weber

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A. Vougia – interview by Elena Paca

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Alejandra Celedon – interview by Daniela Puga

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David Cunningham – interview by Melissa Hollis

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Interviews-test

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DIY Subjectivity – Savia Palate

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Oblique strategies – Elena Palacios Carral

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Le Corbusier (1920-1935): style, the Zeitgeist and Nature – Tim Benton

The first lecture held by prof. Tim Benton on the work of Le Corbusier as part of the History and Critical Thinking Programme.

Thursday, 15 October, 2015, 10:00 AM

37 First Floor Front

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Sunaina Shah

Since having completed the HCT programme at the AA, Sunaina Shah spent about a year traveling extensively in Italy, while she lived in the Ticino region of Switzerland, working at the office of the Swiss architect Mario Botta. Here she contributed to several different projects on various scales – from designing a newspaper cover to working on thermal baths that are to be constructed in a town close to Zurich. She recently moved to New York to continue her studies in architecture at Columbia University.

 

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Shengze Chen

Shengze Chen (Yingkou, China 1987) studies History and Critical Thinking at the AA. He graduated from Tianjin University in Tianjin in 2010 and interned in Rotterdam briefly after graduation with BArch. He was then back in Beijing and worked with Kengo Kuma and Associates as architect/project architect until 2014. He is interested in the dynamic of urbanisation, critical architecture and its limit.

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Savia Palate

Savia Palate graduated top of her class from the University of Cyprus in 2011 (BSc Architecture / Diploma in Architecture and Architecture Engineering). Her diploma thesis The AsYouWish Game was selected and exhibited at the ACSA International Conference Open Cities: The New Post-Industrial World Order in Seoul, South Korea. She later pursued a post-professional degree (M.Arch II, 2012-2014) in Space, Society and Culture as a Fulbright Scholar at the Pennsylvania State University. Her MA thesis at the Architectural Association School of London came as a continuation of her research endeavors, spanning architectural design, cultural criticism, and urban territorial studies. Her MA thesis, Subjectivity DIY, was awarded with Distinction by the AA and the Open University. After graduating from the AA, Savia has experienced the world of publishing and editing architecture and design at Disegno magazine, while currently she works as a practicing architect at Squire and Partners, London.

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Rajeel Arab

Rajeel Arab graduated from Rizvi College of Architecture, Mumbai in 2010 after which she went on to learn more in Art criticism and Theory, Architectural research later pursuing a diploma in Indian Aesthetics. Before commencing her Masters at the AA in History and Critical thinking, Rajeel was also a practicing architect and an assistant professor at the school she graduated from.

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Rachel Serfling

Rachel Serfling is a native of the United States and hails from Chicago, Illinois. She is an architectural designer and writer. She previously studied architecture and cognitive psychology, receiving degrees in both areas from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) in 2013. Before attending the Architectural Association, she acquired additional experience in museum exhibition design and green building practices. She is a general museum- going enthusiast, cares for succulents, and prefers when stuff is aligned. Her latest research concerns the role of language in the field of architecture, and the connection between intergroup processes and the human experience of the built environment.

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Davi Weber

Davi received her Master of Architecture from Columbia University in 2014, and her interest lies in further investigating the intersection of domestic architecture, global ecologies, and the implication of desire. Recent writings include “The Surreal in the Rational”, “Deflection and the Minimal M-House”, and “Critical Objects; an Exercise in Doha’s Soft Power”.

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Daniela Puga

Daniela submitted her Master thesis at the AA on September 2014 after which she is working independently as a curator and architecture designer at the young and emerging office Dyvik Kahlen Architects. Daniela is organizing various series of lectures and events with the Barbican and in partnership with the Architecture Foundation. She helps generate a platform, in the center of the City of London, the Barbican, for the debate and discussion of architecture. There, she is also curating the third and fourth exhibitions of a series that  explores the history of the controversial development and design of the Barbican Redevelopment. Daniela is also collaborating with AA publications in the complete works and writings of Cedric Price.

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Amina Al-Failakawi

My name is Amina Al-Failakawi and I am from Kuwait. I am currently preparing for my MA in History and Critical Thinking. Working as a Creative Director for one of Kuwait’s most notable design companies and simultaneously studying at the AA is quite a challenge, however it is the marriage between these two disciplines that offers me the very diversity I am seeking as a designer. I received my BSc in Interior Design from the American University of Sharjah, and ever since then, I have practiced as a designer, instructor, design manager, and now Creative Director and MA student. I have been traveling my entire life due to my father’s profession as an ambassador, granting me the advantage of constantly being exposed to different cultures, nationalities and mentalities. I divide my life into “stations” where in each I evolve and hope to develop into a well-rounded person. London is my current station and the AA will well-prepare me for the next one, hopefully bringing me closer to the person I aspire to become.

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Melissa Hollis

Melissa Hollis graduated from the UTS in Sydney via a short stint in TU Delft in 2009. Having embarked on an interdisciplinary journey from the fringes of architectural practice through environmental law and urban policy and politics, she brings an ever broadening position to the Architecture Association, where she is currently questioning the ever fictionalised experience of modernity while exploring ways to write the city into being.

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