1960s: ‘Avant-Garde’ Roots, Function. A Terminological Approach

Organised and hosted by Marina Lathouri Series: HCT / PhD Debates Date: 17/3/2017 Time: 14:00 Venue: 37 FFF HCT/PHD Debates The HCT Debates provide a venue for exchange of ideas and arguments. External speakers are invited every week to present and engage with tutors and students. The aim is to position the multiple voices making possible… Continue reading 1960s: ‘Avant-Garde’ Roots, Function. A Terminological Approach

Stefan C. Popa

Stefan studied in Bucharest, Paris and Barcelona before joining the Architectural Association. After graduating from the Vallès School of Architecture in Barcelona in 2009, he was awarded the Caja de los Arquitectos scholarship and started practicing architecture as a design team member of the Foster + Partner Madrid office. His interest in theory of architecture… Continue reading Stefan C. Popa

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Elena Palacios Carral

Elena graduated from the MA in 2015 and since she has been working in London at Squire and Partners as an Architectural Assistant.

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Mapping the London Left

The People of the Community of Hackney wish to propose vast amendments to the appeal for redevelopment of the Boris Limited Warehouse standing at 87-95 Hertford Road, N1 5AG. What is slated by the developer, Serdnol Properties SA, is quoted as “1,858 square meters of commercial space and nine new build terraced houses”, offering a… Continue reading Mapping the London Left

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Ground Zeros

In a time where urbanization takes command, it is the plinth which becomes the critical line on the battleground.
The city exists under a constant state of attack, from all directions, and this has not resulted in one Ground Zero,
but multiple ground zeros.

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London’s Index

The Monument – capitalized – with an emphasis on the the – not the monument, but thee Monument. The one, not just any. One single pillar. A most primordial form of architecture. If even: in a sense, it seems closer to the hand of a clock, than to a building. A single line, a vector. An index pointing out something…

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The Name of Those Who Travel

to be given a name   All the controversies associated with gens du voyage in France are related to the sort of baptism that inevitably comes along with the utterance of that name. Despite the historical efforts of sociologists and anthropologists to find a politically correct, and somewhat accurate denomination for the existing phenomena, problematics… Continue reading The Name of Those Who Travel

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Pandemic of Society

Today the world is consumed by an overwhelming dread; every new threat, danger, and dis-ease is seen and portrayed with the utmost fever and intensity. Media wantonly delights in displaying images from such an uncompromising standpoint that they verge on the hysteric. They scan the airwaves for the most spectacular events in order to bombard… Continue reading Pandemic of Society

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Behind the Zoo: Through the Looking Glass

Being put on display, expected to perform, presented as a collective, while ignoring the forced segregation and the invisible barriers, brings us to an interesting question.  What is captivity?   What makes an object worth collecting? Curiosity is an important aspect of collecting. With the spread of colonies, there was an affinity to discover the unknown, or rather, the… Continue reading Behind the Zoo: Through the Looking Glass

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(Re)Discovering the Mediterranean

(Re)DtM_Alvaro Velasco (Download pdf) “As a kind of ghost ship, Mediterranean-ness, even apparently sunk, seem to reappear persistently in current debates of this latitude of Europe. On the depths of this sea we submerge to look for the wrecks of a glorious past. Its waters conceal a bright heritage in which the idea of human… Continue reading (Re)Discovering the Mediterranean

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Devanshi Paresh Shah

Devanshi spent most for her childhood lost in worlds built in science fiction, fantasy and graphic novels. After seven years of being confronted with reality, five while studying and two while practicing Architecture, in the city of Mumbai, she chose to escape once again into textually built realities. With this voyage she hopes to be… Continue reading Devanshi Paresh Shah

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Matilda Audisio

Matilda Audisio is a History of Art & Design graduate from MMU (2013) who is interested in contemporary visual culture and its various effects on society. She is preoccupied with the everyday, is often consumed by attention to detail and generally fascinated with the process of living itself, past and present. She is also interested… Continue reading Matilda Audisio

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Lindsey Stamps

Lindsey Stamps is a Master Student in the History and Critical Thinking programme at the Architectural Association. She has lived, studied, and worked in fashion, architecture, and design in London, Denmark, and the United States. She enjoys long walks on the beach, cooking for friends, and describing situations in triplicate. Lindsey thrives in the summer… Continue reading Lindsey Stamps

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Alvaro Velasco Perez

In 2012, Alvaro obtained his degree on Architecture by the University of Navarre, Spain. During his degree, he took part as intern in an environmental consulting company(Israel Berger & Associates) for high-rise buildings in New York City. During the last year of his degree, he combined the design of his dissertation project with the collaboration… Continue reading Alvaro Velasco Perez

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Yanisa Niennattrakul

Born, grew up, and persistently continued her bachelor degree in Bangkok, Thailand at the International Program in Design and Architecture (INDA), Chulalongkorn University. Right after her graduation with a full-hearted fascination in travelling, documenting, and participating with the local ‘vernacular’, certainly started practicing in five governmental socially-engaged community development and planning projects in Konkaen, a… Continue reading Yanisa Niennattrakul

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Winston Hampel

Winston Hampel studied in a number of places and worked with different practices and various academic, cultural and social institutions, before enrolling in the History and Critical Thinking programme. While his general interest is in the interrelation between cultural artifacts and conditions, ideas and narratives, he most currently focuses on referring to himself in the… Continue reading Winston Hampel

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María José Orihuela

María José Orihuela. Architect. MA History & Critical Thinking at AA School of Architecture. Lived in Shanghai, Paris, Rotterdam, Bilbao and currently in London. Born in Pamplona, Spain. Since her third year of studies, she was invited to join the Design Department and became involved in teaching. The cliché proved true and she learnt much… Continue reading María José Orihuela

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Maarten Lambrechts received his Master degree in Architecture in 2013 in Antwerp, where he also briefly worked for a small architecture office. In his thesis ‘On Effect in Architecture’ he explored his early interests in architecture theory, and this eventually led to joining the H&CT program at the AA. During his studies in Antwerp he organized many lectures and participated in international workshops and seminars. Last summer he was part of a group of students who wrote a book on final projects in architecture schools in Flanders. Current interest are the architectural detail and the technique of presentation in architecture.

Caitlin Elizabeth Daly

Caitlin Daly is a native of Upstate New York and received her Bachelors of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2009. Upon graduating from RPI, Caitlin strove to utilize the theoretical and technical knowledge she acquired to better understanding of architecture’s applied role in our culture. She worked for a couple years as a CAD… Continue reading Caitlin Elizabeth Daly

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Marzia Mazorati

Marzia pursued her higher education in Italy, Israel and United Kingdom. In 2013 she decided to settle in London, where she eventually joined the History and Critical Master at AA. Her previous research primarily investigated the concept of ‘Italian (after)shock’: by focusing on the promulgation of a number of ‘special’ laws during the aftermath of… Continue reading Marzia Mazorati

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Form Is All We May Ever Need

  Form is All We May Ever Need ‘As I descended into impassable rivers/ I no longer felt guided by the ferrymen’ (1) the opening Rimbaud quote of the film Limits of Control (2) tells us where we are about to go a journey or descent into the unknown, a place to surrender where the… Continue reading Form Is All We May Ever Need

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MA Thesis Final 2013 – Pol Esteve

  “The text you are about to read addresses the architecture of dance culture. The architecture of dance culture is a polyhedral phenomenon that, by its nature, escapes a synthetic definition. The following text will not provide you with an analysis of a historical case in order to extract a conclusion. It is not going… Continue reading MA Thesis Final 2013 – Pol Esteve

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MA Thesis Final 2013 – Vangelis Bekiaridis

“In architecture and planning of the concept of habitat – a term derived from biological and ecological studies that came to express the attempts of a generation of town planners to modernize man’s living environment, eventually representing the institutionalization of contemporary metropolitan planning. The narrative is by no means a comprehensive historiographical review of a… Continue reading MA Thesis Final 2013 – Vangelis Bekiaridis

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MA Thesis Final 2013 – Theodora Pyrogianni

“Expecting to be salvaged, however, is not rational.  It belongs to the discourse of major religious concepts and accordingly it is something  one should not expect while alive. Therefore, salvation of any kind is merely an excuse and as a concept it does not represent the actual concepts of modernity. Modernity is strongly associated with a… Continue reading MA Thesis Final 2013 – Theodora Pyrogianni

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Images for Imagination

It seems that image making as a way of thinking has been long forgotten in architecture. These days images are no longer ‘seductive’ but ‘sexy’ they are to sell but not to entice and suggest; they are retrospective makeovers and not explorative tools. Images can be a practice of architectural production in themselves and the… Continue reading Images for Imagination

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Initial Thesis Abstract: Without Here and There – where never will come near and go away from anything all the steps of the world *

Only once home is left behind even destructed, can it be constructed. Reflection on home in exile as a condition of dislocation and displacement becomes a way to escape either nostalgia or amnesia without a physical journey back. The act of writing becomes a journey from site to site, each site constituting a collection of… Continue reading Initial Thesis Abstract: Without Here and There – where never will come near and go away from anything all the steps of the world *

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Initial Thesis Abstract: City From Above The Clouds

By the end of 18th century, the body was liberated from gravity by the emergence of the balloon flights. With the movement of the observing body from the ground to the clouds, came a change in the perception of the city. The growing scale, population and density of the cities that began in the 18th century had already aroused a new interest in observing… Continue reading Initial Thesis Abstract: City From Above The Clouds

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Initial Thesis Abstract: Co-operate Corporation

In the aftermath of World War II, the exigency for urbanization and development led to the transformation of the architecture practice into a corporate model of scientists, engineers, builders and manufacturers to address the Modern needs of people. But soon following decolonization and emergence of economic global exchanges, this corporation took another major turn through its… Continue reading Initial Thesis Abstract: Co-operate Corporation

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Initial Thesis Abstract: Exhibition as a Project: the aftermath of 1976

As the title of this thesis implies, its initial objective is to question the role of an architectural exhibition by contemplating it as a project and finally test its afterlife. The device, through which I evaluate this hypothesis, is the exhibition “Europe/America: Historic Centre – Suburban Alternatives”, which is a segment of the 1976 Venice… Continue reading Initial Thesis Abstract: Exhibition as a Project: the aftermath of 1976

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Initial Thesis Abstract: La piel que habito / The skin I live in?

The ‘skin’ of a building, as a surface, or as a ‘threshold between inside and outside, has been used literally and metaphorically to communicate different socio-political and philosophical ambitions in architecture. I believe that there is a possibility through the reconsideration and redefinition of the ‘skin’, as a place of distinction and interaction rather than… Continue reading Initial Thesis Abstract: La piel que habito / The skin I live in?

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Initial Thesis Abstract: See-through the developing …

With the focus on Dr Otto Koenigsberger’s work, I trace the transformation of the wall in the Tropics. Walls in traditional tropical habitats are typically thick, no matter if the building material is stone, clay, mud, straw, or thatch. The windows are smaller, to keep the heat out and clearly demarcate the intimate inside from… Continue reading Initial Thesis Abstract: See-through the developing …

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Initial Thesis Abstract: Please Complete the Form…

The administration of life is an ignorable, yet undeniably present factor in the contemporary narrative. The methods and environments of this necessity are so banal and so innocuous that they do not merit any sincere interest, that is, beyond general frustration and often mutual distrust. However, how and where we administer and are administered to… Continue reading Initial Thesis Abstract: Please Complete the Form…

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A Perfectly Imagined Ruin

    “I knew that good like bad, becomes a routine, that the temporary tends to endure, that what is external permeates to the inside, and that the mask, given time, comes to be the face itself.” [1] When Marguerite Yourcenar wrote the above in 1951 she was referencing the personal struggle of a man… Continue reading A Perfectly Imagined Ruin

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Emil Kaufmann: Inaugurator of a Disciplinary Discourse

  Perhaps more than for architecture itself, the 20th century proved to be quite an age of innovation for the field of architectural historiography; while the dawning of modernity had shown its undisputable signs during the fin de siècle, it was forty or fifty years later that the attempt to identify these signs would solidify… Continue reading Emil Kaufmann: Inaugurator of a Disciplinary Discourse

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The Accidental Iconoclasts

Paper Ruins and Plastic Salvation “Art cannot be criticized because every mistake is a new creation”: this is the poster-dogma of self named street artist “Mr. Brainwash” for his first UK show, a reinvention of his premier show in L.A., Life is Beautiful (Old Sorting Office, New Oxford Street, Bloomsbury, London). Initially the spray painted… Continue reading The Accidental Iconoclasts

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The Quasi-Nomadic Cell: At the Threshold of the Collective Dwelling

Mobility is a common word within the modernist discourse, and although it represented the zeitgeist or, in other words, the spirit of the time, it was never thoroughly analyzed. How is the nomad used to describe the urban subject, is the argument which will be highlighted in terms of how the new subject and the… Continue reading The Quasi-Nomadic Cell: At the Threshold of the Collective Dwelling

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The Sublimity of Nothing

Imposing rocks, eternal mountains, stagnant, and agitated waters, torrents, tranquil seas, seas in fury, sites varied to infinity, Greek, Roman, Gothic constructions; sky, distances, calms, stormy weather, serene weather, lighting at different times of the day, tempests, shipwrecks, deplorable situations, victims and pathetic scenes of every kind; day, night, natural and artificial lighting, disparate or… Continue reading The Sublimity of Nothing

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A Marriage of Two Minds

“A Marriage of Two Minds” is not a love poem. It is a marriage between two culture-worshiping traditions of modernism, says Jacquelynn Baas[1], from an architect’s eye, Reyner Banham. The groom is the classical and totalitarian approach, ‘ideal conception of spiritual harmony under single godlike mind’, Leonardo da Vinci as the culture hero. The bride… Continue reading A Marriage of Two Minds

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Neo Stocktaking

In the recently domesticated life of the machines in the mid 20th century, the role of the architect seemed to have transformed into that of a machinist- with innovations deriving from the technical dexterity of tenacious and ambitious allies of the profession, led by the structural engineer and followed very closely by other specialized consultants.… Continue reading Neo Stocktaking

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In From the Cold

It is with a certain amount of inevitability that Reyner Banham, as a fierce advocate of the ‘Machine Age’, primarily registered man’s presence in ‘America Deserta’ through his excitement at the discovery of the technology and transportation networks in the Mojave Desert. Further examples mentioned of human interventions in this ‘stark, savage’ landscape included tree… Continue reading In From the Cold

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Cloudy with a Chance of Metaballs

  A true Englishman never leaves home without his umbrella, it is said; and that would suffice to assume that Reyner Banham always carried his along, even when crossing the Mojave Desert. Raised in a different climate, he came to venerate arid dryness, eventually letting it widen his own perspective. Having observed technology and architecture… Continue reading Cloudy with a Chance of Metaballs

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A Man Who Knew Too Much

“Visiting   houses  in  Beverly  Hills  or  Bel  Air   can  be   an  hallucinating   experience;   an overwhelming  sence of déjà vu mingles with an overwhelming  desire to sidle along corridors with one’s back to the wall and to kick doors wide open before passing through.” More like scenes rather than anything else is Banham’s interpretation of the… Continue reading A Man Who Knew Too Much

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The Rough and Tumble Adventures of the Kodachrome Kid

Scenes in America Deserta (1982) is not quite a novel, not quite a drama, definitely not a travel guide, really not quite an anything. The only close comparison might be the origin of the title, Charles Doughty’s Travels in Arabia Deserta (1888). However, where Doughty’s prose is insistently archaic, even by Victorian standards, Reyner Banham’s is… Continue reading The Rough and Tumble Adventures of the Kodachrome Kid

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Elantha Evans

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Elantha Evans is an Architect and Architectural Educator, predominantly teaching Design Studio at the University of Bath and as a Visiting Critic at many other UK schools, but also involved as Member and Chairperson, with RIBA Validation Panels in the UK and Internationally. Before setting up her own Architectural Studio – Serrano Evans Partnership – in… Continue reading Elantha Evans

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Tugyan Kepkep

Tugyan Kepkep is a landscape architect from Istanbul who graduated from Istanbul Technical University in 2011. She has experience in design as well as design publication.

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Pol Esteve

Pol Esteve is a practicing architect from Spain and holds a degree in architecture from the Barcelona School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC).

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Ela Singhal

Ela Singhal, is a graduate with a Bachelors degree in Architecture from Faculty of Architecture, Lucknow- India in 2009. Before stepping foot into the masters course at AA, she was working with Morphogenesis Architectural Studio, Delhi. She also has experience in low cost and vernacular architecture through her work at Good Earth Architects, Bangalore.

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Molly McCormick

Molly McCormick is a native of the United States and received her Bachelors of Architecture from Philadelphia University in 2009. Prior to attending the Architectural Association, she worked for the US General Services Administration in the Public Buildings Service. Her other work includes construction at the Habitat for Humanity Global Village site in Kaoma, Zambia as well as various projects in private sector… Continue reading Molly McCormick

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Alja Bukovec

Alja Bukovec is an architect from Ljubljana, Slovenia. Before joining the MA course, she gained experience working in architectural practice, participated in various workshops, exhibitions and collaborated with two magazines back home. Especially the last, strengthened the decision to acquire deeper insight into architectural theory and re-think the contemporary design strategies.

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Vangelis Bekiaridis

Vangelis Bekiaridis was born in 1987 in Thessaloniki, Greece. He received his Diploma in Architectural Engineering from the Technical University of Crete in 2012. He has exhibited and published work and has participated in several architectural seminars, workshops and competitions, both on a national and an international level.  He is currently interested in combining architectural… Continue reading Vangelis Bekiaridis

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Theodora Maria Pyrogianni

Theodora is an architect educated at the University of Thessaly, in Greece and at Politecnico di Milano, in Italy. She has participated in several architectural competitions, workshops, seminars and photography exhibitions. Her broad interest in architectural history, theory and writing encouraged her to apply for the MA History and Critical Thinking at the AA.

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Rojia Forouhar Abadeh

Rojia Abadeh is from Iran and received her undergraduate degree from the Architectural Association.

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