My opening image for this evening’s Welcome and Introduction to the AA’s second annual Visiting School Global Summit. This evening I and 11 Directors of Global Visiting Programmes in the AAVS will each do five minutes, showing highlights from 2013/14, and some of our plans for 14/15. Upstairs in the Rear Presentation Hall, 5.00pm with drinks, canapés and moving pictures.
My talk at today’s international symposium at Greenwich University is titled ‘Educating Architecture’. The conference coincides with the opening of the school’s new building at the University, and the publication of Neil Spiller’s anthology of writings by the worlds leading architectural educators, titled ‘Educating Architects’ (Thames and Hudson, 2014).
I host a one-day AA Visiting School event in Beijing, bringing together two-dozen emerging voices in China, exploring the topic of architectural education in the 21st century.
A lecture as part of the Public Forum of events at this summer’s AA Visiting School in Shanghai. Likely topic, given the setting: architecture as velocity.
CANCELLED 29.06.09: Owing to scheduling conflicts back at the AA, I’ve had to cancel my trip to Tokyo to participate in this summer’s conference on architectural education. Best wishes to everyone there for a successful event, which has been organised by UCLA’s Hitoshi Abe and Tokyo University.
Brett delivers the 2009 Dean’s Honorary Lecture at the Stadelschule, in Frankfurt. ‘Back-end Realities’ will present the infrastructural realities of today’s distributed and collaborative learning and design cultures, and they ways they provoke–if not overthrow–the bias of singularity and signature architectural styles in modern architectural education.
My lecture ‘Ambient architectural knowledge: Learning across networks’ coincides with the inauguration of Professor Achim Menges, at the Institute for Computational Architecture, at Stuttgart University.
Upcoming: A day with one of the world’s architectural giants: Frei Otto, in his hometown near Stuttgart, Germany. An interview and discussion with Frei on the legacy of computational approaches to architectural and urban form.
‘Experimental Archietectures’ will present a modern and contemporary history of architectural learning, spanning from Gropius’ theft of Van de Velde’s invention of the modern archtiectural school, to the AA’s reverse-engineering of Thomas Edison’s research and development labs in Menlo Park.
‘The Urgency of Neighbourhoods’ is the theme of my speech at the 2009 AA Diploma-giving ceremony, held in Bedford Square.
A short presentation at the Aga Khan University, in London (Bedford Square–across from the AA), as part of this afternoon’s roundtable discussion ‘Re-Considering Dubai’. Dubai is the Rorshach Test of contemporary architecture and urbanism: a place architects love or hate; promote or deny. In an era where strong opininions are rare, Dubai is, momentarily, a litmus test. Unable to stay for the following discussion, with an outstanding group of presenters.
An afternoon with Rem Koolhaas and his collaborators, researching the books of OMA.
An introduction to the demi monograph ‘Xefirotarch’, just published by HUST Press in Beijing. The book documents the decade-long career of the Los Angeles-based architect (and frequent AA visitor) Hernan Diaz Alonso. The essay connects the surface sensibility of Xefirotarch to the sci-fi and special effects industries that surround the architect in his home town.
A 10am welcome in the AA Lecture Hall, at the start of the day-long ‘Wonder Stories’ international symposium at the AA School today, organised by Liam Young (tomorrowsthoughtstoday) and Geoff Managh (bldgblog). A day on the convergence of science fiction, film and architecture. ‘Today, everything is becoming science fiction’–JG Ballard.
‘Dubai Provocation’ is the working title of my roundtable presentation at the Aga Khan University in June. The talk will ask the question: Why is Dubai the Rorschach Test of contemporary architecture? A place architects can only love or hate–no one is indifferent.