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.
‘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.
‘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.
At the Cooper Union School of Architecture, New York. Dates tbc
At the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture for a talk on the occasion of the academy’s 100th anniversary.