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2011 – STORIES FROM THE CITY

“Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” Ralph Waldo Emerson As construction remains stagnant following the global-economic-meltdown, fabrication of an entirely other kind – one of stories – is implanting itself firmly within our architectural culture and tools of production. Architecture … Continue reading

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2010 TENDER IS THE NIGHT

The three week full-time AA Summer Architecture School offers an exciting approach to architectural design for anyone interested in exploring architecture as a profession or as an extended field of research.The AA Summer Architecture School presents a challenging programme of … Continue reading

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2009 MINICITY

Is the age of bigness over as the world scales back its architectural and urban ambitions? After years of what seemed like incessant growth taking place from Bahrain to Bangalore, a radical slowdown sets a new pace of activity. This … Continue reading

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2008 LONDON EVER AFTER

Look out. Life is imitating art. What was once the domain of the disaster movie is fast becoming the real-life plot of our collective futures. From The Day After Tomorrow (eco-Armageddon) to I Am Legend (man-made viral pandemic); cities have … Continue reading

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2007 LIVE IT UP!

At the start of the 21st century, dreams of tall living are again the height of fashion. But this time around, it’s not the West leading the new wave, but the Middle and Far East. From Dubai to Shanghai, super-skyscrapers … Continue reading

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2006 RECIPES FOR A FAST-FORWARD FUTURE

We may live in the present, but we dream of the future. Even though we know it’s a time elastically located ahead of us, The Future is also a place that is constantly re-drawn and re-imagined. Though nothing may date … Continue reading

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2005 QUICKSPACE / SLOWTIME

At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, mechanization firmly took control. The world was forever changed, and with it, our experience of space and of time altered irrevocably. Manual labour was too slow: so, let it die! Machines emancipated man, … Continue reading

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2004 SHINY and NEW

Looking back on the history of the future, two tendencies stand out the most.  We were either hurtling forwards to worse times, in 1984 or Blade Runner, where the sun would never shine and we’d choke on the toxic air.  … Continue reading

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2003 GLOBALLY YOURS

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2002 SUBLIME OBJECTS IN MOTION

The design studios will explore the Sublime Object In Motion as a supple body that effects and is affected by change.  Using London as an experimental laboratory of effects, participants will investigate relationships and strategies; speeds and resistances; abstractions and … Continue reading

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2012 APRÈS CITY

“The after-party’s always better than the main event” As the Olympic Games draw to a close next Autumn 2012, London will be struggling with the question of what to do when the party’s over? Do we all just pick up … Continue reading

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2013 WATERWORLD

You can’t trust water: Even a straight stick turns crooked in it. – W.C. Fields London has a wacky relationship with water. It turns its back on the very river that runs through it. It has just survived one of … Continue reading

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2014 UNBUILT LONDON

The further backward you can look, the further forward you can see. - Winston Churchill From Cedric Price’s Fun Palace, to Winston Churchill’s War Room, and the hundreds of spaces, buildings, and years in between and since, London is characterised by … Continue reading

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2015 ECCENTRICITY

Monday 6 – Friday 24 July 2015 Like many global cities, London is defined by its unchanging institutions and familiar, iconic imagery. The 2015 AA Summer School will challenge the ordinary and ask participants to design and re-describe London as … Continue reading

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2016 LONDON-TIME

Monday 4 – Friday 22 July In the summer of 2016, when you land at one of London’s airports, most of you will change your watches while still on the runway to London-time, GMT 0:00. But what is London; beyond … Continue reading

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2017 NOW!

What is architecture NOW, today?  What is contemporary? We architects spend so much of our critical and intellectual efforts looking either to the past or the future, we often have little left to reflect on what architecture is now, and … Continue reading

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