03 Dec

What is AA Landscape Urbanism

December 3, 2015

The AA Landscape Urbanism (AALU) model is DISTINCTIVE. Some have envisaged Landscape Urbanism as a means to decamp the depopulated western post-industrial city; to use landscape as the medium through which the urban can be reprogrammed for its post-fordist fate. Others have adopted a critical regionalist position in which landscape is mobilised in the conservation of site and tradition against the encroachments of globalisation and its supposedly universalising technology. The POSITION developed, within the AALU programme has ESCHEWED both the strategies of dispersal and the politics of conservative resistance, largely as a result of the locations with which we have been engaging.     The ever expanding metropolises of Mexico, Sri Lanka, Dubai and China, Europe for example, have rendered any straightforward adoption of others’ models incongruous to its concerns. On the other hand, the programme’s […]

04 Nov

Flooding Mechanism Lecture 10th November Architectural Association-Soft Room

November 4, 2015

Presenters: Silvia Ribot, Lida Driva, Drimita Bra ‘Flooding Mechanisms’ Series: Landscape Urbanism Open Lecture Series Date: 10th November 2015 Time: 14:00 Venue: Soft room Abstract: The lecture will present theFlooding Mechanisms project thesis part of the AA Landscape urbanism programme: The project proposes a new DESGN approach towards ‘Water Management Policies’ in Europe and specially the North of Spain. It intersects social and geo-morphological formations to intervene and design new productive and political entities that could make use of micro-flooding in order to envisage alternative scenarios of river and agricultural landscapes to current technocratic conditions. Figure 1. Catogenesis  –  Image  by Silvia Ribot, Lida Driva, Drimita Bra

23 Oct

“Simulating landscape evolution and the impacts of human intervention” Lecture at the AA

October 23, 2015

Presenters: Andrew Barkwith ‘Simulating landscape evolution and the impacts of human intervention’ Series: Landscape Urbanism Open Lecture Series Date: 27th October 2015 Time: 14:00 Venue: Soft room, Architectural Association, Bedford Square   Abstract: The Earth’s land surface is home to over 7 billion people and we rely on it for food, water, shelter, energy and general prosperity. This surface is constantly evolving, its dynamics driven by a suite of hydrological and geomorphic processes that vary with climate and human induced change. We have been trying to understand these processes for millennia and, in the past, have used drawings, classifications and maps to analyse the changes that we see. A natural development […]

18 Oct

Littoral Negotiations Lecture at the AA

October 18, 2015

Presenters: Liam Mouritz, Chang Ting Fu, Xiabin Hu ‘Littoral Negotiations’ Series: Landscape Urbanism Open Lecture Series Date: 20 October 2015 Time: 14:00 Venue: Soft room Abstract: The lecture will present the Littoral Negotiations project thesis part of the AA Landscape urbanism programme: This project explores the blurred interface between the land and the sea known as the littoral zone. The very matter from which this condition is constructed is wet sand or sediment. This is the material from which we begin to envision alternative design scenarios for the littoral zone of the Mediterranean Sea. It is often claimed we live in a new geological era known as the Anthropocene; in […]

20 Mar

AA Landscape Urbanism projects on display at the AA and Cambridge

March 20, 2015

If you are interested to check latest AA Landscape Urbanism projects, Aeolian San Odyssey and Coastal Futures Projects (by Anastasia Kotenko/Niki Kakali and Yunya Tang/Valeria Garcia respectively) they are currently on display at the Architectural Association School of Architecture Graduate Gallery, 36 Bedford Square and at Cambridge University, Architecture Department, 1-5 Scroope Terrace Cambridge, as part of the Urban Emergencies Exhibition/Conferece. More info here: http://www.ueeu.co.uk/

18 Mar

AA Landscape Urbanism contribution to the Venice Bienale 2014

March 18, 2015

How does AA Landscape Urbanism perform Research through Design? What is the role of concepts such as Landscape and Territory in this regard? Read here Clara Oloriz and Jose Alfredo Ramirez essay ‘Land Formations/Tectonic Grounds’, part of the Architectural Design Research Symposium and forthcoming book originated last November at the Palazzo Pisani Santa Marina  within the New Zealand pavilion, a collateral event of last year Venice Biennale 2014 . In the essay Clara Oloriz and Jose Alfredo Ramirez ( Studio Master and Co-Director)describes the praxis of AA Landscape Urbanism as a model  for a Design by Research programme and the way in which Landscape and Territory are understood as fundamental concepts for its development.

11 Mar

Making Maps by Martí Peran 19 MArch 2015 18:00

March 11, 2015

AA Landscape Urbanism Lecture Series 2015 presents: Making Maps by Martí Peran Date: 19/March/2015 Time: 18:00 Venue: 32 SFB Bedford Square, Architectural Association  All welcome In the context of the crisis of representation, (or in the context of the crisis of traditional cartography), this lecture considers, the need to establish a fresh foundation for cartography. The task of becoming cartographers implies a return to the possibility of deducing the value of territory and the ways of establishing a discourse with it, on the basis of experience. In this way, contemporary art could serve as a model. Martí Peran is a critic and curator and is also a faculty member of the University of […]

25 Feb

AA Landscape Urbanism Series 2015: Teresa Stoppani, Invisible Maps, 5th March Architectural Association

February 25, 2015

  AA Landscape Urbanism Series 2015 present: Teresa Stoppani, Invisible Maps, 5th March, Architectural Association 32 SFB, 18:00 hrs   The talk presents excerpts from an ongoing exploration of the process of mapmaking, proposing the use of cartography as a veritable “project” that constructs realities while often remaining concealed in forms of apparently objective presentations and representations. The definitions of the conventions of cartographic representation are themselves the product of an intellectual project that is deeply embedded in the time, society and political contexts of their production. The move away from the figural opens up a questioning of the relations between the object and its representations, which directly questions the […]

28 Jan

‘Nature is the Dummy’ essay by Douglas Spencer on metabolism, self-organisation and emergence in design

January 28, 2015

28 Jan

AALU Alfredo Ramirez and Eva Castro Interview for Beyond Urbanism Book

January 28, 2015