...............invitation to do a short presentation at a half-day symposium on the future of
architectural education on Friday, 29 May from 3-7pm.
TitledUrgent Futures: Architectural Education in 2025-
the symposium invites different voices from across the school to
contribute their ideas to shape the future of a world that needs new
referents about the social, political, technological, and material
agency that architects are able to produce within the designed
environment and to reflect about the fundamental aspects of
architectural education from the History & Theory curriculum to the
making of buildings, while identifying new areas of design and
speculation about the near and urgent future.................
Manijeh , thanks for the invitation to Urgent
regret DUE TO PRIOR COMMITMENTS that AALAWuN cannot be available . TO
APPEAR VIRTUALLY LIVE, LITRALLY LIVE, ZOOMILOCALLY WITH YOU,
appreciates any interest in ITS
work and perhaps the AA is the only school that would give it ‘home
original description of AALAWuN’s tasks was made in 2016
and is available on blog ?
that title "A symposium on the Future Of
architectural education " the heart sinks
just reach for a gun !
News , the AA has decided that it no longer defines
or experiments with the future of architectural education and
indeed architecture, and indeed the protocols of education
through the work of its students and tutors , it needs a
symposium to do this . !TAKE
A LEAF FROM THE MICKEY ROONEY AND JUDY GARLAND STRIKE UP THE BAND
FILM - THEY DIDN’T WAIT ON A SYMPOSIUM TO DO SOMETHING THEY WOULD
JUST DO THE SHOW THERE AND THEN; HERE AND NOW!
was interesting to hear Paul Smith being very nostalgic
the old days when he used to say to me he was the Archigram of
British Fashion .. he was now regretting the loss of the
seasonal fashion shows ..... spring , autumn etc coinciding with
the moon and tides ...sorry Paul you’ve lost it !
every 2 weeks a new idea ... from anywhere on the planet ..
and location screwed , rearranged by 4g ,5 g ?
perhaps the AA should take a hint from this new normal fashion
you are matters ?
by whom and in whose interest ?
new vocabulary is needed .
matter how often you weigh the pig it wont make it any fatter
calendars are an anchronism ( who said a
degree took 3 years )
planet is a university
do we need the university for ???
not for data , maybe information , tutors not teachers .
that is 5 g and its planetary infrastructure get demolished by
war or ?
in 19// campaigned for a Moratorium on Building
Fisher used to Taunt me ... " still a lot of a lot of
new building David !'
suddenly the question is forgrounded by what are buildings , why do
we need them ?
, divest yourself of all that property , think about other strategies
luckily do not know the future , But we can attempt to understand
the present .
warned us the present is the most difficult project , like the fish
we cannot see the environment we swim in .
technology does not replace the previous technology , but it does
change its meaning
AA do not gaze into the narcissitic world of
architectrural education , look beyondIS
THIS BEYOND ANYTHING OR A POLITICALLY ENFORCED IMPOSITION ? to
the global implications of a new normal ? NEW
about Hakim Bey's plea to the world's students , "organise
a strike in your school on the grounds that it does
not satisfy your need for indolence and spiritual beauty ",
as a power tool perhaps is that the educational
future realeased by 5g
ask about the Invisible university , Like LAWuN it is more a question
, and one that has now been made a reality by the covid lockdown
Tutorials we hld in Zetters Hotel bar in 19? And the first staff
meeting in regents P:ark 2004/5?? Are now a reality , zoom and its
family are crude but as a tool it will transform how we learn and
Presents are the issue .
looking in the rear view mirror cause bad crashes , stay alert !
learn in the military that estimating distance correctly, small or
large, is very important when you want to shoot someone or
some thing or as a designer you want design something like a garden
,a building or a vacuum cleaner .
now the intelligent use of the brain and the eye and the measuring
tape have been replaced , or perhaps augmented is a better word , by
military technology so now shut down your imagination and get out
your rangefinder whether laser, lidar, radar, sonar or
aside : Does Eames’s beautiful visual poem ‘Powers of Ten’ say
all there is the say about distance or does the film ‘Vanishing
Point’ say it in a different way where distance and time are
intertwined ( Of course ) ,or, distance and feelings collide , as in
the song which pleads .. ‘please keep your distance ,my
resistance is low ‘ ,
this ramble goes any further onto the distance in the landscape we
have to apply a little discipline ,( or rigour that word so loved by
Architects .. Corb always had a tape with him .when he found
something beautiful , a stair or a room he would measure it and
then see these measurements as a tool,( to ensure beauty? )
‘theory’ if that is the right word is embodied in Modular Man , a
stew of the Golden Ratio, Vitruvian man , Alberti , the Fibonacci
image Louisa Pires
described it as a ‘ range of harmonious measurements to suit the
human scale , universally applicable to architecture and to
mechanical things “
is the ultrasonic rangefinder is this quest for this perfection?
it have helped Corb in his quest to see harmony in design ?
we have a question of our time , if I say I don’t love you ,
would you rather I tell you in text or a letter ?
,would you design the distance between the columns by radar or your
imagination and a desire for harmony ?
is distance for an architect always a matter of function and beauty
at the same time ?
that this banal question or matters of proportion and thus distance
are usually a topic of debate in schools of architecture .. to be
Corb , we don’t like Modular Man, where is Modular Woman or Modular
LGBT We prefer the management vocabulary of Graphic Standards and
Parker Morris to tell us our distances , economic distances ,
numbers, cost of distances and space usage and all their progeny in
apps and computer programmes ….not feelings that might say , this
is about the right size , height , length and width/
couched in the language of measurement . of time and space .
distance regulations , the necessity for a guarantee ?
is common for distance to be assumed as numbers ,but the estimation
of distance is more romantic in its imprecision , more demanding .
was 1951 , Hoagy Carmichael was writing ‘My resistance is Low’
and Corb had started work on Chandigarh , both poets but in
different media but sharing a word , distance and its journey to the
need to measure this distance Hoagy . How ?
there an app or a rangefinder other than a smile or tears or both at
the same time Today Hoagy you would be a distance of 27 jet hours
from Corbs creation ,or 11,500 km .
these distance numbers tell you anything about his concrete poem
or your lyrics Hoagy? .. But you were both obsessed by distance in
your own ways , .. “The Nearness of you “ Hoagy thought that
Keith Richards made the best version of this song , I wonder what
Corb would have made of nearness as an architectural dimension or
the elegance of the swans in the lower pond on the Heath gave rise
to pondering on Sydney Opera House. Utzon’s early sketches show
him to be influenced by nature and in particular birds
was agreed that the Heath Swan is a floating flying opera house .
maybe swan outside but its feathers and inspiration denied for its
interior , one can only imagine what might have been? )
who can own and eat swans
ownership of swans in the Thames is shared equally among the Crown,
The monarch is the only person allowed to eat Swans .
, Swan census (see Stanley Spencer)
a beautiful creature the swan as a super-duck cannot escape its
destiny in the place of architectural theory as a recollection of
Venturi’s duck ..
architecture ? ( what happened to that ?)
agreed that Swan+ Duck + Vaucansons shitting duck, or more politely
Canard Digerateur offers a technically inspired architectural
journey with a yearning by some for kinetic time based forms in a
constant state of evolution , rather than forms that only mimic this
is idea . Did Venturi ever go to Bavaria hard to believe he didn’t
example on every floor of the castle there were toilets with
automatic flushing system, a well serviced fantasy ? To
be discussed .
a white swan T.Rex
agreed that the lyrics to this song are meaningless but the swan
and the song are beautiful .. however it was noted that Lohengrin,
a character in German Arthurian literature. a knight of the Holy
Grail went in a boat pulled by swans to
rescue a maiden who can never ask his identity. Research Question did
Marc go to Bavaria ? Advise TFL of Heath Swans as zero carbon
exploitation of the swan by artists ,Rubens’s ‘Leda and the
Swan’ declared inappropriate material for channel media studies.
Swan to be so used , misused by monarchs , engineers , architects ,
poets , ballet dancers ,and in mythology called "Eala"
in Scots Gaelic, "Eala" in Irish, "Alarch" in
Welsh, "Alarc’h" in Breton, "Olla" in Manx and
"Alargh" Cornish, just to mention a few
wonder you can have such a bad temper , but nevertheless you are
lucky .. it is illegal to kill you in many parts of the planet .
App. for next meeting tbc
Jet Greene - drawing
*additional paperwork: Mike Davies
Department of Swansport
Collision Danger Alert.
The DES points out that although virtually all movement by
Swansport is now automated- in the now relatively small percentage of
trips undertaken under manual guidance, considerable risk still exists.
SSP-1a Collision Risk
1 The DES has underlined that risk of collision exists when driving Swansport vehicles in urban areas under visual guidance.
There is a risk of impact with street furniture - and specifically with any form of vertical urban street furniture.
In order to mitigate the risk of collision, the Department of
Swansport, TFL and SFL - Swansport for London stresses thst Rule 9a of
the Swansport code must be followed when driving urbaswansport in
Rule 9a states specifically that the head and thorax swinging
movement prescribed in the Swanway Code must be constantly applied when
swanning - causing the drivers head to be moved laterally from side to
side, allowing the driver to observe
the full width of the Swanway ahead.
This procedure is essential when swanning - as the neck of the
Swanickle being driven, being vertical, can obscure any vertical street
furniture - ie lamp post, telegraph pole, signage or other street
The head and thorax movement of the drivers body proscribed under
Rule 9a, ensures that any blind spot hidden by the swan neck in front of
the driver is visually scanned and any hidden vertical object
recognised and avoided.
It should be noted that in Springtime Swanicles grow new feathers
and in consequence, their necks may become an even greater visual
obstruction in front of drivers than in other seasons.
The Department of Swansport remind all those Swanning around that the manual driving of Swanicles has inherent risks.