Friday, 29 May 2020



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...............invitation  to do a short presentation at a half-day symposium on the future of architectural education on Friday, 29 May from 3-7pm.

Titled Urgent 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.................

Dear Manijeh , thanks for the invitation to Urgent Futures
However LAWuN appreciates any interest in ITS work and perhaps the AA is the only school that would give it ‘home ‘ ALIVE OR DEAD
The original description of AALAWuN’s tasks was made in 2016 and is available on blog ?
Trouble is when I hear that title "A symposium on the Future Of architectural education " the heart sinks I just reach for a gun ! 
Breaking 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!

It was interesting to hear Paul Smith being very nostalgic  on the
radio about 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 !
But now ..
It's every 2 weeks a new idea ... from anywhere on the planet .. 
Time and location screwed , rearranged by 4g ,5 g  ? 

So perhaps the AA should take a hint from this new normal  fashion  timetable ? 
Timetables are yesterday.
Where you are  matters ? 
Assessment , by whom and in whose interest ? 
A new vocabulary is needed .
No matter how often you weigh the pig it wont make it any fatter
Academic calendars are an  anchronism  ( who said a degree  took 3 years ) 
Tutors are
The planet is a university 
What do we need the university for ???
Definitely not for data , maybe information , tutors not teachers . 


Unless that is 5 g  and its planetary infrastructure get demolished by war or ?  
AALAWuN in 19// campaigned for a Moratorium on Building 
Big failure
Mark Fisher used to Taunt me ... " still a lot of a lot of  new building David !' 
Nevertheless suddenly the question is forgrounded by what are buildings , why do we need them ?
AA , divest yourself of all that property , think about other strategies .
We luckily do not know the future , But we can attempt to understand the present .
McLuhan warned us the present is the most difficult project , like the fish  we cannot see the environment  we swim in .
New technology does not replace the previous technology , but it does change its meaning
However AA do not gaze into the narcissitic  world of architectrural education , look beyond IS THIS BEYOND ANYTHING OR A POLITICALLY ENFORCED IMPOSITION ? to the global implications of a new normal ? NEW NONSENSE
Think 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 ",
Indolence as a power tool perhaps is that the educational  future realeased by 5g 
You 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
The 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 teach .
Urgent Presents are the issue .
Constant looking in the rear view mirror cause bad crashes , stay alert !
Keep your battery charged .

why don't we do the show right here!

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