26 October 2015
Architectural Association, London
This week’s highlight takes us back to the summers of 1970, 1971 and 1972 when Alvin Boyarsky set up the International Institute of Design, an independent and alternative architecture school that would take place as a series of seminars over the course of six weeks. On Tuesday, to celebrate the recent publication In Progress: The IID Summer Sessions, contributors to the book and participants in the summer sessions will discuss the importance of this educational experiment and its ongoing legacy. The roundtable discussion will be chaired by Irene Sunwoo who edited the book, and participants will include contributors Grahame Shane and Brett Steele as well as Peter Cook and Charles Jencks. It will start slightly earlier than most other lectures – at 5.30pm – so get there early to reserve your seat!
Other events this week include a What’s Next lecture on Monday evening by Marc Fornes, a DRL graduate who returns to the AA to discuss The Art of the Prototypical or his computational experiments that exist somewhere between architecture and installation. In addition to the IID Summer Sessions launch on Tuesday, there will also be a launch of the book An Extra Dimension: The Burton House and a private view of the eponymous exhibition in the AA Front Members’ Room. Wednesday sees another book launch this time in the AA Bookshop of Michael Hensel and Jeffrey Turko’s Grounds and Envelopes. Then on Thursday, Concrete Action launches their new platform to question if there is an opportunity for a more ethical architecture practice? This will be a roundtable discussion between members of Concrete Action, Geraldine Dening, Finn Williams and Daniel Fernandes Pascual, which will be followed by a drinks reception to allow us to debate this question further. Finally on Friday, Mark Cousins continues his lecture series on anon., this time focusing on the citation op.cit.; followed by the next in Parveen Adams’ Art and Architecture lecture series, with German artist Gregor Schneider discussing invisible dead room, or his pioneering practice of built art rooms.