23 November 2015
Architectural Association, London
Books produced by Nobrow Press are longstanding graphic references for portfolios within the AA. Working with illustrators to bring imaginative worlds to life through unfolding leporello formats and brightly hued motifs and scenes, the independent publishing house has gained repute for producing strong narratives with an even stronger sense of style! Founder of Nobrow and their children’s imprint Flying Eye Books, Sam Arthur will lecture at the AA on Thursday evening to discuss The Book as an Object in a Digital Age or the ongoing relevance of the printed page in the face of the digitisation of our everyday lives.
Also this week is a roundtable discussion looking at the legacy of designers Charles and Ray Eames in the world of education on Monday evening. Borrowing the title from their Rough Sketch for a Sample lesson for a Hypothetical Course, the talk brings together Catherine Ince, curator of the Barbican exhibition The World of Charles and Ray Eames, Åbåke member and graphic designer Benjamin Reichen, author, architect and scholar Anthony Acciavatti, and designer and curator Prem Krishnamurthy. On Tuesday Acciavatti launches his new title Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India’s Ancient River in the AA Bookshop, while Intermediate 1 Unit Master and Director of the MPhil in Media Practices Mark Campbell is in conversation with photographer Nadav Kander about his recent work in the Lecture Hall. Then, on Wednesday, Catherine Ince gives a Members’ tour of the Barbican exhibition, and Le Corbusier’s most influential book Precisions is relaunched as a facsimile reprint by TIm Benton in the AA Bookshop. Finally on Friday, Mark Cousins brings his Friday evening lecture series on the anon. to a close with the aptly titled finis. followed by a late addition to the programme where a Phaidon/ Blueprint collaboration with the AA sees Diller +Scofidio in conversation with AA Director Brett Steele to discuss their seminal project The High Line and its ongoing relevance today.