21 March 2016
Architectural Association, London
It’s the last week of term and it’s just a four day week too – all the more reason to attend some lectures before the Easter break! The unmissable event this week is tonight’s lecture by Jos Boys on Doing dis/ability and architecture differently? As the final lecture in this term’s AA XX 100 series that has looked at the theme of inclusivity within architecture, the series aimed to broaden its focus from just looking at women to include all marginalised or under-represented groups within architecture. So far in the series, we heard from Assemble who discussed the blurring boundaries between art and architecture while explaining the importance of collaboration through their collective-based practice, and also staged a roundtable discussion between Baroness Lawrence, Elsie Owusu, Danna Walker and Stephanie Edwards to discuss The Lawrence Legacy: Challenging Racism and Celebrating Diversity in Architecture. Following on from these two inspiring talks, this final lecture on Monday evening will address how we can change attitudes towards accessibility in design, transforming it from a last minute add-on or forgotten criteria into an opportunity for creative expression.
Also this week is Tuesday’s Blueprint 20/20 conversation with Ron Arad where he will reflect on the Rover chair as a pivotal project in his career. On Wednesday, the AA Bookshop will host the launch of Jantje Engels and Marius Grootveld’s title Building upon Building – Forum. Finally, on Thursday evening the term ends with the Easter Party organised by the AA Student Forum which is a celebration of all things chocolate.