AA Conversations selects TWO unmissable events for you to attend this week
01 December 2014 Architectural Association, London   As we enter the last few weeks of this term, everyone starts to get busier with submissions, juries and other deadlines. However, this week we encourage you to take a break for not one but two public programme events!   The first is a lecture by London-based practice Studio Weave who will present their somethingest projects as "Longest, Loudest, Scariest, Spiciest" on Wednesday evening at 6pm. Known for their combination of materiality, craft and embedded narratives, Studio Weave constructs provocative yet playful projects that actively engage their audience rather than being passively viewed. From the Lullaby Factory for Great Ormond Street Hospital to their Smith Pavilion that celebrated local craft at Clerkenwell Design Week earlier this year, to their Aldgate timber palace on stilts, Paleys upon Pilers, in tribute to Geoffrey Chaucer to their colourful park pavilion in Dartford titled Ecology of Colour, each project draws on its context's history to catalyse the area into action, and make us experience these places in new and unexpected ways.   The second unmissable event is Friday's Archigram Opera [and Zoo]: the 50 years young celebration that will see the four remaining members of Archigram: David Greene, Dennis Crompton, Peter Cook and Mike Webb come together to re-stage their 1972 four-screen multimedia Opera amidst large-scale zoo creatures from the Archigram archive. The evening promises to be a feast for your senses, starting at 6.30pm in the Rear Second Presentation Space.   Also this week is Flavie Audi's Monday evening talk on her incredible glass sculptural objects titled Sensual Clarity. Flavie's lecture is the next instalment of the What's Next series that invites recent graduates back to the AA to discuss their unique forms of practice. On Tuesday at 6pm, Matthias Kohler of the ETH and Swiss firm Gramazio & Kohler will discuss The Robotic Touch - How Robot's Change Architecture. Jacquie Burgess will speak about Valuing Wetlands and Wetland Values on Thursday evening as part of a collaboration between the AA and the Landscape Research Group. On Friday, Mark Cousins will give his final lecture for this term on The Gesture at 5pm and on Saturday, there will be an afternoon symposium organised by The Architecture Exchange which sees political theorist Chantal Mouffe in conversation with Aureli, Martin, Weizman and Whiting. All in all, it is an action packed week!   See the Events List to find out more or check the AA website to find out What’s On.