AA Conversations selects one unmissable event for you to attend this week
02 March 2015 Architectural Association, London   This Thursday evening sees legendary Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill make a rare appearance to give a lecture on setting up his infamous Taller de Arquitectura in Barcelona. Founded in 1963, it brought together an interdisciplinary group of architects, engineers, urban planners, film makers, sociologists, philosophers, writers and more to form a new kind of architectural practice. His characteristic geometric forms and arrangement of space is informed by an interest in history, context and local craft techniques. This is seen in famous projects like Walden 7, an apartment building in a town near Barcelona which is named after B.F Skinner's science fiction novel, Walden Two to reference the creation of a utopian community; or his office (and personal residence) situated within a 19th century cement factory that creates cathedral-like spaces and lush gardens within the old industrial building.In conversation with Chris Pierce and Tom Weaver, following an interview in the most recent issue of AA Files, with translation assistance from Javier Castanon, it is an exciting opportunity to hear Bofill discuss various aspects of his life and career to date.   Also this week is the last in this term's What's Next series on Monday evening, which brings Carlos H Matos and Umberto Bellardi Ricci (both AADipl2011) together to talk about Beton Machine, their successful visiting school in Las Pozas, Mexico that began last year. Then on Tuesday, the AA XX 100 lecture series continues with Hidden from History: a panel discussion on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, a project designed by AA graduate Elisabeth Scott in 1932. On Wednesday, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels returns to the AA to launch his book Hot to Cold with an eponymous evening lecture. And finally on Friday the Housing London series comes to a close with an open jury bringing together students across the school who are working on housing to discuss how their projects could apply to London, with a panel of critics comprised of the lecture series participants.   See the Events List to find out more or check the AA website to find out What’s On.