AA Conversations selects one unmissable event for you to attend this week
09 March 2015 Architectural Association, London   As the term draws to a close and deadlines approach, the event not to be missed this week is Zoe Laughlin's lecture on The Performativity of Matter: Greatest Hits & New Findings on Wednesday evening. Zoe, a material scientist who co-founded and now directs the Institute of Making as well as the Materials Library project at UCL, works through experiments to understand the interplay between the science, art, design and craft of materials. As more of a performance than a lecture, she will demonstrate the constant activity of matter by introducing us to some of the most incredible and lesser known materials on earth.   Also this week is the postponed lecture by Rem Koolhaas on The Elements of Architecture on Monday,  in advance of Taschen releasing a compiled version of the Elements books that accompanied the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale last year. Then the final AA XX 100 lecture of this term's series will take place on Tuesday as a conversation between Liza Fior of muf architecture/art, and architect Zaida Muxi Martinez, moderated by architect Anne Thorne, on the topic of Urban Design from a gendered perspective. On Thursday, Alex Lehnerer will talk about the ideas behind the German pavilion at Koolhaas' Biennale and how it illustrates his ideas about unfinished time and the blurring of past and present, as seen in his lecture title: Architecture's Present Perfect. Finally, on Friday, Shumon Basar has organised a discussion on Paperback OS: The Book as Resilient Technology as a lunchtime lecture to celebrate the recent release of the book he co-authored with Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist, The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present.   See the Events List to find out more or check the AA website to find out What’s On.