Mid Term Jury

Experimental Unit 8 Mid First Term Jury will take place next Friday 30th of October via zoom from 9.30 to 6.30pm UK time. We will review all work done so far. Our guests critics will be Nacho Martí (AA First Year), Delfina Bocca (AA First Year, Oxford Brooks), Antonin Hautefort (Pendhapa Atelier, AA Dip), Alexandros Kallegias (AA VS Athens) & Marina Gubbins (AA Dip)

Tutorials W4

Tutorials this week will be on Tuesday 27th of October as follows,

Guinevere 9:30
Sara 10:00
Asli 10:30
Daphne 11:00
Tatiana 11:30
Anastasia 12:00
Mia 12:30

Banu 2:00 Ghita 2:30
Michal 3:00 
Diana 3:30
Alejandra 4:00
Natalia 4:30
Lucia 5:00

This tutorial will be mostly for reviewing your work in progress before the Jury.

Tutorials W3_2

Tutorials on Friday 23rd of October will be as follows:

Guinevere 9:30
Sara 10:00
Asli 10:30
Daphne 11:00
Tatiana 11:30
Anastasia 12:00
Banu 12:30


Ghita 2:00
Michal 2:30 
Mia 3:00
Lucia 3:30
Natalia 4:00
Alejandra 4:30
Diana 5:00

Tutorials W3

Guinevere 9:30
Sara 10:00
Asli 10:30
Daphne 11:00
Tatiana 11:30
Anastasia 12:00
Banu 12:30


Short Presentation Materials 2:00

Ghita 2:30
Michal 3:00 
Diana 3:30
Alejandra 4:00
Natalia 4:30
Lucia 5:00
Mia 5:30

WOOD Masterclass

On Thursday 15th of October at 5pm UK time Mira Oktay will give a Masterclass on how to work with wood at model and real scale. You can have a look to her work in the TS shared folder and old EXP 8 portfolios.

Tutorials W2

Tutorials will be on Tuesday 13th of October open to anyone to join.

Guinevere 9:30
Sara 10:00
Asli 10:30
Daphne 11:00
Banu 11:30
Anastasia 12:00
Michal 12:30


Ghita 2:00
Tatiana 2:30
Diana 3:00
Alejandra 3:30
Natalia 4:00
Lucia 4:30
Mia 5:00

5.30 Masterclass Casting

TERRACOTTA & CASTING MASTERCLASS

On Tuesday 13th of October at 5.30 pm UK time Marina Gubbins will give a Masterclass on how to work with Terracotta and to cast at model scale . She will also show some experiments that can help you explore some other ideas. You can have a look to her work in the TS that will be uploaded afterwards at the shared folder.

SHAPE & MATERIAL

After a critical analysis of these first models finding block intrinsic principles, two models will be constructed individually: a 1/250 scale model showing the overall block shape and a 1/100 model showing a fragment of it in more detail. In this second exploration, the experimentation will be focused on material aspects of the proposal. Individual investigations on local sustainable material possibilities, such as wood, brick, adobe or others, will be conducted to be considered for this second exercise. Models here will be made with equivalents in material behaviour and effects, such as wood, terracotta and plaster are recommended to discover other possibilities for block schematic designs. Students are invited to feel comfortable with these materials, and learn rules and modelling criteria out of their manipulation. For that, mockups or material tests a at 1/10, 1/5 or even 1/1 scale will be done. Photography will be use as a technique to study these models experimenting with light, texture and colour effects in space related to material and local climate conditions.
References abstract material models: Saloua Raouda, Rachel Whitehead, Jorge Oteiza, Eduardo Chillida,
Mathias Goeritz, Manuel Felguerez, Jorge Yazpik, J , Lygia Clark, Gego and Helio Oiticica, among others.
Seminar: Photography and materials
Reference Books:

Bjorn Berge, 2009, The Ecology of Building Materials, Architectural Press.
Chris Lefteri, 2013, Materials for Design, London: Laurence King Publishing.
Victoria Ballard Bell & Patrick Rand, 2014, Materials for Design 2, New York: Princeton Architectural Press.

ETS Meeting

This Monday 12th October we will have a ETS Meeting with Kenneth Fraser in teams at 10am UK time. Please, all third years be connected.

Pin-up Shape

We will have a Pin-up with first models on Friday 9th of October via zoom. Please prepare your models (overall and portion), drawings or sketches and pictures or videos depicting your models to be revised. Prepare a small text, like 200 words, reflecting on your intentions on the block. at city scale and its interior spatial relations.  Concepts such as INTERLOCKING, ACCUMULATION OR levels of DENSITY are key in this phase.

Tutorials W1

Tutorials will be on Tuesday 6th of October open to anyone to join.

Guinevere 9:30
Sara 10:00
Asli 10:30
Daphne 11:00
Banu Turkey 11:30
Anastasia Greece 12:00
Michal Poland 12:30


Ghita Morocco 2:00
Tatiana UK 2:30
Diana UK 3:00
Alejandra UK 3:30
Natalia UK 4:00
Lucia UK 4:30
Mia UK 5:00

SHAPING THE BLOCK

As a starting point the unit will explore through models the initial shape of 113,3 x 113,3 metres blocks plan. For this aim, this exercise will encompass two main explorations of the overall block shape and the intricacy of its fragments. Firstly, these explorations will be developed in a purely intuitive manner imaging the block shape. Different malleable materials, such as paper, cardboard, cloth, foam, metal cables, and wood sticks, will be initially use to have a range of schematic shapes that will be later used.

Pin-up 9th of October

Materials that can be used: cardboard, clay, foam, metal cables and bars, fabric, paper, thin plywood sheets or sticks, and other malleable materials

Machinery that can be used: hot wire cutter, cutter, scissors, pliers

FORMS FOR LIVING

Politics of Collective Housing in Cerdà’s Barcelona Block

Designed to disseminate an even distribution of blocks across a potentially homogeneous and infinite city territory, Ildefons Cerdà’s grid for Barcelona is both the epitome of modern urbanisation and the perfect tool for private wealth generation. Despite this grid being conceived as a continuous and efficient circulation system open to all citizens, its reality served as a device for the implementation of biopolitical codes and a flawless matrix for capital surplus investment in domestic property. Today, as large-scale investment by global financial corporations increasingly dominate the real estate market, ordinary citizens (particularly within younger demographics) cannot access affordable housing. The post-Covid-19 economic deceleration will worsen this situation, and therefore as architects we must consider alternative models of inhabitation, such as co-operative, self-built and resilient residences. To explore such ideas, each student will develop a project for one of the 113.3×113.3-square-metre Barcelona blocks in order to speculate on new forms of living for future generations.

This year, EXP8 will investigate architectural forms in two ways: first, as social structures that are able to survive in the ever-changing, contemporary city through networks of shared interests, association, co-operation, and care; and second, as urban artefacts that can articulate these relations in meaningful ways. Additionally, understood as design processes for urban consolidation and densification in contrast to the endless expansion of the city, these forms for living will infiltrate and be inserted into the existing grid. The unit is also interested in actions that grant inhabitants agency and trust in decisions on planning, new programmatic possibilities and construction processes. Investigations into local materials ceramics, wood, clay and sustainable construction methodologies, as well as creative explorations of traditional crafts combined with experiences of Mediterranean culture, will be considered to foster sensorial gratification and social engagement.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to all our students for the good results and great work. Very proud of our first BArch students graduation. We wish you all the best in the future. Here our year work booklet.

https://pr2020.aaschool.ac.uk/Carlos-Uribe

https://pr2020.aaschool.ac.uk/Marine-Zovighian

https://pr2020.aaschool.ac.uk/Tommaso.Tugnoli

https://pr2020.aaschool.ac.uk/Nikitas-Papadopoulos

https://pr2020.aaschool.ac.uk/Isabel-Gonzalez

https://pr2020.aaschool.ac.uk/Laetitia-Khachwajian

https://pr2020.aaschool.ac.uk/Mathilda-Mazkour

https://pr2020.aaschool.ac.uk/Iren-Turkkan

https://pr2020.aaschool.ac.uk/Solveig-Jappy

https://pr2020.aaschool.ac.uk/Malgorzata-Tchorzewska-

https://pr2020.aaschool.ac.uk/Lana.nsouli

https://pr2020.aaschool.ac.uk/Kamal.el-kharrat

 

 

Tutorials W7_2

Tutorials next Friday 5th of June will be as follows

Lana 2.00
Kamal 2.45
Tommaso 3.30
Carlos 4.15
Nikitas 5.00

Meeting all third years 5.45

Please prepare all documents in a file to check presentation and WIP.DO not forget to include booklets.

Tutorials W6_2

This Friday 29th of May we will have a review of all second year presentations. Please have them ready, as we will listen them through teams before Reviews.
We will see you in the following order:

10 Iren
11.45 Mathilda
11.30 Marine
12.15 Gosia

1.00 All second years meeting

1.30 Laetitia

2.30 Meeting whole school with director

3.30 Solveig
4.15 Isabel

On Saturday 30th of May we will review first draft presentation for 3rd years review as follow
10 Lana
10.30 Kamal
11 Tommaso
11.30 Nikitas
12 Carlos

Tutorials W6_1

Tutorials on Tuesday 26th of May will be as follows:

9.30 Marine
10 Mathilda
10.30 Iren
11 Gosia

2 Solveig
2.30 Laetitia
3 Isabel
3.30 Lana
4 Kamal
4.30 Tommaso
5 Nikitas
5.30 Carlos

Tutorials W5

Tutorials will be this Friday 22nd of May (UK time) as follows: (UPDATED)
10.30 Marine
11 Gosia
11.30 Mathilda
12 Iren
12.30 Laetitia

3 Solveig
3.30 Isabel
4 Kamal
4.30 Tommaso
5 Lana
5.30 Nikitas
6 Carlos
Tutorials might be longer. We will update through whatsapp. Please take your notes from Jury with you to start conversation.

End of Year Jury

The end of year Jury will be on Tuesday 19th of May starting at 10am via teams. Our guest critics are Ana Araujo (AA Exp 2), Pol Esteve (AA 1st year), Pierandrea Angius (Zaha Gadid, DRL), Kostas Gregoriadis (AA Exp 4), Iulia Statica (UCL, Marie Curie Fellowship), Diego Ricalde (mmx office, IBERO Mexico), Gabriela García de Cortazar (Pontificia Univ. Católica de Chile, Santiago) Guillermo López (MAIO, AA Diploma 6)  & Jacobo García Germán (Garcia German Arquitectos, ETSA Madrid).

Tutorials W4_2

Tutorials on 15th & 16th of May will be as follows:

15th of May
3 Marine
3.30 Mahtilda
4  Iren
4.30 Gosia
5 Laetitia
5.30 Solveig

16th of May
10 Kamal
10.30 Lana
11 Tommaso
11.30 Nikitas
12 Carlos

This is the last tutorial before the Jury. Please send a draft pdf and notes for the Jury on Thursday (2nd years) and Friday (3rd years).

Tutorials W4_1

Tutorials on Tuesday 12th of May will be as follows:

10 Marine
10.30 Mahtilda
11 Kamal
11.30  Lana
12 Iren
12.30 Gosia

2.30 Laetitia
3 Solveig
3.30 Tommaso
4 Nikitas
4.30 Isabel
5 Carlos
5.30 Meeting with all 3rd years via teams

We will comment on the views submitted day before and start to review plans and sections.

Tutorials W3_2

Tutorials on Friday 8th of May will be as follows:

10 Lana
10.30 Marine
11 Kamal
11.30  Iren
12 Gosia
12.30 Laetitia

2 Solveig
2.30 Tommaso
3 Mathilda
3.30 Nikitas
4 Isabel
4.30 Carlos

5.30 Meeting whole unit to talk about Jury and other matters.

Please submit your work before the tutorial. This really helps tutorials.

We will check your progress with rendering, overall plans, sections and housing studies.

Tutorials W3_1

Tutorials on Tuesday 5th of May will be as follows:

10.30 Marine
11 Mahtilda
11.30 Kamal
12  Gosia
12.30 Laetitia

2.30 Nikitas
3 Solveig
3.30 Lana
4 Tommaso
4.30 Iren
5 Isabel
5.30 Carlos

Please send WIP (Rhino files) by email.

Rendering Workshop

For the next two weeks there will be a rendering workshop conducted by Matej Hosek. You will be using Vray, Rhino and Photoshop.

The induction sessions will be:
Saturday and Sunday 2nd and 3rd of May starting at 1.30pm (UK time)
Saturday and Sunday 9th and 10th of May starting at 1.30pm (UK time)

Please connect to 39FFF computers from your laptop and work from there for the induction. We recommend to render in AA computers, so book some hours, like 12h minimum, for doing your renders.

Tutorials W2_2

Tutorials on 1st of May will be as follows:

10.30 Marine
11 Mahtilda
11.30 Kamal
12  Iren
12.30 Gosia

2.30 Laetitia
3 Solveig
3.30 Lana
4 Tommaso
4.30 Nikitas
5 Isabel
5.30 Carlos

Please send WIP (Rhino files) by email.

Images by Canales-Lombardero of different inhabitation possibilities

Tutorials W2_1

Tutorials on Tuesday 28th of April will be as follows:

10.30 Marine
11 Mahtilda
11.30 Iren
12 Gosia
12.30 Laetitia

2.30 Solveig
3 Isabel
3.30 Lana
4 Nikitas

Please send WIP (Rhino files) by email.

         

TIME & HOUSING

In recent years, we have seen an increase in cities population at the same time long-term housing inhabitation is descending. Temporary housing is getting more space in the domestic realm as an alternative to lifelong home ownership. This condition that puts together time and home-living implies some challenges when thinking about the collective where different inhabitants time schedule cohabit together in the same place

In this context, Cuba represents an interesting example to be explore with examples of collective housing that have absorb resiliently different time-dwellers under long-term constraints, such as material, climate and scale. Under this question, a specific investigation on housing and different ways of living, as they relate to both informal and formal structures, will be done.

The Cuban long term tradition of home-swapping (la Permuta) will centre this investigation, where other forms of temporary living will have a place (student housing, tourist apartments, disaster and refugee temporary housing, retirement homes and so on). All documents will be compiled in a small booklet focus on how different intensities and times of usage can reshape the arrangement of the domestic realm that will define the programmatic brief of the block.

Readings:
– Pier Vitorio Aureli and Martino Tattara: Loveless: The Minimum Dwelling and its Discontents. London: Blacksquare, 2019
– Karel Teige & E Dluhosch: The minimum dwelling, Cambridge, Mass. : Chicago, Ill: MIT Press, 2002
– Richard Sennet: Together: The Rituals Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation, London : Penguin, 2013.
– Richard Sennet: Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City, London: Allen Lane, 2018.
– Robin Evans: “Figures, doors and Passages” in Translation from drawings to buildings and other essays, London : AA, 1997.
– Hannah Arendt: “The Public and the Private Realm” in The Human Condition, Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1998.
– Camila Piñeiro (Ed.): Cooperatives and socialism : a view from Cuba, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
– Heidi Härkönen: Kinship, Love, and Life Cycle in Contemporary Havana, Cuba, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
– Cecilia Burke Lawless: Make Home in Havana. London and New York: Rutgers University Press, 2002
– Klaus Domer, Hans Drexler & Joachim Schultz-Granberg (Ed): Affordable living : housing for everyone, Berlin : Jovis, 2014

Tutorials W1_2

Tutorials WIP will be on Friday 24th of April as follows,

10 Marine
10.30 Mahtilda
2.30 Iren
3 Gosia
3.30 Laetitia
4 Solveig
4.30 Isabel

5.30-7pm Presentation Case Studies Whole Unit – Submission Thursday before 9pm

Tutorials W1

Tutorials beginning of next week will be as follows:
Monday 20th of April
2.30 Marine 3 Mahtilda 3.30 Iren 4 Gosia 4.30 Laetitia 5 Solveig 5.30 Isabel

Tuesday 21st of April

2.30 Kamal 3Tommaso 3.30 Lana 4 Nikitas 4.30 Carlos

Tutorials W10_2

Previews comments will be reviewed second years to set up next steps and work for the break as follows
Monday 5.20 Iren 5.40 Laetitia 6 Marine
Tuesday 5.20 Solveig

On Saturday we will do rehearsals of third year presentations as follows
2 Mathilde
2.20 Lana
3 Carlos
3.40 Tommaso
4.20 Kamal
5 Nikitas
Please prepare well presentations and bring all work to just rehearse.

Previews

Second Year Previews will on Tuesday 10th of March as follows,

10.00 Solveig Lola Audrey Jappy
10.30 Laetitia Khachwajian
11.00 Mathilda Mazkour
11.30 Malgorzata Tchorzewska

15.00 Isabel Gonzalez
15.30 Iren Turkkan
16.00 Marine Marie Zovighian

Please bring all your models, booklets, vídeos and Portfolio to the previews.

Tutorials W9_2

This Friday 6th of March we will do Final Review of Portfolios in 32 FFF as follows,

10 Carlos
10.30 Tommaso
11 Kamal
11.30 Lana
12 Nikitas

2 Isabel
2.30 Iren
3 Laetitia
3.30 Mathilda
4 Gosia
4.30 Solveig
5 Marine

Tutorials W9

Tutorials on Tuesday 3rd of March will be for reviewing work in progress of Second Yeras as follows.
10 Isabel
10.30 Gosia
11 Laetitia
11.30 Solveig
12 Iren

2 Mathilda
2.30 Marine

In the afternoon we will do the first review of 3rd year portofolios as follows
3 Tommaso
3.30 Lana
4 Kamal
4.30 Nikitas
5 Carlos

TS Previews

Next Monday 2nd of March, the Third years TS review will be from 10am to 12.30pm at 33FFF. Please bring your TS pages printed and test models to the table.

Tutorials W8

In Tutorials on Monday 24th of February we will review the housing case studies assigned analysed, and for second years portfolios so far. We will have short meetings with third years to see case studies and next steps in TS. Tutorials will be as follows,

10 Iren
10.45 Mathilda
11.30 Laetitia
12.15 Gosia

2 Isabel
2.45 Solveig
3.40 Lana
4 Nikitas
4.20 Tommaso
4.40 Kamal
5 Carlos
5.20 Marine

All second years, please bring your portoflios , models, videos.

Mid Term Jury

Next Friday 21st of February, we will have our Mid Term Jury in 33FFF from 10am to 6pm. Our guest critics will be Nacho Martí, Sylvie Taher, Alex Vougia, Costandis Kizis, Doreen Bernath, Maria Eugenia Villafañe, Israel Nagore and Catalina Mejia. Presentations will be table format, no pin-up needed.Please bring all your work from the beginning of the year printed and all models.

Tutorials W7

Last tutorials before the Jury will be next Monday and Tuesday 17th and 18th of February as follows,

Monday

2pm Nikitas
2.30 Iren
3 Solveig
3.30 Tommaso
4 Lana
4.30 Marine

Tuesday
10 Isabel
10.30 Kamal
11 Laetitia
11.30 Gosia
12 Carlos
12.30 Mathilda

Tutorials W6 2

Tutorials this Friday will be as follows:
10 Laetitia
10.30 Iren
11 Solveig
11.30 Gosia
12 Marine
12.30 Isabel

2 Seminar on La permuta

2.30 Mathilda
3 Tommaso
3.30 Carlos
4 Nikitas
4.30 Lana
5 Kamal

Tutorials W6

Tutorials on Tuesday 11th of February will be as follows,

10.30 Iren
11 Marine
11.30 Carlos
12 Gosia
12.30 Laetitia

2 Solveig
2.30 Isabel
3 Nikitas
3.30 Lana
4 Kamal
4.30 Mathilda
5 Tommaso

Pin-up

This Friday 31st of January we will have a pin-up to review work in progress from 10 to 6pm at unit space.Please print all work required:

.Rules page explaining main spatial organisation elements of first term proposal or the most updated version. Printed
.Main manifesto on the proposal aims. Title and text to be explained at the Pin.up
-Unit trip booklet focus on observations and key research questions. Printed
-Videos edited (on screen)
-Booklet with references or portfolio pages with diagrams related to the research topic.
-Site booklet or pages. Printed
-Site plans, sections and elevations. Printed
-First attempt of proposal on site following rules – this could be expressed in plan, section, elevation, model, any media that allows to explain it.

Tutorials W4

Tutorials this Tuesday 28th of January will be as follows,
10 Gosia
10.30 Isabel
11 Laetitia
11.30 Solveig
12 Iren
12.30 Mathilda

2 Marine
2.30 Tommaso
3 Lana
3.30 Nikitas
4 Kamal
4.30 Carlos

 

POLITICS OF BLOCK INSERTIONS

After researching Havana urban grid and complexity, a location or context of each individual proposal – vacant or not- is selected. Each intervention will redensify, infiltrate, rearticulate or totally redo independent blocks in the city feeding together a speculative network of home-swapping in Havana.

Building on the conversation from first term on form, the politics generated by the block in the city fabric, after being placed, will be assessed and discussed. Collages and short texts will define each proposal critical position.

In addition, block proposals will be interrogated regarding their relationships with its immediate context and the passer-by. Its capability in specific locations to engage with the city public space will be put into question. In this sense, the context is brought forward as an important part of each proposal design.

Lecture: Canales & Lombardero, “New Formalism”, Lecture at Architectural Association, 2017.
Readings
– Pier Vittorio Aureli, “Rossi: The Concept of the locus as a political category of the city”, in The Project of Autonomy, NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2008, pp.53-69.
– David Harvey: Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution, London; New York : Verso, 2012.

Tutorials W3_2

We will have tutorials this Friday 24th of January as follows:
10.30 Marine
11 Isabel
11.30 Laetitia
12 Solveig
12.30 Gosia

2 Iren
2.30 Mathilda
3 Tommaso
3.30 Carlos
4 Kamal
4.30 Nikitas
5 Lana
 

Tutorials W3

Tutorials next Tuesday 21st of January will be as follows

10 Isabel
10.30 Laetitia
11 Gosia
11.30 Solveig
12 Mathilda
12.30 Iren

2 Marine
2.30 Nikitas
3 Tommaso
3.30 Kamal
4 Carlos
4.30 Lana

We will review rules page, sites and research. Videos and booklets of unit trip should be done at this point.

Tutorials W2_2

Tutorials next Friday 17th of January will be as follows,
10.30 Iren
11 Solveig
11.30 Gosia
12 Laetitia
12.30 Isabel

2 Marine
2.30 Mathilda
3 Kamal
3.30 Carlos
4 Tommaso
4.30 Lana
5 Nikitas

Please have your sites and work in progress ready to check preferably printed.

Tutorials W2

This Tuesday 14th January we will have tutorials as follows,

Morning – Third Years from 10 to 1pm (Kamal, Nikitas, Carlos, Lana & Tommaso)

Afternoon  Second Years from 2 to 6pm (Mathilda, Solveig, Iren, Gosia, Marine,  Laetitia,  Isabel)

HAVANA URBAN COMPLEXITY

A research on Cuban sociocultural, political and economical issues will be individually planned at the end of the term and conducted
before and during the unit trip. Readings, visioning of documentaries and check of references will help in this process. This investigation will have a major focus on local ways of living, different cultural customs and spatial characteristics where everyday life takes place.

Findings will be expressed in different analytical diagrams, video fragments, photographs and information maps that will be completed
after the unit trip and edited in a booklet. The major aim of this exercise is to define each block context and content.

Reference books for diagrams:
– David McCandless: Knowledge is Beautiful, London: William Collins, 2014.
– Steven Heller: Infographics Designers’ Sketchbooks, New York: Princeton Architectural Press , 2014.
– David McCandless: Information is beautiful
– Infographics: The Power of Visual Storytelling
– Cool Infographics: Effective Communication with Data Visualization and Design

Photography:
– Robert. Polidori (Photos) Elizabeth Culbert; Eduardo Luis Rodríguez (Ed.): Havana, Göttingen : Steidl 2001
– Gianni Basso Vega, MG (Photos), Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez Angelika Taschen (ed): Inside Cuba, Koln : Taschen, 2006.
– Chip. Cooper Néstor Martí; et al: Old Havana : spirit of the living city, Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, 2012.
– Michael Eastman: Havana, New Yor: Prestel, 2011.
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Readings:
– Roberto Segre: Havana, Grove Art Online: Oxford University Press 1996
– John Miller and Susannah Clark (Ed): Havana. Tales on the city, San Francisco : Chronicle Books 1996.
– Aviva Chomsky, Barry Carr and Pamela María Smorkaloff (Eds): The Cuba reader: history, culture, politics, Durham, N.C. ;
London : Duke University Press, 2004.
– Alfredo Jose Estrada: Havana: autobiography of a city, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
– Oscar Guardiola-Rivera: What if Latin America Ruled the World?, London: Bloomsbury, 2011.
– Guadalupe García: Beyond the walled city : colonial exclusion in Havana, Oakland, California : University of California Press 2016

Documentaries & Movies: Havana Documentary by Jasper Goldman (2017); Elena by Marcelo Martin (2014). I am Cuba by
Mikhail Kalatozov (1954), Buena Vista Social Club by Wim Wenders (1999), Suite Havana by Fernando Perez (2003), Havana
Blues by Benito Zambrano (2005), 7 days in Havana by Various directors (2012), Four Seasons in Havana by Leonardo Padura,
Lucía López Coll (2016), Yuli by Icíar Bollaín (2018) & The Wasp Network by Olivier Assayas (2019)

Pin-up and tutorials

Next Friday 10th of January, we will have a Pin-up at unit space of all unit trip and research portfolios and site research drawings from 10.30 to 1.30pm (possibly longer) and later we will have tutorials with those who would like to show work from the portfolio reviews sent this Xmas.

Unit trip to Cuba

From the 8th to the 19th of December the unit will be visiting Havana in Cuba, draft schedule is provided. Students should prepare one or two reserach booklets on the site chosen and ways of living related to their proposals.

We recommend to check urban readings to help research process. Please check previous blog entry and unit extended brief.

Review and Lecture

Next week Monday 2nd of December will be the lats tutorial before unit trip. The schedule will be

From 10 to 12.30 Review comments Jury in the following order Nikitas, Solveig, Lana, Marine, Carlos, Kamal and Tommaso.

2pm Lecture on Havana Urban history & Talk about unit trip and research to be done there. Sites.

From 3pm to 6.30pm – Review comments Jury in the following order (Isabel, Mathilda, Iren, Gosia, Laetitia)

Please bring your portfolio and models

Havana Urban Grid

Before going to unit trip, the unit should be familiarize with the different formal aspects of Havana City In groups, the unit will create an archive of drawings in different scales (Large, Medium and Small) with information about the urban grain, voids, density, and specially, to its urban grid. A special attention will be given to urban voids and buildings in derelict state. Readings on Havana city history and an understanding of its complex social structure will be also conducted to learn about its evolution and configuration of its urban fabric.

Seminar: Havana urban history and contemporary configuration

Readings: – Arturo Almadoz Marte: Planning Latin America’s capital cities 1850-1950, London: Routledge, 2002, pp. 193-213.- Mario Coyula and Jill Hamberg: “The case of Havana, Cuba”, Understanding Slums: Case Studies for the Global Report on Human Settlements, UCL: London, 2003.- Joseph L. Scarpaci, Roberto Segre, and Mario Coyula: Havana : two faces of the Antillean metropolis, Chapel Hill ; London : University of North Carolina Press Rev. ed. 2002. Websites: Master Plan- Casa del Historiador: http://www.planmaestro.ohc.cu/index.php; Street View of Havana: https://www. mapillary.com/app/; Havana Historic Maps: http://storymaps.esri.com/stories/2017/havana-restoration/index.htm

End of First Term Jury

The End of the First Term Jury of Exp8 will be on Friday 29th of November in 33 FFB from 10 to 1pm and from 2 to 6pm. Our guest critics are Lara Lesmes (AA Diploma 2) , Alicia Nahmad (AA DRL), Anna Saphiro (AA H&U), Amar Mehat (Foster & Partners), Rodolfo Acevedo Rodriguez (ARE artists), Amelia Viaplana (Oxford Brooks and Bartlett), John NG (AA First Year) and Sebastián Andia (Zaha Hadid & AA MS)

Tutorials W10

Last tutorials before End of Term Jury will be as follows

Morning

10 Kamal
10.30 Carlos
11 Tommasso
11.30 Lana
12 Nikitas

Afternoon
2 Iren
2.30 Mathilda
3 Laetitia
3.30 Solveig
4 Marine
4.30 Isabel
5 Gosia

Rafael Moneo Plan perspectivized

Paul Rudolph Section perspectivized

Pin-up & Tutorials

Friday 22nd of November will be divided in 2 parts:

Morning from 10 to 1pm group reserach presentations. Everyone at the unit. Presentation from screen,

Afternoon from 2 to 6pm tutorials per student. Work in progress.

Pin-up

Next Friday 15th of November we will have a pin-up in the unit space from 10 to 6pm stopping for lunch break. Please bring your work to be shown and get some feedback.

At 6pm we will have a portfolio presentation by Mira Otkay and at 6.30 we will explain you the new task before Jury.

Tutorials W8

Tutorials on Tuesday 12th of November will be as follows:
10 Kamal
10.30 Tomasso
11 Lana
11.30 Nikitas
12 Carlos
12.30 Solveig

2 Laetitia
2.30 Gosia
3 Marine
3.30 Mathilda
4 Isabel
4.30 Iren

We will check work in progress for the pin-up on Friday

Tutorials W7

Friday 8th of November we will have tutorials as follows

10.30 Lana
11 Carlos
11.30 Tomasso
12 Kamal
12.30 Nikitas

2 Iren
2.30 Solveig
3 Marine
3.30 Laetitia
4 Mathilda
4.30 Isabel
5 Gosia

Lecture and Tutorials

Friday 1st of November schedule will be as follows:

10 Kamal
10:30 Tomasso
11 Lana
11:30 Nikitas
12 Lecture by Francisco Gonzalez de Canales and seminar

2 Gosia
2:30 Isabel
3 Mathilda
3:30 Marine
4 Solveig
4:30 Laetitia
5 Iren

All third years should have their main argument ready to be discussed. All the unit shroud read the texts to have an open seminar after the lecture.

Tutorials W6

Tutorials on Tuesday 29th of October will be as follows

10 Carlos
10.30 Lana
11 Kamal
11.30 Tomasso
12 Nikita
12.30 Laetitia

2.00 Mathilda
2.30 Gosia
3.00 Iren
3.30 Solveig
4 Isabel
4.30 Marine

Please take into account the following concepts within your deisgn:  VOIDS, MODULARITY, POROSITY, REPETITION and CIRCULATION

 

On Form and Typology

Next Friday 25th of October schedule at unit space will be as follows:
10 to 3pm Individual presentation of case studies
11am TS meeting (only third years)
From 3 pm to 7.30 Brief tutorials
The schedule might vary depending on the day goes.

 

 

Tutorials W5

Next Tuesday 22nd of October individual tutorials will be as follows:

Morning: Third Years: 10 Nikitas, 10.30 Carlos, 11 Kamal, 11.30 Tomasso and 12 Lana

Afternoon: Second Years: 2 Isabel, 2.30 Gosia, 3 Marine, 3.30 Iren, 4 Mathilda,  4.30 Laetitia, 5 Solveig,

Please review your Jury notes and bring new work. Those models that were not finished on Friday, should be finished this week. even though you are changing them.

Form

FINDING FORMAL PRINCIPLES

Following previous shape explorations, examples of block configurations as collective models of housing by R. Bofill, Lacaton & Vassal, A.Siza or Herzog & DeMeuron, among others, will be scrutinised to understand this urban typology.

General formal aspects defining block individual proposals – such as voids, modularity, porosity, repetition and circulation – will be explored through diagrams, giving special attention to different architectural elements of local Cuban tradition- such as thresholds, courtyards and patios-.

Consequent findings of these explorations will be applied to initial block proposals in different iterations and expressed through composition diagrams and models. Photography will be use as a technique to study these models experimenting with light, texture and colour effects in space related to material and local climate conditions. In this manner, the block formal intricacy will be defined.

Readings
Texts:
– Aldo Rossi, “The Structure of Urban Artifacts. The individuality of Urban Artifacts”, in The Architecture of the City, MIT Press, 1984.
– Rafael Moneo: ‘The life of buildings’ & Francisco Gonzalez de Canales : “Form” in Rafael Moneo. Building, Teaching, Writing. London and New York: Yale University Press, 2015.
– Rafael Moneo, “On Typology”, in Oppositions reader : selected readings from a journal for ideas and criticism in architecture, 1973-1984, New York : Princeton Arch Press, c1998.
– Francisco Gonzalez de Canales, & Nuria Alvarez Lombardero: “Right to the Form”, Arquitectos, 2010, Núm. 181, pp. 62-63.

Books:
– Rafael Moneo, Theoretical anxiety and design strategies in the work of eight contemporary architects, Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2004.
– Elena Chiavi et al (ed): Cartha : on the form of form, Zurich : Park Books, 2019.
– Philippe Panerai, Jean Castex & Jean-Charles Depaule: Urban Forms: The Death and Life of the Urban Block, Oxford: Architectural Press, 2004.

Jury

This Friday 18th October we will have a Jury to review the Shape and Material phase of your proposals. The Jury will take place from 10 to 1 and from 2 to 6pm at AA room 38GFF. Our gust critics are Alexandros Kallegia, Marion Delaporte, Antonin Hautefort and Marie-Isabel de Monseignat.

Please be on time and bring your work. Place all models in the middle table and pin-up your drawings on the wall. Prepare a 10 min presentation of your work and start by explaining your main concept.

Tutorials W3

Tutorials on Tuesday 15th of October will be as follows:

Morning: Third Years (10 Carlos, 10.30 Tomasso, 11 Nikitas, 11.30 Kamal and 12 Lana)

Afternoon: Second Years (2 Laetitia, 2.30 Gosia, 3 Isabel, 3.30 Iren, 4 Marine, 4.30 Solveig 5 Mathilda)

All unit meets at 6pm for Portfolio presentation by Marina Gubbins

Tutorials W2 2

Tutorials on Friday 11th of October will be as follows:

Morning: Third Years (10 Kamal, 10.30 Lana, 11 Nikitas, 11.30 Tomasso and 12 Carlos)

Afternoon: Second Years (2 Marine, 2.30 Solveig, 3 Isabel, 3.30 Mathilda, 4 Gosia, 4.30 Laetitia)

 

Lecture at AA

On Thursday 10th of October at 6.30 we will attend the AA Lecture “Flying Panels: How Concrete Panels Changed the World” by Pedro Ignacio Alonso & Hugo Palmarola. Part of this lecture will show the The Soviet I-464 Building System used in Cuba (“Large- Soviet Panel”) and Chile between 1963 and 1973.

 

Readings if interested on the subject

“How a Soviet Concrete Panel Housing System Came to Cuba and Chile”
Research by Pedro Ignacio Alonso

https://www.cca.qc.ca/en/issues/5/journeys-and-translation/1166/how-a-soviet-concrete-panel-housing-system-came-to-cuba-and-chile

Vivienda soviética: de Moscú a La Habana y Quilpué

Ciboney-Taino

Siboney-Taino or Ciboney-Taino was the indigenous group living in central Cuba during the 15th and 16th centuries when the island was discovered by Critobal Columbus on 28th October 1492 .  Siboney term means man who lives among the stones or rocks. The Siboneyes lived on hunting, fishing and collecting because their habitat used to be near the coasts, where they worked the stones.

Their villages were organised in clearings of the jungle, inland, with two kinds of habitats: the bohío (circular common dwelling of the inhabitants of the yucayeque) and the caney or kaney (larger, rectangular and with windows and a porch, where the chief lived with his family ). These houses were built with hinea leaves (which is collected in rivers and lakes), and wood from the trees of capé prieto and cinnamon. These houses were built surrounding the central plaza holding around 10–15 families each cluster.

Taíno home furnishings included  cotton woven hammocks (the word hammock is Taino voice) to sleep,  mats made of palms and wooden chairs (dujo or duho) with woven seats to seat, platforms, and cradles for children.

Bohio

Kaney

Anthropomorphic Siboney Patterns

Block Material(ization)

After a critical analysis of  first models in the last Pin-up finding block intrinsic principles, minimum two models should be constructed individually for this phase Jury: a 1/250 scale model showing the overall block shape (40x40cm) and a 1/100 model showing one or two fragments of it in more detail.

In this second exploration, the experimentation will be focused on material aspects of the proposal. There are two main investigation to be done in this exercise. First research will be focus on understanding the expression of the selected material natural state, its structural logic and organic morphology at real scale, being these possible materials wood, brick, concrete or stone among others. Second research will be on  local sustainable material and constructions possibilities.

Both investigations will help you to define your main material to start experimenting with different material behaviours and effects  in terms of texture, colour and light. You should feel comfortable with these materials after these tests learning their rules and modelling criteria out of their manipulation. Afterwards, final models can be constructed.

We recommend you to check the following references for your inspiration:
References: Mathias Goeritz, Manuel Felguerez, Jorge Yazpik, Jorge Oteiza, Eduardo Chillida, Saloua Raouda , Lygia Clark, Gego
and Helio Oiticica, among others.
Reference Books:
– Chris Lefteri: Materials for Design, London: Laurence King Publishing, 2014.
– Seetal Solanki: Why Materials Matter: Responsible Design for a Better World, Prestel, 2018.
– Molly Donovan and Ann Gallagher.: Rachel Whiteread, London: Tate Publishing, 2017.
– Bjorn Berge: The Ecology of Building Materials, Architectural Press, 2009.

Pin-up W1

This Friday 4th of October we will have a pin-up of first block schematic models (overall and portion) at unit space starting at 10.30 am till 6pm. Bring all your models, sketches, drawings and small text reflecting on your proposal intentions at city scale and its interior spatial relations.  Concepts such as INTERLOCKING, ACCUMULATION OR DENSITY are key in this phase.

Please place your work in the central big table to be reviewed.

Wilfredo Lam

Wifredo Lam, was a Cuban artist who reflected on Afro-Cuban culture in his paintings full of hybrid figures and creatures where rectilinear and curved geometries are composed within natural landscape. Here we put some of his work that could be a reference for some of you.

Catherine, David: Wilfredo Lam, The EY Exhibition, Harry N. Abrams, 2016.

Tutorial W1 T1

First tutorials on shape exercise will be on Tuesday 1st of September at unit space as follows,

Morning (from 10 to 1pm) – Third years

Afternoon (starting at 2pm) – Second Years

SHAPING THE BLOCK

As a starting point the unit will explore through models the initial shape of 1 Ha plan Block. For this aim, this exercise will encompass two main explorations of the overall block shape and the intricacy of its fragments. Firstly, these explorations will be developed in a purely intuitive manner imaging the block shape. Different malleable materials, such as paper, clay, cardboard, cloth, foam, metal cables, and wood sticks, will be initially use to have a range of schematic shapes that will be later used.

Pin-up Friday 4th of October
1 Model 1/500 or more & 1 fraction of the block at 1/250
Small text explaining ideas behind (200 words)

Reference to check: Yve-Alain Bois: Geometric abstraction: Latin American art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros collection, New Haven : Yale University Press, 2001.

Politics of the Barter Block – Ex8 Brief 2019-20

A network of home-swapping in Havana grid

“In the Kingdom of Heaven there is no grandeur to be won, inasmuch as there all is an established hierarchy, the unknown is revealed, existence is infinite, there is no possibility of sacrifice, all is rest and joy. For this reason, bowed down by suffering and duties, beautiful in the midst of his misery, capable of loving in the face of afflictions and trials, man finds his greatness, his fullest measure, only in the Kingdom of this World”
Alejo Carpentier, “The Kingdom of this World”

In Havana, more than fifty years of economic embargo makes any heroism to fade away into an agonic expression of survival at the outskirts of hegemonic globalisation. However, although peripheral, Havana also demonstrates its otherness within the global status quo -a different vantage point from which to redefine the Western capitalist idea of the contemporary city. From this alternative context, Experimental Unit 8 will speculate on new temporary housing models by revisiting Cuban tradition of home-swapping. Framed as a timely opportunity to discuss contemporary collective domestic models, the unit will question not only how different intensities and times of usage can reshape the arrangement of the domestic realm, but also how distinct articulations of spatial qualities can permit flexibility over long term constraints; such as material, climate and scale. Adopting a collective perspective, the block is understood as the basic unit to provide interpersonal relations between temporary occupants.

In order to explore these ideas, students will work in an area of approximately 100×100 metres, consistent with base dimensions of Havana’s urban grids. These interventions will redensify, infiltrate and rearticulate independent blocks of the city to feed a speculative network of home-swapping. They will act as architectures awaiting to be appropriated, as well as negotiating relations at both a micro and macro scale. As a unit, we will continue our interests in the architectural form and its ability to articulate relationships and how form resilience can be supported by a locally driven materialization seeking more sustainable long-term construction approaches.

Image Caption: 2018-19  Experimental Unit 8 Graphic Diary

End of Year Exhibition

Thanks to all second years for helping in the exhibition for the AAschool Projects Review. We appreciate all the effort you have put on the exhibition tables and book. We are also very grateful to all Inter 8 students this year for creating such exquisite models.

Meetings on Monday

Next week Monday 17th of June we will start rehearsing with all third years their portfolio presentations for RIBA in 32FFB as follows,

10 Carlo
10:40 Dana
11:20 Emily
12 Cheri
12:40 Mira

2.20 pm Tutorial with Jumana

3pm Meeting with exhibition and book teams- All Second years an third years. 32FFB

Tutorials W7_2

Tutorials for third years presentation rehearsals will be on Saturday 8th of June as follows:

2pm Meeting with second years together at unit space

2.30pm Individual review of each student table results at 33FFF following this order: Logan, James, Sonia, Marina, Defne, Laetitia and Jumana. (Carmen will be Monday 5.30pm at unit space)

3.00 Review of Third Years presentation . Please bring all work to 33FFF and with the presentation ready.

3:00 Carlo
3:40 Dana
4:20 Emily
5 Cheri
5:40 Mira

Second Year Previews

Second Year Previews will be at Lecture Hall on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th as follows:

Monday Morning Panel 5 – Inter 8

10.00 Marina Matinopoulou
10.30 Defne Cengic
11.00 Carmen Bisono Turull
11.30 Laetitia Amelie Marie Chauveau
12.00 Jumana Nasser Mohamed Mahrous

Tuesday Morning Panel 5 – Inter 8

11.30 Logan Nicholas Bent Paine
12.00 James Wallis
12.30 Sharifah Sonia Binti Syed Mokhtar Shah

Please be on time and bring all your work: models, drawings, different booklets and main portfolio

Portfolio and presentations reviews

Friday 31st of May we will review all portfolios. After lunchtime, we need to meet all second years at unit space and after that we will see you one by one to check presentations.
Morning: Third Years: Check Portfolios
10.30 Carlo
11 Dana
11.30 Cheri
12 Emily
12.30 Mira

Afternoon
2 Meeting all Second Years at unit space
2.30 Carmen
3 Defne
3.30 Laetitia
4 Logan
4.30 Marina
5 James
5.30 Sonia
6 Jumana

Tutorials W6

Tutorials on Tuesday 28th of May are as follows.

Morning- from 10 to 1pm- Third Years- Carlo, Emily, Mira, Dana and Cheri

Afternoon- starting at 2pm-Second years- Following your whatsapp confirmation.

2 Sonia
2.30 Marina
3 Defne
3.30 Laetitia
4 Carmen
4.30 Jumana

 

Second Years review

We will review your portfolios and Jury feedback this Sunday 26th of May as follows,

11 Marina
11.30 James
12 Logan
12.30 Laetitia

2 Carmen
2.30 Sonia
3 Defne
4 Jumana
Please bring your whole portfolio to check and some thoughts to discuss reflecting jury feedback. We are giving 30 minutes slot, but it might take longer with some of you.