Thursday, 18 October 2007

AA Diploma Honours 2006/07 Exhibition

Dan Marks (Diploma Unit 16)

Jesse Sabatier (Diploma Unit 11)

05/10/2007 -31/10/2007 10.00-7.00 Mon to Fri, 10.00–3.00 Sat

Each year exceptional Diploma School students are chosen to present for Honours awards. In 2006/07 Dan Marks and Jesse Sabatier were awarded AA Diploma Honours. The StormWatershed for Absorption and Redistribution of Monsoon Rains in Mumbai, IndiaDan MarksSituated on the banks of a storm-water drainage channel, prone to overbank flow and flooding, the StormWatershed works as a regulation device for water levels on and around the site. Water absorbed by the structure is used for the growth of crops on its upper surface. The spaces created below are suitable for market activities.Excess materialsJesse SabatierSituated within the post-industrial context of Battersea, a small oven house (incinerator) gathers, reuses and transforms excess materials from a wholesale fruit and vegetable market. This infrastructural piece operates as an ‘appliance house’; in other words, the facility serves as an appliance for the city. A key feature of the oven house is its horizontal chimney. In conjunction with its foundations as thermal mass, the chimney redistributes to the local community heat created from the burning of the excess materials. Available excess matter collected from existing market operations (wood, paper, plastic) is used to create new cement composites with which to build the oven house and the warmed spaces. These new materials are employed based on their ability to hold and release heat. A new public space is formed through the use of a sliding glass envelope which houses a small plant nursery and composting operations, utilising the available excess fruit and vegetables collected from the market. Opportunities for increasing public awareness of these industrial operations can be found by providing platforms to observe the shifting landscapes of accumulation within the market facility and spaces within which to feel the heat created between industry and domesticity. The oven house is integrated into its environment by using existing industrial by-products and transforming these materials in a way that can be directly perceived by local residents. Through the plant nursery and composting, the warm walls of the oven house and thermal mass foundations of the horizontal chimney, and through a gate into the market situated at the end of the chimney, industrial operations and their consequences are considered beyond the limited scope of a privatised service provision.On Wednesday 26 September the two will make a presentation about their work in the AA Bar, 6.00.

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Find below a few addresses Tom listed for us yesterday.

A short list of some of the better Art Material and Bookshops in London …

Art & Modelling Material

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RIBA Student membership

As an architecture student you represent the future of the profession. At the RIBA we understand the important position this puts you in and work hard to provide our Student members with essential advice, tailored information and discounts that you will find invaluable on your journey to qualification. There are no subscription fees to pay as membership is free, plus you will benefit from access to a 24-hour support system which offers help and guidance.

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  • be studying RIBA Parts 1 or 2 (including year out) at a RIBA-validated school of architecture anywhere in the world
  • or you are studying on a relevant CAA course, again anywhere in the world.

If you fulfil either of these criteria, find out how to apply.

More information You will find information about schools of architecture with RIBA-validated courses at the President's Medals website.

Arts Space of the Future – an RIBA London Arts Council competition open to London Architecture StudentsRIBA

London and Arts Council England have launched an ideas competition inviting RIBA London members (including all architecture students), to propose new designs for arts spaces of the future. The proposals should reflect changing lifestyles, expectations and forms of participation, new and developing arts practice, the need to address climate change and issues of sustainability and the move towards more flexible, publicly-engaged buildings.The competition aims to generate discussion and debate about the possibilities for the future of arts space design. The competition invites only conceptual schemes. Free from the constraints of construction details, the competitors are encouraged to be as creative and inventive as possible. Entrants should consider the possibilities of new technologies, flexibility for other uses, and to question the current typology.

The competition is open to RIBA London student, graduate and Chartered architect members and there will be cash prizes of £5,000 (1st), £2,500 (2nd) and £1,000 (3rd). The closing date for entries is 22 November 2007. Judging will take place in December and the winner will be announced on 10 January 2008 at the opening of a public exhibition hosted by the National Theatre. The judges for the Art Spaces for the Future Exhibition will be chaired by Charlie Leadbeater, leading authority on innovation and creativity, and will include: Sarah Weir (Executive Director, Arts Council England, London); Kwame Kwei Armah (actor and playwright); Tricia Austin (Central St Martins); Sarah Featherstone (Featherstone Associates); Dr Ben Todd (engineer and Executive Director of Arcola Theatre); and Steve Tompkins (Haworth Tompkins Architects).While the competition is only open to entries from RIBA members in London, there will be an opportunity for individuals from the wider architecture and arts sectors to discuss the issues raised by the competition, at an associated seminar in late January.

For further details or to download the design brief, please see: I hope that some of your students will be interested in submitting work for this competition.

Kind regards

Antonia Faust

Projects and Events Manager

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New London Architecture Exhibitions

YAYA 2007
12 OCT – 10 NOV 2007

Now in its tenth year, the Young Architect of the Year Award is organised by Building Design to recognise and reward the UK’s most promising architect aged 40 or under, or practices where the majority of principals are under this age limit. While young architects have traditionally struggled to prove themselves in the uk many of this year’s entries are already building significant projects thanks to the new opportunities offered by sustained high levels of spending in both the public and private sectors. A panel of internationally renowned architects and critics will judge this unique award and announce the winner on November 1st. You can have your say and choose an unofficial winner from the full shortlist by filling in a postcard at the exhibition. In assocation with building design. Sponsored by davis langdon.