AALU goes to IFLA congress lecture

The work of two AALU graduates Carolina Blanco (image above) Eduardo Carranza (image below) and has been selected to form part of a set of lectures on the 2007 IFLA congress to be celebrated in Malasya on August 2007. Both projects deal with a radical approach of dealing with water management and floodplains, each of them trying to find different strategies to incorporate recreational uses with flood alleviation / storage infrastructure.

Projects Review Exhibition

The Projects Review exhibition is open until this Friday
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10.00 to 7.00, Saturday 10.00 to 3.00 until Friday 27 July.

The 2006/07 AA Projects Review show winds through the School’s Bedford Square premises, starting with the newest students (Foundation and First Year) and ending with some of the most senior (AA Landscape Urbanism). In between, visitors are taken through a year’s worth of intensive experimentation, speculation and creation. The loop connects the various strata of undergraduate and graduate programmes: each unit devises its own display as a minimanifesto of the year’s work.

Press images are available from Simone Sagi
simone@aaschool.ac.uk or 020 7887 4145

Landscape Urbanism in Building Design magazine

Building Design issue 20/07/2007 out today.

Thomas Muirhead has hailed this year’s projects review as ashow that no architect or London planner should miss.”

Radical approach to cities rethinks the urban myths

All the Landscape Urbanism projects directed by Eva Castro of Plasma Studio begin by rejecting the obvious to seek fresher ways of analysing cities. If the drawings of this group seem beautiful, this is not because they self-consciously try to be so but because they are the outcome of scientific, logical processes. If only one were singled out, this might be Responsive Coastline by Alejandra Bosch for her denunciation of the stupid antiecological developmental model being pursued in Dubai. Instead she proposes extending the desert into the ocean, not as palms but as irregular land tentacles that work with sea currents instead of against them, and offer more inspiring possibilities.

This is a show that no architect or planner in London should miss, but to get the most out of it visitors should be critical and selective or they will be overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of work displayed.