The Eiffel Tower has long been regarded as an achievement of engineering and not as an architectural object. Yet, at the same time, it has also come to signify a de facto architectural symbol of the modern era. This thesis aims to clarify this debate while unpicking its associated allegiances by locating the idea of architecture within a much larger cultural field.
Why did the plan dominate architectural discourse and practice for the last two centuries, and how did this affect the discipline?
This research project makes an enquiry into the nature of the concept of estrangement.
This newly started PhD project challenges the current state of Santiago de Chile’s social housing policy and its extreme dependence on the private market.
In a series of lectures delivered between 1953 and 1955, Hannah Arendt argued for understanding the origin of the political realm in the separation between polis and desert that took place in the Ancient Greek democracy, a dichotomy that demarcates the politeía and the apolitia. My interest lies in the edge between politeía and apolitia established in the political landscape through the metaphor of the desert. By researching projects that engaged with the idea of the desert (in iconological and/or physical form) in the late-60s and early-70s I want to question what separates the categories of political and apolitical. My thesis is that the dichotomy polis/desert was challenged through these practices, reshaping the political dimension in architecture.
The border as a conceptual, spatial and material condition from which Architecture can articulate local parameters
Costandis Kizis (Athens, 1982) is a practicing architect and educator, currently teaching at Leeds Beckett University, the Architectural Association, Central Saint Martins and the University of Hertfordshire. Costandis holds a PhD in History of Architecture (Architectural Association), a MSc degree in Advanced Architectural Design (Columbia University) and a Diploma in Architecture (NTUAthens, with honours). He is […]
The Transcultural Exchange in Architectural Knowledge and Building Practice between the Javanese and the Dutch in the East Indies (1900-1945)
Architecture as an apparatus of governance: (British) architecture from the welfare state to the state of workfare.
This research attempts an architectural history of the present. It analyzes architecture as a dispositif operating within the practice of governance and unfolds a transversal cartography of architectural operations that problematize the relation of architectural practice to contemporary issues of political economy.
This project proposes a new systematic design approach for the architectural typology of the tower, a relatively stable organizational structure and formal language since the end of the 19th century.
The dissertation explores the long history of the term heterotopia from its emergence in biology and medicine in the late nineteenth century, to its appearance in cultural studies in architecture in the late twentieth century.
It is the hypothesis of this thesis that while Ventris lacked others’ experience in the field, his advantage came not just from his ‘brilliance’ but also from the forms of analysis he had acquired from his architectural training at the AA in the 1940’s.
Most recently, the surface, the skin, the façade, the building envelope and hence its material and functions has become a central focus of investigation.
Low-Energy Dwelling Prototypes for Different Regions of Chile: Toward a Housing Strategy for Reducing Fuel Poverty
The central problem addressed by this project is the fuel poverty and poor environmental conditions experienced by low-income groups in social housing around Santiago. The research investigates the parameters influencing the environ¬mental performance of social housing schemes with the aim of developing low-cost designs for achieving thermal comfort through passive means without the need for any additional sources of energy for space heating.
The thesis argues that knowledge of the city cannot happen without commercial, everyday, objects such as maps, guides, signs and views. This is because they offer something experience does not provide: an absolute knowledge of the whole.
Flexibility, nowadays, constitutes the canon. Applied as a technique in order to achieve living spaces that are able to accommodate a series of different occupations, lifestyles and needs, the thesis argues that flexibility, antithetically, operates as an architectural tool towards the transformation of spaces that are becoming far from being 'free' and instead alienate and restrict their inhabitants.
To reconsider the ways in which architecture has served the needs of various regimes of power by imposing a specific ethos through its grandeur, composition, typologies, and techniques.
The Chinese classical garden and Chinese contemporary architecture.
Jingru Cyan Cheng is currently Director of the Architectural Association Wuhan Visiting School and a PhD by Design candidate at the Architectural Association. Her research interest lies in cross-scale design issues in rural-urban regeneration at the levels of territory, settlement and home. Adopting research by design as the main working methodology, she is especially interested […]
A new strategy for intelligent architecture.
Every city has a unique set of sounds and sonic characteristics as a product of regional ecology, cultural influences and current technology. Based on earlier research in Barcelona this project will study Istanbul and its rich acoustic character. The research attempts to find distinct aural design techniques that can be used to enhance urban public spaces.
The research seeks to establish a correlation between the factors that govern the evolution of organisms/natural systems with the factors that regulate the development and growth of cities. The coupling of these two fields will be achieved through the computational application of a biological model of evolution in the development of an urban tissue.
The development of the historicist understanding of collective identity in the architecture of Iran
Olivia Marra earned her diploma from the Faculty of Architecture, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2009) and her M.Arch from The Berlage Institute (2013) with the thesis Housing Contemporary Forms of Life: A Project for Tehran. She has worked with several offices in Rio and Paris before starting her doctoral search at the AA. www.politicalform.com
Among other factors, the way people use public spaces is highly influenced by the environmental conditions of these spaces. Urbanisation has changed not only the environmental properties of our surroundings, but also our relationships and interactions with them. This research studies the relation between urban public spaces and people’s experiences through environmental perceptions within the urban Spanish context.
The purpose of this work is to critically reframe the wealth of historiographical material available today on the subject, focusing on the disparity between the accounts that deal with the early avant-garde and those that deal with the currents that superseded it.
This research begins with an investigation: a radical state initiated housing project named Mehr (2007–13) in the Islamic Republic of Iran, made up of four million housing units spread across the country. The thesis will examine the instrumentality of Mehr in establishing homogeneity in the segregated working class as well as the economic processes that enabled the advent of the project in the first place.
Serena Lehua Jarvis is an urbanist with a particular interest in the future of resource security; she graduated with distinction from the Bartlett, Faculty of the Built Environment with a MSc in Building & Urban Design in Development (2011), where she received a special commendation on her dissertation. She earned a BA in International Relations […]
This piece of research aims at highlighting a set of relevant questions regarding the relationship between the design process and the political objectives put forward by the multiple agencies involved in the organization process of the 1994 edition of the Olympic Games. By contrasting the international scale of the implementation within the mega-event of the green agenda of the United Nations, with the national one, characterized by the local thrive for sustainable organization of space, broader questions on the commitment of international institutions towards long-term ecological solutions will be posed.
using perception augmentation and sensory immersion to understand new relationships with bodies and space. Image: Hyungkoo Lee, one of the helmets from 'The Objectuals'
To identify and analyse the shifts in definition and perception of security and violence that have transformed the idea and form of Rio de Janeiro over time.
This thesis develops a conception of politically conditioned architectural practice premised on Alain Badiou’s theories of subjectivity.