AA Lecture - Why Architecture Must Never Stand Still
Series: Evening Lecture
Date: 20th November 2014
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
DSDHA's projects span from macro-scaled urban strategies and infrastructure studies, such as the redesign of area of Camden's West End in which the AA sits (between Tottenham Court Road, Gower Street, Warren Street and Shaftesbury Avenue) through to highly acclaimed individual crafted buildings, which celebrate the act of making and materiality within architecture, such as Alex Monroe’s Studio in Snowsfields, London or their new Covert House – an uncompromisingly radical concrete residence sunken into the ground of a historic conservation area in Clapham.
These projects have evolved through a unique design methodology that deploys tactics developed through 15 years of parallel research in academia and in practice, and which have been widely recognised as groundbreaking.
The lecture will focus on research carried out within the Studio, and as part of Deborah Saunt’s recently completed PhD at RMIT Europe, revealing not only the qualities and preoccupations found within the projects, which engage with nature and contemporary conditions but also how architects must invariably demonstrate agency within the practice of architecture so that they insert themselves into the project and create impulses that propel the progress of design forward.
Photo: Helene Binet