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Architectural Association School of Architecture 2 - 20 JULY 2012


APRÈS CITY

“The after party’s always better than the main event.”

As the Olympic Games draw to a close next Autumn 2012, London will be struggling with the question of what to do when the party’s over? Do we all just pick up the garbage, tidy up and go home? And, more importantly, where’s the after-party? This year’s AA Summer School will speculate on the after-life, after-party and after-city of the Olympic site in London. The programme will focus on the continuing relationship between the form of the event and the form of the city, from small-scale on-site performances and installations to the larger scale re-imaginings of an event-driven future city. The Summer Architecture School will invent and describe the après-city through compelling perspectives: spatial, social, economic, ecological, cultural and technological. It will use London as an experimental laboratory of ideas and actions. Individual and collective discoveries are encouraged as well as innovative, evocative proposals. The brief and intense course—based on the renowned AA Unit System—emphasises techniques of interpretation, recording, drawing, making and thinking through diverse media types, both analogue and digital.


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SUMMER SCHEDULE 2012

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FORMAT Issue 2 4 — 17 July 2012 FORMAT is ‘live magazine’ looking at the shapes that discourse takes. Running in parallel to the AA Summer Architecture School, Issue 2 will talk about talking, show what it means to show something, and present the hidden politics of presentation. Mixing anecdote and analysis, seminars with screenings and singing, FORMAT’s themed, reflexive sessions look back on how knowledge has been formatted into disciplines, institutions, technologies — as well as how the present moment questions or surpasses received formats of cultural consumption. Paraphrasing Marshall McLuhan, ‘The format is the massage.’ http://format.aaschool.ac.uk — Organised by Shumon Basar ALL EVENTS TAKE PLACE IN THE NEW SOFT ROOM AT 630PM OPEN TO SUMMER SCHOOL STUDENTS AND THE PUBLIC 4 July CHAT SHOW FORMAT

presents psychological furniture, psychoanalytical entertainment and psycho breakdowns with SAM JACOB and SHUMON BASAR 6 July PROTEST FORMAT

presents the rules of resistance persisting through time and, as-found in the history of cinema with MICHAEL BROOKE and HARRY GILES 11 July SPAM FORMAT

presents algorithmic authorship, ghost characters, fictional desire and elaborate romantic art scams with contributions from HITO STEYERL, WAYNE DALY, CRESSIDA KOCIENSKI and JOANA HADJITHOMAS & KHALIL JOREIGE 13 July COVER VERSION FORMAT

presents songs that sell familiarity, songs that butcher beloved originals, and the cultural logic compelling us to listen to the same thing, a little differently with TAMARA BARNETT-HERRIN, SOPHIE C. BERNHARD and MARK FISHER 17 July COMMENTARY FORMAT

presents random talking over Directors’ Cuts, You’ve Got Mail, and Beavis & Butthead’s improvised critical outbursts with VICTORIA CAMBLIN, CÉCILE B. EVANS AND GUESTS


APRĂˆS CITY Architectural Association School of Architecture Sum m er School 2012

Director Natasha Sandmeier Program m e Co-ordinator To be confirmed

UNIT 1 Fran Balaam & Cristina Monteiro UNIT 2 Manuel Collado & Nacho Martin UNIT 3 Jorgen Tandberg & Umberto Bellardi Ricci UNIT 4 Shaelena Morley & Manijeh Verghese UNIT 5 Mark E. Breeze, Dolores V. Ruiz, Juanjo Ruiz, Eduardo Rega, Beatriz Villanueva and Francisco J. Casas


unit 1 Fran Balaam & Cristina Monteiro


UNIT 1

STAY-UP APRĂˆS CITY - LONDON Fran Balaam & Cristina Monteiro

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STAY-UP Fran Balaam & Cristina Monteiro The next 30 years will see 32,000 new homes appear gradually in the barren wastelands of post-

timeframes, is it possible or useful to speculate

Neighbourhoods’. In the meantime, Interim Uses temporarily colonise these territories, with little sense of their long-term effect. Could radically

We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us. Winston Churchill

a lasting impact on the shape of these future neighbourhoods?

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intermediary occupation of the post-Olympic sites. powerful, unexpected and delightful impacts on the shape of the city, joining up the short-term with the long and allowing spontaneity, spectacle,

Detailing all the stay-ups, in a format that is recognisably close to the structure of the original statement in order to be comparable with it. This IUS will be presented to the LLDC.

remembered in the form of tomorrow’s city. 2. Maps Locating the stay-ups and demonstrating the phasing plan. These will act both as an appendix to the IUS and as accessible plans that set out the 3. Posters 2. They set a spatial and social precedence for the

Students will represent each stay-up using mass

becoming an indelible part of its structure and culture.

of London Transport posters. Each project will

* How can the Stay-Up relate to situations found in existing London communities, both the * With no funding allocated for Interim Uses, how

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FRIDAY & SATURDAY 6TH / 7TH JULY Preparation and rehearsal of group presentation for the crit. FRIDAY 20TH JULY PRESENTATION

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STAY-UP Fran Balaam & Cristina Monteiro TUTORS Fran Balaam is an architect and lecturer. She runs an undergraduate architecture studio at London

Cristina Monteiro is an architect. Prior to

Pie, an architecture, urban design and research a number of schools of architecture in the UK and RCA. She has recently been shortlisted for the AJ Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Award. Fran has considerable experience in urban design, landscape and public realm, as well as buildings, number of projects across the capital. She is currently leading on a High Street 2012 project in

2012. for Adams & Sutherland in London and the Lunuganga Trust in Colombo. She has taught at Studio 2.3, and has been a guest critic at London

critically acclaimed extension and refurbishment of St. Joseph’s Primary School (shortlisted for the & Design Panel. Jerusalem.

www.dk-cm.com

www.piearchitecture.com

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unit 2 Manuel Collado & Nacho Martin


–—body building. ||||| Project: Teaching Proposal by Mi5 architects AA Summer School: Après City 2012

The Olympics produce a global contagion of the benefits of sport and the need to put our bodies in shape. However, the role of architecture in these events is limited to be a spectacular but, at the same time, fat stage. More to be seen by a global audience than to be used by citizens who receive them. And not only that, but underneath its steriod image lies a future paralysis. The relationship between architecture and physical shape will drive the workshop reflection. How can we transform buildings into something extremely useful for their users? We will use the Olympic message - exercise as a social event -, to produce an intense encounter between architecture and the entire human body. Retrieving the physical part and the most intense function in architecture above the visual. The relationship between body cult and architecture took a leading role in Modernism. As Beatriz Colomina states “Modern Architecture was understood as a kind of medical equipment, a mechanism for protecting and enhancing the body”. One of his main characters, Hannes Meyer stated in 1926: “The stadium vanquishes the art museum, and bodily reality replaces beautiful illusion. Sport unifies the individual with the masses. Sport is becoming the advanced school of collective feeling”. Contemporary fitness also embodies new forms of interaction between the user and the space he inhabits. Farshid Moussavi finds in the new fitness machines the best reference of the buildings operability, “as machines (that) depend on the connections they make with other machines, including the human body… The body and the machine work together in a holistic manner... It is your own interaction with the machine that unfolds the different exercises, and triggers the different functions according to your own needs, whether they be getting fit or lean, healing, or relaxing”. Our exercise will aim to transform architecture, buildings, into machines that allow a heavy use by its users: SPORT ARTIFACTS that bring closer architecture to the citizen and his body. Machines that express the necessary role of architecture to build a healthy social body. Après City: The Body.

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–—selection First, there will be a selection of some paradigmatic buildings of the recent history of architecture, including some classic Olympic master pieces. The aim is to analyze the functioning of these artifacts: how its structure works, how its enclosure performs, the appropiateness of the materials... The research will start from the AA library and the students will work with photocopies, sketches, schemes... Second, the unit will be split into 3/4 teams. Each team will work with around 10 buildings and then we will prepare an internal presentation.

–—transformation During this period, we´ll study what are the operations to adapt a building to the human scale. We will pay attention to how structure changes, what is the interaction with the body, what has happened with the enclosure, what is the expression of the former materials... We will define transformers : Buildings mutated body machines. The transformed building will work as an expanded suit, adding new physical properties to our anatomy trough its use, defining new Olympic superheroes. We will produce first small models (toy scale) made of paper or cardboard. 3 small models per team.

–—production We´ll select one model per team. Each team will produce 1 final mockup. A version of the former model at 1:1 scale. This artifact will be what we call a simulated machinery : a fake representation of a real body machine. The pieces will work as low-tech special effects, not demonstrating its real efficiency, but expressing all the information developed in the unit. The main materials of the mockups will be foam, cardboard, printed papers...

–—comunication The 3/4 final mockups will be presented during the final jury, staging a reduced gym. Each piece will be accompanied by a catalogue, a printed document (exercise chart) to explain its use, construction/assembly and image.


–—mi5 architects. ||||| calle zurbano, number 47, 4º izda.

postcode 28010, madrid, spain.

telephone: +(34 ) 913 196 079

cell phone: +(34) 619 426 009

MI5´s profile was conceived since the turn of the century as a suggestive and innovative practice midway between construction and research. Our work focuses on the search of alternative and not very explored public management strategies, exploiting fantasy as a powerful, dynamic motor of social processes. Interested in participating in the construction of the signs of our era, we conceive our projects as the erection of identities of collective recognition, capable of redefining and strengthening the geographical and human territory where they stand. We work with the efficiency of our projects´ communication strategies as a proposal which will intensify their social viability. Our work method is supported by proactive policies, with very personalized relationship protocols for each user and his environment. One of the missions of the projects, conferences, essays and teaching undertaken by the studio during the last years, has been rethinking concepts such as Public, Youth, Outskirts, Fashion, Technology...

–—cv Mi5 is a team of Manuel Collado and Nacho Martin since 1999 which focuses on researching unexplored projectual strategies, our work has been recognize, awarded and published on several ocassions. We have been invited to: VII Venice Architecture Biennale, Europe VI Burgos, Liege and MOPU, COAM Recent Work Foundation, FRESHMADRID COAM Foundation, Madrid Social Housing RIBA (London), 100% Crude COAM Foundation, Building Dwelling Thinking IVAM ... We have been teaching at the Architectural Association (Summer School London 2011), the Architectural Polytechnic Universities of Alicante, Alcalá de Henares, Camilo José Cela (Madrid) and Fashion Design at the European Institute of Design (IED Madrid), in addition to have participated in several workshops, juries and lectures.

—–www. mi5arquitectos.com

—– email estudio@mi5arquitectos.com


unit 3 Jorgen Tandberg & Umberto Bellardi Ricci


AA Summer School 2012

Jorgen Tandberg & Umberto Bellardi Ricci

Subjective Fragments of the Post-Olympic City: Revisiting the Fun Palace for the 21st Century 1. Introduction The East London Olympics ground was once imagined to be the site of Cedric Price’s Fun Palace; a building of complete flexibility, responding to all of its inhabitants’ wishes, a ‘laboratory of fun’. The Fun Palace was imagined as a ‘large shipyard in which enclosures such as theatres, cinemas, restaurants, workshops and rally areas can be assembled, moved, rearranged and scrapped continuously’. It was largely conceived as a response to the post-war Fordism in Britain, pre-empting Britain’s move towards a services centered economy. We will begin the summer school with a lecture at the Queen Elisabeth Hall, hosted by some of London’s most interesting writers and thinkers, including photographer Stephen Gill who will also join us later in our studio. The theme of the lecture is the dreams and visions suspended by the Olympics on this particular East London site.

2. Post-Mortem of London Utopias The studio will start by investigating fictitious architectural projects from London such as Cedric Price’s ‘Fun Palace’ and Rem Koolhaas ‘Exodus’. Great paradoxes define these projects; they can not easily be defined as utopias or dystopias, or purely works of protest or conformity, but support all of these readings at once. Their radicality lies in pushing any concept to an extreme, and program life in detail. In the creation of ‘total environments’, architecture becomes the antidote for a system out of control. The studio will revisit this search for a contemporary architectural Gesamtkunstwerk, as an all-encompassing proposal that organises all aspects of life. We may not revel in the pop language of the 1970’s Exodus or the 1950’s Fun Palace, but will rather take a more serene approach, developing a language that addresses the current zeitgeist of disillusion, lack of master narratives, control of communication, and the cancellation of the proclaimed happy end of global market economy.

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Top: Cedric Price, ‘Fun Palace’ , 1961. Left : Rem Koolhaas, ‘Exodus, or the voluntary prisoners of Architecture’, 1972.


2.The ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ The medium in which we speculate and propose a Gesamtkunstwerk will be the space of an image: first of a place, then of a model. The initial context is abstracted into a generic space. While the Fun Palace was a provocative response to the Factory based class society of the 1950’s, we will try to address the contemporary London, that since the announcement of the Olympics has seen large scale riots and Occupy movements for months on end, as well as one of the largest recessions in a century. The studio will visit architectural ‘total environments’ in London, completed projects that have aimed to contain and organize life and consumption, human interaction, theater and play; former social experiments such as the Barbican (Chamberlin, Powell and Bon), the Robin Hood Gardens (Alison and Peter Smithson), the Brunswick Center (Patrick Hodkinson), Alexandra Road Estate (Neave Brown), as well as more contemporary built work. These ‘total environments’ account for some of London’s more impressive architectural heritage, also due to the scope of their ambitions. We will get an impression of the ways in which these works exercise power, as well as how they are flexible. The Olympic site, as the most ‘total’ environment of all, will function as a backdrop for the studio work - a public space so controlled that we are not allowed to enter.

The photographer Stephen Gill will visit our studio, review our images and talk about his in-depth knowledge of London, and especially the Hackney Olympic site. We will jointly discuss alternative London sites and visions to construct our views of a postOlympic London. We will manufacture images and produce a pamphlet that will stand in stark contrast to the hyperreal imagery of the Olympic marketing machine. Looking at the work of the artist Thomas Demand and his ability to translate news material into abstracted paper models, we will produce architectural models that abstract and estrange the places we visit, allowing new fictions to arise from the working method itself. The image will form both a critique and a proposal. The work of the group will be compiled with accompanying texts in a publication for the final jury of the summer school.

Clockwise from top: Alison and Peter Smithson ‘Robin Hood Gardens ‘ 1972. Thomas Demand ‘Diving Board’ 1994. Stephen Gill, Hackney Wick, 2008.


3. Process i. Image We will investigate 5 ‘total environments’, working in pairs to document each. Each group will produce a simple photo essay, summarizing the research and telling a story. The photo essay should consist of 5-10 carefully chosen views, and a small accompanying text. In the end, the students will choose one image, with one viewpoint and formal composition, that they wish to continue working with, that can generate discussion and define intention. ii. Model We will work with modelmaking, ending up with one final physical model. The model should be based on the photograph, and is built only to be photographed. It is in this way a completely controlled environment in itself; all decisions regarding the model can be made in order to achieve the best possible photograph. The students will experiment with texture mapping, with different types of card, backgrounds and lighting. The models should represent a small fragment of the environment the students have been investigating, but the fragment should in itself summarize or explain the project. The process will be one of reduction - using model making to reduce the fragment to a simplified, autonomous motif - a subjective abstraction. The model will serve as a testing ground for the abstracted architectural/urban fragment seen in isolation. How does the fragment read, when isolated, reduced to its essence, and taken out of its context? iii. Model photos and refinement. The final image is one where the initial photograph is reinterpreted through a model photograph. The tutors will assist the students with photographing the model, image making, composition and retouching. We will refine our images and texts towards a final publication, that suggests a contemporary interpretation of Cedric Price’s Fun Palace in the very different social, cultural, economic and political landscape of today, as opposed to the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Images from the left: Nicholas Alan Cope, LA 30 & LA 31. Right: “Anarchy 4, A Journal of Anarchist Ideas. ‘Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches’, 1964”.

Unit Staff: Jorgen Johan Tandberg. Studied at the AA, where he graduated with Honours in 2010, and at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. He has previously worked with and for architectural offices in London and Oslo and Madrid, as well as completing some of his own work. His work has been shown by Architectural Review, Architectural Design, Architects Journal, Wallpaper Graduate Directory, Building Design, among others. He is currently a working in London. Umberto Bellardi Ricci. After a first degree in Social Anthropolgy and a Masters’ in International Politics at the at School of Oriental and African Studies, Umberto Bellardi Ricci finished his five year degree from the Architectural Association in 2011. He has worked in various fields such as human rights and journalism and also in London practices such as Ron Arad Associates and Stanton Williams Architects. He has been working with Nissanke Jones over the last year and set up his own design studio, while also teaching in Foundation at the Architectural Association. Visiting Artist: Stephen Gill. A British photographer and artist, Stephen’s work is a hybrid between documentary and conceptual art. Stephen has published a series of books on Hackney and the Olyumpic site prior to its transformation for the Olympics. Gill’s photographs have been exhibited at London’s National Portrait Gallery, The Victoria & Albert Museum, Decima Gallery, Agnes B, the Victoria Miro Gallery, Galerie Zur Stockeregg, the Gun Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, Palais des Beaux Arts, and Haus der Kunst. Gill’s photographs have appeared in international magazines including The Guardian Weekend, Le Monde 2, Granta, The New York Times Magazine, Tank, The Telegraph Magazine, I-D magazine, The Observer and Colors.


unit 4 Shaelena Morley & Manijeh Verghese


unit 5 Mark E. Breeze, Dolores V. Ruiz, Juanjo Ruiz, Eduardo Rega, Beatriz Villanueva, Francisco J. Casas


Periphery Party. From the ‘Association’ to suburbia and back SUMMARY: This intensive three weeks summer course will investigate mechanisms of participation, action and discussion as tools for spatial transformation and design. Our proposal will be a laboratory of participatory planning and design processes. We will be focusing in the periphery of the big event. London will be again the center of the world but we are more interested in how the big party qualifies and modifies the periphery. We will analyze the after party, in a venue chosen in fact to be part of the party like a guest not as the host. Taking in the former Olympic site of White City in west London, 1908, as the entry point, students will explore contemporary media and participatory methods to analyze the past, draw conclusions and operate in an analogous site to the 2012 London Olympic games, a so-called London village, in particular, Lee Valley. The workshop will deal, on the first stage, with the problem of designing a party or festival in Lee Valley as a forum for discussion around predictions of the aftermath of the Olympic games. On the second stage, the workshop will graft the results and findings of the party, in the form of further actions and spatial transformations (installations, video, photography, panel discussions), in the school of architecture. We will hear what people from the site has to say, the students will establish alternative rules, ways of cooperation and communication, hybrid methods of analysis that involve videocreation, and finally exhibition design strategies to reveal the findings. In 2011 Authority lost Power. In hugely varying contexts, and with differing intentions, from the so-called “Arab Spring”, to the streets of Spain, Greece and London, Authority was disregarded like never before. Many would say Anarchy. We call it a new desire of people for participation. The students will use new media to analyze and criticize the past and present, in order to project a new future for the site. They will design rules of the festival, the party, the big event under which the participation process will emerge and registered to finish with an exhibition, as a continuation of that new social movement.


SCHEDULE: 1. PARTY PLANNING / WHAT IS A PARTY? - Lecture on the 1908 summer Olympics in White City as a contemporary suburban analogous example; lectures on participatory design, actions in public spaces. - Discussions around issues of the periphery and the Olympic aftermath, from which to draw conclusions and decide the issues that the workshop will focus on. Establish groups of three to four students. - Students will research potential event/ festival formats; strategies for community engagement; mechanisms of ‘play’ that relate to the issue they are working with; potential sites; potential Lee Valley artists, architects, community members and politicians. They will start the process of design of the events, selection of participants and protocols of interaction. In groups, will design events related to their issue: rules of the event; architecture, spatial definitions, plans, sections and 3d modeling; announcing, poster design, starting a blog of the event. At the end of each day, each group presents their findings for further discussion. - Site visit

2. PARTY! / WHAT CAN A PARTY DO? - Iterating, refining and planning festival design proposals in Lee Valley - Discussions focused around the use of new media and crowd sourcing in data gathering; games as data events; and socio-political issues in relation to the Lee Valley - Party (aka Lee Valley data gathering/ documentation/ representation of social/ political/ economic/ architectural/ affective conditions) - Presentation of Party (aka Mid Review)

3. AFTER-PARTY! / WHERE THE REAL ACTION HAPPENS -

Discussions focused around experience categorization, design and documentation - Final iterations of after-party design (means and methods), and experiential documentation techniques - Construction/ installation of 'After-Party' in and around the AA - The After-Party (including experiential documentation) - The Day After the Night Before (aka The Final Review)


BIOS: Dolores V. Ruiz and Juanjo Ruiz (a. k. a. Semisotano RGRM architects), live and work in London. They organized Pecha Kucha Jaén in Spain with Beatriz Villanueva and Francisco J. Casas (a. k. a. bRijUNi architects) who live in Madrid where they were curators of Ménage à trois with Eduardo Rega, who met Beatriz at the Master in Proyectos Arquitectónicos Avanzados (MPAA). More over, Eduardo Rega is now in Columbia, taking the MsAAD at GSAAP, not very far from Harvard where Mark E. Breeze studied a Master. Mark now is based in London, where he works and has recently met, also by chance, Dolores V. Ruiz in a jury of Bartlett School where both were invited. So, the circle closes... Mark E. Breeze holds a Bachelor of Arts (University of Cambridge, England), a Master of Arts and Philosophy (CA, England) and a Master in Architecture (Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA). In the meantime he has been Guest Lecturer, Studio Instructor, Teaching associate or Juror in Universities of Washington DC, Boston, New York, Massachusetts, Michigan and London.His most famous work is The Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero with Discovery Channel. Dolores Victoria Ruiz and Juanjo Ruiz are architects (School of Architecture of Seville Spain) and she has a Post degree diploma at the Department of History of Art and Heritage (University of Jaén). Their office has nine years of building experience with more than eighty projects developed and its work has been highlighted with major awards and selected to participate in the X and XI Biennial of Architecture of Spain. In London, they worked as guest collaborators of Professor Sir Peter Cook in his office, CRAB. With him, they have won several prizes in international competitions and developed the idea for "The ring" a fountain patent. They are promoting new ideas in social participation and competitions like the explosive “Proyecto Express” sponsored by ASA and Spanish Housing Ministry, which involved citizens, young architects and local politicians with more than a hundred entries in just one day of competition. They are AA members since 2010. Eduardo Rega is an architect (University of Las Palmas, Spain) and Master en Proyectos Arquitectonicos Avanzados (Polytechnic University of Madrid, ETSAM). Currently an active PhD student at ETSAM and living in New York where he will graduate from the Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia University. He is Teaching Assistant in Architectural Design I&II in the Barnard and Columbia College Architecture Program. He is a guest critic at the University of Massachussets as well as in Alicante. In Madrid he was Teaching Assistant at the Master en Proyectos Arquitectonicos Avanzados (ETSAM) and coordinator of publications of the architectural design department. He is also editor, & art designer of the Editorial Project and Investigation system "From Spam to Maps". Beatriz Villanueva and Francisco J. Casas are bRijUNi arquitectos, office for architectural crisis and literary speculation. Both are architects (School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Madrid -ETSAM). Francisco has a Master in Analysis, History and Theory of Architecture (ETSAM) and Beatriz has a Master in Management and Design of Virtual Spaces (Fundación Camuñas -CSA and a Master in Advanced Architectural Projects . They have written over a hundred articles for international media and their work as architects has been published all over the world (A10 new european architecture, SUMMA+, Exkema,...). They teach regularly Theory and Criticism, History of Design and Culture and Theory at the Istituto Europeo di Design and Tri-Continental and have been Guest Tutors or Lecturers at Master’s Degree in Advanced Architectural Design (Universidad Europea de Madrid), ETSA Sevilla, Alicante,...As curators they organized two main events for the Chamber of architects: F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions) and Ménage à trois, this one together with Eduardo Rega. Last year, they participated in the Visiting Teachers Programme of the Architectural Association, which was rewarding, challenging and pushed them for more AA experiences.


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