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Monday 23 March

The markets of desire

The markets of desire: 1950s commercial colonization of daily life, Photo: House Beautiful, 1955

George Wagner
Structuring Practices in the 1950s - Art, Architecture and the Markets of Desire

George Wagner' s lecture at the AA will look at the expansion in the practices of art and architecture in the USA, in the context of the emerging markets of the 1950s. At that time, architecture set itself against the vitality of abstract expressionism, preferring to negotiate and sometimes to absorb the myths of subjectivity, process and artistry. The architectural profession was consolidating the organizations and procedures that would enable architects to have more central control over projects. Commerce colonized daily life and consumers could imagine themselves as anyone, owning anything - and the products were available to fulfil their private fantasies. Among these material markets of desire, one architectural programme - the church - promised refuge for the individual, not so much through faith as through escape from the spectre of nuclear self- destruction and the collapse of humanitarian ideals.

George Wagner is currently a Professor of Architecture at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He has been a visiting professor at several schools of architecture and design in the USA including those at Harvard, Cornell and Yale. He will be guest editor for Daidalos in Spring 1998.

 Drawing and Design, John Andrews

Drawing and Design, John Andrews

John Andrews
Drawings and Designs ( until 27 March )

The exhibition of pen and ink drawings by John Andrews, on show in the Front Members' Room from Monday 9 March until the end of term, represents a series of architectonic spaces akin to Kandinsky's graphic exploration of point, line and plane.

The intersecting lines and planes plot a spatial organization with meticulous attention to detail. An ephemeral cartography emerges, charting movements, routes and forms of a nomadic architecture.

John Andrews studied at the AA and was a Unit Master between 1980 and 1989. He is now Professor of Architecture at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. His recent built projects include a 3,500-seat harbourside convention centre in Sydney, Australia.

Marila Perez, Graduate Design

Surface Urbanism: Greenwich Peninsula Design Workshop

This exhibition documents a two-week workshop held in January by the Graduate Design programme's Design Research Laboratory.

During the workshop, guest critics Raoul Bunschoten and Alex de Rijke from London, Jessie Reiser from New York, and Robert Somol from Los Angeles, each led a group of students exploring alternative approaches to the ongoing development of the Millennium site on the Greenwich Peninsula in London. The work will be on display in the Members' Bar from Monday 9 March until the end of term.