Intermediate 12

Happening Architecture - Love Will Tear Us Apart


Inter 12 has looked at the role of events in the production of architecture, focusing on the ‘moment’ as a trigger for something far larger and more impactful. We have explored the ephemeral manifestations of architecture and how they help define the experiences central to our cultural environments.

Set in the context of the politically fraught Mexico City, the projects act as a trigger or stage allowing actions to occur. They speculate on the future possibilities of the life and legacy of a proposal far beyond the architect. As such the focus of the work is less on the architectural object, instead emphasising the crafting of the actions that the architecture is there to support. We have considered the contingent in architecture and tested the idea of agency beyond the profession by asking how the audience and user can inform the production of spaces and cities. To do this we have treated events as design elements with specific temporality, which shift the emphasis away from the purely spatial onto the activities and users the occupants. The unit is design and research driven, using representational drawings and design techniques from a range of alternative disciplines. The shifting and pulsing of these events over time was choreographed through an architectural score that became both a record and instruction for proposals. As a final outcome the students produced a number of 2D and 3D objects that reflect their constructed events.

Whether addressing political activism, engaging with the performative properties of mass entertainment, supporting traditional cultures or exploring innovative construction techniques, we have questioned the role of the architectural project as something in continuation and considered it less as a material solution and more as designed experiences, moments, journeys and trajectories over time.

Workshop Collaborators

Nick Brooks
Maud Sanciaume and Johannes Schick
Josef Hargrave, Arup Foresight

Additional thanks to

Flavie Audi
Fabrizio Ballabio
Shany Barath
Catherine Bella-Burnham
Oscar Brito
Kate Davies 
Barbara-Ann Campbell-Lange
Mark Campbell
Magnus Casselbrant
Aleks Catina
Ryan Dillon
Shin Egashira
Sarah Featherstone
Maria Fedorchenko
Chia Ferrari
Kostas Grigoriadis
Francesca Hughes
Josef Hargrave
Takako Hasegawa
Pablo Leon De La Barra
Xavi Llarch-Font
Sarah Manning
Monia de Marchi
John NG
Luis Ortega
Ricardo de Ostos
Mariana Pestana
Chris Pierce
Catalina Pollak
Benjamin Reichen
Jose Arturo Revilla
Ben Reynolds
Maud Sanciaume
Marin Sawa
Takero Shimazaki
Caroline Sohie
Ricardo  Sosa Mejia
Brett Steele
Carlos Villanueva-Brandt

And special thanks to everyone in Mexico City

Daniela and Valeria Torres
Ricardo Fernandez
Surella Segu Marcos
Alejandra Guerrero Ruiz
Ingrid Moye
Christoph Zeller
Lety Lozano
Cesar Lopez-Negrete
Carmen Cordera
Jorge Ambrosi
Gabriella Etchegaray
Carlos Hernandez Matos
Rodolfo Diaz Cervantes
Luis Flores

Unit Staff

Tyen Masten has taught at the AA since 2005. He is a founding director of PHASE3, which he established after working at Zaha Hadid Architects for almost a decade. Prior to moving to London he received a Masters from UCLA.

Inigo Minns works with storytelling, performance and curation to create audience-centred designs in an architectural context. In addition to his work as a tutor at the AA, he has taught internationally and is an Associate Lecturer at Central St Martins.