PGR Seminar Series commences with Ben Tosland

The first PGR presentation of this year will be held on Wed 5th April at 15.00, and will be given by postgraduate research student Ben Tosland, with his talk entitled ‘The development of green spaces and influence of western landscape architecture in the Persian Gulf during the late twentieth-century’.

Ben’s research aims to show the extent of Western influence over landscape design in the Persian Gulf and its relationship with town planning movements throughout the twentieth-century. Supported through archival research and several case studies, Ben will argue that the Western design of landscapes in the region is due to both the influx of people from Europe and America who worked with oil companies, and their subsequent funding of landscape work. Added to this, there are changing sociological and political forces in the region during this period that will also be assessed. Several themes and sub-themes that will be shown through his research will be:

  • Identity and representation
  • Segregation and inequality
  • Morphology of spatial design
  • Relationship between landscape and townscape

This short talk will attempt to give the context to this research by representing statistics through maps of the region before looking at a chosen case study and briefly explaining how the aforementioned themes affected the design process and the eventual outcome.

Kent School of Architecture features in latest CISBE Journal

Kent School of Architecture has made a mark in the April 2017 issue of CISBE Journal.

Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt’s article based on Maria Köhler’s research on the historic environmental system of the Royal Albert can be found on pages 36 – 38. Following this article, our MSc Architecture and Sustainable Environment course, more specifically the module AR828 Rediscovery, highlights that the study of historic environmental principles can inform conservation practice. In addition to this, Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt’s work project at the House of Parliament is featured in the news section of the journal on page 7.

To view the full journal, please see the following link: http://www.cibsejournal.com/archive/PDFs/CIBSE-Journal-2017-04.pdf

Pugin celebration in Ramsgate

Pugin experts will be speaking at a celebration in Ramsgate this Wednesday 5th April 2017 from 18.30 – 20.00 in The Cartoon Room, The Grange, St Augustine’s Road, Ramsgate, CT11 9NY.

CREAte, the Centre for Research in European Architecture at the Kent School of Architecture, University of Kent, will be hosting a celebration to honour their successful collaboration with The Pugin Society and Thanet District Council. The occasion marks the publication of a new book, Gothic Revival Worldwide: AWN Pugin’s Global Influence, edited by Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin of the Centre together with major international scholars.

The book is the next stage of a collaboration that began with a conference held at the University of Kent in 2012 to mark the bicentenary of Pugin’s birth. The conference was a collaboration between the Centre, the Pugin Society and the District Council which brought experts and enthusiasts to Ramsgate from all over the world including the leading Pugin scholar, the late Margaret Belcher, from Christchurch, New Zealand.

These activities have helped to increase interest and appreciation of the valuable architectural heritage of Ramsgate and Thanet, and are a further sign of the Centre’s commitment to local groups.

Dr David Haney, the Director of CREAte, said:

‘We are honoured that the eminent Pugin scholar Lady Alexandra Wedgwood will be in attendance. Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt from CASE will give a talk on his work on the Houses of Parliament, and Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin on the Gothic Revival’.

Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt, who has contributed a chapter to the book, is an expert on the building of Pugin’s Palace of Westminster and is acting as a consultant for the proposed major restoration works.