CREAte Open Lecture: Benno Gammerl

The upcoming CREAte Open Lecture will be given by Benno Gammerl, entitled, ‘Out and About: A Spatial History of Gay Liberation in Germany’ on Wednesday 24th January 2018 at 18.00 in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1.

From hiding in the closet to openly and proudly displaying queerness – the history of homosexualities in the second half of the twentieth century has a spatial dimension that deserves further exploration. For a long time, same-sex desiring men encountered each other in barely lit locales or behind carefully drawn curtains. However, since the 1970s open shop windows and frank advertising increased gay visibility in German cityscapes. How does this shift connect with broader architectural developments, and how did occupying these new spaces change the lives of queer people?

Benno Gammerl is a lecturer for queer history at Goldsmiths College in London. Before coming to the UK he conducted research on the emotional lives of same-sex desiring men and women in both rural and urban settings in West Germany, while at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. Gammerl’s new project explores how transnational migrations shaped sexual cultures in the twentieth century. He recently published (with Jan S. Hutta and Monique Scheer) ‘Feeling differently: Approaches and their politics’, in Emotion, Space and Society (2017).

Digital Architecture Open Lecture: ‘Morphogenetic Creations’

The next Digital Architecture Open Lecture will be given by Andy Lomas entitled ‘Morphogenetic Creations’ on Tuesday 23rd January 2018 in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1.

Inspired by the work of Alan Turing, Ernst Haeckel and D’Arcy Thompson, Morphogenetic Creations is an ongoing series of art works that explore how intricate complex structure and motion can be created emergently using computer generated models of morphogenesis.

The aim is for deep emergence, with rules for growth specified at the level of interactions between individual cells. Digital simulation techniques are used to algorithmically encode the rules, and processes are run over many thousands of time steps and millions of primitives. Using a combination of evolutionary methods and machine learning, the space of possibilities is explored to discover areas of rich emergent behaviour. Creating forms using unnatural selection: survival of the intriguing instead of the fittest.

Andy Lomas is a digital artist, mathematician, and Emmy award winning supervisor of computer generated effects. He has had work exhibited in over 50 joint and solo exhibitions, including at The Royal Society, SIGGRAPH, Japan Media Arts Festival, Ars Electronica Festival, and the ZKM. His work is also in the permanent collections at the V&A and the D’Arcy Thompson Art Fund Collection. In 2014 his work Cellular Forms won The Lumen Prize Gold Award.

He is a Visiting Lecturer at The Bartlett School of Architecture and a Visiting Research Fellow at Goldsmiths University of London. His production credits include Walking With Dinosaurs, Matrix: Revolutions, Matrix: Reloaded, Over the Hedge, The Tale of Despereaux and Avatar.


KASA Open Lecture: Gilles Retsin

KASA is delighted to announce an upcoming open lecture by Gilles Retsin, from Gilles Retsin Architecture. This event will kick off the School’s Open Lecture series in the new year on Tuesday 16th January at 18.00 in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1.

Gilles Retsin is the recent winner of the 2017 Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB Installation Programme competition and directs a research cluster at UCL / the Bartlett School of Architecture.

Gilles Retsin Architecture is a London based architecture and design practice which is interested in the impact of computation on the core principles of architecture. The lecture will be entitled ‘Discrete Architecture’ and explores themes about digital architecture of the future.


MArch Open Afternoons 2017/18

Kent School of Architecture are hosting a series of MArch Open Afternoons (2pm – 4pm) in Studio C, Marlowe Building on the Canterbury campus.

If you are interested in studying on the MArch programme, and would like to find out more information about the course structure, unit system, entry requirements and would like an opportunity to speak with the MArch programme director, Michael Richards, along with current students and unit leaders, then please choose from one of the following dates below to attend:

  • Tuesday 12 December 2017, 2pm – 4pm, Studio C
  • Tuesday 27 February 2018, 2pm – 4pm, Studio C
  • Wednesday 4 April 2018, 2pm – 4pm, Studio C
  • Wednesday 20 June 2018, 2pm – 4pm, Studio C

If you would like to attend, or have any queries about the MArch course, please email for online booking information.

Professor Marialena Nikolopoulou to give talk at Wageningen University

Professor Marialena Nikolopoulou will be talking about her leading research on human thermal perception and climate adaptation in cities in a talk entitled ‘Open spaces in the 21st century city: from the thermal dimension of space to climate change’ as Visiting Professor at Wageningen University, in the Netherlands,  funded by the Wageningen Institute for Environment and Climate Research on Tuesday 28th November 2017.

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KASA Open Lecture: Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)

KASA is delighted to announce an upcoming lecture by Matthew Slocombe, Director of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). The lecture will be held in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1 on Thursday 30th November 2017 at 6PM.

The society was founded by William Morris and others in 1877. SPAB’s principal concern is the nature of ‘restoration’ or ‘repair’ to old buildings, because misguided work can be extremely destructive. Matthew will be talking about the SPAB approach – an overview of the Society’s conservation philosophy (including repair and design issues) and an explanation of their current work (including the Philip Webb award for conservation and design, and the Scholarship programme for architects).

Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt speaks at St. Stephen’s Festival Week

Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt will be giving a talk at St. Stephen’s Church in Canterbury on Thursday 23rd November at 7.30pm. His talk entitled ‘Profane Gothic: Rediscovering the Palace of Westminster’s 19th Century Ventilation System’ will cover the restoration and renewal within the Palace of Westminster, and explores how the gothic architecture of the Houses of Parliament has been shaped by its innovative Victorian ventilation system.

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Digital Architecture Open Lecture: ‘A Visual Fabric of Space’

The next Digital Architecture Open Lecture will be given by Sam McElhinney, Course Leader of the BA Architecture at University of Creative Arts on Tuesday 21st November at 6PM in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1.

‘A Visual Fabric of Space’

Sam McElhinney will be presenting his research work on isovist fields and discussing their import into the fundamentals of spatial cognition and understanding. He will demonstrate a new platform for architectural plan analysis, based on advanced digital coding techniques, that he has developed for practitioners, researchers and students to use. The lecture will include an outline of seven key spatial metrics and their relevance to the experience of an observer of a building, as well a history of some of his past digital coding experiments.

Sam currently runs the BA (Hons) Architecture at the Canterbury School of Architecture. He is a former member of the ‘Space Syntax Laboratory’ at UCL and his ongoing research is focussed on developing real-time and motive spatial analytic models. He is also a founding partner of MUD Architecture, a small design and research practice based in Canterbury.

From 2005 to 2012 Sam was a key member of Surface Architects. During this time Surface twice came third in BD’s Young Architect of the Year Award. Sam was Project Architect and Design Lead for Surface’s highest profile built project, a series of Wayfinding Structures in the 2012 Olympic Park in Stratford, East London. After leaving Surface he acted as a Design Manager at Jason Bruges Studio, running the design, construction and commissioning of the prestigious WWF Experience Installation.

CREAte hosts Professor Martin Bressani at St Augustine’s Abbey

A week of teaching and research activities in honour of our guest Professor Martin Bressani, director of the McGill School of Architecture in Montreal, was launched with a special event at the Pugin church of St Augustine in Ramsgate last night. Professor Bressani is a leading expert in the Gothic Revival, and he spoke to an audience from the parish about his early interest in the subject and the relationship of Pugin’s ideas to the Modern Movement. His talk was followed by a concert by PhD students and CREAte members Gimin Lee (ukulele) and Giacomo Damiani (accordion). Howard Griffin then presented an audio-visual display projected onto the interior walls of the church, assisted by students from our Architectural Visualisation programme. The evening was rounded off with performances on guitar by tutor Henry Sparks and second-year Architecture student Daniel Duarte.

CREAte thanks Father Marcus Holden for hosting us generously at the church, and to Anthony Jinks from the parish team for kindly looking after us over the evening.

Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt features as CIBSE Journal’s November Cover Star

Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt is Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Architecture and AHRC Leadership Fellow at the Kent School of Architecture. He is currently on research leave leading a large AHRC funded project investigating the Houses of Parliament’s historic ventilation system. The project, entitled ‘Between Heritage and Sustainabiliy – Restoring the Palace of Westminster’s nineteenth-century ventilation system,’ feeds into the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme.

Liza Young, Deputy Editor at the CIBSE Journal, was taken on a private tour of the Palace of Westminster, led by Dr Schoenefeldt for a feature article which is in November’s issue of CISBE Journal, of which Henrik is the cover star. The issue, including the full-length article on p.24 – p.28, can be viewed here: