PhD Student Seminar: Gimin Lee

The upcoming PhD Seminar entitled, ‘Exploring change of traditional marketplaces in the gentrification process from interdisciplinary approaches: The case of Broadway Market and Barking Market, East London’ will be given by Gimin Lee, on 18th October at 4pm.

Authenticity of place in downgraded neighbourhoods has been reviewed differently from the architectural and sociocultural views while gentrification process permeated in the society.
Traditional marketplaces in London, which have been changing rapidly, can be an indicator to see gentrification process and a change of authenticity of place. In this respect, Broadway Market and Barking Market in East London will be explored to illustrate transformation of traditional marketplaces and evaluate authenticity of place in gentrification from both architectural and sociocultural points of view. Visual mapping supported by architectural documentation and ethnographic work will be used based on a concept of juxtaposition and experiential collage. The combined methodologies from different disciplines in this research will help understanding the changing character and authenticity of place of traditional marketplaces.

Prof. Marialena Nikolopoulou discussing the refurbishment of Dalby Square on BBC SE Evening News

The Director of CASE, Prof. Marialena Nikolopoulou, appeared at the BBC South East evening news last night, discussing the refurbishment of the Dalby Square townhouse in Margate with a focus on future proofing against climate change and intergeneration living.  This is an innovative regeneration project that is proactively addressing the challenges of climate change, an ageing population and housing shortages by renovating and converting a Victorian property in Margate for multi-generational living.

The full feature including the interview with Prof Marialena Nikolopoulou, can be found on BBC iplayer from 10.49 to 14.01: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b097c3nz/south-east-today-evening-news-09102017

More information on the project can be found here: https://research.kent.ac.uk/case/climate-change-adaptation-and-intergeneration-living-in-a-heritage-townhouse-in-margate/

KSA’s Dr Davina Jackson to speak at Twentieth Century Society event

The Australian architectural historian and critic Davina Jackson, who has completed her PhD at KSA, will be speaking next week at a special event in London held by the Twentieth Century Society and The Modern House estate agency in London.

The event, entitled ‘Douglas Snelling – Pan-Pacific Adventures in Modern Design and Architecture’ will take place on Monday 9th October at 6.30p-m in FCB Studios 20 on Tottenham Street in London.

Davina Jackoson is the author of the first study of Douglas Snelling’s pan-Pacific life an works. Based in Sydney, Davina works as an author, editor and curator and writes extensively on modernist architecture and design in Oceania. She was also professor of a multi-disciplinary design at the University of New South Wales and an editor of Architecture Australia.

For further information about the event, please see click here.

KSA members can attend free of charge.

KSA Medway Charrette exhibition at Drill Hall Library

The Medway Strategy Group commissioned a project to develop a stronger ‘sense of place’ at Medway and improve connections between different parts of the Medway campus including Pembroke and The Historic Dockyard, Chatham.

Kent School of Architecture students took part in a three-day Design Charrette at the Historic Dockyard, impressing visitors and guests with their vision and professionalism.

The Judging Panel, made up of Professor Don Gray (Head of School, Kent School of Architecture), Denise Flockhart (Office of the VC, University of Kent), Duncan Berntsen (Senior Urban Office Designer, Medway Council), Nigel Howard (Historic Environment and Buildings Project Manager, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust) was, “unanimous in declaring Team Ocelot (Alana Tidd, Julita Borys, Tilly Franklin, Nor Farah Ain Md Her, Moha Moein-Shirazi) as the winning designers of the ‘charrette’ at Chatham Historic Dockyard. The judges were impressed with the thoroughness and consistency with which the team had constructed their entry, and in particular, how effective the individuals had been working as a team. Judges noted the use of articulated visual clues for wayfinding, including the use of ‘gateways’ and thresholds to identify particular areas in a stimulating ‘journey through time’. They were also impressed by the inventive used of contemporary tram system to move people to key locations on both sites. Pedestrian movement was well considered. A new viewing tower clearly identified the site from a distance.”

The exhibition of work from the Medway Charette is now exhibited at the Drill Hall Library on the Medway campus for the next two months.

CASE Open Lecture: ‘Birkha Bawari: A 21st Century step-well in India’

The upcoming CASE Open Lecture will be given by A. Mridul and Shilpa Mridul on Thursday 12th October at 5PM in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1 with their talk entitled ‘Birkha Bawari: A 21st Century step-well in India’.

Step-wells, subterranean aqua-structures (Bawari or Vav in local dialect) were an integral part of Indian communities from 2nd century A.D. till the end of 19th century. Relegated in favour of canal and piped water-supply, these exquisite step-wells were gradually abandoned and forgotten.

However, as ecological and sustainability issues took center-stage amidst growing concern over the deepening water-crisis, it became vital that ancient wisdom of harnessing water be revisited and adapted by resurrecting the traditional water systems, creating new ones, rationalizing the modern and integrating the entire gamut of aqua-architecture to build a sustainable water-network.

The talk will focus on the how using traditional language in contemporary context, they have designed a new subterranean structure, Birkha Bawari, fashioned like a step-well, in a residential colony in Jodhpur. With a capacity to hold over 17.5 million litres of rain-water, it is a unique structural system built of sandstone quarried from its own site. This project exemplifies that such large water conserving structures are still architecturally feasible and economically viable.

The team have been exponents of Green Architecture long before it became a movement and have won numerous international and national awards. Known for lending an earthy identity to their buildings, they have done pioneering work in sandstone, mud, lime and other low carbon generating materials and are committed to judicious use of resources.  The Melbourne School of Design has collaborated with them for their WaterLore programme aimed at knowledge sharing of water systems in dry places of the world.

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‘Digital Architecture’ Open Lecture Series kicks off with Richard Hyams

The latest addition to the Kent School of Architecture’s Open Lectures is the new ‘Digital Architecture’ series curated by Director of Digital Architecture, Dr Tim Ireland, whereby experts in the field of computational design, digital architecture and fabrication are invited to present their work and prompt critical discourse about the use of digital technology in design.

The first lecture of this new series entitled, ‘Forget Everything You Know’ will be given by Richard Hyams from Astudio on Tuesday 3rd October at 6PM in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1.

Richard’s lecture will challenge you all to embrace the digital revolution. Richard will demonstrate through his work that to continually deliver better design we must learn to forget everything we know.

Richard Hyams is motivated by unique design challenges and enjoys leading design at and beyond the known boundaries of material and technology. Richard is always keen to challenge the status quo and leads teams to deliver highly individual buildings that inspire and delight. Richard’s pragmatism for understanding a complex brief and finding elegant yet simple solutions have placed Astudio as one of the most successful rising practices
Richard’s strategy to deliver high quality design for any building or procurement type and driving a research team to investigate future materials and technologies lead Astudio to become Architectural Practice of the Year after just 6 years in practice.

[Feature picture by Joel Felipe ]

Students in the 'Crit space' observing a lecturer

Booking now open for ‘Architecture at Kent’ Day!

Booking is now open for our upcoming ‘Architecture at Kent’ day taking place on Saturday 11th November from 10am – 4pm. This day is designed for students who are interested in studying architecture at Kent School of Architecture, and will give a snap-shot of what life is like as an architecture student. There will be lectures and workshops, and lunch will be provided so if you have any special dietary requirements, please ensure that you mention this on your booking form. If you have any queries regarding the event, please email ksaadmissions@kent.ac.uk.

Spaces are limited, so to book your space please use the following link: http://bit.ly/293atEC

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Prof. Marialena Nikolopoulou co-chairing RAEng symposium “Sustainable Global Wellbeing”

Professor Marialena Nikolopoulou, Director of CASE (Centre for Architecture and the Sustainable Environment), has been invited to the 3rd Royal Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering for Development symposium “Sustainable Global Wellbeing”, to co-chair the session on “Innovation for Sustainable Development” along with the Director of the UK Energy Research Centre.

The interdisciplinary workshop aims to encourage collaborative work, promoting international development, and cross disciplinary thinking among the next generation of leaders in engineering. In order to help cement new collaborations, groups of participants are invited to apply for seed funding of £20,000 to help develop a new collaborative partnership.  The symposium is taking place at the Oxford Union, from Monday 18 to Wednesday 20 September 2017.

[Feature picture by 贝莉儿 NG.]

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First KASA Open Lecture of 2017-18: AVR London

KASA is delighted to announce the first KSA Open Lecture of 2017/18 will be given by Joe Robson, founder of AVR London. Prior to establishing AVR, Joe studied architecture at Bath University before working at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA) researching 3D modelling, virtual reality and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

AVR is a London based collective of architecturally trained 3D artists who specialise in producing captivating architectural illustrations. Joe will be speaking to us about AVR’s methodology for producing illustrations and their thoughts on the importance of high quality visual representation in architecture.

[Feature picture by Erik Eastman]

Professor Marialena Nikolopoulou

Professor Marialena Nikolopoulou featured in Financial Times

Professor Marialena Nikolopoulou, Director of CASE (Centre for Architecture and the Sustainable Environment) was recently featured in an article in the Financial Times discussing the walkability of Europe’s cities following recent terror attacks. To read the full article written by Andrew Hill in the Financial Times, please click here.