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/

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.

Person walking around curved stairs with a garden below them

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.]

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.

Urban landscape

Kick-off of the largest externally funded project the School has witnessed

The School’s CASE Centre has been awarded major funding to carry out fundamental experimental research “Urban albedo computation in high latitude locations: An experimental approach”. A better understanding of urban albedo will provide a powerful method to help mitigate the effects of global warming by allowing more accurate computer simulation of building performance.

The £900,000 EPSRC-funded project was conceived and largely developed by Dr Giridharan Renganathan who along with the rest of the team secured support from major stakeholders, from professional bodies, to local government and industry partners.  The investigators are currently working with Kent Estates to identify a suitable site within the campus for building a large experimental model of specific areas of London.

Dr Renganathan is presenting at the London Climate Change Programme (LCCP) heat risk group meeting and UKCP18 briefings later this month.

[Feature picture by Vladimir Kudinov]

Lesbos, Greece

Dr Nikos Karydis investigates earthquake-resistant building technology in Greece

Dr Nikolaos Karydis, director of the MSc Programme in Architectural Conservation, visited the island of Lesvos, to study the behaviour of vernacular structures in the recent earthquake (6.3R). There, he discovered the use of an advanced earthquake-resistant system. This discovery has major implications for the forthcoming repair of historic buildings on Lesvos. Preliminary research findings are summarised in the article published on 3 August in Greece’s “Journalists’ Newspaper” (Εφημερίδα των Συντακτών).

 

[Feature picture by wehuntsCC BY-SA 2.0. Cropped from original.]

Professor Marialena Nikolopoulou becomes the new WIMEK visiting research fellow

The CASE Director, Professor Marialena Nikolopoulou has been awarded the competitive WIMEK visiting research fellowship.  She will be visiting Wageningen University, where she will be working with Dr Sanda Lenzholzer from the Landscape Architecture group, on urban climate and climate responsive design of outdoor space.

They are currently focusing on suitable methods to study the physical and psychological dimension of thermal perception and they are developing a special issue for the Journal of International Biometeorology.

CASE seeks Post-Doc Research Associate

The Centre for Architecture and Sustainable Environment at the Kent School of Architecture is seeking to appoint a post-doc research associate in the area of sustainable built environment and urban climate for the new three-year EPSRC-funded project ‘Urban albedo computation in high latitude locations: an experimental approach‘, an exciting collaboration between the University of Kent, Brunel and Loughborough University.

For further information regarding this exciting opportunity: http://bit.ly/2pwoRvW

 

CASE PhD Seminar: Leonidas Tsichritzis

CASE student Leonidas Tsichritzis will be holding a PhD Seminar on 10 May at 3.30PM in room W1-SR2.

The effect of urban geometry on pedestrian level winds

The Preliminary Results

Urban geometry influences almost exclusively the wind speeds at lower levels of the urban canopy layer affecting pedestrians’ comfort and the quality of urban environment. Such considerations have been taken into account from architects and planners in cold climatic context with very high buildings, such as in northern America while more recently such importance is being recognised in European temperate climates. With a focus on London, this study aims to assess the preliminary results obtained through CFD simulations, the magnitude of the impact of urban geometry on pedestrian level wind environment indicating the characteristics of urban geometry that dominate wind speeds around buildings.

The main objectives of this talk will be the following:

  • Urban geometry analysis
  • Methodology
  • Sensitivity studies
  • Initial results