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:

More information on the project can be found here:

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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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]

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:


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

CASE Open Lectures presents Chris Twinn from Twinn Sustainability

On Tuesday 21st March 2017, Chris Twinn from the Twinn Sustainability will give a CASE Open Lecture entitled ‘Where is Sustainability going next?’ The lecture will take place in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1 at 6PM.

Sustainability is about to take a big change in direction, changing fundamentally how we design buildings. It finally brings together the Social, Economic and Environmental Triple Bottom Line. As built environment professionals, we are missing a bigger picture when we simply tick-box BREEAM / LEED / WELL. While we focus on this low-level compliance, sustainability is about to take a whole new direction. Why is this, and what will drive it into mainstream. How can this be turned into an opportunity?  And how will this directly affect our next generation design of buildings? Chris will lead an exploration of what is waiting around the corner.

With a background in building design, planning and site implementation, Chris has formed his own specialist sustainability consultancy following 28 years with Arup, as a director and Arup Fellow. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers, review panellist for Design Council:CABE and Historic England among others, and an EDGE committee member.

His projects have been worldwide, including many extra-low resource-use prototypes and exemplars. These include the BedZED project, Portcullis House, CSH6* Kingspan Lighthouse, numerous BREEAM firsts, Kings Cross Central masterplan, and many others. Chris worked in China for 3 years on a range of Eco-city masterplanning and zero carbon projects. The premise behind much of his current work is that sustainability should cost less than business-as-usual.

For further information, please visit

Professor Maria Kolokotroni to give upcoming CASE Open Lecture

The upcoming CASE Open Lecture will be given by Professor Maria Kolokotromi from Brunel University. Her talk entitled ‘Urban Heat Island: it’s impact on energy demand by buildings’ will be given on Tuesday 28th February at 6PM in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1.

Maria Kolokotroni is Professor in the Department of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences at Brunel University London and she leads the theme for Resource Efficient Future Cities in the Institute of Energy Futures.  Professor Kolokotroni studied Architectural Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens and University College London.  She carried post-doctoral studies in the field of building ventilation and low energy cooling at the University of Westminster followed by five years with the Indoor Environment Group at the Building Research Establishment, UK.  She is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Fellow of CIBSE (Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers) and member of ASHRAE (American Society of Hearing Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers) and IE (Institute of Energy). She is a member of IEA (International Energy Agency) AIVC (Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre) Board and currently participates to the international project ‘Annex 62 – Ventilative Cooling’ by the IEA EBC (Energy in Buildings and Communities).  She has co-ordinated and participated to a number of UK, European and International projects on energy, low energy cooling and ventilation, urban heat island (quantification for London and its impact on energy demand by buildings) and mitigation strategies such as cool materials as well as the impact of climate change on the energy performance of buildings and urban areas.

The talk will focus on buildings and the city, and why the energy use differs from rural areas. It will describe the urban heat island of London as revealed by measuring air temperature across the city, its impact on building energy demand and what future adaptation measures might improve energy efficiency.


Dr Richard Watkins conducts air flow experiment at Canterbury Cathedral

Dr Richard Watkins, lecturer and senior tutor in Sustainable Architecture at Kent School of Architecture has developed a system using helium-filled balloons to track air flow around the Nave of Canterbury Cathedral. Our MSc Architecture and the Sustainable Environment students Sam Leatt, Sukanya Ravi and Yikun Shang, along with Dr Giridharan Renganathan from Kent School of Architecture were in participation at the experiment which took place on Thursday evening.

For more information, please click here which will take you to the brilliant article on Canterbury Cathedral’s news page.

The video below by Canterbury Cathedral documents the experiment in action!