CASE and the architects of Richard Dudzicki Associates collaborate in post-occupancy study

The Architect Richard Dudzicki Associates (RDA) collaborates with the Centre for Architecture and Sustainable Environment (CASE) at the University of Kent in a two year post-occupancy study of a PassivHaus certified property in Camberwell, London. No. 5 Stories Mews is designed as a flexible 3-bedroom house with an artist studio. The study is conducted by MSc and PhD students under the supervision of Dr. Henrik Schoenefeldt. A three-month pilot of the monitoring was started in mid-February 2014 with the aim of gathering some initial data on air quality, indoor climate, energy consumption and user satisfaction. The objective of this post-occupancy study is to develop a comprehensive understanding of energy consumption, the indoor climate and air quality and how these are affected by changes in user-behaviour, weather and interior activities. The study covers three main areas, which are (a) energy consumptions, (b) occupant behaviour and satisfaction and (c) indoor climate and air quality. It is based on a methodology developed by Dr. Schoenefeldt as part of his research at the Universities of Cambridge and Kent, which integrates quantitative, qualitative as well as participatory research methods. These include environmental monitoring, electricity metering, interviews, questionnaire-based survey and focus groups. The project has been shortlisted for this year’s green build awards and an outline of this post-occupancy, produced by Dr. Schoenefeldt, has been included in the submission: Stories Mews will be used to test and refine this methodology, which is to provide a model for the post-occupancy evaluation of RDA’s forthcoming PassivHaus projects.

The press release by the architects:

Stage 2 and 3 students get a guided tour of the Templeman Library extension project


KSA have arranged a two-day event this week based on the extension to the Templeman Library designed by Penoyre and Prasad architects. There will be guided tours around the construction site on the first day, and a series of presentations from members of the design and construction team the following day.

For Stage Two students the site visit and presentations will act as a precursor to the forthcoming autumn term Adapt & extend module, and will introduce them to the complexities of a major project, in terms of design concept and practical execution on site.

Stage Three students will be able to integrate lessons learned from the project into their ongoing Urban module, particularly in terms of construction techniques and management procedures.

“When Modern was Green: Cultivation of Gardens as Culture.” David H. Haney

At the end of the nineteenth century, the Russian prince turned anarchist Peter Kropotkin, proposed the concept of the “Industrial Village” where communities of individuals could live in relative independence from mainstream capitalist society by practicing small-scale industry and small-scale, intensive agriculture. Kropotkin also believed that individuals should have both intellectual and manual training in order to be fully cultivated. In this sense, cultivating vegetables and fruit, although necessary to the survival of the community, was also a cultural act in itself for both the individual and the community.

In Germany following WWI, the self-titled “architect for horticulture” Leberecht Migge proposed similar settlements based on the idea of self-sufficiency through intensive gardening, largely based on the translated writings of Kropotkin. As a trained gardener he described a small ideal settlement planned following gardening principles. The primary activity of community members would be gardening; for Migge this was not just a practical problem, but a cultural mission.

His vision of a gardening community was further transformed during the 1920s, during the height of the modernist period, through his efforts to “technologize” the garden. In response to his modern architect colleagues, he envisioned the most efficient small gardens for individual residential units, utilizing the latest techniques. He was particularly concerned with recycling of household waste in the garden, including human waste. Again, he connected this with cultivation and culture. Here we see his humorous “tree of waste,” which is obviously based upon the Nordic Tree of Life, as underlying symbol of his cultural purpose.

In the 1930s, Migge proposed a system of regional landscapes in his book The Growing Settlement, thus expanding the scale of his ideal community concept beyond the individual settlement. Here he considered the cultural landscape as agricultural landscape; cultivation meant the symbiosis of land and culture. Whole productive landscapes were considered as types, starting with Chinese examples as the most ancient and intensive, and ending with those of the USA as the newest and most extensive. Holland’s productive landscapes stood in the middle and represented an ideal mix of intensive and extensive. Migge’s work thus takes us beyond the problem of land utilization as a management problem, to an understanding of it as a cultural domain, surely a move that holds significance today.

CASE open lecture with Professor Joseph Giacomin


Prof. Joseph Giacomin

Human Centered Design: a business paradigm for 21st century enterprise

CASE is pleased to announce that the next CASE open lecture of 2013/14 will be given by Prof. Joseph Giacomin. His lecture entitled, Human Centered Design: a business paradigm for 21st century enterprise, will be given on Tuesday, 25th March 2014 at 6pm in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1.

Professor Joseph Giacomin is the Director of the Human Centered Design Institute (HCDI) of Brunel University.

Human Centered Design integrates multidisciplinary expertise towards enhancing human well-being and empowering people. In its most basic form it leads to products, systems and services which are physically, perceptually, cognitively and emotionally intuitive. In its most advanced form it discovers and unlocks latent needs and desires, supporting the achievement of desired futures for society.

He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate university modules in Human Factors with particular emphasis on matters of perception and emotion, and guest lectures widely at universities, governmental organisations and businesses. He has produced more than 60 professional publications including a recent book of thermal photography titled Thermal: seeing the world through 21st century eyes, and provides consultancy services to the design and manufacturing sectors.

He is a member of the editorial boards of Ergonomics and of the International Journal of Vehicle Noise and Vibration (IJVNV). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors (FErgS), a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA), a member of the Associazione Per Il Disegno Industriale (ADI) and a member of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS).

Professor Joseph Giacomin has a Ph.D. from Sheffield University in the United Kingdom and has both Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. U.S.A.. He has worked for both the American military and the European automobile industry.


Human Centered Design: a business paradigm for 21st century enterprise

The 21st century is characterised by ever growing expectations regarding experiences, quality of life, privacy and ethics. With the growing pressure for human centred products, systems and services, the activity of design has taken centre stage in most customer driven innovation. Having often been described as the “century of the human mind”, the current period is rich in new products, systems and services which are characterised by interactivity, emotion and meaning. This seminar will define the paradigm of human centered design, an approach which is being followed by ever greater numbers of businesses. The multidisciplinary paradigm will be defined in comparison to the main competing paradigms of technology-driven design and sustainable design, the business implications will be discussed and application examples will be provided.

Study at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul this Summer Term

Students are invited to apply to study at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul this summer. There are a variety of different programmes that can be applied for including: Architecture of the Sultans and an Introduction to Byzantine History. For more information please visit the Boğaziçi University  website.

Boğaziçi University Summer Term is an intensive seven-week program offering a rich variety of courses in the social and natural sciences, humanities, engineering and technology. All lectures are in English, unless otherwise specified. Summer Term begins in the last week of June and ends by mid-August.


Useful advice on finding accommodation whilst studying in Paris


The prospect of studying abroad can be rather daunting, especially when you need to sort out your own accommodation. MAUD (MA Architecture and Urban Design) student Tamilore Oni gives some great hints and tips on how you can make this process easier.

I would advise you start looking early, don’t leave it too late the term before, it is best to be prepared. Airbnb is a very good option if you are booking from abroad as there is a good level of security, you are not paying directly to the owner but through the Airbnb platform. You can also make complaints if anything is amiss which is reassuring. There are at least three of us staying in Airbnb accommodation this term and we all have found that it has worked very well. I booked the room for one month and then told the owners I wanted to stay for longer once I had arrived and settled in. Also, it is worth making sure you have internet where you are staying and a washing machine would be great too, although there are quite a few laundry places around.

Other good websites to look on are:, seloger, paris expat (although this one is agency run and you will have to pay a fee upfront) and fusac. You can also set up alerts so that you can get to talk to the landlords immediately when a place comes up.

One thing to bear in mind is that if like me you are an overseas student, you will need to have already secured your visa in order to get accommodation in Paris, so it is best to be prepared early on.

For further information on what you can study in Paris, please visit the University of Kent at Paris website.

Times Higher Education book of the week for Timothy Brittain-Catlin

Bleak Houses: Disappointment and Failure in Architecture, by Timothy Brittain-Catlin has just been announced as the Times Higher Education book of the week.

To read the article please visit Times Higher Education.

Bleak Houses investigates the underside of architecture, the stories of losers and unfulfillment often ignored by an architectural criticism that values novelty, fame, and virility over fallibility and rejection. Brittain-Catlin tells us about Cecil Corwin, for example, Frank Lloyd Wright’s friend and professional partner, who was so overwhelmed by Wright’s genius that he had to stop designing; about architects whose surviving buildings are marooned and mutilated; and about others who suffered variously from bad temper, exile, lack of talent, lack of documentation, the wrong friends, or being out of fashion.

The MIT Press
ISBN 9780262026697
Published 1 April 2014

PechaKucha: 20×20 @ KSA

RIBA South East Presents // New Local Talent //

New local talent combine to discuss their work and propose opportunities for change.

20 images in 20 seconds!

Presenters include –

This event is being held at Kent School of Architecture on the 19th March 2014 at 5.30pm, it is open to both students and professionals.

Further information can be found on the PechaKucha website.

Professor Nicholas Temple – Tonight MLT1 at 6pm

CREAte would like to invite you all to tonight’s open lecture given by Professor Nicholas Temple in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1 at 6pm.

Nicholas Temple

Rome and the Orient: Speculations in Language and  Landscape

Nicholas Temple is Professor of Architecture at the  University of Huddersfield. He has previously taught at the Universities of  Leeds, Pennsylvania (U.S.A.), Nottingham, Liverpool, and Lincoln, where he was  both Professor of Architecture and Head of the School of Architecture. Born in  Australia, Temple studied architecture at Cambridge University and has a PhD on  the subject of architecture and urbanism in early 16th Century Rome. He was a  Rome Scholar in Architecture (1986-88) at the British School at Rome, and  recently was awarded a Paul Mellon Rome Fellow (2012). Temple’s recent research  and scholarship focuses on the historical inter-relationships between  architecture, topography, ceremony and geography, examining territorial,  symbolic and ideological exchanges between interiors, buildings, cities and  regions. This examination transgresses the conventional boundaries between  architecture, painting, inscription, cartography and sculpture, incorporating  broader inter-disciplinary research across historical periods and regions. Much  of the research has been focused on the city of Rome, as evidenced in his  numerous publications and in Temple’s recent award as the Paul Mellon Rome  Fellow. At the same time Temple has engaged in detailed research on the study  of architecture as a humanistic discipline, examining in particular connections  between architecture, language and pictorial representation. This research has  highlighted how the humanistic tradition of linguistic enquiry, during the  early modern period, served as a critical backdrop to the emergence of modern  forms of Encyclopedism and the increasing interest in the possibility of both a  universal linguistic system and an architectural language.

This lecture examines the reception of China in Rome in  the 17th and 18th centuries, in the context of the transformations in European  culture. It focuses on two key areas – language and landscape – that provided  the basis for intellectual and creative speculations in the idea of universal  principles. The first emerged largely through Jesuit missionary activities to  the East in the 17th century, with their interests in ethnographic and  linguistic comparisons, which occurred at a time of a crisis in Humanism. The  second considers the growing interest in the aesthetics of landscape during the  Grand Tour in the 18th century, when Chinese gardens and architecture were  conceived by European travellers (such as Sir William Chambers) as universal  ’emblems’ for the European landscape. I will argue that the transformation from  one to the other represented one of the first formulations of a globalised  perspective of the world.

Venice Fellowships Programme 2014

For the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014, the British Council is launching its Venice Fellowships programme.

In partnership with 12 architecture schools and arts institutions from around the UK and beyond, the programme offers 50 students a unique work-study opportunity in Venice. They will be supported by a £1,600 grant.

Fellows will spend one month in Venice during the occasion of the world’s most important architecture festival, which runs from June to November 2014.

For more information please download the brochure here.

For further details or to discuss your possible involvement please contact Alastair Donald 0207 389 3124.