CASE Open Lecture Series presents Prof. Kevin Nute from the University of Oregon

Vital: Using the Weather to bring Buildings and Sustainability to Life
Prof. Kevin Nute, University of Oregon

Over the course of our lives most of us are destined to spend in excess of 70 years inside buildings, the majority of which will unnecessarily increase our stress and lower our alertness levels because they lack two key requirements for our long-term well-being; nature and change. This video-illustrated talk will show how the movement of three freely available natural sources, the sun, wind and rain, can effectively remedy these deficiencies, while also raising awareness of the underused but increasingly important sustainable practise of passive environmental control and rainwater harvesting in buildings.

Kevin Nute is Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon, and the author of “Place, Time and Being in Japanese Architecture Frank Lloyd Wright and Japan” and more recently “Vital: Using the Weather to bring Buildings and Sustainability to Life”.

Henrik Schoenefeldt to speak at the RIBA Design Quality Symposium

Dr. Henrik Schoenefeldt has been invited to speak at the RIBA 10th Research Symposium, which will be held at the RIBA HQ at Portland Place, London, on 17 November 2015. The Symposium, which is entitled ‘The Design Quality Proposition: Ensuring and Communicating Design Quality in Architectural Practice, will bring together practicing architects, clients and academic researchers to explore how design quality is evaluated in contemporary architecture. Three case studies, which include the Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge, Wilkson PassivHaus Primary School, Wolverhampton and Royal Road Social Housing, Southwark, will be presented. Given the role as the ‘rapporteur’ on the research undertaken in preparation for the Symposium, Henrik will write a review of the three case study to be published in the RIBA Journal after the event. Sharing the evening slot with Alan Penn, Dean of the Bartlett School of Architecture, Dr. Schoenefeldt will be talking about the history and philosophy of performance evaluation as a tool for measuring design quality in architecture. His talk is entitled  ‘Inquiries into the History and Philosophy of Performance Evaluation’.

In recent years the idea of embedding evidence-based practices in architecture, involving the empirical evaluation of design quality, has received renewed interests among the architectural professional, but it is not a new idea. It has been subject of discourses in architecture and related disciplines for over 200 years. In this  talk Dr. Henrik Schoenefeldt retraces how the concept of performance-led design has evolved in the 19th and 20th century. He will illuminate how scientists and engineers in the past exploited working methods originating the physical and social sciences to examine building performance, not only from technical but also from environmental and occupant perspectives.

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Dr Nikolaos Karydis speaks about Development in the Historic Environment

Dr Nikolaos Karydis will give a lecture on “New Design within the Historic Environment” on the 29th of October, at 2:45pm. The lecture investigates the design methods and practices for the adaptation of new buildings to historic towns, and is part of the workshop “Development in the Historic Environment”, organised by Canterbury Archaeological Trust and Folkestone Townscape Heritage Initiative. The workshop will take place at The Quarterhouse, 49 Tontine Street, Folkestone, Kent.

A Career in Sustainable Building Design

CASE will be running a workshop on the 28th October at 2pm-4pm in Grimond GS1.

The UK (and wider) sustainable building industry has by all accounts grown significantly over the last decade or so. Government, industry and public opinion have had a huge impact in driving the agenda for change. Alex’s career has very much been part of that mix. This talk is an account of Alex’s experience in the built environment sector and given the varied experience it will hopefully give the audience an insight into potential areas of employment for the sustainability professional.  Focusing on a number of projects he has been involved with he will highlight the skills needed as well as the interesting elements of each. It is clear there is much more to be done in this industry. The built environment as a whole, now and in the near future, is far from delivering us truly sustainable solutions. As a result there continues to be plenty of opportunity for the budding new consultant or engineer seeking a challenging and rewarding career pushing sustainability in the built environment.


Alex Duckworth is an Executive Engineer at Hoare Lea with a masters in environmental design and six years’ experience working in the sustainable building industry. His career to date has been varied and includes working for a range of different organisations from a sustainability consultancy in rural Kent to an engineering consultancy in central London. Never losing sight of what he values he has tried to adapt and encourage the industry to deliver an ever more sustainable built environment and continues to do so.

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Timothy Brittain-Catlin speaks about Robin Hood Gardens

Joe Gilbert’s latest film, Streets on the Sky, is the first in a series that will look at Robin Hood Gardens, the housing estate in Poplar designed by Peter and Alison Smithson that is threatened with demolition. Timothy Brittain-Catlin speaks about the historic and architectural importance of the estate here:

Joe Gilbert is a prize-winning filmmaker who specialises in short films on Brutalist housing. For more about his work see:

For more about the estate see:

Dr. Henrik Schoenefeldt speaks in London about sustainability in the Palace of Westminster and Restoration Programme

The event is entitled ‘Engineering the Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster’ and will be held at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London on 19 October 2015. Henrik will be giving one of three talks on this evening. The other two talks are by David Waterhouse, regional director of the Independent Options Appraisal Consortium, and  Andy Piper, Lead Mechanical Engineer of the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme. Dr. Henrik Schoenefeldt, lead researcher on the Palace of Westminster historic stack ventilation, will talk about his research into the design and performance of the historic system and its potential in being revitalised as part of a modern sustainable ventilation strategy for the Palace.

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CASE Open Lecture Series 2015/16 Commences

This evening marks the first CASE Research Centre’s Open Lecture Series for 2015/16. Tonight’s lecture will be given by Professor Derek Clements-Croome entitled, ‘Can intelligent buildings provide alternative approaches to heating, ventilating and air conditioning of buildings?’

Derem Clements-Croome is Professor Emeritus in architectural engineering at Reading University. He is experienced in sustainable healthy buildings research and education nationally and internationally and works closely with industry. He has carried out many research projects in this field funded by Government. He chairs the CIBSE Intelligent Buildings Group and sits on the CIBSE Schools and Natural Ventilation Groups. He was Vice-President of CISBE 2007 – 2009 and holds bronze and silver medal awards. He has also been a visiting professor at several universities.

KSA CASE Researchers speak at 31st Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference in Bologna

KSA had the largest international research presence at the 31st Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) conference in Bologna, Italy on 9-11 September 2015. Attended by over 300 delegates from all over the world, six researchers from KSA’s Centre for Architecture and the Sustainable Environment  (CASE) delivered research papers on a range of topics:

Michael Adaji
An investigation into thermal comfort in residential buildings in the hot humid climate of Sub-Saharan Africa: a field study in Abuja-Nigeria.

Keith Bothwell
Pines Calyx earth tube performance.

Christina Chatzipoulka
Comparing the solar performance of urban forms in London.

Carolina Vasilikou
Thermal perception of pedestrians moving in interconnected urban spaces: adaptive thermal comfort in irregular spatial sequences in Rome and London.

Leonidas Tsichritzis
The glazing of balconies as a retrofitting solution for reducing the heating load of the adjacent room in Athens. [Recently joined CASE from the Architectural Association, London]

Richard Watkins
The performance of natural ventilation in a dance studio – lessons from tracer gas measurements and control integration.

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Whitstable Fun Palace

As part of the Student Success (EDI) Project, on Sunday 4th October in collaboration with the School of Music & Fine Art (SMFA), KSA participated in this year’s Whitstable Fun Palace. We opened up the opportunity to second years and third years in the school, of which a group of 7 came together to create an intervention using a tricycle, some wood, fabric and a lot of shoe boxes. It was a great community event in which children participated by making their own shoe box scenes; the idea was originally inspired by the artist Joseph Cornell. The students created a wooden structure on top of the tricycle on which to exhibit the shoe boxes at the event. The finished shoe boxes are now on display in the Whitstable gallery window on the high street.