KASA Open Lecture: Jonathan Deeming, Surveyor of the Fabric of Canterbury Cathedral

KASA is delighted to announce the upcoming open lecture will be given by Jonathan Deeming, Surveyor of the Fabric of Canterbury Cathedral on Tuesday 4th April at 6PM in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1.

Jonathan is a partner for architectural practice Purcell and has achieved qualification as an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation. Jonathan’s role as Surveyor to the Fabric is wide ranging and complex; he is responsible for preparing a survey of the Cathedral every five years, assessing the state of repair of the structure and making recommendations about the priority for repairs to the building. The lecture will discuss the recently completed, in progress and future work planned for Canterbury Cathedral.

Timothy Brittain-Catlin speaks on Stirling at the RIBA

Timothy Brittain-Catlin will be taking part in an evening of events and discussions at the RIBA in London to mark the current exhibition of designs by Stirling and Mies van der Rohe for the No 1 Poultry site in the City of London. The evening is entitled ‘RIBA Late: Less is more. Less is a bore?’ and offers a programme of talks, events, film and music from 6-10pm on Tuesday 28th March.

Timothy Brittain-Catlin is deputy chairman of the Twentieth Century Society, which led the successful campaign for the listing of James Stirling’s late masterpiece. His talk is entitled ‘James Stirling: Victorian Architect’.

Further details are available at https://www.architecture.com/WhatsOn/March2017/RibaLateLessIsMoreLessIsAbore.aspx. The event is free of charge and on a first come, first served basis.

KSA MArch students invited to Lord Heseltine’s Thames Estuary Commission

Charlie Hope, Robert Joyce and Abbie Sobik of Stage 5 joined two Masters students from Westminster to present their vision for the Thames Estuary 2050 through the themes of Live, Work, Connectivity and Identity. The students were invited by Sadie Morgan, co-founder of dRMM architects to Lord Heseltine’s Thames Estuary Commission’s Charette, hosted on the 39th Floor at Canary Wharf. The day featured presentations from a number of high profile guests including Sir Stuart Lipton, Professor Michael Parkinson and author of ‘The New English Landscape’, Ken Worpole.


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 www.twinnsustainabilityinnovation.com.

Timothy Brittain-Catlin speaks on BBC1’s The Big Questions

BBC television’s live discussion programme The Big Questions was broadcast live this Sunday from the Colyer-Fergusson building at the University of Kent. The third of the three debates in the programme centred on whether the Church of England should protect its historic buildings as congregations dwindle. This came in the wake of the recent announcement by the Archbishop of Canterbury that some buildings, such as Guildford Cathedral, were ‘not too big to fail’. In Guildford the diocese had recently been prevented by residents, councillors and planners from building an estate of new houses along the south flank of the well known cathedral, designed by Edqard Maufe in 1932. Timothy Brittain-Catlin spoke as the Deputy Chairman of the Twentieth Century Society, the national amenity organisation, and the author Sir Simon Jenkins, formerly Chairman of the National Trust for England and Wales and now a trustee of the Churches Conservation Trust, also participated. The programme is seen by around 1 million viewers.

The programme is available here on the BBC I-Player until 9 April and the discussion on church buildings starts at 42’20”.

Julien Soosaipillai works on speech therapy device

3D Cad Technician, Julien Soosaipillai, was approached by Dr Paul Sharp, Technical Director of Rose Medical Solutions in regards to a multi-parameter speech workstation designed specifically for clinical use. The device enabled a process of speech analysis on adults and children, through the use of a physical object to attain data, and a software, developed by Dr Sharp, to analyse the data.

SNORS, Image by Rose Medical Solutions

The initial brief was to convert the analogue method of creating the SNORS (Super Nasal-Oral Ratiometry System) mask into a digital format, which then further developed into a product development exercise on a digital platform to enable experimentation through 3D prototyping to achieve the best possible outcome result.

The work undertaken for Dr Paul Sharp was based on a workflow that incorporated 3D scanning, 3D modelling and 3D printing. These are facilities and capabilities that are available at the Kent School of Architecture and are often used by undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Dr Paul Sharp stated “Due to the specialised nature of our products, it is not always cost-effective to use mass production techniques such as injection moulding. Working with the Kent School of Architecture at the University of Kent enabled our small electronics company to utilise 3D printing technology to create low volume medical devices. Julien Soosaipillai first introduced us to the concepts of 3D printing and guided us through the different printing techniques and materials. His expertise and patience enabled us to go from proof of concept to product in an extremely short timeframe. The technology will be used worldwide to provide a non-invasive assessment of hyper nasal speech in children with cleft palate.”

For further information about the project, please visit www.rose-medical.com/nasal-anemometry.html

Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin on British Postmodernism

Timothy Brittain-Catlin spoke to a packed house on Thursday evening, 2nd March, on the subject of British Postmodernist architecture. This talk concluded a sell-out series on different styles in architecture organised by the Twentieth Century Society, the national amenity and building conservation group, of which Dr Brittain-Catlin is deputy chairman.

The lecture was the first comprehensive reassessment of the style, and especially of some of its well known buildings from the 1980s. Raising awareness of postmodernism has become especially important because of the threat of demolition or mutilation to so many significant buildings. The Twentieth Century Society recent played a central role in the listing of James Stirling’s No 1 Poultry, in the City of London, in order to save it from unsympathetic changes. Another recent victory for the Society has been the decision by the Chancellor of the Consistory Court of the Diocese of Southwark to protect Thomas Ford’s 1951 interior at St John’s church, Waterloo.

Sir Terry Farrell, one of the world’s leading postmodern architects and masterplanners, and Carl Laubin, whose fine paintings of buildings by Dixon Jones have come to define the era, attended the lecture, which was recorded and will be posted online in due course. Dr Brittain-Catlin will give the talk again on 27th June and tickets for this are already available at http://c20.datawareonline.co.uk/Default.aspx?tabid=62&EventId=516


Upcoming CREAte Open Lecture: Iain Jackson from the University of Liverpool

On Wednesday 15th March 2017, Iain Jackson from the University of Liverpool will give a CREAte Open Lecture entitled ‘Tropical Modernism: Developing solutions in West Africa, with forays into the West Indies and India’. The lecture will take place in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1 at 5PM.

Iain Jackson is a Senior Lecturer and architect at the Liverpool School of Architecture. His PhD investigated Nek Chand’s Rock Garden in Chandigarh, and more recently he has written a monograph on the works of Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew. He is currently writing a book on the history of twentieth-century Ghanaian Architecture and Planning.

This lecture will investigate the city plans, infrastructure and architectural solutions deployed in Ghana and Nigeria, during the early to mid-twentieth century. It will seek to track how notions of ‘tropical modernism’ were developed, as well as how these ideas were shared (from the West Indies) and dispensed throughout the territories of the empire, former empire (such as at Chandigarh), and beyond. Whilst the focus will be on the seductive ‘modernist’ projects, we will also examine some of the less glamorous solutions that have frequently been overlooked, and consider how political ambition along with the drive for sanitation and transportation has informed the architecture and planning of this region.


KASA Catalogue Competition – Winner Announced!

On Friday 16th June 2017, the Kent School of Architecture will be celebrating it’s twelfth year with a unique take on the end of year show. The show will run through twelve hours of programmed events, exhibiting student work across the school and providing emphasis on alumni and community integration.

KASA (Kent Architectural Student Association) recently ran a design competition for the exhibition catalogue. There were an overwhelming number of submissions this year, so a huge thank you goes to all those involved.

Congratulations to Tom Chappels of Stage 5 for his winning design, and also to runner up Matt Harrall!

KASA have already begun exhibition preparations, and details of the event will follow in due course.