This year’s Kent School of Architecture Summer Show 2017 is joined by a new initiatives: community and alumni engagement. Activities spanning a twelve hour long show mark the school’s twelfth exhibition.
The morning’s sessions will host three workshops, aimed at integrating local secondary schools with students of the Kent School of Architecture. Visitors will be joined by students of the unique MArch Pedagogy module, endorsing positive attitudes towards creativity and and community engagement in higher education.
Guests, alumni and the general public are invited to join students of the school from 18:00 on the 16th June 2017. A short prize giving will be hosted by current RIBA President, Jane Duncan and Head of School Don Gray from 19:00. Exhibition catalogues will be for sale for the duration of the evening and the exhibition will remain open to the public from 19th – 23rd June, 10:00-17:00.
The School’s student led association KASA, places community at the centre of its agenda. Alumni have received an animated electronic invite to the Exhibition 2017. Part of the show’s evening activity includes an alumni hub, which aims to integrate former students with forthcoming graduates and employers.
Dr Manolo Guerci will give a lecture on the artistic relationships between Italy and France through the analysis of the style of the Palazzo Mancini in Rome at the international conference ‘Mazarin, Rome et l’Italie’, to be held at the Bibliotheque Mazarin and the Ecole des Chartes in Paris, 11 to 13 May. This is part of Dr Guerci’s longstanding studies on the two contexts, which he has also been comparing with the English one.
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
More than 300 people visited the Hertziana Library during the Open House Rome last weekend. Dr Luciano Cardellicchio guided the visitors inside the new contemporary masterpiece designed by Spanish architect Juan Navarro Baldeweg, in the historic centre of Rome explaining its bold construction process and the innovative structural solutions to preserve the beautiful Roman ruins underneath the building.
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
- Sensitivity studies
- Initial results
Davina Jackson, our KSA student undertaking a PhD by publication will be hosting a seminar on her book publication entitled ‘Douglas Snelling: Pan-Pacific Modern Design and Architecture (From Gravesend to Global Glamour)’ . She has travelled from Australia and will be presenting at 4pm on Wednesday 10th May in the Digital Crit Space.
Douglas Burrage Snelling (1916–85) was one of Britain’s significant emigré architects and designers. Born in Kent and educated in New Zealand, he became one of Australia’s leading mid-century architects, of luxury residences and commercial buildings, and a trend-setting designer of furniture, interiors and landscapes. This is the first comprehensive study of Snelling’s pan-Pacific life, works and trans-disciplinary significance. It provides a critical examination of this controversial modernist, revealing him to be a colourful and talented character who led antipodean interpretations of American, especially Wrightian and southern Californian, architecture, design and lifestyle innovations.
Davina Jackson (M.Arch) is a Sydney-based author, editor and curator, and a visiting research fellow with Goldsmiths College, University of London. She writes for British and European publishers on modernist architecture and design in Oceania and on creative applications of technology in urban contexts. In recent years she has produced books, exhibitions, articles and guest essays explaining themes she has named ‘smart light cities’, ‘viral internationalism’, ‘astrospatial architecture’, ‘data cities’ and ‘virtual nations’. During the trans-millennial decades, she was a professor of multi-disciplinary design at the University of New South Wales, an editor of Architecture Australia, and a director of companies which produced the world’s first three ‘smart light’ festivals in Sydney and Singapore.
Dr Luciano Cardellicchio will be the official guide for the Hertziana Library during the Open House on Saturday 6th of May in Rome. Luciano will show around the new library designed by the Spanish architect Juan Navarro Baldeweg, highlighting the cutting-edge structural solution and the complexity of the building process of this contemporary masterpiece. Following the results of his research, Luciano will help the visitors to understand how this building would have an impact for future contemporary interventions in historical environments constrained by archeological ruins.
For further info, please visit: http://www.openhouseroma.org/2017/sito/biblioteca-hertziana-istituto-max-planck-la-storia-dell’arte.html