Professor Marialena Nikolopoulou to give talk at Wageningen University

Professor Marialena Nikolopoulou will be talking about her leading research on human thermal perception and climate adaptation in cities in a talk entitled ‘Open spaces in the 21st century city: from the thermal dimension of space to climate change’ as Visiting Professor at Wageningen University, in the Netherlands,  funded by the Wageningen Institute for Environment and Climate Research on Tuesday 28th November 2017.

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KASA Open Lecture: Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)

KASA is delighted to announce an upcoming lecture by Matthew Slocombe, Director of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). The lecture will be held in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1 on Thursday 30th November 2017 at 6PM.

The society was founded by William Morris and others in 1877. SPAB’s principal concern is the nature of ‘restoration’ or ‘repair’ to old buildings, because misguided work can be extremely destructive. Matthew will be talking about the SPAB approach – an overview of the Society’s conservation philosophy (including repair and design issues) and an explanation of their current work (including the Philip Webb award for conservation and design, and the Scholarship programme for architects).

Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt speaks at St. Stephen’s Festival Week

Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt will be giving a talk at St. Stephen’s Church in Canterbury on Thursday 23rd November at 7.30pm. His talk entitled ‘Profane Gothic: Rediscovering the Palace of Westminster’s 19th Century Ventilation System’ will cover the restoration and renewal within the Palace of Westminster, and explores how the gothic architecture of the Houses of Parliament has been shaped by its innovative Victorian ventilation system.

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Digital Architecture Open Lecture: ‘A Visual Fabric of Space’

The next Digital Architecture Open Lecture will be given by Sam McElhinney, Course Leader of the BA Architecture at University of Creative Arts on Tuesday 21st November at 6PM in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1.

‘A Visual Fabric of Space’

Sam McElhinney will be presenting his research work on isovist fields and discussing their import into the fundamentals of spatial cognition and understanding. He will demonstrate a new platform for architectural plan analysis, based on advanced digital coding techniques, that he has developed for practitioners, researchers and students to use. The lecture will include an outline of seven key spatial metrics and their relevance to the experience of an observer of a building, as well a history of some of his past digital coding experiments.

Sam currently runs the BA (Hons) Architecture at the Canterbury School of Architecture. He is a former member of the ‘Space Syntax Laboratory’ at UCL and his ongoing research is focussed on developing real-time and motive spatial analytic models. He is also a founding partner of MUD Architecture, a small design and research practice based in Canterbury.

From 2005 to 2012 Sam was a key member of Surface Architects. During this time Surface twice came third in BD’s Young Architect of the Year Award. Sam was Project Architect and Design Lead for Surface’s highest profile built project, a series of Wayfinding Structures in the 2012 Olympic Park in Stratford, East London. After leaving Surface he acted as a Design Manager at Jason Bruges Studio, running the design, construction and commissioning of the prestigious WWF Experience Installation.

CREAte hosts Professor Martin Bressani at St Augustine’s Abbey

A week of teaching and research activities in honour of our guest Professor Martin Bressani, director of the McGill School of Architecture in Montreal, was launched with a special event at the Pugin church of St Augustine in Ramsgate last night. Professor Bressani is a leading expert in the Gothic Revival, and he spoke to an audience from the parish about his early interest in the subject and the relationship of Pugin’s ideas to the Modern Movement. His talk was followed by a concert by PhD students and CREAte members Gimin Lee (ukulele) and Giacomo Damiani (accordion). Howard Griffin then presented an audio-visual display projected onto the interior walls of the church, assisted by students from our Architectural Visualisation programme. The evening was rounded off with performances on guitar by tutor Henry Sparks and second-year Architecture student Daniel Duarte.

CREAte thanks Father Marcus Holden for hosting us generously at the church, and to Anthony Jinks from the parish team for kindly looking after us over the evening.

Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt features as CIBSE Journal’s November Cover Star

Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt is Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Architecture and AHRC Leadership Fellow at the Kent School of Architecture. He is currently on research leave leading a large AHRC funded project investigating the Houses of Parliament’s historic ventilation system. The project, entitled ‘Between Heritage and Sustainabiliy – Restoring the Palace of Westminster’s nineteenth-century ventilation system,’ feeds into the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme.

Liza Young, Deputy Editor at the CIBSE Journal, was taken on a private tour of the Palace of Westminster, led by Dr Schoenefeldt for a feature article which is in November’s issue of CISBE Journal, of which Henrik is the cover star. The issue, including the full-length article on p.24 – p.28, can be viewed here:

Digital Architecture Open Lecture: Phil Radmall, PDP London

This week’s Digital Architecture Open Lecture will be given by Phil Radmall, entitled ‘Redesigning the past: Virtual Cathedrals: A Digital Reconstruction of a Vanished Monastery’ on Thursday 16th November at 6PM in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1.

The dissolution of the monasteries in the late 1530s was one of the most revolutionary events in English history. King Henry VIII’s courtiers submitted a list of five Abbeys – including Waltham – thought worthy of a reprieve from dissolution, but Henry dismissed them all. Subsequently, Waltham Abbey was plundered and disassembled. All that remains today is the parish church.

What if Henry had said yes?

What would Waltham Abbey look like if, instead of destroying it, Henry VIII had agreed to turn the abbey into a Cathedral?

Phil Radmall proposes an alternate history.

Join Phil’s lecture to learn more about the history of Waltham and explore his alternative history. A counterfactual, in which Henry grants Waltham Abbey cathedral status.

CREAte Research Centre presents Professor Martin Bressani

Professor Martin Bressani is the guest of the Kent School of Architecture and the CREAte research centre for several days of teaching and research activities in November. This visit has been kindly supported by Professor April McMahon, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Dr Anthony Manning, Dean for Internationalisation, and by Professor Philippe de Wilde, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation.

Martin Bressani is the Sir William C MacDonald Chair in Architecture and Director of McGill University’s School of Architecture (Montreal). He is the author of a monograph on French architect and theoretician Eugéne-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, Architecture and the Historical Imagination: Eugéne-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc (Ashgate, 2014), and co-editor of Gothic Revival Worldwide. A W N Pugin’s Global Influence (Leuven University Press, 2017) and The Companions to the History of Architecture – Nineteenth-Century Architecture (Wiley Blackwell, 2017). He has contributed essays and articles to many books and scholarly journals.

CREAte Events

Tuesday 14 November, 18.00
St Augustine’s Church, Ramsgate CT11 9NY

An event with the Friends of St. Augustine’s and the Pugin Society. Martin Bressani will talk about the international importance of Pugin’s architecture in Ramsgate, followed by a digital presentation by Howard Griffin that will interact with the geometry of the church and animate the three-dimensional  space. A  musical interlude will be provided by CREAte members Gimin Lee and Giacomo Damiani and the evening will be concluded with musical performances from Henry Sparks and Daniel Duarte-Grilo-Montene. All welcome.

Wednesday 15 November, 15.00 – 17.00
Digital Crit Space, Marlowe Building

Martin Bressani will join a CREAte postgraduate seminar on the gothic revival. Judith Hill will give a presentation entitled ‘Why did the elite build castles in Ireland after the Union with Great Britain in 1801?’.

Wednesday 15 November, 18.00
Woolf Lecture Theatre

CREAte Open Lecture: House as Melodrama: the Strange Case of A W N Pugin’s Saint Marie’s Grange

The talk addresses architecture’s capacity for symbolic action, following the general thesis that symbolic systems ‘shape’ and ‘reshape’ reality through an aesthetic grasping of the world. It will present a detailed analysis of British Gothic revival architect A W N Pugin’s Saint Marie’s Grange, a house he built for himself near Salisbury in 1835, and the first building of his phenomenally productive career. The contention is that Saint Marie’s Grange embodies a need for melodramatic dramatisation, tending towards an excessive representation of life which situates its inhabitants within the grandiose terms of a moral battle: not within the domain of realism, as its robust functionalist distinction of building elements have led certain commentators to place it, but in the higher domain of truth. The house thus demonstrates how, for Pugin, a spiritual reality lies just below the surface of daily life, how gestures within the world of the gestures within the world of the everyday refer to one another, and how a hyperbolic set of gestures implicates the fight between good and evil. All welcome.

Martin Bressani will also be taking part in Teaching Events on Thursday and Friday with our Stage 2 and Stage 3 cohort.

KASA Open Lecture: Larry Malcic, Design Principal at HOK

The next KASA (Kent Architectural Student Association) Open Lecture will be given by HOK on Tuesday 14th November 2017 at 18.00 in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1, with drinks beforehand at 17.30.

Designing HOK; Designing Spire London

KASA is delighted to announce an upcoming lecture by Larry Malcic, Design Principal at HOK. HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm.  Their mission is to deliver exceptional design ideas and solutions for their clients through the creative blending of human need, environmental stewardship, value creation, science and art.

The lecture will be entitled ‘Designing HOK; Designing Spire London’ and explores the design processes behind Spire London, Western Europe’s tallest residential tower, scheduled for completion in 2020.

KSA students win AIA UK Student Charrette 2017

The Kent School of Architecture are delighted to announce that the 8 person KSA team consisting of Andra-Lilian Oprea, Andrew Caws, Anna Reeves, Colleen Laurent, Elliot Bennett, Kyle McGuinness, Shefield NG and Zhi Bin Cheah has won this year’s American Institute of Architects Student Design Charrette held at the Roca Gallery in London, seeing off strong challenges from contemporaries at UCA, Ravensbourne, Oxford Brookes, Robert Gordon, Portsmouth and Westminster universities.

The AIA’s now well-established charrette is an opportunity for UK design students to collaborate and compete in teams being mentored by practising architects over the course of a suitably intense (but fun) day of creativity. This year’s brief, set in the Chelsea Harbour area and environs surrounding the Roca Gallery, invited architectural and urban speculations based around the idea of food or beverage production, consumption and distribution of a chosen, or invented, product drawing inspiration from this area of London being the home of the Chelsea bun.

The judges were won-over by the students’ inspired proposal for converting the site’s old power station into a speciality bread-making factory re-establishing a sense of place with a production, distribution and consumption cycle based on the local tide. This was further enhanced by reusing the chimneys to infuse the neighbourhood with the smell of freshly baking breads(!) giving a much needed sense of identity, and more wholesome character, to the this area’s ongoing mix of bland or blingy redevelopment.

Special thanks due to the unwavering encouragement of our mentor Bea Sennewald throughout the day, along with excellent AIA organisation and generous support from Roca and Laufen for hosting.

Feature image by Braima-Edusei Owusu-Nyantekyi. For further information, please refer to the AIA blog and photo gallery. 

Jef Smith – Stage 3 lecturer