KSA featured in ‘Questions of Space: Festival of Ideas’ Short Film

Canterbury Cathedral hosted ‘Questions of Space: A Festival of Ideas’ which took place on 20 & 21 June 2016. This included a series of public talks, walks, sights and sounds. The Festival of Ideas is a partnership between Canterbury Cathedral and the University of Kent.

Below is an eight minute documentary about the project, shot and edited by Stacie Lee Bennett.

As part of the Festival, staff and a PhD student from KSA hosted their own events at the Cathedral:

Richard Watkins
Hot Air
The vast spaces of Canterbury Cathedral hold 100 tonnes of air, continually moving and sometimes creating draughts. Using helium balloons to see where the air goes, we aim to find out how to improve air flow.

Carolina Vasilikou
Thermal Delight
Walk & Exhibition
Thermal qualities – warm, cool, humid, airy, radiant, cosy – are an important part of how we experience space. This walk invites you to help measure and test the different sensory qualities across Cathedral spaces and precincts to understand how they make us feel and why.

Gordana Fontana-Giusti
Bird’s Eye View
Exhibition & Talk
We will be delving into the archives to discover Christopher Packe, who in the 1700s climbed Bell Harry Tower to get a “bird’s-eye view” of East Kent and, with the help of his theodolite (an instrument for taking precise measurements) created a new kind of map.

Tim Fox-Godden
Ypres to Canterbury
Exhibition & Talk
This exhibition is about how we commemorate war thought architecture and monuments. A huge panoramic photograph taken at Buffs Road Cemetery in Ypres, France, brings feelings of loss and sacrifice at the Western Front to Canterbury Cathedral Bastian Chapel.


Dr Carolina Vasilikou launches new Sensory Walks in Canterbury

Dr. Carolina Vasilikou launches a new series of sensory walks through Canterbury during April and May. The project is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK, and aims to engage participants in an interactive exploration of city spaces through the senses (visual, acoustic, olfactory, thermal and haptic). Walks run during weekdays and Saturdays, afternoon and early evening. To book a place and time, sign up at K.Vasilikou@kent.ac.uk.


Dr Carolina Vasilikou wins Fantastic Feedback award

The Kent Union Teaching Awards proved a success for the Kent School of Architecture, as Dr Carolina Vasilikou was awarded a prize for Fantastic Feedback. Carolina is an architect specialising in urban design and sustainable architecture and is an Associate Lecturer at the Kent School of Architecture, as well as being a former PhD student. Carolina was not the only member of staff to be recognised for her dedication to the students; our Academic Support Officer Ben Martin was nominated for Best Admin/Technical Staff award.

The Teaching Awards are chosen by the students, and awarded to those specific members of staff that students believe have made a ‘positive impact’ on those they teach or assist. The award ceremony was on Tuesday 22nd March, and attended by members of staff and students.

Sensory walk organised by Dr. Carolina Vasilikou

Dr. Carolina Vasilikou from CASE is organising a sensory walk in Canterbury city centre with the Canterbury Society. How does the thermal, acoustic, visual and olfactory environment affect our state of comfort while walking?
There are still places available! Sign up by sending an email to: kv50@kent.ac.uk


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.

For more information, please see:
PLEA 2015 conference: www.plea2015.it

Transforming Cities; Transforming Lives

The British Embassy in Paris will be hosting the Transforming Cities; Transforming Lives event on Thursday 3rd July 2014. The event will consider how evolutions in the urban environment of Paris and London will impact on our daily lives.

The workshops on the day will focus on the themes of community, sustainability and enterprise:

  • How can we create communities that are inclusive, functional and inspiring places to live and work?
  • How can we build a sustainable city that nurtures its citizens?
  • What levers can be used to encourage a positive and mutually beneficial relationship between business and community?

Five students have been selected to represent the school; Caroline Vasilikou (PhD), Giovanna Piga (PhD), Christina Chatzipoulka (PhD), Nil Kutlar (PhD) and Tamilore Oni (MAAC). We will look foward to hearing all about their time at the event in due course.

Artscapes 2013 at the University of Kent

PhD student Carolina Vasilikou from the CASE research centre has co-organised the event this year which is being held in the Digital Crit Space at the School of Architecture. The event is happening over 2 days, the 27th and 28th June with many invited speakers attending from across the UK.

The invited speakers to this year’s event include;

Maurizio Cinquegrani (Lecturer in Films Studies, School of Arts, University of Kent)

Carl Lavery (Professor of Drama, Theatre and Performance, Aberystwyth University)

Jonathan Vickery (Senior Lecturer, Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, University of Warwick)

The Danna Project founded in 2010 by Anna Baranowska and Daniel Tollady will also be attending Artscape. Both Anna and Daniel are graduates of Interior Architecture and Design from the University of Creative Arts in Canterbury. During the conference they will be undertaking Spatial Exposure, a live drawing experience of the Marlowe building which will continue throughout the duration of the conference.

For more information and a full timetable please visit Artscape.

KSA staff and students take part in UK/China higher education collaborative programme

Prof. Gordana Fontana-Giusti, along with three PhD students, Carolina Vasilikou, Tordis Berstrand and Gian Luca Amadei, are taking part in a two week exchange project in Beijing, China. The purpose of the 2013 British-Chinese Architecture Students’ Workshop is to turn the industrial remainders of the Capital Steel Factory, which has now been moved out of the city, into public facilities which will help redevelop the site and therefore trigger the growth of the area around the site.
The Capital Steel Factory, founded in 1919, was once the largest steel producer of China and the output reached its record high at 7.93 million tons in 2005. Due to the plan for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the requirement for improving the environment of the city, the CSF was gradually moved to other locations including Caofeidian in Bohai Bay, Hebei Province –  a new town by the sea around 200 km away,  . The CSF site is situated at the western end of Chang’an Avenue, a main road of the city and although it is around 19 km away from the city centre it is relatively accessible. Downtown is over-crowded and there is traffic congestion throughout the city; the CSF site, however, is another story. It has gradually turned into a lost industrial landscape with vast expanses of unused land and empty constructions which are rarely visited.
The students have been encouraged to meet the challenges by, firstly, taking social, cultural and economic matters into account, analysing the features of the site and finding out the problems and the challenges of the project. Secondly, by understanding the relationship between the planning positioning for CFS and the development of Beijing, proposing a functional planning and the developing direction for the site. Finally, finding solutions based on a comprehensive analysis and applying them to architectural and urban design.

We are looking forward to catching up with Gordana and the PhD students on their return to hear all about the trip.