BA (Hons) Architecture Programme Director, Chloe Street Tarbatt, and Lecturer, Jonathan Tarbatt are delighted to announce the publication of their new book on urban form: ‘The Urban Block: a guide for urban designers, architects and town planners’.
The Urban Block explores the influence of urban form on the quality of the built environment, and by extension, on the quality of life of its inhabitants.
The book maps the process of understanding, defining, structuring and designing the block. Outlining a taxonomy of urban forms, it explains the potency of each type to either unite or divide communities: to create walkable neighbourhoods or car dominated ones; to foster a sense a community or a sense of isolation, or; to provide a setting in which the theatre of street life may flourish or wither. These themes are illustrated with a range of case urban and suburban examples, showing how different building typologies have been articulated through different urban forms, and what this might mean for the people who live in them.
The authors find that ‘good’ urban design starts with ‘good’ urban form: the block. Yet, their case examples demonstrate that while good urban form is more likely to produce the kinds of places we want to live, it takes more than either good urban design or good architecture, to achieve these. Excellent design across the full range of scales must be integrated through innovative procurement routes, if we are to produce high-quality living environments that are somehow greater than the sum of their parts.
Kent School of Architecture and Planning are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Virtual Open Day on Thursday 7th November from 11.00 – 12.30 GMT.
If you are interested in finding out more about the BA (Hons) Architecture course at the Kent School of Architecture and Planning, including course structure, entry requirements, portfolio advice, then please email email@example.com to book onto our first ever Virtual Open Day in collaboration with KMTV.
The Virtual Open Day will be accessible through You Tube where you will be able to ask questions live, this is the link you will need on the day – https://youtu.be/KLE3pfqc9IQ
This is the perfect opportunity to find out more about the Kent School of Architecture and Planning, and have your questions answered by our BA (Hons) Architecture programme director, Chloe Street Tarbatt, Stage 2 Coordinator, Felicity Atekpe, and CREAte Research Centre Director, Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin who will be hosting the event.
The RIAI Silver Medal is the highest award for buildings that have undergone a process of conservation and is awarded to the architectural practice by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, several years after the completion of the project so that the success of the building can be confirmed by the passage of time. This year’s medals were announced at a ceremony in Dublin yesterday, 19th September, and were awarded for projects completed in 2005-2007, 2008-2010 and 2011-2013.
Chloe Street-Tarbatt, BA (Hons) Architecture Programme Director, was the Project Architect for Abbeyleix Library which was awarded the RIAI Silver Medal for 2008-2010. She worked closely with the partner in charge, Shane de Blacam, over a period of four years (2005-2009) to bring this project to fruition. The library, which also includes a small gallery, is housed in the original market house located in the centre of the town, and has become an enormously popular community facility, set within a newly landscaped town square.