PhD Seminar Series: Maria Dimitriou

This week’s PhD Seminar Series will take place in the PGR Hub, Digital Crit Space on Wednesday 14 November from 16.00 – 17.30, given by Maria Dimitriou, a Kent School of Architecture PhD Candidate in Architectural Heritage and Conservation. Her talk, based on her research is titled, ‘Transformation of Industrial Heritage: The Case of Volos, Greece’.

De-industrialization poses a major challenge for the preservation of the heritage of industrial towns in Europe. Volos, an industrial harbour town in central Greece, provides a typical example of this phenomenon. Redundancy and decay of many of the city’s 20th-century industrial buildings threaten the survival of a significant aspect of the heritage of Volos. Infusing new life in these buildings requires the involvement of a wide range of stakeholders as well as the development of new management and conservation strategies. For this reason, the urgent contribution to the European discussion on preservation and future maintenance of such areas will require vital solutions that will save them from falling into ruin.

This dissertation applies an interdisciplinary approach that will seek to identify an innovative model for the strategic management and re-use of the industrial heritage of Volos. It provides new ways to understand preservation theory and management objectives for industrial heritage sites by analyzing existing mechanisms for their preservation through values and practices. In addition, this research identifies characteristics and values aimed at expanding the framework of historic industrial preservation practice. It argues that management strategies based on traditional preservation practices are insufficient for interpreting the complexity of these historic places, and that historical industrial preservation is best served by attending to the range of values and processes associated with the historic landscape and its protection.

 

CASE Open Lecture: Dr Maria Kikira, UK Green Building Council

The next CASE Open Lecture will be given by Dr Maria Kikira from UK Green Building Council, with her talk titled, ‘The role of UK Green Building Council in the built environment: Get involved, stay engaged!’. The lecture will take place on Tuesday 20th November at 6PM in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1.

The presentation will cover the five thematic areas of UKGBC such as: climate change, resource use, nature & biodiversity, health & wellbeing, socio-economic impact, and how they are related to the built environment. There will also be an introduction to our Net Zero, Circular Economy, Climate Resilience, Cities and Social Value programmes from the perspective of working towards a sustainable future.

Maria is an architect with a passion for sustainable development in the built environment. She works for UK Green Building Council with the Learning and Development team, aiming to increase awareness and inspire the building industry on issues ranging from climate change, resource efficiency to health and well-being. Maria has a PhD on façade performance evaluation in relation to the indoor environment and extensive experience on European research programmes in the field of sustainability.

All welcome!