PGR Seminar Series commences with Ben Tosland

The first PGR presentation of this year will be held on Wed 5th April at 15.00, and will be given by postgraduate research student Ben Tosland, with his talk entitled ‘The development of green spaces and influence of western landscape architecture in the Persian Gulf during the late twentieth-century’.

Ben’s research aims to show the extent of Western influence over landscape design in the Persian Gulf and its relationship with town planning movements throughout the twentieth-century. Supported through archival research and several case studies, Ben will argue that the Western design of landscapes in the region is due to both the influx of people from Europe and America who worked with oil companies, and their subsequent funding of landscape work. Added to this, there are changing sociological and political forces in the region during this period that will also be assessed. Several themes and sub-themes that will be shown through his research will be:

  • Identity and representation
  • Segregation and inequality
  • Morphology of spatial design
  • Relationship between landscape and townscape

This short talk will attempt to give the context to this research by representing statistics through maps of the region before looking at a chosen case study and briefly explaining how the aforementioned themes affected the design process and the eventual outcome.

Kent School of Architecture Summer School 2017

The University of Kent’s high-quality postgraduate-level summer schools with academic credit are designed for anyone who would like to study one or more of the inspiring courses taught at the University’s locations in three of Europe’s most important cities.

Building on our reputation for interdisciplinary study you will spend time with fellow students and academics studying your chosen subject in specially chosen locations with state-of-the-art facilities.  If you are considering postgraduate study at Kent, either in the UK or at one of our specialist postgraduate centres across Europe, a summer school is a great opportunity to discover more about your subject and the University.

The Summer Schools are two weeks long and run in June, July and August 2017, allowing you to attend one or more, and discover what it is like to be a student at our Canterbury, Brussels or Paris locations.

Kent School of Architecture will be running an Architecture Summer School at the Canterbury Campus from the 2nd – 16th July 2017. Take part in presentations, design workshops, lectures and site visits and become part of a creative community that comprises of well-respected researchers, highly skilled architects, engineers and design professionals.

Studying at a summer school with the University of Kent, ranked 23 out of 119 institutions in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2017), you will benefit from expert teaching, on-campus accommodation (in Canterbury), social activities, excellent resources and facilities and an opportunity to enhance your career or progress to postgraduate study.

Scholarships and discounts

  • We have a limited number of full and part scholarships to award.
  • Tiered discounts when studying more than one course.
  • Discounts of £150 if you book and pay in full by 5 May 2017
  • Brussels Summer School students are entitled to 10% discount if they subsequently enrol on a Master’s degree at the Brussels centre.

Find out more: www.kent.ac.uk/summerschools

Contact us: summerschools@kent.ac.uk