Sheffield is a city of many landscapes, each one offering a range of activities to occupy all the city’s enthusiasts.
To celebrate this diversity, second year architecture students present ‘Territory’ – a month long public exhibition at Sheffield Train Station. The exhibition showcases their first project of the year, in which they were tasked to design a ‘small building in a landscape’.
The exhibition is located in Sheffield Train Station and showcases design proposals including:
An Apiary in Sheffield General Cemetery
A Cycle Hub at Sheffield Train Station
An Observatory on Higger Tor
A Hatchery in Millhouses Park
A Kayak Centre on the River Don
A Walker’s Refuge on Black Tor
Before embarking on the design process, the students got to experience their assigned activity first hand. From beekeeping to kayaking, the students were kitted out and put through their paces or given a guided tour and the opportunity to quiz the experts. This allowed them to develop an understanding of the practical considerations of their subject, after which they were required to make a series of 1 to 1 measured drawings of the apparatus involved in order to investigate its spatial requirements.
Their research continued from subject to site with a detailed exploration of the corresponding landscapes chosen as the settings for their projects. The students undertook a series of detailed ‘mapping exercises,’ exploring the physical, topographical and historical layers of their site.
The resulting projects explore the relationship between activity and site; between architecture and landscape.
This year the Sheffield School of Architecture celebrates ‘50 Years in the Arts Tower’ and this exhibition kicks off a series of events to mark this occasion. The exhibition will run for a month from 17 March, coinciding with East Midland Train’s Easter Delight Festival.
With thanks to East Midland Trains, Sheffield Beekeepers’ Association, Russell’s Bicycle Shed, Bank View Farm, Sheffield City Kayak Club, Proove + Seven Hills Bakery, Studio Polpo, Arnold Laver and Roy Childs.
Xiang Ren has published his research article ‘Archi-infrastructure as Urban Patchworks & Generators’ in Time+Architecture this month.
The regeneration and new construction of traffic infrastructures has been one of the key forces in the transition and upgrading of urban structure in both developed countries and emerging economies in the past twenty years. Xiang’s paper explored the transformative value of collaborative architectural design with a case study on the multi-disciplinary transport and infrastructure sector.
Time+Architecture Journal was established in 1984, and is sponsored by the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University, Shanghai. It is an international academic journal which ranks in the top three in China.
Xiang achieved the offer of MArch from Tongji University in March 2010, with one of the highest marks of the country. After practising architecture for three years he came to Sheffield and completed his MA degree with Distinction. Currently writing up his PhD, he has frequently presented his work in referred international conferences in Spain, Belgium, Germany, Italy and throughout the UK.
Xiang said “Every time I publish papers and present in conferences outside the School I feel so proud that my enthusiasm and commitment matches the honourable title of being a Sheffield School of Architecture student.”
Over two weeks in September Arbourthorne Community Primary School children will work with staff and students from the Sheffield School of Architecture to construct a model of their ‘future’ or ‘fantasy’ Sheffield. ‘Little City of Makers’ is a Live Works project that has been commissioned by Festival of the Mind, aiming to help the children to discover the excitement of making and learning together.
The model will be located in the city centre, growing over time as the children are introduced to different methods of making. It will be exhibited to the public during the festival where the final outcomes will be shared.
As the children make the buildings, structures, green spaces and transport systems of their imaginations they will be encouraged to ask: How will the city be made in the future? What will it be made of? Who will make it?
This will provide a valuable experience to the children, giving them the opportunity to learn new skills and introducing possibilities for their future interests and livelihoods.
Live Works will collaborate with Graham Willis Visiting Professor Susanne Hofmann of practice Baupiloten, Berlin on creative workshops with the schoolchildren.
The School of Architecture has worked with Arbourthorne Community Primary School previously on the very successful Live Project ‘Praise Pods’, with Headteacher Vanessa Langley saying at the time “The true legacy of this project is hard to overestimate.”
On 17 February the School of Architecture is hosting a research symposium with Ana Džokic and Marc Neelen from STEALTH.unlimited. The symposium is part of a 2 day event in which Ana and Marc are running a series of workshops with staff and students in the School.
STEALTH.unlimited (2000, Rotterdam/Belgrade) is the practice of Ana Džokić and Marc Neelen. Although initially trained as architects, for 15 years their work is equally based in the context of contemporary art and culture. Through intensive collaboration with individuals, organisations and institutions, STEALTH connect urban research, visual arts, spatial interventions and cultural activism.
Students from the MA in Architectural Design course have exhibited their research in creative reuse of post-industrial districts at the “Open Your Space” event in Shanghai alongside their course leader Dr Nadia Bertolino.
Dr Nadia Bertolino was invited by researchers from the College of Design and Innovation at Tongji University to exhibit research on the ‘reactivation of underused spaces through creative practices’. The exhibition is taking place from December 2015 – March 2016 in Siping Community, Shanghai.
The body of work curated by Dr Bertolino includes contributions by Sheffield staff members and students who are developing their research in this field. The work focuses on best practices of artists-led spatial reactivation in Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield post-industrial districts.
MA in Architectural Design students Shirin Haddadian and Yang Zhang explain their work “We explored the Holbeck Urban Village, Leeds, by making a film using multiple cameras with an aim to examine the site more precisely. Although it was our first movie making project we found it quite an interesting experience and a very useful and creative tool to explore the site in a very different way. We also feel so excited to be part of the “Open Your Space” Exhibition as this international event will not only add to our own knowledge but also will provide us with valuable opportunities in the future”.
Dr Nadia Bertolino said “This exhibition is a great opportunity to strengthen the research network between SSoA and Tongji University as we share an interest in innovative practices able to reactivate space through arts-led public engagement”
Nadia has been collaborating with Tongji University since 2010, researching the link between art and spatial practice in Shanghai creative clusters. The outcome of this research has recently been included in the latest book by Professor Zheng Shiling, “Regeneration”.
Niamh Lincoln has received a Commendation in the Dissertation Medal category at the 2015 Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA) President’s Medals Ceremony.
Niamh graduated from Sheffield School of Architecture’s MArch in Architecture in June 2015. Her dissertation ‘tempelhof – articulating the void’ presents a very particular form of public space, as a 386-hectare vacuum in the city of Berlin.
Niamh said “It is a great honour to be commended at the RIBA President’s Medals for a piece of work that I took such pleasure in writing. I would like to particularly thank Florian Kossak for his extensive knowledge and support throughout the writing of my dissertation as well as my thesis tutor Carolyn Butterworth for her constant encouragement during my most crucial year of study.
The focus that SSoA places on research and theory drew me back to the university post Part 1. I already look back at my time at the school with great fondness, thank you for five truly inspiring years.”
This is an outstanding achievement for Niamh, making her dissertation one of the best out of the entries received from around 320 Universities in 65 countries.
The ceremony was held at the RIBA in London on the 2nd December with Niamh receiving her award from RIBA president Jane Duncan. The President’s Medals are regarded as the most prestigious student awards in architectural education. They are awarded annually, by a panel of respected international academics and practitioners, to students nominated by schools of architecture worldwide.
RIBA President Jane Duncan said:
“Congratulations to our deserving medal winners who have fought-off tough competition from around the world and truly excelled with their innovative, challenging and thought-provoking projects. It’s an honour to present these awards to the future trailblazers and current innovators of the architecture profession.”
Public space plays a major role in influencing the quality of our cities, providing spaces of social interaction and community cohesion. As part of the School’s annual Theory Forum initiative we are giving students the opportunity to explore the idea of public space through a workshop and symposium.
The forum will examine diverse theoretical approaches and practice methodologies applied to the production of public space by bringing together academics with key thinkers and practitioners in the area.
“I believe public space is extremely complex and politics lies at the heart of any true public space. But what does public space mean to you and what is the role of the architect in the design public space? Can we design public space for private clients? What is the role of the public collaboration in its production? What are the major issues that architects are facing?”Dr Teresa Hoskyns, Theory Forum Organiser
Open Space Technology Workshop with Improbable
On 24 November the Theory Forum launched an interactive ‘open space’ workshop. Students were invited to take part in collaborative conversations and discussions and produce a ‘public space pop-up’ at the venue by inviting people who passed by to participate.
The main debate in the workshop was on the feasibility of the production of public space through collaboration. Groups were asked to define: What is public space? Is public space defined by the existence of private space, so in this case does it mean that public space endures when no one is in it?
Public Space Symposium: Design methodologies and the production of public space.
9 December, Theatre Delicatessen, The Moor, Sheffield
Following the workshop held in November, MArch and MA in Architectural Design students will participate in the Public Space Symposium. The aim is to bring together a range of speakers from across the School to collaborate on the theme of ‘Design methodologies and the production of public space’. The event will end with a key note lecture from Massimo de Angelis, who is Professor of Political Economy and Development and co-director of the Centre for Social Justice and Change at the University of East London.
Zeynep Keskin has been selected as a finalist in the Society of Light and Lighting’s (SLL) Young Lighter of the Year competition. The four finalists will present their work at the LuxLive exhibition on 19 November with the winner announced during the LUX Awards that evening.
The competition is in its 21st year and provides ‘a high profile opportunity to help promote younger members of the lighting profession.’ Entries are open to those actively working in any aspect of the industry. The awards allow the young lighters to illustrate their knowledge and research on a lighting subject, hone their presentation skills, and raise their profile within the industry.
Zeynip’s PhD work is being supervised by Professor Steve Fotios and focuses on investigating the effect of daylight availability on seating preference in open-plan spaces
A public exhibition at the Millennium Galleries in Sheffield has featured work by MArch and Taught Masters students. ‘Ruskin Re-Viewed’ has been visited by around 3000 people and highlighted the connection between prominent Victorian critic and writer, John Ruskin, and the city of Sheffield.
Students taking part in the live project ‘Wealthy City Walks’ and the design studio ‘In Residence’ have worked in partnership with ‘Ruskin in Sheffield’ over the last year to produce work that explores the contemporary relevance of his ideas about craft, art, architecture and the social economy.
As a result of her work with the students and Ruskin in Sheffield, SSoA’s Live Works Director, Carolyn Butterworth, was invited to become a Companion of The Guild of St George, Ruskin’s charity, set up in 1871 to promote his ideas. Carolyn was enrolled at the Guild’s AGM on 7 November and will continue to work in close partnership with the Guild’s members on their educational projects in Sheffield and beyond.
SSoA student work on show at the Millennium Galleries