Head of School, Professor Fionn Stevenson, is currently visiting Mexico City to take part in a series of events and talks at local universities. Fionn is being hosted by the postgraduate unit of studies in Architecture at The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
Beginning her trip with a visit to UNAM, Fionn will deliver a talk on ‘Sustainable Housing: Resilience and Social Learning’. She will talk to students and staff about why providing sustainable housing that is also resilient is a key challenge in the 21st Century. This talk will cover the results of a recent two year research case study of a highly innovative housing development in the UK, highlighting key lessons for design, construction and engagement with the residents.
Fionn will also run a one day workshop with UNAM students on ‘Building Performance Evaluation’ which will involve an introductory lecture, group exercise, site visit and tutorial. This workshop will introduce the basic concepts and principles of Building Performance Evaluation and Usability. A case study will be explored to show what can be done to ensure that usability and comfort is promoted throughout the building lifecycle from briefing through design to commissioning and occupancy.
Other activities include a visit and talk at Monterrey ITSEM School of Architecture. Fionn will also host prospective students and Sheffield School of Architecture alumni in an evening of informal networking held at UNAM.
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.
This exhibition showcases the outcomes of ‘You Are Here’, an interdisciplinary project consisting of new temporary public art works and a one day symposium to explore future ways of working collaboratively across the fields of art and architecture.
It features works by Leo Fitzmaurice, Office for Subversive Architecture, and Sans façon, as well as the outcomes of the ‘We Are Here’ symposium hosted by Sheffield School of Architecture. A publication documenting the artworks and the symposium will also be distributed as part of the exhibition.
The exhibition is open Tuesday – Friday.
You Are Here is supported by Arts Council of England and Sheffield School of Architecture.
We have also put together some course videos where you can hear our academic staff and current students talking about the MSc in Sustainable Architecture Studies course and why it’s so important for architects to possess skills in this field.
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.”
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”.
This month Sheffield will host the next Collaborative Housing and Community Resilience event in the ESRC sponsored seminar series. The series combines academic research and debate with practical interventions, aiming to strengthen links between UK and international cohousing networks.
The next seminar will take place in Sheffield on 29 January and will draw attention to collective learning to change and influence ecological behaviour, and empowerment through collaborative design.
In the morning there will be key-note contributions from Lucelia Taranto Rodrigues (sharing community energy to build resilience) and Fionn Stevenson (‘collective learning in co-housing’). Then Betsy Morris and Raines Cohen will join by video from California to introduce a workshop activity on ‘co-developing for ecological living’. Further afternoon workshops cover intersecting themes of ‘retrofit challenges’ (with Mark Parsons), socio-technical challenges, ‘gender challenges (with Jenny Pickerill) and ‘co-designing challenges’.
The day before the seminar will involve a coach tour of several collaborative housing developments in Sheffield, facilitated by The University of Sheffield, engaging in discussion with the residents at each development.
Congratulations to all our postgraduate taught masters students who graduated last Thursday (14 January 2016).
Students graduated from the MA in Architectural Design, MA in Urban Design, MSc in Sustainable Architecture Studies, MSc in Digital Design and Interactive Built Environments and MA in Conservation and Regeneration.
At the ceremony an honorary degree was awarded to Bob Adams. Bob is a distinguished architect-planner and a former member of staff in the University’s Faculty of Architectural Studies who was instrumental in setting up the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
Following the ceremony we welcomed the graduates to a reception in the School.
Throughout January 2016 The Winter Gardens Sheffield will host Sheffield Stories, a collaborative month-long event. There will be a series of Pop-Up architecture events exploring the built environment through various forms of storytelling. Every Thursday an event will hosted by one of four practices. One of the practices taking part is studiopolpo, which is a social enterprise architectural practice set up by SSoA staff members Mark Parsons and Cristina Cerulli.
Schedule of events
OS31 presents Doodle Battle, Thursday 7 January 6-8pm
If you like to doodle, or have an interest in your city then OS31 and their creative friends welcome you to an evening of drawing and talking about ideas for Sheffield City Centre.
Studio Polpo presents FRAMES: Playful Architecture, Thursday 14 January 6-8pm
An evening of talks and short films exploring frameworks for play in the city. Curated by Studio Polpo with invited guests from a range of disciplines.
Thread presents HOME TRUTHS: Self-build Stories, Thursday 21 January 6-8pm
Thread Architects have invited people involved in self-build projects to share their home truth stories in the from of a round-table discussion. Join them to have self-build demystifed forever!
Integreat Plus presents Puzzle, Thursday 28 January 6-8pm
Integreat Plus hosts an evening of Sheffield initiatives, coming together for a celebration of theirs and their friends’ work. Join them for the launch of The Suit Works with warming food by Foodhall.
The events are open to the public to drop in and take part.
The University of Sheffield and the Open University have launched the Climate Change in Residence: Future Scenarios project. This funded programme of work provides an opportunity for three artists to be ‘in residence’ for one year from June 2016 within key climate change networks and institutions. They will be supported to develop new cultural work in the context of climate change scenarios.
This event has been organised by SSoA’s Renata Tyszczuk and will take place on 27 January 2016. The evening will explore why scenarios are such a key element of climate change research and politics, and also why it is important to invite a wider range of perspectives on these themes.