Mark Dudek is a Lecturer at the European Conference on the Design of Educational Environments

The event is a high level European conference on the design of educational environments entitled: “The role of communication spaces in fostering social contacts in schools”

Features Peter Hubner, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, University of Stuttgart, Mark Dudek, Research Fellow, Sheffield School of Architecture, author of “Schools and Kindergartens, a Design Manual” and Professor Herman Hertzberger, eminent school designer, from Amsterdam and author of “Space and Learning”.

Research in Commercial Practice

Research in Commerial Practice poster

In keeping with its interest in developing practice-based research and research-in-action, the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield is hosting a day-long symposium on Friday 22nd June 2012 to explore aspects of Research in Commercial Practice.

Speakers include: John Allan (Avanti), Irena Bauman (Bauman Lyons), Richard Coutts (BACA), Christian Derix (Aedas), Greg Penoyre (Penoyre & Prasad), Andrew Waugh (Waugh  Thistleton). It will be facilitated by Sarah Wigglesworth and other members of the Architecture Department.

The symposium will be taking place in the Arts Tower University of Sheffield, Room 16.03, 11.00-17.30hrs, registration from 10:30am. Attendance is free.

RIBA CPD points are available. Please book a place through:

Sarah Wigglesworth is an invited speaker at 12th International Alvar Aalto Symposium

Sarah Wigglesworth is an invited speaker at the 12th International Alvar Aalto Symposium taking place in Jyväskylä, Finland, between 9-12 August 2012.

Other speakers include: Marcos Acayaba, Frank Barkow, Jürg Conzett, Richard Kroeker, Mohsen Mostafavi, Taira Nishizawa, Alan Organschi, Anu Puustinen & Ville Hara, Alex de Rijke, Kjetil Thorsen, and Takaharu Tezuka.

The symposium’s theme is Crafted. Sarah’s paper is entitled “Architect as Disc Jockey or Maker: lessons from the portfolio of Sarah Wigglesworth Architects”.

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Sheffield Society of Architects Shop Windows Project

First year students Lotti Backshall and Louis Pohl joined with architecture students from Hallam University to create a series of window displays in Sheffield City Centre celebrating architectural education in the city.  The design, featuring a broad range of student work from both schools, was realised during an intensive one day workshop.

This collaborative venture between the two Universities was organised by the Sheffield Society of Architects and the RIBA through Integreat Plus.  The display forms part of a year long series of events commemorating the Sheffield Society of Architects’ 125 year anniversary. The work will remain on display on Pinstone Street until 15 June.

SSoA Summer Exhibition 2012

Our annual exhibition of student work from the School.  The exhibition features a large range of drawings, models and videos by students across the different years of the BA, MArch and Masters courses.  The work includes a variety of research topics and briefs, from ‘Matter-Reality’ on the Moor and U-boat museums in Birkenhead to cinematic space and toxic cities.  As well as numerous projects based in Sheffield and it’s environs, there are projects investigating a range of sites from around the world.  The exhibition will also include work from our innovative Live Project programme, which involves our MArch and MAAD students working in teams on real projects with real clients.

A fully illustrated catalogue of the exhibition will also be available from the School office and online.

Extra Information Opening event: Friday 15 June, at 5pm Continues until Friday 20 July 9.00am  - 5.00pm, Monday to Friday

Free Entry

Pavilion of Protest Live Project, 2011 – drawing by Marianne Howard

Successful Submissions to Digital Humanities Congress 2012

Three abstracts submitted by students and staff of the Digital Design + Performance and RECITE research groups have been accepted by Digital Humanities Congress 2012: (1) (Context) aware: The production of a ‘locative digital trail’ as a creative, collaborative methodology to investigate or ‘map’ place-identity by Adam Park, (2) Connecting Digital Representations: A City’s Urban Spaces and its Collective Memory by Sushardjanti Felasari and Chengzhi Peng, (3) Exploring the Boundary of Architectural Enquiry through Mixed Reality Modelling by  Yang Yu and Chengzhi Peng.

The conference will take place during 6th – 8th September 2012 at the University’s  residential conference facility, The Edge. The purpose of the conference is to promote the sharing of knowledge, ideas and techniques within the digital humanities. The full papers will be submitted for publication in the Humanities Research Institute’s new online journal, Studies in the Digital Humanities after the Congress.

MArch students present Live Projects at UoS ‘Sheffield Together’ Event

Live Projects were celebrated yesterday evening in the Firth Hall as part of “Sheffield Together’, a showcase for the University of Sheffield’s community engagement projects. A group of MArch students, Nick Hunter, Bryony Spottiswoode, Leonora Aigbokhae and Sam Brown, with Live Project Coordinator Carolyn Butterworth, described the impact of Live Projects upon the city and on our students’ learning experience. They were joined on stage by Art House Live Project client, Anne Cunningham, who spoke enthusiastically about her experience of a Live Project and the benefits it has brought to her organisation. In the audience were representatives from many of the Sheffield organisations partnering the UoS on community projects, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Richard Jones and the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire.

Students and Staff Visit from the School of Architecture Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Tweleve undergraduate students led by two members of academic staff (Jianmei Wu and Luo Peng) from the School of Architecture, Harbin Institute of Technology visited Sheffield in early May for a week-long stay. They were actively involved in studio work, lectures, seminars and group discussions, which greatly enhanced the mutual understanding of teaching and research at both schools. Another visit from Sheffield to HIT will take place in September 2012.

During their stay in London the students were asked to complete a site analysis exercise focussing on the South Bank of the River Thames between Westminster Bridge and Southwark Bridge.  Once in Sheffield the students worked in three groups to edit and collate their analysis work, before developing a sketch design response to the areas they had been investigating.

On Wednesday 2 May 2012 the work was presented to a group of staff and students from across the School.  The imaginitive design proposals ranged from inhabited bubbles floating on the river to wing-form shelters inspired by London pigeons, all supported by a remarkable range of analysis material.

on Thursday afternoon Dan Jary gave a presentation about our first year programme which led to an interesting discussion about the differences between the undergraduate teaching at our two Universities.

What’s Architecture to do with Robotics Research?

Representing the Healing Architecture and Digital Design + Performance research groups, Michael Phiri, Chengzhi Peng, and Yang Yu attended the Sheffield Centre for Robotics (SCentRo) launch event at the Halifax Hall on 03 May 2012. The proceedings was opened by Professor Richard Jones (PVC for Research and Innovation), followed by a presentation “SCentRo at the University of Sheffield” by Tony Prescott ( Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, TUOS), and “SCentRo at the Sheffield Hallam University” by Dr Jacques Penders (Head of the Centre for Automation and Robotics Research, SHU).

SCentRo is a major initiative to launch an exciting new research centre that will draw in the research expertise and resources from the two universities to put Sheffield on the map of world’s leading research centres in Robotics. Colleagues from various departments including Computer Science, Psychology, Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, Health and Related Research, Composites Systems, AMRC, Mercury Centre gave short talks about their interests and potential links to SCentRo.

By joining SCentRo, the Healing Architecture and DD+P groups will have opportunities to take part in innovative ground-breaking robotics research where a view from architecture could be stimulating. After all, the Villa Savoye (Le Corbusier, 1929) was subtitled “A Machine for Living.” One hundred years later, that’s in 2029, many parts of the world may demand machines for [decent assistive] living that do no harms to the environments and societies. Who knows by then if there are clients who would like to buy a machine [robotic architecture] for living designed by an architect?

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