Doina Petrescu speaks at the Design and Culture Salon at V&A Museum

Doina was invited to speak about her resilience projects at the Design Culture Salon 6: How do new food systems impact on our towns and cities?  on Friday 13 December, 19h00-20h30. Other panelists included Alma Clavin (Liveable Cities, CPRE), Matt Skinner (FutureGov), Andre Viljoen (University of Brighton) and Gabriel Wulff (University of Brighton, chair).

Food has re-emerged as a central concept in debates regarding how we design our cities.Current practices linked to the growth, production and distribution of food are being questioned as contemporary cities become larger and more populated. In these landscapes, the desire to re-design our relationship to food is reflected in the emergence of alternative food focused urban initiatives – from community supported agriculture systems (CSAs) to rooftop gardens and urban farming projects. Re-thinking food has also been combined with the delivery of public services, improving the urban environment and enhancing community cohesion. These projects are varied in their methods,visions and goals and have socio-cultural, economic and environmental repercussions, as well as the potential to catalyse a politically active citizenship. What can we learn from these food based initiatives? What are their aims and approaches and how far do they achieve their goals?

Annual CIV-ARC Pub Quiz


The annual CIV-ARC pub quiz takes place on Tuesday 10. December, starting at 7pm in the Raynor Lounge – Bar One on the lower level of the Student Union.

The event, which is rapidly becoming an annual institution, is a great opportunity to celebrate the collaboration between the two departments.  The quiz masters will be Prof Fionn Stevenson from SSoA and Prof Harm Askes from Civil Engineering.

The event includes a £100 cash top prize and a charity raffle in aid of UNICEF.

Teams need to be minimum of 3 to a maximum of 8 people. If you’d like to be put in touch with a team let Abigail Hathway or Rachel Cruise know or just turn up on the evening and we can put together teams.

Award for volunteers at Portland Works

The Heritage Alliance recognises outstanding volunteers at Portland Works, Sheffield

In the fourth year of the Awards to recognise outstanding volunteer contributions to our heritage, The Heritage Alliance’s Chairman Loyd Grossman presented the Heritage Alliance Heroes Awards 2013 (5 December 2013).

Portland Works, built in 1877, a Grade II* listed building, became the first place in the world to manufacture stainless steel cutlery. In 2009, the future for the Works looked like conversion into small flats, which would have ended 130 years of manufacturing. A volunteer led campaign eventually blocked the planning application and set up a Community Benefit Society (formerly called Provident Societies) to buy, manage and conserve Portland Works. The volunteers wrote a business plan and spent 18 months raising over £250,000 through community shares. They completed the purchase on 28 February 2013. The Chairman and prime mover is retired school teacher Derek Morton who was presented with a glass plaque by Loyd Grossman.

Students from SSoA have completed two Live Projects with Portland Works.

Loyd Grossman commented: ‘Our part of the heritage movement depends heavily on volunteers. We want to celebrate our magnificent heritage volunteers. They are the lifeblood of our sector.

The Heritage Alliance was set up in 2002 by key voluntary sector bodies now brings together 92 non-Government organisations concerned with our heritage in England.