Environmental Analysis simplified – a workshop by [uto]

A workshop and lecture by Ursula Frick and Thomas Grabner that will take place next week, Monday January 27 and Tuesday January 28, organized by Dr. Tsung-Hsien Wang.

This workshop will introduce progressive means of performing environmental analysis, considering analysis not as a static evaluation but as a dynamic aspect of the design process. We will explore this through the use of GECO, which allows a live linkage between Rhino/Grasshopper and Autodesk® Ecotect® Analysis.

[uto] Ursula Frick and Thomas Grabner are architects and specialists in computational design with several years of practice and teaching experience . They graduated with a degree in Architecture, at the University of Innsbruck, Austria advised by Patrik Schumacher.

They have lectured and taught design studios worldwide at the AA | Architectural Association, PennDesign | University of Pennsylvania, SCI-arc | Southern California Institute of Architecture, TKU | Tamkang University Taipei, and AAG10 Vienna, among others.

The collective [uto] was founded in 2007. Their research focuses, along with the generation and analysis of complex geometries, on the development of formal strategies specific at the relationship of part-to-whole. They have been recognized for their development of digital tools, namely PhysX, Geco, Flowlines, MeshPaint and MeshEdit, which seek to improve workflow in a parametric environment.

SSoA in Domus top 50 schools of architecture

The influential Italian design magazine Domus has just published it’s list of Europe’s Top 100 Schools of Architecture and Design 2014.  The publication includes two lists – 50 schools of architecture and 50 schools of design.

The lists are not ranked, but are intended to show the diversity of high quality architectural education that is available in different European countries.  Only 7 UK schools make it onto the list, with SSoA featuring as one of only two schools from outside London (the other being Strathclyde).

Sheffield is internationally recognised as an institution that influences discourse and policy in the UK, due in part to its strong research groups.

Selection for the list was based on three criteria:

The schools in question were evaluated for their performance in three areas – most importantly collaborative networks and to a lesser extent, the more traditional criteria of strong professors and exceptional student work.

The full Domus publication is available online here. SSoA is featured on pages 102-103.

This ranking confirms SSoA’s position as one of the top schools of architecture in the UK, following the National Student Survey 2013, which ranked us as joint second, and the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014, which placed us in the top three. Full details can be found on the Unistats website and the Times website (subscription required).

Collective Custom Build workshop

Motivating Collective Custom Build comes to Sheffield

On the 27th February 2014, Prof Fionn Stevenson, Head of the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield and Co-Director Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design will introduce and welcome delegates to the Northern Launch of the Collective custom build workshop:

Collective custom build: field your dreams How to get projects off the ground

Demand for housing completely outstrips supply. The government wants us to take inspiration from Grand Designs and become ‘a nation of self-builders’ just like USA, Germany, Netherlands and Sweden.

Many housing associations and local authorities are now looking at various forms of custom build. Developers like the concept too – it all adds up to some 3,000 custom built homes in the pipeline.

Housing providers have the communities. It is now time to find out how to access the land, get the finance in place and develop the know-how.

Collective custom build is completely customer focused. Residents work as a group and are collectively involved in the design of their homes and the construction is achieved through partnership and mentoring by experts. Collective Custom builders will learn skills that can help them in the future.

The Homes and Communities Agency is backing custom build with £30 million under the government’s Housing Strategy for England. Community-led developments can tap into Affordable Homes Programme allocations as well.

Bids need to be in by March for the latest £17 million tranche of special funding. This seminar is perfectly timed to arm you for the process.

Join HQN and Collective Custom Build for a day of guidance, debate and solutions. Sessions include:

• Acquiring land or buildings for projects • Getting your finance together • Keeping up the momentum – getting support from professionals • Getting the backing from developers and housing associations • The strategic issues for local authorities. Collective Custom Build is part of the Motivating

Collective Custom Build practice-based research project – a collaboration between The University of Sheffield School of Architecture, Ash Sakula Architects and Design for Homes, as part of the AHRC Home Improvements project.

Expert speakers

The full and varied programme features speakers from:

• The Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design • Ash Sakula Architects • Stattbau (Germany) • The Lilac Project, Leeds • Igloo • Local authority and housing association practitioners.

Collective Custom Build is part of the Motivating Collective Custom Build practice-based research project – a collaboration between The University of Sheffield School of Architecture, Ash Sakula Architects and Design for Homes, as part of the AHRC Home Improvements project.

For more information about Collective Custom Build click here.

Delegate fees

Seminar price: £199

Early bird: £175 (book by Friday 17 January 2014)

There are also discounts for Strategic Excellence Network, TEAMnet members and Housing Quality Network members.

The fee includes refreshments, lunch and a detailed information pack.

Details of how to book a place are available here.