Sarah Wigglesworth to give Disobedient Architecture lecture at RSA Event

4 November 2014, 6.00pm

The Sheffield School of Architecture’s Professor Sarah Wigglesworth is due to deliver the lecture for the RSA’s Bossom event.

Sarah will explore the cultural challenges that architecture can and should be addressing and where we have erected barriers to doing so. Sarah argues that architects are relatively powerless within the broader forces that shape our cities, arguing for an architecture in which people will have greater control of the built environment around them. In this scenario, those that currently control development, including architects themselves, take on a new role as enablers, collaborators and advisors.

The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative and creative practical solutions to today’s social challenges.

Speaker: Sarah Wigglesworth RDI MBE, director, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and Professor of Architecture, University of Sheffield

Chair: Matthew Taylor, chief executive, RSA

For further information and to book your place at the event please visit the RSA Website.

There will be a live stream of the event via the RSA website, and a full Replay version will be available online immediately afterwards.

Tatjana Schneider guest critic at the ETH Zurich and invited speaker at the Berlage Institute

Invited by Sarah Nichols and Professor Marc Angélil of the Advanced Urban Studies Master Programme at the ETH Zurich, Tatjana will give a lecture as part of the research seminar ‘urban mutations – on the edge’ on Monday 3 November. She will also act as external critic for the Urban Design mid-term presentations.

Tatjana will also be participating as a speaker in a one-day masterclass at the Berlage Institute on 11 November on the topic “Architecture without Architects…Architects without Architecture?” organised by Hans Teerds and Ben van Berkel.

SSoA’s Tatjana Schneider Guest Professor at HafenCity University

The Sheffield School of Architecture’s Tatjana Schneider has been invited to work as a Guest Professor at HafenCity University, Hamburg, Germany.

Tatjana will lead the department of History and Culture of the Metropolis until March 2015. As part of her role, she will deliver lectures to students of Urban Planning, Urban Design and Culture of the Metropolis and will run a project as part of the Urban Design Master Programme.

Tatjana will give a special talk on 29 October on the topic ‘Wir können auch anders – about the possibilities of doing otherwise”

SSoA Host Sheffield Design Awards 2014

The Sheffield School of Architecture was please to host the RIBA Sheffield Design Awards 2014. The Arts Tower was chosen as a fitting venue due to its title of the people’s choice winner in the previous awards.

SSoA staff and alumni were successful and scooped a number of awards. Winners included Prue Chiles and Howard Evans, Jonny Rigby, Lucy Plumridge, Claire and David Kemp.

The full list of winners is:

  • Best Building Award – Sellers Wheel by Cartwright Pickard Architects
  • Community Design Award – Sum Studios by Studio Gedye Limited
  • Residential Project Award – Private House by Claire and David Kemp
  • Conservation Award – Sum Studios by Studio Gedye Limited

The following buildings received Sheffield Design Awards for architecture:

  1. Sellers Wheel by Cartwright Pickard
  1. University Technical College by HLM Architects
  1. Sum Studios by Studio Gedye Limited
  1. Private House by Claire and David Kemp
  1. Private House by Prue Chiles Architects

The Sheffield Design Awards, held every other year, are run in partnership by the Sheffield Civic Trust and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Yorkshire. The entries are judged by a panel of industry experts with this year the jury being chaired by Christopher Ash of Project Orange Architects, winner of the Best Building Award 2012 for Shoreham Street.

Irena Bauman co-authors article for The Guardian

Can Art Inspire Climate Change?

Professor Irena Bauman has co-authored an article alongside Professor Elke Weber and Olafur Eliasson which is featured in The Guardian online.

Olafur Eliasson is an environmental artist known for sculptures and large scale installation art. Elke Weber is a Professor of Psychology at Columbia University. Weber focuses much of her time on environmental decisions, in particular responses to climate change and climate variability.

The article discusses the notion of art inspiring climate change through an ice installation. To coincide with the latest IPCC climate report, 12 blocks of Greenland ice will be left to melt in Copenhagen City Hall Square as a visual representation of climate change. To read this inspiring article please visit the Guardian website.

Irena Bauman, Professor of Sustainable Urbanism, is heavily involved in SSoA’s research platform Building Local Resilience. This platform is intended to help make a coordinated step change. Namely, bridging from past and current research that is based within more known conditions of climate, demographics, governance and economic stability, towards developing the transformations required in a dynamic and rapidly changing world. In stepping up to the multiple, connected crises we face, we require new products and processes for making, inhabiting, organising, retrofitting and adapting our cities and neighbourhoods. To read more about the research platform click here.

One of the major outputs from this platform has been the development of the international conference Architecture and Resilience on a Human Scale. This conference focuses on research, strategies and projects that are testing how we can build local resilience in preparation for major societal challenges, such as global warming, scarcity of resources, increase in extreme weather events and shifts in demographics. The call for papers has recently been issued and we are welcoming researchers and practitioners from many fields including urban design and planning, landscape and ecology, geography, social sciences and other fields related to spatial studies to present their work. To discover more about the conference, please click here.

SSoA’s Doina Petrescu is Visiting Professor at Harvard

Professor Doina Petrescu is joining a select group of international Architects and academics to be a Visiting Professor in Urban Planning and Design this semester at the highly presitigious Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Doina runs a studio and a seminar on Resilient Practices and participates in different research networks.

Doina will give a GSD talk on 12 November on Tactics for a Co-produced City – see website.

SSoA staff and students collaborate on UK’s first ‘urban room’

In 2013/14 SSoA students in Carolyn Butterworth’s and Ellen Page’s MArch/PGT Studio ‘LiveWorks’ and the ‘(re)Create Blackburn’ Live Project worked with creative regeneration initiative Blackburn is Open. The Blackburn is Open initiative, funded by the Arts Council and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, aims to regenerate the town centre of Blackburn through filling empty shops with entrepreneurs and creative practitioners. Wayne Hemingway, locally born designer and Creative Director of Blackburn is Open, worked with the students to develop design ideas for the future of the town.

Many of these ideas have influenced ‘Urban Room Blackburn’; the next phase of Blackburn is Open. The recent Farrell Review recommended that every town and city should have its own ‘urban room’, where the past, present and future of that place can be debated by its citizens.

Blackburn will launch the UK’s first urban room on 21st October at an event featuring talks by Wayne Hemingway, author of the Farrell Review Max Farrell and Carolyn Butterworth.

The work produced by SSoA’s students has been instrumental in the development of Urban Room Blackburn and their drawings and models are now on show in a public exhibition in the town centre. A book of their work ‘Blackburn ReMade’ has been commissioned by Blackburn Council and will be published as part of the launch event.

Live Projects and Live Works are initiatives set up by the Sheffield School of Architecture to encourage students to be both socially and politically engaged. Live Projects, working with real clients in the community, is in its 15th year and is responsible for over 150 completed projects. Live Works is a new initiative and incorporates an Enterprise Teaching Centre and Social Enterprise, creating an Urban Room for SSoA in Sheffield City Centre where local people and organisations can learn about our civic engagement activities, suggest and collaborate with us on Live Projects.


Scholarship for Excellence Awarded to SSoA Student

A student from SSoA has been awarded a British Council Scholarship for Excellence and is spending the next two semesters studying architecture at the University of Hong Kong.

The Scholarships for Excellence, worth up to £4,000 depending on how long students stay in Hong Kong, are an excellent opportunity for students studying at higher education institutions in England to spend from a semester up to a year studying in Hong Kong as part of their degrees.

Jordan Barrett, a BA Architecture student, is taking part in the University of Sheffield’s Study Abroad scheme and decided to apply for the Scholarship. He aims to use the money to record and analyse examples of the ground-shaking urban change that is transforming the cities and societies of Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Shanghai in mainland China.

Jordan said: “The Scholarship for Excellence is a really precious opportunity for a student. I think that it will be most rewarding if it is used to enhance what really interests you. In my case, cities and urbanisation.”

“This scholarship has given me the opportunity to explore and record so much more of the different parts of Asia and gain a greater global perspective that can be used to inform my work as an architecture student.”

“Whilst I am in Hong Kong, I would like to experience and learn from another way of life. I see Hong Kong as an opportunity to grow and think in a different way.“