‘Architecture and Movement’ – New Publication

Edited by Peter Blundell Jones and Mark Meagher, Routledge December 2014

The experience of movement, of moving through buildings, cities, landscapes and in everyday life, is the only involvement most individuals have with the built environment on a daily basis. An exciting new publication, Architecture and Movement, tackles this complex subject for the first time. This book embraces contributions from SSoA members of staff and students as well as a number of academics from the University of Sheffield. A launch event will be held on Tuesday 3 March, 2-4pm in the Arts Tower.

Editor, Professor Peter Blundell Jones, explains “So often architecture is judged from a single image, and yet we all know that our homes and workplaces are not just facades, but sequences of rooms with purposes and associations. Yet movement in architecture is a curiously neglected subject, picked up by some architects as a significant experience, but more often treated as mere ‘circulation’. In a series of essays taking a wide range of viewpoints, Architecture and Movement seeks to re-establish ‘on foot’ as the primary experience, and draws attention to spatial memory as our main means of location.”

The book launch has lined up some acclaimed interdisciplinary speakers from the University including:

  • Professor Peter Jackson (Department of Geography)
  • Dr Jan Woudstra (Department of Landscape)
  • Professor Peter Blundell Jones (School of Architecture)
  • Dr Mark Meagher (School of Architecture)
  • Professor Doina Petrescu (University of Sheffield)
  • John Sergeant (Emeritus Fellow at Robinson College, Cambridge)

Dr Mark Meagher said: “We’re very happy that research from the School of Architecture and the Department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield is so well represented in the book, thanks in large part to the lecture series from which the book originated and which many members of staff from both schools contributed to. We’re also delighted that the book has provided an opportunity for colleagues who may not often publish in the same venue to be part of a shared project.

The last section of the book addresses issues of representation including digital modelling and the design of interactive spaces, and the book provides an important context for discussion of this topic in relation to other aspects of embodied experience. This feeds directly into a masters course I teach on and it provides a great opportunity for research led teaching in the School”

Homes and Communities Agency – Housing Design Seminar

The Sheffield School of Architecture is hosting the Homes and Communities Agency Housing Design Seminar – Creating Value through Quality. Fionn Stevenson and Flora Samuel are delivering talks during the event with speakers also from Leeds and Sheffield City Council.

Sarah Wigglesworth is sharing her Practice Based Research expertise on the topic of Residential Care in Sheffield. Sarah leads the DWELL (Designing for Wellbeing in Environments for Later Life) project that aims to design exemplary places for ageing well.

The government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) helps create successful communities by making more homes and business premises available to the residents and businesses who need them. They also regulate social housing providers in England.

New international partnership with of University of Padova

Students from the MA in Architectural Design (MAAD), undertaking the Cities in Transition studio, will have the opportunity to work with students from the Masters in Building Engineering/Architecture at the University of Padua. A number of initiatives are planned and will be led by Dr Nadia Bertolino (Sheffield School of Architecture) and Professor Luigi Stendardo (University of Padova).

During Semester 2 the students in Sheffield and Padova will deal with the same project site in Italy and will investigate similar research issues focused on the architectural regeneration of vulnerable territories, once dedicated to productive activities and large-scale trade.

Professor Luigi Stendardo will come to Sheffield to join MAAD studios’ reviews and introduce the project site in Italy to the Cities in Transition studio. Two days of intense studio work will follow where students are required to give a preliminary understanding of the design context.

The University of Padova will host Sheffield  students for a 2-day workshop. They will produce a site survey along with the Italian students and work in teams to give a public presentation about their place reading and any research related issues aSSoA MAAD students involved in the initiativerising.

We will have a final workshop in Sheffield, hosting the Italian students and teachers to make a comparative review of the different design proposals.

Cities in Transition studio 

University of Padova

University of Padua Design Studio

University of Padua Design Studio