Research project to address participatory approach to the production of design briefs for hospitals

A new research project will provide strong potential for improving the way that clinicians and other stakeholders engage in the critical early stages of hospital design. This could result in improved design, clinical outcomes and efficiencies in construction costs. The project will be used to demonstrate the benefits of this participatory approach.

‘Participatory BIM: Web Based Tools for Parametric Early Stage Design In Healthcare’ is a collaborative R&D project supported by the IIKE fund at University of Sheffield and by the project partner, Bryden Wood Limited.

The communication and structuring of spatial building information is increasingly an essential element of the architectural design process. This is demonstrated by the dominance of Building Information Modelling (BIM) as a tool for design development.

Our collaborative research project will enable an innovative participatory approach to the production of design briefs for hospitals. It will develop a web-based platform for viewing BIM and adding parametric and topological relationships between spatial entities (rooms) and objects (furniture, equipment). This is an essential feature for design briefing that is not supported by currently available BIM software. The software will fill an important gap in extending the use of BIM into early design. It will achieve impact through application in the development of project briefs for Circle Health, a UK based private and public healthcare provider and Werfau Medical Engineering, a healthcare partnership based in St Petersburg, Russia.

Total project funding is £35,205. The project team is Mark Meagher (SSoA), Phil Langley and Edonis Jesus (BWL), and Darren Roberts.

Architectural Education Podcast – RIBA Education Forum

Sheffield alumnus James Benedict Brown, now a lecturer at Leicester, has put together a series of podcasts on the future of architectural education. Episode 8 comes from London and includes comments from several key figures at the RIBA Education Forum.

We hear from proponents, critics and interested observers about recommended changes from the Institute’s Review of Architectural Education. Professor Flora Samuel delivers a keynote speech on the relationship between research and education. David Cash, alumnus and Chair of BDP, also took to the lectern to speak warmly of their involvement on the new Collaborative Practice MArch at Sheffield led by Satwinder Samra.

There are 3 ways to listen to episode 8:





SSoA graduate, Neil Michels, announced as Design Council ‘One to Watch’

Neil Michel’s thesis project ‘A Civic School’ has been selected in the Social Impact category of the Design Council’s Ones to Watch. Neil graduated from our MArch Architecture in June 2014 and his project envisaged vibrant city rooms in the heart of Sheffield which allow interaction between the community and the school.

The Ones to Watch have been chosen from hundreds of entrants for their outstanding vision, ambition and potential to contribute to the UK’s reputation as a leading design nation.

The Design Council explain: ‘Design has it’s part to play in a vision for a better society – one that challenges inequality, champions education and works for a superior quality of life for all. The political and social goals embodied in the following designs may be a wide-ranging, but all ultimately chare the same aim: to improve the lives of a large number of people.

Architect Neil Michel’s Civic School redefines the function of a school, NeilMichelsreaching out to the local population as a whole. By combining governmental education and regeneration budgets, and by using a city centre location, Michels imagines a 24 hour school that can be used by the public and pupils alike. This re-imagination of public space results in a place where adults and children can enjoy the city while learning together.

Neils project was also recently awarded the postgraduate runner up in the 2014 Architectural Review’s Global Architecture Graduate Awards.




Urban Makers, Makers Economies

The Agency research group invites you to a seminar jointly organised with Marc Neelen, Visiting Professor at SSoA, and his international practice STEALTH.unlimited.

Increasingly, citizens find themselves jointly re-inventing part of urban life, and with that, part of urban economy. We, “the citizens”, behind these initiatives are a broad range of neighbourhood activists, artists, spatial practitioners, architects, and many others trying to give urban life a new horizon. They are determined to take things into their own (collective) hands, to address existential needs (housing, workspace, work) or fundamentally reshape the city away from the terrain of speculative development and financialization into something that provides a ground for all of us.

The seminar Urban Makers, Makers Economies does not just further delve into the motives behind this and the perspective for such initiatives to induce systemic change on a larger, urban scale, but equally explores the economic models and power relations that are getting shaped through various projects and initiatives. The seminar is therefore the domain of those actively engaged in such endeavours, those researching them or interrogating them in the larger framework of things, as well as the many of us curious as to what this breed of initiatives has to offer. It is from the onset clear that we face a wide range of both inspiring, but rather different approaches to the “making” of a different urban reality, like co-operative initiatives or radically non-profit models. Even if we have witnessed a surge in such initiatives, there is still limited experience with them, with their implications and differences, and with their possible viability as urban change makers. Are they indeed the seeds for a much needed, immanent change?

With contributions by

Tom James Spacemakers, Brighton/London/Stockholm

Myfanwy Taylor Geography, UCL, Participatory Geographies Research Group

Jenny Pickerill Geography, The University of Sheffield, Participatory Geographies Research Group

Ana Dzokic and Marc Neelen STEALTH.unlimited, co-initiators Smarter Building, Belgrade and City in the Making, Rotterdam

David Rodgers London Borough of Ealing, previously long-term chief executive of The Co-operative Development Society Ltd, London

Cristina Cerulli Architecture, The University of Sheffield, Studio Polpo/Portland Works, SKIN_N, Chopshop, Other Housing

Kathrin Böhm Myvillages/Company, Movements, Deals and Drinks, London

The seminar will take place on 18 March 2015, 4.00pm, 16.03 Arts Tower

Tatjana Schneider to be jury member of Europan 13

SSoA’s Dr Tatjana Schneider is one of seven experts within the field of urban planning and architecture on the jury for Europan Norway 2015, which will focus on the themes self-organisation, sharing and processes.

Entitled ‘Adaptable City 2’, this year’s competition explores the topic of adaptation to the need for more sustainable development in the context of growing economic uncertainty looking at the concepts resilience as a challenge, social adaptability as a goal, and economy as a method.

More on the topics can be found on the Europan Europe site and the sites for the Norwegian context.

Matter Reality: A Place for Conversation

Our first year Matter Reality project aims to explore the materiality of nine different materials. This year students worked in groups to experiment with brick, glass, concrete, stone, timber, alternative materials, bio-materials, polymers and metal. An intensive one day design competition followed, resulting in one pavilion design being chosen for each material.

The groups then joined together to develop and build each chosen dMatterReality4esign for an exhibition. The pavilions were constructed on The Moor in Sheffield and this year there was also an exhibition of the design process at Live Works on Union Street. This gives members of the public the chance to view and learn about the student work.

Zoe George-Mcqueen, first year Architecture student taking part in 2015′s Matter Reality project explained “The thing I enjoyed the most about the project was seeing the way the public reacted to your designs and which parts they complemented and criticised was really interesting. The project was definitely my favourite of the year so far. Making something, seeing how it didn’t work and then trying to work out how to fix the problem was an amazing learning curve, while sometimes infuriating it is one of the reasons the project was so much fun.”

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