The School’s Director of Future Practice, Satwinder Samra, has written an article for the Guardian exploring the design of University Campuses as social spaces. Satwinder uses space in the School to illustrate his thoughts.
Niamh Lincoln has received a Commendation in the Dissertation Medal category at the 2015 Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA) President’s Medals Ceremony.
Niamh graduated from Sheffield School of Architecture’s MArch in Architecture in June 2015. Her dissertation ‘tempelhof – articulating the void’ presents a very particular form of public space, as a 386-hectare vacuum in the city of Berlin.
Niamh said “It is a great honour to be commended at the RIBA President’s Medals for a piece of work that I took such pleasure in writing. I would like to particularly thank Florian Kossak for his extensive knowledge and support throughout the writing of my dissertation as well as my thesis tutor Carolyn Butterworth for her constant encouragement during my most crucial year of study.
The focus that SSoA places on research and theory drew me back to the university post Part 1. I already look back at my time at the school with great fondness, thank you for five truly inspiring years.”
This is an outstanding achievement for Niamh, making her dissertation one of the best out of the entries received from around 320 Universities in 65 countries.
The ceremony was held at the RIBA in London on the 2nd December with Niamh receiving her award from RIBA president Jane Duncan. The President’s Medals are regarded as the most prestigious student awards in architectural education. They are awarded annually, by a panel of respected international academics and practitioners, to students nominated by schools of architecture worldwide.
RIBA President Jane Duncan said:
“Congratulations to our deserving medal winners who have fought-off tough competition from around the world and truly excelled with their innovative, challenging and thought-provoking projects. It’s an honour to present these awards to the future trailblazers and current innovators of the architecture profession.”
Last week the Sheffield School of Architecture held its second “This Changes Everything” masters in architecture studio review, this year coinciding with COP21 in Paris. “This changes Everything” is lead by architect and Professor Irena Bauman and is in response to Naomi Klein’s “This changes Everything” book. The postgraduate wide studio reviews set out to engage the next generation of architects with climate change and the importance of (climate) resilience in the design and construction of our spaces and places. Each studio student group was asked to respond and present to the climate change mitigation and adaptation agenda and set out commitments early on in their design process how they – individually – but also as a collective studio – propose to fulfill their responsibility for a sustainable future.
Following on from the afternoon of reviews, four of the 2015/16 MSc Sustainable Architecture Studies (SAS) Ambassadors (Xi Chen, Siyu Duan, Maria Englezou and Anaclara Penha) reveal how they and their peers (including those outside architecture) respond to climate change and “this changes everything” in their projects and/or in their personal life. Their shared stories are below.
“Absolutely I will consider climate change in the project I’m doing now. The main concept of my scheme is to propose a strategy framework to respond to flood risk. The main strategy is to un-culvert the river and to try to encourage the uptake of green roofs to respond to expected increased winter precipitation. I am also proposing to complete the green corridor along the river Sheaf to encourage people to cycle to work.
In terms of my life, I try to persuade those around me to buy electric car, reduce paper and energy use etc.”
Maria Englezou, MSc Sustainable Architecture Studies student from Cyprus and 2015/16 SAS Ambassador
“As an architecture student I decided to continue my studies by specialising in sustainable architecture. In my opinion the deeper meaning of learning how to design sustainable buildings is to understand how to reduce our impact on the environment and the impact of climate change on our buildings and people within it. Then we can find ways both to mitigate and adapt to climate change in our design responses. In my current project I am studying Park Hill in Sheffield. What we are trying to do is how to transform an existing building in a way that it will have reduced energy use and also be suitable for future climate change.
In my personal life I try to recycle anything that can be recycled and I try not to print on paper as much as I used to.”
Anonymous, Masters student in Archeology from the USA, University of Sheffield
“First thing, being a citizen of the U.S. It’s been very frustrating how little our government is willing to do to combat climate change. So one thing I could do is vote specifically for politicians with environmental priorities. And put pressure on those already in office to take a more serious stance. A smaller thing that I could do is stop getting so much food take out. It generates a lot of non renewable and recyclable waste.”
Anastasia Harms, from Russia, Masters student in European and Global Affairs, University of Sheffield
“I did a course last year on European Energy policy. We talked quite a lot on green energy, environment and why the EU is now targeting to decrease CO2 emissions and promote green sources of energy. My final paper on this course was on nuclear energy and how it contributes to decreased carbon emissions. In my everyday life I am trying to manage better my use of electricity and I buy only energy efficient electric equipment. I don’t have a car, therefore I am using only public transport. And I follow rules on recycling.”
“Taking a Sustainable Architecture master course gives me the opportunity to develop projects which focus on energy performance and CO2 emission reduction, not to mention social and other strategies to tackle climate change. In my studio project, I am working with retrofit architecture, to enhance existing buildings and impact on people’s well-being and life style. Outside the university, in my own projects, I did not have the same chance to relate my design to sustainable strategies, most because of the client preferences and economic aspects. Hence, I hope to, as an architect, influence people about our role as citizens and human beings in the right direction to avoid more environmental destruction and inequality. I discussed climate change with my friend, Isadora Barroso, from Brazil, and she said:”In my projects it still is a little difficult to apply certain strategies such as: solar panels, reuse of rain water, more sustainable materials and so on because most clients present some resistance to both applying this in their houses and changing their routines. Usually the clients that are willing to build a more sustainable building already come with this idea to the project, the ones that don’t ask for that are a little bit difficult to convince.”
Clarissa Ferreira, PhD student in Animal and Plant Sciences from Brazil, University of Sheffield
“I am becoming more aware about where the things I buy come from and trying to buy things that come from local farmers and impact the environment less. I constantly try to make people conscious about the importance of biodiversity to their lives and how we are part of nature. We depend on natural resources to survive, and because of this we must be aware of our impact and change our habits, not to mention our role in putting pressure on policy makers.”
Keira Lu, Masters student in Creative and Cultural Industries Management from China, University of Sheffield
“At home, I use CFL lamps; I walk or use public transport and turn off lights and electronic devices when you don’t need them. I recycle, but it’s really hard to achieve in my country, because most of people don’t have knowledge or awareness. And it’s hard to find the right place to recycle. I also use more organic and sustainable materials.”
“In my home-town, public transport is encouraged by improved transportation and infrastructure, such as setting up public bicycle points all over the city, underground railway and tram systems and so on. Also, the government is building more green parks in many districts of the city. The government should encourage people to build buildings in a sustainable way, which means they should try to make the client understand the importance of sustainability. Moreover, government should improve public transportation and encourage people to choose a low carbon travel method. In my own design project, I am considering using renewable energy(solar panels), and making full use of daylight to reduce the consumption of energy on artificial lighting system.”
Anonymous, MAAD (Masters in architectural Design)
“I am doing research on Victoria Turkish Baths and I am using recycled material and traditional heating and cooling systems which can reduce the energy use.”
“ I’m interested in using low impact and reused or recycled materials as part of my design, such as straw, earth, and other local materials. Also, introducing daylighting and passive ventilation systems to reduce energy consumption. Based on the function of the design project, I might consider using solar panels, air-source heat pumps or ground-source heat pumps, or other clean and renewable energy. I think, in my own country, the government should encourage people to get to know more about climate change and sustainability and show them the significance of getting involved. Moreover, financial support for research on sustainability in architecture and energy should be necessary. Goverment should set new building policy to control energy consumption and carbon emission.
Siyu Duan, MSc Sustainable Architecture Studies student from China and 2015/16 SAS Ambassador.
“We are collecting data for a design project located in The Sheaf valley in Sheffield at an early design stage and I am attempting to achieve lower energy consumption by using strategies like district heating, green roof and low impact materials.”
Yuto Takenake, MSc Sustainable Architecture Studies student from Japan
“My project now is to refurbish some Victorian houses. I’m trying to find a way to calculate energy use and improve the building fabric as well as support biodiversity byproposing super-insulated green roofs - all in support to reduce carbon emissions.”
Students participate in Theory Forum 2015.
Public space plays a major role in influencing the quality of our cities, providing spaces of social interaction and community cohesion. As part of the School’s annual Theory Forum initiative we are giving students the opportunity to explore the idea of public space through a workshop and symposium.
The forum will examine diverse theoretical approaches and practice methodologies applied to the production of public space by bringing together academics with key thinkers and practitioners in the area.
Open Space Technology Workshop with Improbable
On 24 November the Theory Forum launched an interactive ‘open space’ workshop. Students were invited to take part in collaborative conversations and discussions and produce a ‘public space pop-up’ at the venue by inviting people who passed by to participate.
The main debate in the workshop was on the feasibility of the production of public space through collaboration. Groups were asked to define: What is public space? Is public space defined by the existence of private space, so in this case does it mean that public space endures when no one is in it?
Public Space Symposium: Design methodologies and the production of public space.
9 December, Theatre Delicatessen, The Moor, Sheffield
Following the workshop held in November, MArch and MA in Architectural Design students will participate in the Public Space Symposium. The aim is to bring together a range of speakers from across the School to collaborate on the theme of ‘Design methodologies and the production of public space’. The event will end with a key note lecture from Massimo de Angelis, who is Professor of Political Economy and Development and co-director of the Centre for Social Justice and Change at the University of East London.
The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) and PRP Architects have recently launched the Rising Star Award 2016. The award is an opportunity to nominate a colleague or peer who has made a real difference to the sustainability agenda and shine a light on their achievements.
Sofie Pelsmakers was highly commended for the Rising Star 2013 award for her book “The Environmental Design Pocketbook” and has been invited as one of the 2016 judges.
Nominations are open until 11 February 2016 and you can read more about the award and process for nominations here.
The Rising Star Award was launched in 2013, in memory of Mel Starrs, a prominent built environment practitioner and Associate Director at PRP, who sadly passed away in 2012.
Researchers from the Sheffield School of Architecture joined world leaders and policy makers in Paris for the start of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (30 November – 11 December 2015).
Professor Doina Petrescu and Dr Renata Tyszczuk are attending the conference to share their expertise on urban resilience, industry and energy. Professor Petrescu ran an event on Collaborative Civic Resilience and Dr Tyszczuk will take part in workshops at the Le Bourget conference centre, gathering material for the Creative Climate project she helped launch in 2009.
Collaborative Civic Resilience Event, Climate Generations Area, COP21
Professor Petrescu organised an event and exhibition which took place on 5 December as part of the Climate Generations area of the conference. These areas are open to the general public and those taking part in the international climate negotiations.
The event offered a forum for debate on different approaches of Collaborative Civic Resilience. It aimed to address the role of grassroots urban resilience initiatives in allowing neighbourhoods to adapt to the complex crisis we face: climatic, social, ecologic, economic.
Professor Petrescu is exhibiting the R-Urban research project throughout the conference, which is a collaboration between the University of Sheffield and her practice, Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée. R-Urban involves a network of community driven bottom up strategies of urban regeneration. One commons project, in a suburb of Paris, now has 400 citizens co-managing 5000 square metres of land, producing food, energy and housing, while actively reducing waste and water usage.
In order to become more effective, more strategic and have a lasting impact at a larger scale, these initiatives need to act convergently with other initiatives and frameworks. The exhibition presents a number of practices, structures and tools for initiating collaborative resilience and propose a co-produced vision of resilient urban regeneration of metropolitan suburbs.
Culture and Climate Change launch Climate Change in Residence: Future Scenarios
Culture and Climate Change, a collaboration between the University of Sheffield and The Open University, are pleased to launch Climate Change in Residence: Future Scenarios, a new networked residency programme that embeds artists within contemporary thinking on climate research and policy. Three individual artists or collectives working in any artform will be offered an award of £10,000 each for a year-long residency beginning in June 2016.
The Climate Change in Residence project is supported by the University of Sheffield, the Open University, the Ashden Trust and Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Dr Tyszczuk will launch the project alongside the delegation from the Open University who are attending the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.
This is a pilot artist residencies programme that aims to put more culture into climate scenarios. Scenarios are a key element in the political and public conversation about climate change but have to date been almost exclusively the preserve of natural science modellers and economists. They need company.
Rather than being based in one place, the project aims to follow the networked nature of climate change knowledge by experimenting with ‘network residencies’.
“This project offers artists interested in climate change a unique and exciting opportunity to work within a network of internationally renowned climate researchers and policy makers. By establishing new forms of collaboration, we can open up and bring more energy to contemporary debates about climate change and the future.”
Dr Renata Tyszczuk, Senior Lecturer, Sheffield School of architecture