Students from the MA in Architectural Design course have exhibited their research in creative reuse of post-industrial districts at the “Open Your Space” event in Shanghai alongside their course leader Dr Nadia Bertolino.
Dr Nadia Bertolino was invited by researchers from the College of Design and Innovation at Tongji University to exhibit research on the ‘reactivation of underused spaces through creative practices’. The exhibition is taking place from December 2015 – March 2016 in Siping Community, Shanghai.
The body of work curated by Dr Bertolino includes contributions by Sheffield staff members and students who are developing their research in this field. The work focuses on best practices of artists-led spatial reactivation in Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield post-industrial districts.
MA in Architectural Design students Shirin Haddadian and Yang Zhang explain their work “We explored the Holbeck Urban Village, Leeds, by making a film using multiple cameras with an aim to examine the site more precisely. Although it was our first movie making project we found it quite an interesting experience and a very useful and creative tool to explore the site in a very different way. We also feel so excited to be part of the “Open Your Space” Exhibition as this international event will not only add to our own knowledge but also will provide us with valuable opportunities in the future”.
Dr Nadia Bertolino said “This exhibition is a great opportunity to strengthen the research network between SSoA and Tongji University as we share an interest in innovative practices able to reactivate space through arts-led public engagement”
Nadia has been collaborating with Tongji University since 2010, researching the link between art and spatial practice in Shanghai creative clusters. The outcome of this research has recently been included in the latest book by Professor Zheng Shiling, “Regeneration”.
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This month Sheffield will host the next Collaborative Housing and Community Resilience event in the ESRC sponsored seminar series. The series combines academic research and debate with practical interventions, aiming to strengthen links between UK and international cohousing networks.
The next seminar will take place in Sheffield on 29 January and will draw attention to collective learning to change and influence ecological behaviour, and empowerment through collaborative design.
In the morning there will be key-note contributions from Lucelia Taranto Rodrigues (sharing community energy to build resilience) and Fionn Stevenson (‘collective learning in co-housing’). Then Betsy Morris and Raines Cohen will join by video from California to introduce a workshop activity on ‘co-developing for ecological living’. Further afternoon workshops cover intersecting themes of ‘retrofit challenges’ (with Mark Parsons), socio-technical challenges, ‘gender challenges (with Jenny Pickerill) and ‘co-designing challenges’.
The day before the seminar will involve a coach tour of several collaborative housing developments in Sheffield, facilitated by The University of Sheffield, engaging in discussion with the residents at each development.
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Staff and students from the Sheffield School of Architecture have commented in the Architects Journal on the government’s decision to scrap maintenance grants. In the article, architects and students have hit out at decision saying the move will deter budding architects from going to university
The plans were first announced by George Osborne in the Budget but the change, which is expected to affect more than half a million students, went through without a debate or vote in the House of Commons last week (14 January).
The scrapping of the grants will affect students starting university in September 2016.
Part 2 student Lily Ingleby said: “It’s a terrible move away from education equality and creating diverse and representative professions of the future.”
Head of School, Professor Fionn Stevenson commented “Will this affect the number of students applying for architecture? Of course it will. Even when we manage to reduce the time spent in full-time education for students, as we are doing in Sheffield with our new RIBA accredited MArch Collaborative Practice route, where students spend a year in practice while they are learning with us, some students still need grants.”
Satwinder Samra & Sofie Pelsmakers, Sheffield School of Architecture & RIBA Role Models, said “The cutting of maintenance grants only raises the barriers for many talented students to enter the profession, which is already fairly exclusive. We need architects from all walks of life to contribute to the built environment – not just those that can afford it.”
A petition launched against the plans has already amassed 6,881 signatures.
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Congratulations to all our postgraduate taught masters students who graduated last Thursday (14 January 2016).
Students graduated from the MA in Architectural Design, MA in Urban Design, MSc in Sustainable Architecture Studies, MSc in Digital Design and Interactive Built Environments and MA in Conservation and Regeneration.
At the ceremony an honorary degree was awarded to Bob Adams. Bob is a distinguished architect-planner and a former member of staff in the University’s Faculty of Architectural Studies who was instrumental in setting up the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
Following the ceremony we welcomed the graduates to a reception in the School.
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Our graduates join a global community of alumni. We maintain a strong network allowing our students, staff and alumni to benefit from one another.
Throughout January 2016 The Winter Gardens Sheffield will host Sheffield Stories, a collaborative month-long event. There will be a series of Pop-Up architecture events exploring the built environment through various forms of storytelling. Every Thursday an event will hosted by one of four practices. One of the practices taking part is studiopolpo, which is a social enterprise architectural practice set up by SSoA staff members Mark Parsons and Cristina Cerulli.
Schedule of events
OS31 presents Doodle Battle, Thursday 7 January 6-8pm
If you like to doodle, or have an interest in your city then OS31 and their creative friends welcome you to an evening of drawing and talking about ideas for Sheffield City Centre.
Studio Polpo presents FRAMES: Playful Architecture, Thursday 14 January 6-8pm
An evening of talks and short films exploring frameworks for play in the city. Curated by Studio Polpo with invited guests from a range of disciplines.
Thread presents HOME TRUTHS: Self-build Stories, Thursday 21 January 6-8pm
Thread Architects have invited people involved in self-build projects to share their home truth stories in the from of a round-table discussion. Join them to have self-build demystifed forever!
Integreat Plus presents Puzzle, Thursday 28 January 6-8pm
Integreat Plus hosts an evening of Sheffield initiatives, coming together for a celebration of theirs and their friends’ work. Join them for the launch of The Suit Works with warming food by Foodhall.
The events are open to the public to drop in and take part.
The University of Sheffield and the Open University have launched the Climate Change in Residence: Future Scenarios project. This funded programme of work provides an opportunity for three artists to be ‘in residence’ for one year from June 2016 within key climate change networks and institutions. They will be supported to develop new cultural work in the context of climate change scenarios.
This event has been organised by SSoA’s Renata Tyszczuk and will take place on 27 January 2016. The evening will explore why scenarios are such a key element of climate change research and politics, and also why it is important to invite a wider range of perspectives on these themes.
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The Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) has launched a discussion document which reviews what is currently known about the desirable characteristics of lighting for pedestrians and considers the extent to which the existing UK standard is adequate.
The report was written by Steve Fotios and Peter Boyce. Steve Fotios is Professor of Lighting and Visual Perception in the School of Architecture where he leads research of lighting and its impact on people, their ability to see and how they feel. Two key themes of the Lighting Research Group are lighting for pedestrians and bias in research procedures.
He is lead investigator for two £1M EPSRC funding awards on lighting for pedestrians. The MERLIN project (Mesopically Enhanced Road Lighting: Improving Night-vision) concluded last year and Professor Fotios has recently secured funding for MERLIN-2.
The aim of MERLIN is to gather empirical evidence of the lighting conditions that enable pedestrians to walk safely, and to feel safe, so that a cost-benefit analysis of road lighting can be properly informed. The project has led to new guidance on the colour of road lighting and MERLIN-2 will involve working with UK, US and international bodies to specify how much light is needed. It could have a significant environmental impact by identifying unnecessary energy consumption by street lights.
The Institution of Lighting Professionals is the main professional body in the UK for outdoor lighting
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