Over two weeks in September Arbourthorne Community Primary School children will work with staff and students from the Sheffield School of Architecture to construct a model of their ‘future’ or ‘fantasy’ Sheffield. ‘Little City of Makers’ is a Live Works project that has been commissioned by Festival of the Mind, aiming to help the children to discover the excitement of making and learning together.
The model will be located in the city centre, growing over time as the children are introduced to different methods of making. It will be exhibited to the public during the festival where the final outcomes will be shared.
As the children make the buildings, structures, green spaces and transport systems of their imaginations they will be encouraged to ask: How will the city be made in the future? What will it be made of? Who will make it?
This will provide a valuable experience to the children, giving them the opportunity to learn new skills and introducing possibilities for their future interests and livelihoods.
Live Works will collaborate with Graham Willis Visiting Professor Susanne Hofmann of practice Baupiloten, Berlin on creative workshops with the schoolchildren.
The School of Architecture has worked with Arbourthorne Community Primary School previously on the very successful Live Project ‘Praise Pods’, with Headteacher Vanessa Langley saying at the time “The true legacy of this project is hard to overestimate.”
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Visualisation of ‘Little City of Makers’
On 17 February the School of Architecture is hosting a research symposium with Ana Džokic and Marc Neelen from STEALTH.unlimited. The symposium is part of a 2 day event in which Ana and Marc are running a series of workshops with staff and students in the School.
STEALTH.unlimited (2000, Rotterdam/Belgrade) is the practice of Ana Džokić and Marc Neelen. Although initially trained as architects, for 15 years their work is equally based in the context of contemporary art and culture. Through intensive collaboration with individuals, organisations and institutions, STEALTH connect urban research, visual arts, spatial interventions and cultural activism.
We are pleased to invite applications for a 4 year studentship funded by the Grantham Foundation, Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures.
The Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures focuses on advancing the science of sustainability and connecting it with the policy debate around how humans can live in a more sustainable way.
We are recruiting Grantham Scholars who will combine outstanding intellect with a strong commitment to public engagement, leadership and action. If these principles match your ambitions, you are invited to apply for one of our interdisciplinary PhD research projects to help solve the challenges of sustainability. You will be supported by the Grantham Centre through a unique training programme, designed to equip to with the skills to become a policy advocate and leader in sustainability matters.
Project title: Characterising Uncertainty in Complex Environmental Simulations for Public Engagement with Climate Change Conscious Sustainable Planning and Design
Project description: Urban neighbourhoods and buildings designed or retrofitted with future climate in mind are more likely to perform sustainably. To do so, the planning and design process will require uses of detailed site-specific climate projections, and complex urban microclimate and building climate models. Although computationally intensive, the multi-scale environmental modelling and simulation can be used to systematically explore a large number of planning and design parameters and options, to examine the likely effect on sustainability over time. However, the computer simulation involved is often computationally expensive and contains uncertain elements, and the implication of compounded uncertainties in the complex multi-scale environmental simulations is not well understood. This research aims to identify, quantify and visualise such uncertainties.
Further information and applying
Closing date: 7 March 2016