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UEL is providing academic writing workshops. These will be especially helpful to students who don’t have English as a first language:
Course details and briefs are now available in the box widget below. These cover the 152 urban ecology module, with 151 Environmental Architecture to follow soon.
Getting ready for a new academic year, here’s a taste of what’s to come:
MODULE 152 . URBAN ECOLOGY
the critical application of theory and design to the problem of sustainability
PART ONE: CITY THEORY
The challenge of sustainability is understood as a socially constituted problem, with the ecology
of the urban condition arising from the inextricable processes of natural resources and human
relations. Marxist theory provides critical analysis; Simmel, Harvey, Bermann and Sennett reveal
iterative relationships between the built form of the city and its inhabitants. Sustainability is
rediscovered as a radical notion that runs deeper than, and counter to depressingly ubiquitous
‘greenwash’. Anna Minton’s book ‘Ground Control’ takes centre stage as the contested
democracy of public space provides a platform for change: the relationship between built
environment and society having now reached a critical juncture. What would a sustainable city
look like? If, as James Lovelock has suggested, democracy might have to be suspended to deal
with climate change, would we ever want to live in one? Perhaps a better question is what are we
trying to sustain? Answers in 5,000 words please.
PART TWO: URBAN PROTOTYPE
Our school’s philosophy of engagement is expressed through the prototype: a 1:1 scale design
proposal that ‘plugs into’ and supports, disrupts or overthrows urban processes. Instances
of individual interest that hinge on the interaction between society and natural resources are
explored and design proposals are made to instigate wider change through repetition.
MODULE 151 . ENVIRONMENTAL ARCHITECTURE
the application of software to the hardware of the city: the architecture of the environment
PART ONE: LEED ND AS A PRISM FOR THE CITY
Working with the London Legacy Development Corporation, the area surrounding the Queen
Elizabeth Park in London will be analysed using the USGBC’s ‘software’ LEED ND. The findings
will contribute to an evidence base for the planning of new development surrounding the park,
helping to integrate it with its surroundings; physically, programmatically and culturally. Specific
components of LEED ND will be dismantled and reconstructed to become finer metrics for
this particular place and fed back to the US Green Building Council as part of our ongoing joint
collaborative research project in Sustainable Urban Design.
PART TWO: CONSERVATION RETROFIT
Historic buildings in Camden are targeted for Code for Sustainable Homes standards. Ecotect
and SAP are deployed to assess heating, lighting and power demands and potential for
improvements. Architectural judgment at the level of detail is deployed to test and check the
implications of such measures and allow the buildings to remain as pieces of architecture.
MODULE 153 . THESIS
individual investigation into a chosen topic, applying the skills learned through the course.
ALAN CHANDLER . ROLAND KARTHAUS . ANNA MINTON . MICHELA PACE . ALFONSO SENATORE
Brief two is now uploaded in the box widget. It describes the requirements for your individual report submission and we will discuss the development of your proposals after the meeting with Camden tomorrow.
Please note the adjustments to the timetable: next week (8th March) is a reading week and there is an academic review taking place which means there will not be any face-to-face teaching. Instead you should upload some drawings to describe your proposals on your blogs for feedback. The following week (15th March) we will hold a pechakucha style crit (see the brief). Be warned, the discipline of pechakucha requires careful planning and practice.
There will then be one further tutorial session on the 22nd March before your submission date which is immediately after easter. For this tutorial you should bring a first draft of your final report. Please refer to the examples in the box widget for how to put your reports together and read the requirements in the brief carefully. Also in the box is a sample marksheet. This shows the criteria against which your report will be marked, so obviously it makes sense for you to think about these as you construct your report. It is essential that you begin to put your report together in parallel with developing your ideas as both have to come together in the end.