26 October 2016: the students are midway through a one-week intensive sketch design course, taking on the entire brief for the Pocket Tower that would normally be taking a whole semester... and trying to get a building by the end of the week.
When they choose their real sites later in the term, they will be able to be far better equipped for the difficulty level, and they will take it to much greater levels of detail and resolution.
So far, it is going well.
20 October 2016: the students have been considering their sites in Kowloon, and presented powerPoints on the Culture, Context and Climate of their location. Next week, they will do a short one week design in Wan Chai, and the week after will start properly on their chosen sites in Mong Kok, developing Concepts and forms appropriate to those sites.
6 October 2016: two coaches of students travelled to London, and the tall building students and the environmental students travelled around as a walking group to see a mixture of tall buildings and other historic sites in London.
6 September 2016: we had a dinner at the end of the year after all that the dissertations are handed in. One person had to leave early because his plane is leaving in the morning, and others are flying on Thursday or at the weekend. Happy time because everybody has submitted dissertation on time, but sad to be departing.
6th June 2016: Some of these London projects are in Blackfriars, some of them are in Shoreditch. The students will now move onto preparing an exhibition, thinking about the dissertation, and thinking about the CTBUH entries. These are the final pinups, and now they will be taken down and reprinted in miniature for the final exhibition.
19 May 2016: final pin up and review of the sustainable tall building studio semester. Reviewers David N-C, Samantha, Noura, Tom Rhys Jones, Ivan Jovanovic. The atmosphere is one of celebration, a good task completed.
5 May 2016: Services engineer Steve Nicholson visited in the morning, and structural engineer Professor John Owen visited in the afternoon. Stand by for some quickfire consultancy, 20 minutes per group.
21st April 2016: We are very impressed by the presentation of the ZOG group, starting the term with a full size pin up. Some have achieved a lot over the vacation, some are still shaking the dust of New York, China or Europe off their shoes, or some just the sleepy dust.... We are here to wake them up to the urgency of the project.
Thankyou to ZOG, Zazi, Ongky and Ghulam for providing just that!
If these guys don't become finalists in the CTBUH 2016, I shall search for an edible hat to eat!
As an aside, I conclude that the undergraduate architectural education of Indonesia must be extremely good. every Indonesian we have ever had through the Tall Building Studio has finished with a Distinction. We must keep this going!!
17 March 2016: Paul Simovic of KPF and Akshay Sethi of Gensler visited the studio for the end of term design tutorials. Tons of motivational talk and great advice! Just what they need before the long Easter vacation break.
Paul and DNC with the ZOG group
Akshay with the All India group
Akshay with the LYX group
Paul with the All India group
Akshay demonstrates some of his own work to everybody listening
Paul helping the LYX group with their form and planning
10 March 2016: Andy Chapman, one of DNC's best alumni from 2008, now living and working in Leeds, visited the studio for a day. His design for a tower in Canary Wharf was used as the signature graphic for the launch of the Masters of Architecture in Sustainable Tall Buildings, in 2009.