Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Conversation: How Cities forced Skyscrapers to Evolve

6 Dec 2016: I finally got my second article published in The Conversation. (It was written in the summer, but we turned to other things, and decided to get it finally published in December.)
This is about how the standards of design of skyscrapers have advanced, much of it due to urban economic and regulatory pressures.

Student designs for micro university in Blackfriars, London 2015
Student designs for Blackfriars, London 2015

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Lecture on facades by Dik Jarman

2 December 2016: Dik Jarman offered to do a lecture on facades and we had a most entertaining couple of hours seeing some of his work in previous practice in Australia, Japan, China.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Design tutorial with Tom Jones

10 November 2016: Tom Rhys Jones joined us from Sheffield for a day, tutoring the early stage designs for Kowloon. This is only week two, but already, the students had 3-D models and sections. Next week, we will be asking them for plans.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

One week special design in Wan Chai

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.

Presentations of urban analysis

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. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Example of zoned elevator systems on the Leadenhall

I must lecture about elevators and sometimes the diagrams seem too abstract. However, thank you to the Leadenhall tower for being a perfectly visible illustration of zoned elevators

Friday, October 7, 2016

Field trip to London

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.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Students assemble for the main briefing

3 October 2016: we start off the design studio with a briefing, and nine students turned up but later this became seven, and then later it became 13. That is a good number.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Students saying goodbye before they fly home

Some of my dissertation students are on the point of returning to their countries, so they turned up to hand over copy of their work and say goodbye..

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Dinner at the white lion for the tall building studio

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.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Design projects as finally pinned up June 2016

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. 

All India









Saturday, May 28, 2016

Final review of the semester

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.

LYX: Longqi, Yifan, Xinyu
LYX: Longqi, Yifan, Xinyu
ZOG: Zazi, Ongky, Ghulam
ZOG: Zazi, Ongky, Ghulam
ZOG with the reviewers
ShLu: Shixuan and Yuan Liu
AASK: Artika and Sara
AASK: Artika and Sara
REM: Rhea, Marionne
All India: Parth, Vivek, Laxman, Sumit
OMY : Ovi and Mei
OMY : Ovi and Mei

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

One day before the review, finalising the drawings

18 May 2016: We all hope the printing machines will work in time for tomorrow!! Drawings done, models done… now work all night... but get a bit of sleep before the morning.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Engineer specialists visit the studio

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. 

Noura and Samantha with LAX group
Steve with AASK group
Steve with LYX group

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Tutorials on 28 April 2016

28 April 2016: We are reaching the end of the project, and every group has a design. We are moving into the stage of in-depth refinement, communication, evaluation, presentation.

Steve Fernandes providing some structural consultancy.
Samantha stressing the importance of excellent communication and rendering quality.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

First studio of the summer term: ZOG performing!

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!!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

KPF and Gensler visit the studio

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
DNC and Paul helping the REM group
Paul, DNC, Akshay with the REM and ZOG groups