Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Antony Wood visits exhibition

Antony, DNC, Ankur, Phil, Suruchi
19 July 2011: Antony Wood, who was the member of staff here who created the Tall Buildings design studio, visited the University to be awarded his PhD in Architecture. He has earned this through a distinguished record of publication and service to architecture at the CTBUH. He spent part of the morning with us, viewing the exhibition and finding out how we had run the course this year - 12 months ago he visited us to award our course at Nottingham the first official professional accreditation as a center of Tall Building teaching.
   He met two of our current STB students, Ankur and Suruchi Modi (who won the prizes in London March 2011 and Prague May 2011).
   Antony is on a short trip to England with his entire family, and will be returning to Chicago soon. Immediately after this meeting, we had to take down the exhibition (sadly), but we have kept all the drawings and models in case there's another chance for a show of the work. Phil took off for the airport to spend a couple of weeks at the Venice Tall Buildings Summer School.

Graduation 2011

18 July 2011: The School of the Built Environment had its graduation today..... in the Summer, it is only the undergrad and diploma students graduating. Here is DNC with three of our A-grade Tall Building students from the Feb-June 2010 semester - designing buildings for Leamouth Peninsula.
Rain Luo, Aurelia Li, Ben Minton, DNC
Our MArch STB students will be graduating in December, all being well (good luck with dissertations!)
During the same ceremony, we witnessed the PhD graduation of Dr Antony Wood who started the teaching of Tall Buildings in our department.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Vertical Farming lecture

16 July 2011: Prof Dickson Despommier is the leading writer on Vertical Farming. He is on his way to Manchester to view a real adaptive re-use project for a Manchester warehouse. So on Saturday afternoon he dropped in first to Nottingham to deliver his lecture in the Plant Sciences building at the Sutton Bonington Campus.
    It was a full house, and it was very well received and he followed with a seminar for those who wanted to take it further. Every year that we have done tall buildings we have had a selection of students studying vertical farming, or hydroponic culture or aquaponics - we had many this year, for sites in London, Abu Dhabi and Singapore.