Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Meeting the STB students

24 Sept 2013: we had a first meeting with the MArch STB students - 4 turned up, and we think that 2 are still in transit. In addition, 4 MArch Design students turned up to listen. It is great having last year's work to show. Two of our STB students have scholarships, congratulations!

Terms starts, students weigh up options

23 Sept 2013: The term has started, and it has been most useful to have the exhibition on show. Above, the first batch of MArch Part2 (Dip Arch) students are checking out the exhibition - they are considering the opportunity for a project in Tianjin, China, that includes a 10 day visit to meet the chinese students taking part in the same project. 
The one year MArch students called round on Monday evening, and asked many questions. Some of these are MArch Technology or Urban design so will not be able to do Tall Buildings, but for the MArch Design students, it is one of 6 choices available to them. The first term will be projects in Rotterdam and Singapore.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Welcome the new STB students

23 Sept 2013, and Phil had been busy getting ready for the new intake with some welcome packs for the incoming MArch Sustainable Tall Building students. We are not sure how many STBs to expect, although we are planning for the first semester Tall Building Studio to be about 24 students in total. 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Dissertation months go by, and then complete in September

13 Sept 2013: The months of the summer are taken up with Dissertation preparation. This requires long hours of working alone, with regular weekly appointments with tutors. It is a great relief when the work finally gets printed and bound!
   This summer, we have tried to fill the vacation months with other activities too. Douglas and his wife Julia (pictured with completed dissertations) have been playing in their own band, three nights a week of exciting Brazilian samba rhythm.
  DNC's dissertation girls have been having outings to famous places which you could normally only see with a motorcar - Hardwick, Lincoln and Newstead. I can only apologise that there weren't enough weekends to see even more!

Here, Huang Chen is considering the possibilities of climatically and culturally responsive residential design in the context of Xi'an, China.Chen, Adriana and Kaiqing take a trip to Newstead Abbey, to see the Sealed Knot re-enacting a Civil War Battle of the 1640s. 
Douglas and Julia, and their guitarist Philip Whitehead are changing the acoustic character of Beeston with their pulsating Brazilian musical rhythm, but sadly, it all comes to an end in October '13 when they return home. Chen, Adriana and Kaiqing take a trip to Hardwick Hall, the home of Bess of Shrewsbury in the Elizabethan era.
Chen, Adriana and Kaiqing take a trip to Lincoln City and Cathedral.Outing to the Broadway Cinema in Nottingham, experiencing some Italian cinema in La Grande Bellezza.