Saturday, December 13, 2014

Graduation of Tall Building Students 2014

12th December 2014: We had the Graduation ceremony in the University Sports Hall, the last one to be held here. Next year it will be in the Conference Centre, and the year after that, there will be an entirely new Sports Centre.

Group Photograph of the Department of Architecture staff attending this graduation ceremony.

Sneaky side profile selfie of the staff at the start of the ceremony.

Clarissa Wenborn was one of our students in 2011, with an excellent design for a tower in Abu Dhabi with water streaming through a series of oasis planting levels.

Lucia Pramanti and Siyi Wang worked with Shuo on a triple tower cluster designed for Rotterdam's Oude Hafen in 2013.

Harsh Varshneya and Khushboo Bansal have worked as a group on projects in Singapore, and in South Bank of London, scoring a grade A in everything during the session 2013 to 2014. Happily to say, they are still in Nottingham, working in a local practice, and are due to be married very soon. Behind them is Chujie Wang who also did both semesters, a project in Singapore and a project on the South Bank.

Santosh Raja (left) and Hitesh Gujar (centre) worked as a group on an impressive project for the South Bank in London.

Lucia Pramanti, David Nicholson-Cole, Khushboo Bansal, Philip Oldfield, Harsh Varshneya, Siyi Wang.

Chujie Wang, David Nicholson-Cole, Chang Liu.

Chujie Wang, David Nicholson-Cole, Harsh Varshneya, Philip Oldfield, Khushboo Bansal.

Hitesh Gujar, David Nicholson-Cole, Harsh Varshneya, Khushboo Bansal.

Lucia Pramanti has come all the way back from Indonesia, and she has brought her parents to the ceremony!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Tall Building Crit 11 Dec 2014

11 December 2014: Today was the final crit of the term for our Hong Kong design, although it is not the final crit of the semester. There will be a final crit in January. Previously we had not had a proper pin up of drawings, we have had tutorials in our own studio but we now decided to have a proper crit room in Lenton Firs.

Here, Philip is leading the analysis of Huzefa's scheme, on the 'triangular site'. Huzefa has produced so many drawings that he has had to migrate into a second bay in the room. He has always had a good amount of work to show, with some good drawings of climate and context background material. He also made some nicely 3-D printed demonstrations of the evolution of the form.

Teng Xinwan is also working alone and her scheme has leapt forward in the final week of term.

Priya and Gopika have also leapt ahead in the last two weeks, and their layout was good (although some of the core plans came out dark in the printing).

Arjun and Jitesh have a religious and meditation pilgrimage and hotel tower with a vast Buddha in the upper stories.

Adele and Hang Feng have a tower with a Bamboo concept, the 'scaly' sections also helping with natural ventilation. Their model has been 3-D printed.

Adele and Hang Feng tower. John Ramsay was helping David Nicholson-Cole through the afternoon.

John discusses a technical detail with Adele.

Adele shows off the 3-D printed model of herself and Hang Feng, the only student group to use 3-D printing for a complete building.

Sifan and Gigi have developed a very sophisticated mixed-use tower with high attention to detail and a nicely rendered computer model, with a well built laser-cut model.

Robin and Zeqi chose the 'triangular site' and have a complex very tall mixed use tower with great attention to views, daylighting, ventilation.

Preetika has developed a tower with an interesting geometric form, based on sun angles.

Tammy and Xiaomeng demonstrating their mixed-use tower with retail, a theatre, school, and residential above.

Group photo of some of the students who stayed around to the end of the day…

Ren and Tianyi have developed a food production production tower with a combination of factory space for ready-made meals, and vertical farming. It also includes retail and residential.

Ren and Tianyi's food manufacturing tower.

This photo montage of the vertical food production tower by Ren and Tianyi is remarkably realistic, and is perfectly scaled and angled to fit into a number of Google Street view images. Their site is on the edge of the main freeway that runs through the tunnel to Aberdeen harbour.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Briefing for TBI tall building studio 2014

30 Sept: We had the briefing and are in the early Site analysis stage: 
Climate Culture and Context.... Concept follows in a few weeks!

Tour of 3D Centre

30.9.14: Malcolm Dugdale showed us around the 3D Centre workshops where later, students can do 3D printing, Laser cutting, CNC work and power tool work at benches. 

Nottingham students CTBUH success in 2014

Sept 2014 : First and Second prize from 288 excellent entries! Presented at the CTBUH annual conference in Shanghai 2014

Article in DesignBoom about this winning design 

Phil Oldfield with Alex Balchin [1] and Matt Humphreys [2]

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Walkabout in Nottingham centre part two

26 Sept 2014: DNC organised a Walkabout in Nottingham city centre : With MArch STB students... 6 hours of exploring the centre - a lot of architecture, eating places, theatres and monuments.

Robin finds herself offered as dinner in the restaurant....

The wonderful curvy mirrors of the first large Boots shop, behind the Council House

Discovering that the Pitcher and Piano isn't quite the ecclesiastical thing that it seems from the outside...
At the end, three brave souls left.... with a bit of Watson Fothergill in the background

Walkabout in Nottingham centre Part 1

26 Sept 2014: DNC organised a Walkabout in Nottingham city centre : With MArch STB students... 6 hours of exploring the centre - a lot of architecture, eating places, theatres and monuments.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

First meeting with new MArch STB students

23.8.14: DNc and Phil have first meeting with the new intake of MArch STB students, and a few MArch Designs who happen along to find out what it is about! Double the number of last year!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Final Exhibition, group photo June 2014

Group photo of some of the Indian students of the Advanced Tall Building Studio 2014, in the final exhibition space.
(Khushboo, Harsh, Suvirnath, Sanjiv, Phil Oldfield, David Nicholson-Cole, Venkatesh, Santosh)

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Final Crit 29th May 2014

29 May 2014 we had the final pinup / crit of the year. From now on, it is about preparing portfolio. We had Tom Jones (Jefferson Sheard) and John Prevc (Make) along as distinguished external crit reviewers, with short visits from Chantelle Niblock and John Ramsay (UoN).

DNC and Tom with the 'Fan' group

DNC and Tom listen to Harsh and Kushboo

 DNC and Tom listen to Harsh and Kushboo

John, John and Chantelle look at the 'Apogee' scheme

John, John and Chantelle look at the 'Apogee' scheme

Phil and John look at Sonal's high hotel design

Phil makes a good point

Kachi and Santosh with Tom and DNC

Kachi and Santosh with Tom and DNC

DNC and Tom see the 'Twisting Towers' project

Apogee explain their scheme to DNc and Tom

Phil and John with Ning group's vertical farming Office building

DNC and Tom with Maryam's scheme