Saturday, December 12, 2015

Graduation December 2015

Pro Vice Chancellor Karen Cox opens graduation in the Conference Centre (because the Sports Centre is being rebuilt)

Ren (Trong), Robin, Sifan, DNC, Teng, EricDNC with Teng Li, CTBUH winner

Sifan Guo with DNCNhan Le Trong with DNC
Huzaifa Chawhala with his family
STB Graduates, Teng Li, Sifan Guo, Xuan Luo, Preetika Verma, Nhan Le Trong, with DNC
DNC and Xuan Luo

Eric, Robin, DNC and Jackie
DNC and Xuan Luo

Friday, December 11, 2015

10 December end of term review

10 December 2015: The last Thursday of term, and an end of term review. Huzaifa Chawala, one of our graduates from 2015 is visiting as a reviewer. Akshay Sethi is visiting us from Gensler

Huzaifa and Akshay meet Marionne and Laxman for their Hong Kong project.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Milind from Zaha's and Steve from Arups

3 December 2015: We had a visit from two specialist, Steve Fernandes, structural engineer from Arups, and Milind Khade, one of our alumni and now a senior architect at Zaha Hadid Architects. We also had Noura Ghabra and Xianfeng Wu tutoring. Steve started the day with a lecture on structure, and at the end of the day, Milind did a lecture on his work with Zaha Hadid. 

Friday, November 6, 2015

5 November 2015: Kevin Nute

5 November 2015: Prof Kevin Nute from Oregon USA is visiting the UK and spent a day with us, including delivery of a lecture in the early afternoon. Tom Rhys Jones from Jefferson Sheard (Sheffield) also came for the day's tutorial. Kevin and Tom are both alumni from the 1970s and 1980s. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Philip Oldfield departure dinner

4 November 2015: Philip Oldfield is finally departing, and the staff arrange a dinner at a traditional Chinese restaurant in Mansfield Rd. Phil and David created the Masters course in Sustainable Tall Buildings in 2009.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

New York CTBUH conference: Winning the student prize 2015

26 October 2015: Wow! the Nottingham team have won the CTBUH competition! 
Having gone to it thinking that it's nice to take part, but we don't have a chance of winning, we felt better after making the presentations a couple of days earlier. 
On the final day of the conference, the first event of the day was to announce the winners. Nottingham are the winners!!

Sitting nervously in the front row, waiting for the announcement, Tianyi, Teng and DNC put on a cheerful look for the camera.

The girls are presented with the cheque for $6,000 - highly deserved!

The winners Teng Li and Tianyi Geng stand in front of the winning panel. Sadly Ren Nhan Le Trong was unable to come to New York to share in the joy. 

Happy happy happy to be winners of the competition: Bjarke Ingels in the background.

Enjoyed hearing Bjarke Ingels close the conference with a stirring lecture about his work; and get a selfie after the lecture!

Times Square 'Love wall', visited the night before

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Presentation of London Vertical Campus design in New York

26 October 2015: Opening of the CTBUH Conference, Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York

Antony Wood opens the conference plenary on Day 1.
The Student Competition presentations: the New York housing project design, just south of the UN campus on 1st Avenue.
Tianyi starts presenting the London Vertical Campus, with Moshe Safdie, far left, as chair of the judges. 
Tianyi continuing with the presentation
Tianyi continuing with the presentation

Tianyi wrapping up the presentation : all going well so far!

Phuong Quan Trinh showing his design for Office cluster in Saigon, Vietnam

Happy team at the end of the Day 1, with Teng Li, DNC and Tianyi Geng

Teng Li and Tianyi Geng, in entrance lobby of Grand Hyatt, 42nd st, New York

Friday, October 9, 2015

The New York team practice their presentation with our students

9 October 2015: The TRT group, who designed a Vertical Micro-University Campus for Blackfriars, London are finalists in the CTBUH International Students Competition. 
They came to the Tall Building studio to practice their presentation in front of the 2015-2016 cohort of students, to ensure that it made good sense. This will be done in New York, 26 October.
In the picture are Nanh Trong Le Ren and DNC, and Xuan Luo (not part of TRT) and Tianyi Geng who is the one who will do the verbal presentation. (Teng Li was away for the photo)

Friday, October 2, 2015

First lecture in the HRI series

2 Oct 2015: First lecture in the HRI series, High Rise Issues. Philip sent me a text halfway through the lecture and I replied with this picture.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Exhibition at the start of term

September 2015: we always leave the previous semester's exhibition up on show until the new term starts. This wonderful exhibition will have to come down in about two weeks. There are some useful resources here of models from Hong Kong produced by Philip Oldfield's group.

Start of term, briefings and 3-D induction

Week 1 September 2015: the new students have turned up for the tall building introduction module. We have 11 in the module and 17 in the lecture course.

Friday, September 4, 2015

End of year dinner at red hot buffet

4th September 2015, end of year dinner at the red hot buffet: Everyone is relieved to have handed in the dissertations!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Visit of the external examiner

17 June 2015: we had Paul Scott, the specialist external examiner, visiting for a day. All the students had a two hour discussion session with him, including their portfolios and the exhibition on the walls.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Hyperdensity studio final display June'15

June 2015: Philip Oldfield's studio is the Hyperdensity one, exploring strategies in the Mon Kok area of Kowloon (but not necessarily high rise). Here is the end of semester pin up in June. These photos show the outstanding award winning work by Alex Balchin (who also won the CTBUH first prize in 2014).

Alex's work and models

Close up of the models

Alex with his drawings

Alex's drawings

The studio, with Philip. This is a mixture of 5th yr and 6th yr students.