Thursday, December 7, 2017

Structural checks with Arup and final design discussion

We are a week away from presenting the design, and progress has been good. We have the pleasure of a visit from Rozina Aslam from Arups, and we also had Luke Brown from civil engineering, and Nur Mizraty from the MSc course. Everybody has a complete and very very large building, and we are finalising the details. The buildings are as far as developed as it is possible without having a larger team and getting specialist consultants in. So I am happy for them to draw their projects up in detail.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Early design images from end of November

1 December 2017: we started this project on 30th of October and already, all of the groups have a substantial complex building. Here are some images. This is a unique structure which could not happen in New York, London, Singapore or Hong Kong.... Responds to the Genius Loci of Jakarta in a distinctive way, considering culture, climate, context.

Jakarta Reviews : interim stage but looking good

30 November 2017: It is difficult to believe that we have only been going since 30th October, but we have six buildings which are virtually complete in all planning and section details. We will now move on to 3-D and facade and interiors. Akhil, Alisdair, David N-C and Lei Li were reviewing.
This has been a truly research like studio, because we have developed a unique regional response to Jakarta that could never be conceived or built in Hong Kong, London or New York.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Visit of Tom Jones

23.11.17: The students are well advanced with their projects, even though it is only 3 1/2 weeks since they started. We have the honour of a visit from Tom Jones, chief exec of Jefferson Sheard architects. He gave us a good lecture with Case studies of work by the practice which demonstrated different aspects of design, including structure and sustainability, Master planning and interiors. Akhil and Ehab also spent the afternoon tutoring with us and we were able to operate parallel tables.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Progress with TallBuildings and Cafe Scientific

13 November 2017: We are deep into the first term, and advancing with our design for Jakarta. The students have made a good effort to understand the culture of this great city, and understand the complexity of tropical climate and the transport and economic culture. This is a completely different building from what would be produced in Hong Kong or London.
Later in the evening, I had to do a lecture to the Cafe Scientific, Tall Buildings in just 25 minutes. I had a 20 slide lecture, with six bonus slides to help answer the questions which came later. I must do the same lecture again today to 1st year undergraduates over 50 minutes, so will use it but add another six bonus slides to include more of the questions that I was asked in the evening.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Tutorials for Manchester sites 30.3.17

We had visitors, John Napier and Noura Ghabra, to join The team for a day, with work in progress tutorials, one week before the end of term.
Many detailed plans to go through, but still waiting for sections and models.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Tall building tutorials 16.3.17

Firming up 3D master plan, and looking to develop more detailed plans and section. Peter Russell as special guest.

Friday, March 10, 2017

First interim design reviews

9.3.17: it is five weeks since the site visit and we are now having a review of the first stage designs. We have nine projects. These are complex connected clusters of urban buildings, not single towers. Everybody has something, even though we need to keep improving and refining.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Site analysis context tutorials, 9 February

9 February 2017: we had work-in-progress tutorials on the urban context analysis, with guests Lily (Beijing) and Akhil (Mumbai)

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Graduation December 2016

13 December 2016: graduation ceremony in the new sports centre building. Celebrating so much achievement by all these wonderful distinction level students.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Tall buildings studio with John Napier

8-12-16: Tall buildings studio with John Napier. Tutorials and an excellent lecture. Only one week to go to pin up... 

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.