30 Sept '10: Mandar writes: Today, we all sat and had the deadly duo (DNC and Phil) explain us about the intricacies of designing tall buildings and briefed us about the coursework. I would say you guys are quite lucky for having to aim for a open architectural design project. I have worked on design competitions and its not easy and cheap. You guys have the best opportunity to score brownie points and help build a great portfolio and a CV to aim for a good job once out of the University. So consider this module to be very important.
DNC and Phil are the best tutors you can possibly have in this country to teach tall buildings design. There are no other universities offering courses to learn the basics of tall buildings design. The coursework requires lot of reading, data collection, making a number of building models using most innovative materials. So gear up and be very proactive. Its best to plan things well in advance and never have things to work during weekends.
Weekends are for going to cities of UK. The country side is the nicest and most charming. Travel as much you can. Join the travel society as they take you to most cities nearby. Travelling around UK will help you come to terms with the life in UK.
[Editor's Note: Thanks Mandar for your recommendations. Actually you also wrote a lot of useful tips to the students in an email about preparation for the trip, reading, the right clothes and food for the day, etc. Thankyou for your caring.]