Reflecting on culture and identity within the curriculum 06 Abd Al Farraa’s Special Study titled “Architecture at War: Fading memories and healing truth” 3rd year, BA Architecture at University of Sheffield “In these times of war, cities of Syria are witnessing a strategic remodelling of the urban fabric. Repurposing architecture and space for a more situation related demands that mediates between temporary and permanent [..] When she was talking to me I started having flashbacks. I remembered the dark cold guestroom that we used to hide in when we were kids, I remembered having breakfast on their kitchen table by the big window, and I also remembered the smell of their house. It has been 10 years since I have been there but it felt like yesterday, only that this time, with every memory, an image of it destroyed pops into my head and ruins that memory, pushing them back as if I am losing them.” 07 Cristina Carcanescu’s Special Study titled “HOPSCOTCH: A Tale of Home” 3rd year, BA Architecture at University of Sheffield “It was a sensible decision for my grandfather, aunt and father to move to Bucharest. At that time, my grandfather was the only one to sustain the family and he had already been working on construction sites since 1964 [...] I have memories of that place, of the barracks in which they would live, situated where the systematized Dâmbovita flows now; memories inherited from my grandfather; I would see the gloomy construction site, when closing my eyes, and I would easily prefer that image instead of the current state of the area, consisting of arbitrary placed functions and an impractical strand. I would imagine every door, every window frame, I would see every detail of it being sanded by my grandfather’s hands”
Pedagogical Research 08 Urban Design Methodologies and Tools for the Engaged Practictioner The project ‘Urban Design Methodologies and Tools for the Engaged Practitioner’, developed within MAUD by members of the Agency Research Group and supported by the University of Sheffield Engaged Curriculum Programme, was presented at the Biennial of Public Space in Rome (May 2015) as part of session organised by UN Habitat focussing on toolkits for the promotion of equitable public space. 09 MAUD at the Urban Lab+ London Symposium Innovations in teaching across culture and geographical contexts within the MAUD course will be presented at the Symposium Global Urban Higher Education: the challenges and potentials of internationalisation, Urban Lab+ London Symposium, 16-17 September 2015, UCL Urban Laboratory, University College London
Research-led teaching through international collaborations 10 Studio “Global Praxis” Research Trip in Cairo In February 2015, the PGT/MArch Studio Global Praxis went on a research trip to Cairo, Egypt to engage in a workshop with Cairo-based design and research practice CLUSTER – Cairo Lab for Urban Studies, Training, and Environmental research. The 5-day workshop was titled: Mapping Relationscapes, and focused on the uses and appropriations of passageways in Downtown Cairo. It included 21 students from the SSoA MArch, MAUD and MAAD programmes, and 18 students from a range of Universities in Cairo. The aim was to test methods of mapping the social relations underpinning spatial production in Cairo city centre, while exploring passageways as key sites in the redevelopment of Downtown. 11 Studio “Cities in Transition” Workshop in Padova In 2015 the Cities in Transition studio had the opportunity to work with students from the Masters in Building Engineering/Architecture at the University of Padova, Italy, in initiaves led by Dr Nadia Bertolino and Professor Luigi Stendardo. The students in Sheffield and Padova dealt with the same project site in Italy and investigated similar research issues around the architectural regeneration of vulnerable territories. Two workshops were run, the first in Sheffield based on the long-distance understanding of the design context, the second in Padova where the students surveyed the site and worked in teams to give a public presentation about their readings.The initiative has been included in the toolkit for PGT innovation edited by the Academic and Learning Services at SSoA and will be included in the incoming book “Collaboration and Student Engagement in Design Education” by Prof. Richard Tucker (Deaking University, Australia).
Full catalogue of student work from the School of Architecture Summer Exhibition 2015.