MSc + MArch Sustainable Environmental Design
Sustainable Environmental Design engages with real-life problems affecting buildings and cities throughout the world. Providing alternatives to the global architecture and brute force engineering that are still the norm in most large cities requires new knowledge about what makes a sustainable environment and how architecture can contribute to this. Design research for the SED masters programme is driven by strict performance criteria following a process of adaptive architecturing that proceeds from inside to outside, attuning the built form and its constituents to natural rhythms and inhabitant activities. Key objectives of all SED projects are to improve environmental conditions and quality of life in cities, achieve independence from non-renewable energy sources and develop an environmentally sustainable architecture able to adapt and respond to changing urban environments.
Refurbishing the City, the SED research agenda, continued this year with team projects in Terms 1 and 2 (Phase 1) and dissertation projects in Terms 3 and 4 (Phase 2). London was the laboratory for the team projects, providing real sites and buildings for hands-on fieldwork and environmental measurements. These investigations were followed by computational simulations that explored performance improvements and responses to social trends, climate change and technical developments. The results of these studies were starting points for Term 2 design research briefs on sites in the Royal Docks area of East London.
Fifty dissertation projects, situated in as many cities and more than 30 different countries, were started or completed this academic year encompassing widely different climates, building types, architectural features and operational conditions. Projects in India, an exhibition of 12 recent dissertation projects by SED students from India was put on display at the PLEA 2014 international conference in Ahmedabad.
Jorge Rodriguez Alvarez
MSc & MArch Phase 1 Students
Antonio Costa Almeida
Juanito Alipio De La Rosa
Maria Francisca Echeverri
Daniel Chad McKee
Luis Arturo Reyes
Maria Teresa Sanchez
Victoria Soto Magán
MArch Phase 2 Students
Camilla Diane El-Dash
Anahí González San Martín
Rhiannon Taylor Laurie
Ganesh Pulavarnattham Sivakumar
Visiting Lecturers & Contributors
Kanika Agarwal Mahadevwala, Carole Aspeslagh, Meital Ben Dayan, Magali Bodart, Angeliki Chatzidimitriou, Jason Cornish, Peter Chlapowski, Andre De Herde, Larissa De Rosso, Christian Dimbleby, Arnaud Evrard, Brian Ford, Joana Gonçalves, Alan Harries, Catherine Harrington, Richard Hawkes, Dean Hawkes, Andreas Matzarakis, Joy-Anne Mowbray, Fergus Nicol, Mileni Pamfili, Rajan Rawal, Harald Røstvik, Jean-François Roger France, Philippe Samyn, Amedeo Scofone, Helge Simon, Becci Taylor, Leonidas Tsichritzis