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Future Cities 3: Abundance March 12, 2014

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An AVATAR (Advanced Virtual and Technological Architecture Research) group conference.


Thursday 10th April 2014
9.45am – 6.00pm

Much of our current urban view is characterised by a swingeing human fall-back position that values sophism, tardiness and economic stringency. This view is predicated on a concern, and a commercialisation of this concern, that we have finite resources and runs hand in hand with a distrust of exuberance, creativity, for its own sake and “out of the box” thinking. This Future Cities 3 conference is themed “Abundance”. It will posit new ways to find abundance in the city, whether through synthetic technology, augmented reality, Utopian thinking or the digitally fabricated Baroque.

The conference will be an antidote to architectural urban Methodist-ism and worthy nothingness. It will be a tsunami of ideas, images and speculations facilitated by a timely optimism – an optimism founded on new materials, new ways of thinking, new tactics and protocols of space, and finally the syncretic opportunities of architecture in the 21st Century.

Keynote speaker:

Evan Douglis Studio


University of Greenwich

Cornell University

University of Greenwich

University of Greenwich / The Bartlett UCL

University of Greenwich

University of Greenwich

University of Greenwich

University of Greenwich

University of Greenwich / Louisiana State University

University of Greenwich

An accompanying exhibition is open from Monday 7th April – Friday 11th April in the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Queen Anne Building, Greenwich Maritime Campus.

Exhibition Private View – Thursday 10th April 6pm (following the conference).

To reserve a place at the conference, please contact: as71@gre.ac.uk.
Admission is free.



Exhibition: Works on Paper (2012 – 13) March 24, 2014

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An exhibition showcasing a selection of outstanding work from the University of Greenwich Department of Architecture & Landscape [BA (Hons) & Diploma Architecture].

Exhibitors Include:

Muhammad Adb Rahman
Thomas Brown
Vipin Dhunnoo
Matt Gaster
William Lamburn
Petya Nikolova
Prince Yemoh

Private View:

Tuesday 25th March 2014 (6.00 – 8.00pm)

Exhibition Duration:

25.03.14 – 29.04.14
Open daily Mon-Fri (09.30am -5.00pm)


Bird Sanctuary Building
Mansion Site
Bexley Road


Living Walls Knowledge Transfer Day March 20, 2014

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The University of Greenwich is setting up a ‘Living Walls and Green Roofs Centre’ which focuses on research, design and knowledge transfer of the environmental and social benefits of green roofs, living walls as well as urban agriculture.

On the 15th of April we are hosting our first  ‘Living Walls Knowledge Transfer Day’ at our Maritime Campus in Greenwich where a great line up of speakers will discuss current knowledge and the state of the art concerning living walls. Additionally all the major UK and EU manufacturers will present their products through talks and demonstrations on campus.

Living walls are developing very quickly, making it difficult for landscape architects to stay abreast, separate fact from fiction and understand what the real issues are.

The Knowledge Transfer Day encourages a two-way interaction which will feed directly into better design, biodiversity & sustainable solutions for urban centres.

This one day seminar forum hosted by the Green Roofs and Living Walls Centre, will reveal and share the latest information about the different types of available living walls from a range of perspectives including academia, designers, plant specialists, installation and maintenance experts and living wall system manufacturers. All the leading manufacturers will display and discuss their systems.

Overview of the day:


Contact: a.parreira@gre.ac.uk

Want to know more?



Tuesday 15 April, 9:15 – 17:30

Event location

University of Greenwich
Room QA080
Queen Anne Court
SE10 9LS London
United Kingdom

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Open Lecture :: Neil Porter :: Places of Translation March 14, 2014

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Encountering Land ? the movement and forms that create fluid minimal spaces that engage the eye and feet in discovery. Light and Water ? effects that amplify the spatial perception and material qualities of a landscape via the senses. Places of Translation ? contemporary landscapes that emphasis or interpret the cultures and environmental contexts that surround them.

A founding partner of Gustafson Porter, Neil Porter takes an active involvement in the practice’s diverse range of projects as well as running the London practice. Neil’s interests include architecture, design, landscape and urban planning. Neil is passionate about visiting sites to understand the unique historical, cultural, socio-economic, geographical and botanical influences, as well as specific requirements of clients and users. It is this depth of engagement that inspires Gustafson Porter’s work. Together with Mary Bowman, Kathryn Gustafson and the team, Neil has led the practice’s defining projects, including: Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial; Swiss Cottage Open Space; the Garden of Forgiveness and Shoreline Walk, Beirut; Bay East, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore and the CityLife Park, Milan. Neil’s designs for the Treasury West Courtyard, London, and Old Market Square, Nottingham, received many prestigious awards. Neil currently sits on the Design Council CABE, Crossrail and Nottingham design review panels. Neil publishes and lectures internationally. In 1983 he received a diploma with honours at the Architecture Association in London where he subsequently tutored from 1984 to 1989. He worked concurrently with a number of leading architectural practices and designers, including Alsop and Lyall, John Gould, Ian Ritchie and Bernard Tschumi; where he met Kathryn whilst working on Paris’ Parc de la Villette in 1984.

Open Lecture :: Sam Jacob :: What I Talk About When I Talk About Architecture March 12, 2014

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Talking about architecture means talking about the world we inhabit. Broad, deep and completely pervasive, ‘architecture’ is the synthetic environment that surrounds us. This designed world is the way in which abstract ideas about how we live, work and how society operates become real. This talk will discuss how we might understand this world – buildings, cities, objects, experiences and systems – as physical manifestations of culture and how we as designers embed meanings in the material world. In other words, how we can ‘read’ and ‘write’ architecture.

Sam Jacob designs buildings and objects, and writes about architecture, design and the city. He was co-founder of FAT where he was responsible for a range of internationally acclaimed projects. He now directs his own architecture and design studio. Sam is Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Director of Night School at the Architectural Association in London. He is columnist for Dezeen and Art Review and contributing editor to Icon. He is currently co-curating the British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale.



Open Lecture :: Auxiliadora Gálvez Pérez :: Atmospheric Perceptual Awareness February 28, 2014

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The lecture will focus on atmospheric perceptive awareness as an attitude to expand the way we read, transform and interact with our reality. This attitude will catalyse a spontaneous connection with our environment, with others and with ourselves, which is related to environmental, social and mental or imaginative aspects respectively. A group of aspects that is able to configure an ecological attitude. According to this, we will go through a collection of different landscape and open space or architectural projects developed by our office – Gálvez+Wieczorek Architecture – in relation to four blocks: The direct experience and the definition of an atmospheric perceptive awareness; the expansion of the quotidian experience through a somatic connection with the environment; the urban obsolescence as an opportunity to re-read and re-build reality; and tools ready to be used in the development of implementations and new synergies.

Auxiliadora Gálvez Pérez is an Architect and holds a PhD in architecture since 2012. She is professor at the E.P.S San Pablo C.E.U University, currently in Studio Design and in the Diploma Workshop. She taught on the Masters of Collective Housing in Madrid (E.T.S.A.M) between 2008 and 2013, and has been invited to develop several workshops and postgraduate programs in schools across the world. She developed her PhD at the E.T.S.A.M dealing with dance as an experimental laboratory for architecture. In 2003 she established Gálvez+Wieczorek Architecture with Izabela Wieczorek in Madrid, and in 2001 she was granted with a fellowship at the Casa de Velázquez.