Sara Shafiei and Ben Cowd invited lecturers at International Conference, 'Conversations In Architecture' hosted by Hugh Fraser. COA Cape Town, SA
Press Release: “After two decades of marvelling in the possibilities of computers, enough time has passed to appreciate that they often don't make better buildings”, says architect Hugh Fraser, seminar host. “Using the work of Saraben Studio as a departure point, the COA conference explores what is possible now that we better understand digital rendering, modelling and fabrication. The boundaries between the design fields have also blurred allowing architecture, interior and furniture design to blend with product and graphic design more seamlessly.” Hugh Fraser
Towards a Carbon-Negative Britain is an alternative vision of a renewable energy plant
Sited opposite the Kingsnorth Power Station in the Medway Estuary, Luke Snow’s project, Towards a Carbon-Negative Britain, presents an alternative vision for a renewable energy plant that takes inspiration from bio-mimetic forms.
The judges were impressed by his evocative representations and intricate model-making skills. “An inspiring interaction between recycling and archi-tectural processes,” said judge Juan Lago-Novás Domingo.
Congratulations to Mark Sykes who wins the £4,000 prize, with Luke Snow picking up the £2,000 prize.
“The emergence of technologies such as 3D printing has the potential to
change the way we design, manufacture and distribute physical objects,”
said Mark, 27, who’s from Sydney, Australia.
to take place is a conversation about how this new technology, and the
principles of open source design, will affect the architectural design
“My proposal for a Faculty for Open Source Architecture would provide a
physical location – at a former US spy station – where these ideas
could be explored by architects, designers and members of the public.”
Also impressing was 26-year-old Luke
Snow, who’s idea was an integrated design project that aims to create a ‘carbon negative Britain’.
Christopher Christophi's 'Ecological Research & Macro Algae Monitoring Facility, North Arsenale, Venice' wins a commendation and the Serjeant Award for excellence in Drawing at the RIBA Presidents Medals.
Review by Phineas Harper at The Architecture Review 20/12/11
"This atmospheric montage is the work of Christopher Christophi, a graduate from De Montfort University School of Architecture and winner of the Serjeant Award for Excellence in Drawing at this year’s RIBA President’s Medals. Three laboratory towers converge with existing lecture halls, connecting to historic nodes by public walkways creating a macro algae monitoring facility and ecological research centre symbiotically existing with Venice’s fragile lagoons.
The complex programme was exhaustively researched under tutors, Ben Cowd and Sara Shafiei. Christopher conceived his own strategy of defensive design that seeks to protect Venice and its lagoons from a creeping onslaught of microscopic invaders.The project, which was also commended in the Silver Medal category for Part 2 students, combines romanticised