Evolving Architecture and Urbanism in London: Sustainable Building – Critical Territories
Evolving Architecture and Urbanism in London: Sustainable Building – Critical Territories

IEREK Workshop

  • 09, Jul / 23, Jul 2016
  • University of East London (UEL)
Workshop Email
[email protected]

IEREK believe in the high importance of science and scientific research and ensures that researcher’s practices and theories are applied in the real world by adopting different programs that serve studentsresearchers, and managers who investigate and research dynamic changes in the quality of life.

IEREK adopts summer school programs for students who are looking for opportunities to increase their strong points in regards to their career pathIEREK welcome all university students (Architecture major) and Architects from different nationalities background.

The School of Architecture, Computing, and Engineering (ACE) offers Architecture programs that are recognizable by their ‘hands-on’ approach to architecture, working with the physical exploration of materials and the processes of site and context. As a counterpart to our preoccupation with the physical environment, the school also has a number of dedicated computer studios which explore more theoretical and virtual models of architecture.

Built environment includes new buildings, existing buildings and the infrastructure that supports them.

Both, the built environment and the infrastructure including transport, water and sewage, waste, green and blue spaces and energy supply consume massive amounts of energy.

This could be reduced at all scales of the built environment from component to building to the neighbourhood to city to the region if planned strategically.

Creating smart environments enhances people’s comfort and wellbeing besides reducing harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the efficient use of resources including energy, water, and waste.

Smart buildings should be designed flexibly to adapt to future needs and growth.

They should also be designed to be resilient to the momentous and rapidly evolving effects of climate change.

In London, high-rise buildings have become a significant part of the urban model in recent decades, an arrangement that is gradually transforming the city to concentrated vertical in an attempt to address rapid urbanization and increased density.

The A+D Design Lab summer course aims to orient and engages the students in the subject of evolving architecture and urbanism, particularly in London; its history, culture, and wealth of relevant case studies from practice.

The theme of Smart Buildings on Critical Territories will be explored in-depth so the students develop a sound knowledge on this subject.

Students will be encouraged and supported to readdevelop and articulate connections between interrelated aspects of theorydesign experiments and contemporary practice of smart high-rise buildings.

The course aims to develop the student’s confidence and ability to develop design proposals which are critical and thorough and to apply a range of communication methods and media to present their design proposals clearly and effectively.

Program Theme

“London is growing at a record rate and to support the city’s future growth, we need to harness our incredible technical prowess and look to what new approaches and technological innovation can bring.” Mayor of London, 2016

The built environment includes new buildings, existing buildings and the infrastructure that supports them. Both, the built environment and the infrastructure including transport, water and sewage, waste, green and blue spaces and energy supply consume massive amounts of energy. This could be reduced at all scales of the built environment from component to building to neighborhood to city to region if planned ‘Smartly’.

Workshop Program
1. Monday 11th July: Welcome, introduction to A+D Design Lab course and campus tours

Welcome from Dean of the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, and the Head of Architecture, A+D theme, objectives and project brief.
Group working skills and Presentation skills workshops. Campus tours and social event.

2. Tuesday 12th July: Site visit to the project site in Central London

All groups will have the opportunity for a site visit to Central London where the project site is located. There will be the opportunity to visit several high-rise buildings in London.
Site diagrams, sketches, site survey images to support the project site analysis.

3. Wednesday 13th July: Lectures and project tutorials

Lecture session delivered in the morning by academics and practitioners.
Students will need to define the opportunities and challenges of the site (environmental, socio-economic, physical, etc) and undertake a comprehensive site analysis. They will be provided with reliable climatic data for London in order to develop a climatic analysis and develop initial design proposals.
Site and climate analysis and preliminary site / form proposals.

4. Thursday 14th July: Day visit and workshop to The Crystal: A sustainable cities initiative by Siemens

A guided visit in The Crystal’s interactive exhibition on sustainable cities will take place in the morning whereas a hands-on workshop will be delivered by experts from Siemens on smart design and technologies.

5. Friday 15th July: Lectures and project tutorials

Lecture session delivered in the morning by academics and practitioners.
Students will explore the availability of the natural energy resources of their site; sun, light, and wind according to the climate data analysis. Simple modular models could be developed as preliminary design proposals.
The building form and fabric will be explored so as to build the 3-D model the following week.
Draft drawings/ exploratory models of the proposed house focusing on the form and fabric in response to the climate and site.

6. Sunday 17th July: Leisure day trip to Bath City and Stonehenge (TBC)

Day trip to the city of Bath. Students will have the opportunity to discover Bath, which was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and has been listed as a ‘cultural site’ with outstanding value and cultural significance since 1987.

7. Monday 18th July: Lectures and model making tutorials

Lecture session delivered in the morning by academics and practitioners.
Student groups will start creating 3D physical models and 3D computer models of their project.
Potential passive design strategies should be considered in response to the site, climate and context.
3D physical model and images of the model-making process.
3D computer model (using Rhino / Revit)

8. Tuesday 19th July: Field trip to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the O2 Arena

Students will be accompanied to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as a unique case study for smart architectural and landscape design and will visit several buildings on site (e.g. Lee Valley Velopark, Copper Box Arena, The Stadium). The students will also be accompanied on a Roof top walking tour at The O2 Arena.

9. Wednesday 20th July: Lectures and project tutorials

Lecture session delivered in the morning by academics and practitioners.
Students will be experimenting with their 3D physical models and 3D computer models and will have identified a few issues in the design that require further modification. The aim is to optimise the building design for better daylighting, heating/cooling and ventilation whilst ensuring occupants’ comfort. Groups need to make sure they resolve to a smart design using sustainable construction materials.
Drawings/models of the design strategies proposed to incorporate passive design strategies for optimised building energy performance.
Sustainable materials and construction methods to be investigated.

10. Thursday 21st July: Model making workshops and preparation for final presentations

Students will continue to work on developing the building design by working on their physical and computer models as well as preparing the 2D architectural drawings.
Students should also consider the materials used for the opaque fabric (walls, roof and floors), and the transparent fabric (glazing) to optimise the building energy performance. Students may need to rework the building orientation, location of fenestrations, building envelope iterations, change in zoning, etc.
Drawings/models of the design strategies further developed to include daylight, ventilation and enhancing occupants’ wellbeing in the indoor and outdoor environments.
Materials and construction methods suggested need to be demonstrated.

11. Friday 22nd July: Project presentations, reviews and certificates ceremony

Each group will be allocated 30 minutes to make the final presentation of the project followed by a Q and A session and feedback from a panel of reviewers comprised of members of academic staff and architects from practice.
The certificates and awards ceremony will follow the reviews.

Summer School Benefits

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

Knowledge and thinking skills:

  1. Develop an understanding of current research and practice in architectural design experiments;
  2. Demonstrate a coherent understanding and appreciation of interrelated issues involved in design proposals (e.g. contextual, socio-cultural, economic, etc implications)
  3. Formulate and articulate an appropriate architectural proposal based on the acquired theoretical and methodological perspectives;
  4. Demonstrate appropriate academic integrity, avoiding plagiarism and/or collusion and/or other forms of academic misconduct, by use of citation and reference as appropriate for the subject, using their own academic voice.

Subject-based practical skills:

  1. Prepare portfolio sheets (or equivalent) which are edited, organized and fully labeled to facilitate evaluation in terms of range, depth, creativity, and originality as well as standards of accuracy and skills of execution.
  2. Evaluate and interpret underlying concepts and principles in response to the project brief.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate use of technology to develop and present design ideas in an effective and professional manner; both visually and verbally.
  4. Critically analyze, interpret and appraise own ideas, as well as the work of others and generate modified conceptions.

Skills for life and work (general skills):

  1. Identify and manage personal learning needs and continue to advance knowledge and understanding through independent approaches to learning;
  2. Work effectively and appropriately with peers and tutors to reach a cogent argument or judgment appropriate to the subject matter studied.
Summer School Fees

The cost of the two weeks summer School is 750£ (Sterling) per student which covers Course delivery, Travel card in London and breakfast. Flight & accommodation are not included, but suggested accommodation will be posted on the website shortly.

Early registration payment (Before March 31, 2016 )(Expired!) 750
Late registration payment (After March 31, 2016 ) 850
Refund Policy

Please notice that we will endeavor to assist you in obtaining a visa (if needed), by sending an invitation letter, but the responsibility is yours and the decision rests solely with the appropriate Embassy.

Delegates in any event (conference, workshop, summer school, or any others activities) who cancel their registration due to special circumstances or due to visa rejection for any reason and they do not have a paper published in the proceedings will receive a complete refund minus a £100 administration charges, and the bank commissions. If the proceedings book has already been published or any of the events, where a refund is requested, has started, the fees cannot be refunded.

Important Dates


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Payment Deadline


March 31, 2016


How To Apply

To apply in the summer school please send :

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Summer School Location

University of East London (UEL)

University Way, Dockland Campus

London, E16 2RD, UK

University of East London, University Way, London, United Kingdom


Please Note:

  • This is a suggested list of hotels that can be used for accommodation during the time period of the Summer School, and they are not mandatory.
  • You can reserve your place by contacting the hotel, the Hotel Name is hyperlinked to a booking website where you will find more information.
  • The price rates announced below are for a single-night stay.
  • All Hotels are located in London, UK.
  • The “Double Room” rates mentioned below are the fees for the room as a whole not per person.


Hotel Name   Location   Rate   Room Type
Hotel Meridiana   43-44 Argyle Square, Camden   £80   Single Room
        £98   Double Room
Royal Hyde Park Hotel   104-110 Queensway, Westminster Borough   £119   Single Room
        £169   Double Room