Architectural students gain great opportunity to visit China

Three Masters of Architecture (MArch) students and one member of staff from the Portsmouth School of Architecture are participating in the British Council’s Sino-UK Collaborative Programme in Architecture.

This programme aims to provide UK and Chinese higher education institutions with an effective platform to build up meaningful and sustainable cooperation and centres on two events; a student workshop on Brown Field Regeneration in the city of Harbin, Heiliongjiang Province of China from 15-30th September 2014, followed by a reciprocal visit of Chinese students to the UK in March 2015.

harbintripLiam discussing the design with his group

Our students Joshua Cherry, Martyn Webb and Liam Whitfield are working in international teams with students from 6 Chinese universities and 4 UK universities, to come up with proposals for the re-design of the area around the city’s railway station in order to create a new city centre. Each team is led by a member of staff and Guido Robazza, Lecturer and Architect from the School is co-ordinating one of the design teams. He has also given a public lecture in Harbin on “Cities and Energy: urban morphology and residential heat-energy demand”, sharing his research on the theoretical heat-energy demand of different types of urban form.


Guido’s group discussing their masterplan

The students are keeping a blog as a way of recording and reflecting upon their experiences, this provides an interesting insight into cross-cultural conversations in design, for example on heritage value.  Follow their progress on the Harbin 2014 blog and for more of an update of their trip see The News entry


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