School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Research and Design Seminars

Research and Design Seminars

To encourage a dynamic research environment the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape organise weekly research and design seminars where research students, staff, visitors and invited guests present their work.

The seminars are held term time on Wednesdays at 13.00 and open to all.  Seminars are either held in the Exhibition Area, 4th floor Claremont Tower or The Gallery, 1st floor Architecture Building.  

October 2017

10th October: Roger BurrowsUrban Futures and the Dark Enlightenment: A Guide for the Perplexed 

25th October: Emma Ormerod (Durham University - The Local State of Housing: Deepening Entrepreneurial Governance and The Place of Politics and Publics

November 2017

1st November - Martyn Dade Robertson: Session theme ARC Experimental Architecture

8th November - Tim Townsend: What is Human Flourishing?

22nd November - Yasser Megahed: Session theme ARC Industries of Architecture

29th November - Ben Anderson from Durham University: Hope In Neoliberal Life

December 2017

13th December - Sam Austin and Ed Wainwright: Newcastle After Dark

January 2018

10th January - John Pendlebury & Loes Feldpaus: Heritage and Brexit

17th January - Jennifer Lawrence (Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience, Virginia Tech, USA):  "Fossil-Fueling Vulnerability: Extractionist Governmentalities in an Age of Extreme Energy”.

24th January - Jayne Jeffries, Rose Gilroy and Tim Townsend: My Place

31st January - Polly Gould: D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson and Parametricism

February 2018

7th February - Noemi Lakmaier: Noëmi will be talking about her art practice which takes as its theme individuals’ relationships to their surroundings, as well as identity and perception of the self. 

14th February - Michael Chapman: University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

21st February - A Feruandari: tbc

April 2018

18th April - Harrison Smith & Jill Valentine: The Mobile Distinction: The Location Analytics Industry and the Elementary Forms of Relevance. Venue: Exhibition Area, Level 4 CLT 1pm to 2pm

25th April - Saudanu Sukkasame: Participatory Housing Processes: Rehousing the Indigenous Community in Thailand. Venue: Exhibition Area, Level 4 CLT 1pm to 2pm

May 2018

2nd May - Ruth Machen: Facing Janus: Personal and Professional Discourses of Climate Change. Venue: Exhibition Area, Level 4 CLT 1pm to 2pm

9th May - Nergis Kalli: Learning from Tokyo: Eventscape. Venue: Exhibition Area, Level 4 CLT 1pm to 2pm

16th May - Catherine Alexander: Homeless in the homeland: housing protests in Kazakhstan. Venue: Exhibition Area, Level 4 CLT 1pm to 2pm

23rd May - Stephen Grinsell speaking about his research on the politics of concrete and how people react to concrete buildings from the 1960s and 1970s with a talk entitled ‘Rock ’n’ Roll: Concrete, Identity and Psychoanalytical Theory’. As usual this will take place in the Exhibition Area, 4th floor of the Claremont Tower between 1pm-2pm on Wednesday 23rd May. 

30th May - Tokunbo Olorundami: Mapping the Contextual Barriers and Opportunities for Realizing Effectiveness in Nigeria's Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regime: an Evaluation of EIA Learning Potential in Nigeria (working title). 

This study is based on the assumption that context within which an environmental assessment (EA) is carried out could impacts on the level of effectiveness of the EA (Lee and George, 2000; Kornov and Thissen, 2000; Nitz and Brown, 2001; Fischer and Gazzola, 2006). Although Nigeria is a country that uses EIA as a means of achieving environmental protection, the country is famed for the environmental degradation that has attended some of its development projects (BBC News, 15 June 2010; BBC News, 30 May 2013; The Guardian, 13 February 2017; Ezeigbo and Ezeanyim, 1993; Orisakwe, 2009; Agyeman, 2003; Caravanos, 2017). Specifically, extractive activities that take place in Nigeria centre on oil and gas development (both onshore and offshore) mining and quarrying, and notable environmental catastrophes have reportedly been associated with these activities (The Guardian, 13 February 2017; Orisakwe, 2009; Caravanos, 2017). This research aims to understand the relationship between context (that is local circumstances) and EIA effectiveness in Nigeria by examining in detail how EIA actors (Which is EIA practitioners) engage with contextual factors in delivering their mandate, what learning opportunities may abound in this for greater effectiveness of EIA in the study area. The results of this study will hopefully show the learning potentials in the EIA regime in Nigeria and the possibility of retaining this knowledge to inform greater effectiveness. And secondly, based on the research findings, a better understanding of how context of EIA practice influences EIA effectiveness at sub-national level will be displayed. 

                - Kathryn Watson: Legitimacy and Value in Marine Science

Since the enactment of the United Nations Law of the Sea in 1982 ‘legitimate uses’ of the sea have been given protection. The phrase, finding its way into the UK Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, appears within all previous regulatory instruments used to manage development within the UK marine area. When determining a marine licence for development at sea, UK marine regulators must have regard for the need to protect the environment, protect human health, and prevent interferences with legitimate uses of the sea, with legitimate uses including, but importantly not limited to, navigation, fishing, mineral extraction, and amenity use.

But what is legitimate? The contemporary definition seems a confused concoction of previous meanings, and its inclusion in primary legislation seems all too much of a catch all with little thought to wider concerns about the value of the marine environment. Recourse to considering legitimate as analogous as legal does not solve this problem. Legal uses of the sea are well defined, and indeed a marine licence cannot be granted for a project which breaks any national or international law. Parliamentary debate during the drafting of the 2009 Act raised these issues but it was deemed that, as the term is historic it requires no explanation.

Venue: Exhibition Area, Level 4 CLT 1pm to 2pm

June 2018

6th June - Alex Taylor - Living Fruitfully in/with the conditions of (im-)possibility: from the Centre for Human Centred Interaction Design at City, University of London speaking about bike rental schemes and the role of technology in our everyday lives with a talk entitled 'Living fruitfully in/with the conditions of (im)possibility'. See the abstract below.


In this talk, I want to revisit a piece I wrote in 2016. The piece, a chapter in Dawn Nafus’ book Quantified (2016), was intended as a story of promise, a fabulation about London’s bike rental scheme and how it might be used to re-imagine new figurings of human-machine relations. Thinking across, askew, or “athwart” (Hustak & Myers 2013), my experimenting with the relational capacities of bicycles, a city, (bio)sensing and the proliferation of data-everywhere, aimed to resist the “agencies of homogenization” (Scott 1998) to explore the conditions of possibility for other worldings (Haraway 2016). 

Reflecting on this work, I’ve felt a dissatisfaction with my efforts to throw together mixtures of data at all scales, with the attempts at thickening and enlivening the relations. It all felt too flat, too lacking in vitality. So, at the risk of appearing self indulgent, this talk will present some early ideas for a different story woven in and through the thicket of relations. Struggling to weave myself into London’s legacy with slavery and the violent erasures of bodies and agency (Hartman 2008), I’ll be trying to place myself at a much more fragile and tenuous juncture of space-time, but at the same time still seeking to work fruitfully in/with the conditions of (im-)possibility. 

13th June - Methods Workshop: Interrogating Form, Creative and Cultural Participatory Practice at Newbridge Project, Carliol House, Market Street, Newcastle.
Please contact Ruth Raynor for more information