Architecture and Resilience on a Human Scale

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The Building Local Resilience School Platform, of which Irena Bauman is part of as Professor of Sustainable Urbanism, is an exciting new initiative in the Sheffield School of Architecture. Currently this project is being developed as a new ‘umbrella’ research platform. A timeline of events has been part of this process, which began in June 2013 is now leading to the Architecture and Resilience on a Human Scale international conference, of which Irena has been the lead organiser.

The conference will provide the opportunity to explore the many ways that architectural academics and practicing architects are engaging with issues of resilience, to collate the emerging knowledge and set it in its theoretical context. Also, this conference celebrates the body of work developed in the Building Local Resilience School Platform and the contribution it is making towards transformational society. We share the words and sentiment of the anthropologist Henrietta Moore : .. the future  learning will not be about the transferability of whole models with known outcomes, but rather about incomplete learning, experimentation and collaboration.

The conference will be held at the Showroom, Sheffield on the 10th till the 12th of September 2015. Fore more information on the conference and how to book, please see here.

New kitchens for Lister – Sheffield SYHA

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Our client South Yorkshire Housing Association have produced a short video to share the new kitchens at the Lister Project (part of the LiveWell schemes), in Sheffield. We enjoyed working on this project and getting involved with both customers and staff. The kitchens’ refurbishment reinforces our belief that small design interventions can bring a positive impact to our lives and wellbeing. You can watch it here.

Passivhaus – Results Day!

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We are happy to report that our Sam Wilson has passed the Passivhaus exam to achieve “Certified Passivhaus Designer” status. This new learning adds to our interest in Building Physics and ability in making and delivering low-energy sustainable places & spaces. Bauman Lyons are currently engaged in a number of projects employing Passivhaus principles – so watch this space!

 

Potteric Carr visitor centre

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BLA are delighted to have been selected following competitive tender to work with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust in the design of the new visitor centre at Potteric Carr. We have been working with YWT since November 2014 to develop the design of the new visitor centre, which will be a naturally ventilated building requiring low energy input and constructed of timber. Materials & construction have been proposed to harmonise with the sensitive ecological setting, and visitor and staff experience will be enhanced with a close connection to wildlife and the beautiful surroundings.

 

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Passivhaus training

In May this year Sam attended training to become a Certified Passivhaus Designer. The course was delivered by AECB using material from the Passivhaus Institut and adapted for UK Building Regulations and practices. AECB’s Carbonlite Training is recognised by the PHI and included principles & science of Passivhaus Design, as well as use of the Passivhaus Planning Package. It was particularly useful to visit two Passivhaus projects and see the real terms benefits and in-use operation of completed Passivhaus buildings, as well as physically test performance characteristics first-hand. BLA are currently working on Passivhaus derived projects and putting the learning to good use!

The Past, Present and Future of Modern Methods of Construction

Irena will be guest speaker at the Chartered Institute of Housing Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Board: AGM on 9th July 2015 at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The theme is The Past, Present and Future of Modern Methods of Construction and Irena will talk about the potential of the new technologies to disrupt the construction industry. For more information, see www.cih.org/yorkshireandhumberside