Conferences

The School holds regular conferences with the aim of deseminating research outcomes with industry, particularly in the areas of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) and Building Information Modelling (BIM). 

 

For five hours on Friday 3 May 2019, TU Dublin’s Architecture students and academic staff met to discuss and seek to address, through their five year Bachelor of Architecture programme (of 300 students), issues being highlighted through the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The aim of the student-staff integrated workshop was threefold.

  1. Within the current core Architectural Design Studio modules, to agree what specific topics might be taken on board that can be identified with specific SDG targets and indicators[1].
  2. To give students a voice in the design of their curriculum through facilitated co-creation.
  3. With activities in Linenhall, to explore ideas of how the building’s users could be encouraged to establish more sustainable use of materials, reduce waste, and occupy the building as sustainably as possible in its daily use, guided by Green Campus[2] and STARS[3] frameworks.
Groups included lecturers from across the Dublin School of Architecture’s programmes. A vertical project approach was used in mixing students across the 5 years during the brainstorming session. External guests such at the Director of Education at the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, Architects from private practice and SEAI participated. The agenda for the day was for students and lecturers to work together in three separate brainstorming sessions:-
  • to agree priority topics within each of the 5 years in Architectural Design Studio
  • to propose project typologies to explore these topics through
  • to propose how successful design solutions will be evaluation and assessed
After each brainstorm, year groups reported their findings to the larger programme for discussion with all outcomes captured live.Overarching conclusions of the workshop included
  1. On modules, a multidisciplinary input is needed, from lecturers and students through joint projects from other disciplines, with definitions of what sustainable design being debated and defined (with reference to areas like ecologically, sociologically, etc.) within architecture, along with issues like good design vs applied technology being addressed.
  2. On projects, if we must build, then the reuse of existing buildings and sites is most sustainable. Project assessment criteria and feedback during crits from lecturers and guest critics need to be directly aligned and linked to sustainable development goal indicators / climate change agenda measures. Carbon costing and life cycle analysis measures and analysis are key.
  3. On facilities, there is an interest to set up a Green Campus Working Group for Linenhall, as a sub-committee of the DSA House Committee and in liaison with TU Dublin’s Green Campus Committees.  The aim of the group is to use our teaching facility as a test bed for interventions to be employed for TU Dublin and beyond. The Working Group would aim to make Linenhall a more sustainable building, both in the performance of the building, and the behaviours of its users. The impacts of any proposed interventions must be measured.

[1] Within the 17 SDGs there 232 indicators aligned to the 169 targets. For an example see Sustainable Development Goal 11. Note how each indicator is a number.

[3] See Stars Techncial Manual January 2019

On 6th March 2019 Dublin School of Architecture, TU Dublin, hosted ‘Delivering Commercial nZEB Conference 2019' in the impressive new stadium of Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork City.

The conference took place in the context:

  • The establishment of Ireland’s first Technological University, TU Dublin;
  • The inception of the Nearly Zero Energy Building Standard[1] (nZEB) for commercial buildings (as transposed in Part L (2017) of the Irish Building Regulations); and
  • The second year of the professional postgraduate MSc in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design)[2], taught in Dublin School of Architecture.

The conference explored nZEB Standard design through (a) presentations of leading Irish and international building design professionals, (b) a breakout session that focused on technical solutions and (c) an alternate round table session where managers explored ways to re-orient their teams to nZEB through discussion with peers and international experts.

[1]Nearly Zero Energy Buildings’ means a building that has a very high energy performance. The nearly zero or very low amount of energy required should be covered to a very significant extent by energy from renewable sources, including energy from renewable sources produced on-site or nearby.

[2] This part-time, nested programme is taught to building design professionals nationwide using a blended online mode of delivery. Year one is the Postgraduate Certificate in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design). The first module, nZEB Policy and Technologies is also offered as a CPD.

The COHOUSING CAFE is an event title borrowed from Europe where cities hold regular events for citizens to help the DEVELOPMENT OF SELF-ORGANISED housing projects.

This was an OPEN NETWORKING and INFORMATION event where people could learn and share information about COHOUSING, hear from EXPERTS and EXISTING GROUPS and GET INVOLVED in a project themselves.

There were be TALKS from PIONEERING IRISH COHOUSING GROUPS, an EXHITION OF SELECTED COHOUSING PROJECTS ABROAD, as well as representations from RELEVANT ORGANISATIONS. 

The event was hosted by SELF ORGANISED ARCHITECTURE.

The event took place in TU Dublin, Bolton Street Campus, Linenhall Gallery, 12-4pm, Saturday, 23 February 2019

On January 24 and 25, 2019 the Dublin School of Architecture hosted the eight annual conference on the All Ireland Architecture Research Group (AIARG 8).

The conference explored field conditions within the profession and the discipline of architecture.

It is a useful term in architectural discourse for a number of reasons:

  • It is descriptive of the manner in which buildings can gather the “as found” elements of a site around them;
  • It captures something of the nature of non-hierarchical space;
  • It recognises the way in which architecture draws connections between multiple and distinct bodies of knowledge;
  • It posits boundaries not as rigid delineating barriers, but instead as rich transitional zones.