Following the Latitudes Global Studio (LGS) Students Summit that happened from 21-29 July 2018 in Ahmedabad, India, three Architecture and Environmental Design MSc students were given awards at the LGS Digital Competition.

The LGS Summit was extremely successful and involved over 50 students from CEPT University in Ahmedabad, the FAU of the University of São Paulo and Westminster’s School of Architecture and Cities. They discussed thematic areas of green design, adaptation and resilience for one week in a series of site visits, design workshops, seminars, roundtable discussions and presentations.

The Summit also included a digital exhibition of students’ design and research projects from partner universities, based on issues concerning the environment and climate, of which the best were awarded prizes.

Salome Berechikidze won first place on the Research category for her thesis project ‘Spatial Mapping of Thermal Comfort’, in collaboration with independent design consultancy firm Chapman BDSP.

Minh Van was commended on the Research category for his thesis project ‘Understanding Indoor Pollutants in Mixed-Mode Space through Sensing and Experimentation’, in collaboration with engineering and design group Arup.

Daniel Buban won second place on the Design category for his thesis project ‘15-16: Sustainable Railway Architecture for Cameroon’.  

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Students were also involved in a design workshop for the Keshavnagar slums in Ahmedabad. The outcome will be further developed to enter the Passive and Low Energy Architecture 2018 Conference’s students ‘Colloquium’ and poster competition. It will take place in Hong Kong in December this year.

Dr Rosa Schiano-Phan, Principal Lecturer in Architecture and Environmental Design, attended the Summit as well. Together with Professor Joana Gonçalves from the University of São Paulo and Professor Rajan Rawal from CEPT University, she delivered presentations on emerging challenges in environmental design. They encouraged debate based on the experience and perceptions from Brazil, India and the UK.

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Latitudes is a project that started at the University of Westminster in 2013 as a global educational network that aims to engage the present generation with the challenges of designing for climate change. Led by a ‘design-led thinking’ approach that includes social dimensions and policy options, the project is supported by innovative tools that allow a ‘global classroom’ across the partner institutions. 

It is open to students and staff to participate in inter-disciplinary design research by working across different latitudes and climatic regions using a crowd-sourcing methodology. The expanding network of partner universities are based in different latitudes around the world, including Rovaniemi, Tromsø, London, Sao Paolo, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Bologna, Istanbul, Ankara, Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad, the Maldives and most recently Taipei.

Find out more about the Latitudes project.

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