Edward Ng

Returning to Nature - the poetics of mud and bamboo

Series: AA Sustainable Environmental Design Seminar
Date: Tuesday 26 November 2019
Time: 10:00
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 77 mins

Mother Earth gives us natural materials to work with; they have no embodied energy and are sustainable. Our ancestors made good use of them. However, we have largely forgotten them in our contemporary world. The Design Research Initiative One University One Village is our attempt to regain the lost ground. We build large span, easy to assemble, cheap and sustainable bamboo bridges for remote villages in China. We also build earth houses that are seismic resistant in earthquake areas. We learn from the villagers, and combine this with a scientific understanding, fusing the considerations of tectonics and environmental design to create poetic designs which are structurally sound and environmentally considerate, and provide a dignified way of living for the villagers.

Professor Edward Ng is an architect and Yao Ling Sun Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He specializes in Green Building, Environmental and Sustainable Design.  He is founder of the Design Research Initiative One University One Village (www.1u1v.org).  It aims to provide sustainable design services to rural villages to improve life.  Professor Ng has published over 400 papers and 3 books. He has twice received the International Award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA); and twice been awarded the UNESCO Heritage Innovation Award.  He is the current President of PLEA, an International Network dedicated to Sustainable Architecture and Urban Design http://plea-arch.org/.

This lecture has been organised by Paula Cadima and Simos Yannas, Directors of the Sustainable Environmental Design (SED) programme. 

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

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