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Cambridge Design Research Studio Summer School 2014: Urban Emergencies: Emergent Urbanism

‘Resilient London - Urban Security’
When Aug 18, 2014 09:00 AM to
Aug 31, 2014 07:00 PM
Where Department of Architecture
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20140501 Summer School 2014 Poster.jpgLondon’s 21st Century urbanism is increasingly defined by our relationship to risk and security; from terrorism and violence threatening the socio-physical fabric of our cities, an increasing paranoia with regards to surveillance and privacy issues, to Olympic security and economic crisis erupting into civil unrest. What new architecture will emerge to combat this range of threats?

This year the summer school will take place under the title ‘Resilient London - Urban Security’, asking students to build on their socio-political, cultural and economic understanding of the city of London, in order to explore a range of spatial security interventions that respond to the future resilience of London and its inhabitants.

Students will work through a single project at a specific scale to allow for a thorough development of an architectural response to what is a large and complex issue. The summer school is a 2-week intense programme, where students are exposed to design studios, field study, lectures and seminars from a number of experts from a range of disciplines within the field of risk, resilience and security. The projects will be developed through digital and analogue techniques of representation. We will put a great emphasis in visualising risk and security issues through a set of architectural mediums.

The course is organised by Tom Lindsay and Mehrnaz Ghojeh from Cambridge Design Research Studio (CDRS).


1) You can make an application by completing the ‘CDRSSummerSchool2014ApplicationForm’. Applications should be sent to:

2) Along with the completed application form we require a sample of work. Please send no more that 3 A4 pages and documents must not exceed 10MB.

3) Once you have received confirmation of your acceptance, payments will be required with 7 working days to secure your place on the programme.

4) English Language level results are required with your submission.

All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the school can provide a letter confirming participation.


The CDRS Summer School requires a total fee of £795 per participant and payments are non-refundable.

Fees do not include flights or accommodation. Students need to bring their own laptops, digital and drawing equipment. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the school takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop. Core materials will be provided as well as handheld tools in the workshop. A printing allowance will be allocated for each student.


Payments can be made by either online transfer or by cheque. Payments are made once your application has been confirmed.


The workshop is open to architecture and design students and professionals worldwide.

There is no age requirement although the course is aimed at undergraduate/masters students with an academic/vocational background in architecture. The summer school is geared towards those who have an interest in either the topic or postgraduate research at the department of architecture, University of Cambridge. There are a maximum of 20 places available and a first-come first-served basis.

Language requirements

This programme requires you to have a high proficiency in English, to ensure that everyone taking part is able to be fully involved and capable of communicating at an appropriate level. See the English Language section of the Summer School application form to see which qualifications are acceptable. Qualifications will be assessed in conjunction with the statement.


Application deadline: 30th June

Application confirmation: 4th July

Payment deadline: 11th July

About Cambridge Design Research Studio

Cambridge Design Research Studio (CDRS) is a collaborative institute of design research within the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge, UK.

The core focus of the MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design, a RIBA/ARB part II Masters degree, is a hybrid of independent research through design and a structured technical learning resource. It is designed for students that join us with a distinct area of interest and provides guidelines to their research, access to specialists of various fields relevant to their studies, and a matrix of deliverables that foster an informed body of work. The course places a strong emphasis on design as a means of engaging with areas of active academic discourse and contemporary professional debate.

Urban Emergencies : Emergent Urbanism is a research group under CDRS run by Tom Lindsay and Mehrnaz Ghojeh.

Tom Lindsay’s work has been primarily focused on public health issues in architecture and urbanism. He has worked at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and with members of the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Natural History Museum. He has published papers in collaboration with world health experts on the link between health and housing in addition to research and development into new sanitation technologies in West Africa funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations Grant. He has also worked at the RIBA and Agence Ouvray (Hong Kong). Tom recently finished a post as a visiting fellow at Nanjing University.

Mehrnaz Ghojeh specialises in anti-seismic morphologies. Her work expands upon the typical engineering-centred solutions to earthquake-resistant design into the fields of psychology, politics, geology, and architecture. Her work in both China and Iran has been funded by the Andre Fu Award and the Graduate Awards and Research Studentships Committee (GARS). She has collaborated with specialists from Tehran Municipality, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Spatial Academy, Cambridge Architectural Research (CAR), Centre for Risk in the Built Environment (CURBE), International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES). As well as working at the RIBA, she has taught, supervised, or been a guest critic at a range of institutions including University of Brighton, Nanjing University, and University of Cambridge. Mehrnaz has also recently completed her post as a visiting fellow at Nanjing University.

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