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The Martin Centre Research Seminar Series: Rediscovering a Disruptive Environmentalism in the Nineteenth-Century Houses of Parliament

Henrik Schoenefeldt (Professor of Sustainability in Architectural Heritage at the University of Kent, National Teaching Fellow and AHRC Leadership Fellow)
When May 05, 2021
from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where Online
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Abstract: 
In this talk Prof Schoenefeldt explores the subject of his latest book 'Rebuilding the Houses of Parliament - Disruptive Environmentalism and David Boswell Reid'. Outcome of nine years of research, the book provides first in-depth study of the history of the Houses of Parliament from an environmental design perspective. This talk will show that environmental considerations not only had a visible impact on the architecture, but also drove a change working practices within Charles Barry's architectural office. The latter was driven by the necessity to integrate the specialist knowledge and design methods of the scientist David Boswell Reid within a team of architects and engineers.
 
SPEAKER’ S BIO:
Henrik Schoenefeldt is Professor of Sustainability in Architectural Heritage at the University of Kent, National Teaching Fellow and AHRC Leadership Fellow. He trained as an architect and specialised in environmental design with an MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge. His main research interest is in historic principles of environmental design, both as field of scholarly research and architectural practice. Since 2016 he has been seconded to the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme to lead the research project ‘Between Sustainability and Heritage’, in which he is collaborating with the client and the lead-designers to explores how the historic principles could re-utilised in the forthcoming restoration. He has been published, amongst others, in Architectural History, Building Research & Information, Antiquaries Journal and Building & Cities.
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