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  • 1. SEMINAR REPORT INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON THEORIZING SUSTAINABLE BUILDING DESIGN “SBD09” Organized by Edge Hill University, Lancashire UK; & National College of Arts, Lahore; Pakistan at Edge Hill University, St. Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire L39 4QP, U.K. Syed Faisal Sajjad National College of Arts, Lahore Pakistan The International Seminar on theorizing sustainable building design “SBD09” was held at the Edge Hill University (EHU) Lancashire UK and Liverpool on August 12-14, 2009. This was the second international seminar after “SBD08” (sustainable building design) that was held at “Community technical services agency (COMTECHSA) Liverpool. The seminar was jointly organized by the Edge Hill University (EHU) Lancashire UK and National College of Arts (NCA) Lahore, Pakistan. It was in connection with the development of M. Arch. Programme in Sustainable Design at NCA. This initiative is supported by British Council and Higher Education Commission Pakistan under the Joint Education Links Program. After a more generalized “SBD08” this year the “SBD09” has a narrower academic focus on “theorizing sustainable design”. Objective of the Seminar was to share the perspectives and approaches in theorizing sustainable design from different parts of the world that may be used as part of the teaching and research material for the intended M. Arch programme. Venue for the seminar was the auditorium and lecture hall of the newly constructed business school building at the Edge Hill University Lancashire. The two days seminar was followed by a one day technical visit to Liverpool. The Seminar was an outcome of over six months of hard work done jointly by the link teams from the two institutions. Twenty eight papers were received, out of which thirteen were presented at the seminar. One paper was presented late on 18-08-09. The papers came from four different countries: Pakistan (15), United Kingdom (11), India (1) and Bangladesh (1). Seventeen of the papers were by the university academics and rest of the eleven were from practicing professionals. These were under the three major themes 1- Concept, Theory and Pedagogical aspects of Sustainable Architecture Education 2- Professional Practice & Sustainability 3- Emerging Political, Social & Technical Perspectives of Sustainability a- Emerging Political, Social Perspectives of Sustainability b- Environmental Impact, Audit and Assessment c- Technical Approaches Towards Attaining Sustainability Thirteen papers that were presented at the Seminar are the following: • Key Note Paper, “Theorizing Sustainable Design through Human Geographies” by Dr. Tasleem Shakur, Edge Hill University; Lancashire UK • Climate Change and the Built Environment by Dr. Nigel Richardson, Head; Natural Geographical and Applied Sciences (NGAS) Edge Hill University, Lancashire • Issues of Sustainable Built Environment: Context, Evolution and Pedagogical Dimensions by Prof. Virendra Kr. Paul, Department of Building Engineering & Management, School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi, India • Curriculum Design for Sustainable Architectural Studies by Jamie Halsall Senior Lecturer; Huddersfield University; UK Sponsored & Managed by Higher Education Commission – British Council Pakistan; Higher Education Commission Joint Higher Education Links Programme; (JHELP) Pakistan
  • 2. • Sustainable Building Design Strategies For Pakistan by Muhammad Ali Tirmizi Department of Architecture, National College of Arts, Lahore • Sustainable Regeneration of Historic Urban Centres by Syed Faisal Sajjad Department of Architecture, National College of Arts, Lahore • LCC Application in Sustainable Building by Rusdy Hartungi, Chris Pye School of Built and Natural Environment; University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, UK • Computer Based Design Tool for Solar Radiation Control Through Building Openings by Ar. Sarah Durrani Architect/Planner; P&D Department Govt. of Punjab, Lahore • Life Cycle Assessment: A Fundamental Tool in Assessing Sustainability in Built Environment by Elisavet Dimitrokali, Rusdy Hartungi and Joe Howe School of Built and Natural Environment; University of Central Lancashire (UClan), Preston • Renewable Energy Resources in Sustainable Building Design by Ar. Siraj Mahmood S. Mahmood Int’l, London • Sustainable Building Design: Some Contemporary Thoughts by Dr Magda Sibley Senior Lecturer; School of Architecture; Liverpool University • Practical Aspects of Delivering Sustainable Architecture and the Environmental Challenges by Rosie Jolly Director ; COMTECHSA Limited • Energy Simulation of Faculty of Health Building; Edge Hill University: A CASE STUDY by Catherine Murray, Ar. Andrew Brown, Project Technician, Architect; Capital Developments; Edge Hill University; Ormskirk, Lancashire One paper was presented on 18-08-09 as a late presentation in front of a selective audience 1. Theorizing Sustainable Architecture Post modernity for sustainable ethical aesthetic by Suvro Sovon Chowdhury & Saiqa Iqbal Meghna Architectural Consultants, & Stamford University Dhaka, Bangladesh This late presentation was due to late arrival of the two participants from Bangladesh because of visa problems. Remaining fourteen papers though could not be presented at the Seminar, but they made valuable contribution to the subject. The presentations and deliberations at the seminar addressed various dimensions of theorizing sustainable building design, and offered a comprehensive view. The presentations could be grouped in two key areas, the theoretical and the technical. The two days of the seminar were divided into 4 sessions each based on the thematic grouping of the papers. • Day 1 of the seminar started with the registration of the seminar participants. • The session 1 started with a welcome address by Ar. Muhammad Ali Tirmizi from the National College of arts, Lahore. He provided a background of the link between the two institutions and the role of different funding and organizing bodies involved. • Syed Faisal Sajjad from the National College of arts, Lahore introduced the seminar and provided an overview of the thematic grouping of the papers. He explained the logic of the thematic division. • The key note paper of session 1 “Theorizing Sustainable Design through Human Geographies” by Dr. Tasleem Shakur, Edge Hill University; Lancashire UK was presented under theme 1 “Concept, Theory and Pedagogical aspects of Sustainable Architecture Education”. He lamented industrialization and the north- south debate that has emerged as a result. Based on that he pointed out the dichotomies in sustainable development theory from environmental, economic and social perspectives. He emphasized on the importance of “sense of place” as an important aspect of cultural sustainability. He talked about identity, cultural context and the role of technology. In the given socio- political context he raised the issue of design education in future. The overall presentation was Sponsored & Managed by Higher Education Commission – British Council Pakistan; Higher Education Commission Joint Higher Education Links Programme; (JHELP) Pakistan
  • 3. based on stark contrasts and comparisons and dwelled mainly on the political and cultural aspect of sustainable communities. • Session 1 ended with an address of Dr. John Cater, the vice chancellor of Edge Hill University in which he introduced the University buildings as an example of sustainable design incorporating state of the art automated intelligent systems to minimize energy consumption. • Session 2 started with theme 1 of the seminar “Concept, Theory and Pedagogical aspects of Sustainable Architecture Education” • The first presentation was made on “Climate Change and the Built Environment” by Dr. Nigel Richardson, Head; Natural Geographical and Applied Sciences (NGAS) Edge Hill University, Lancashire. It was a completely scientific presentation with a particular focus on global warming and climate change. The most interesting part of the presentation was a discussion on “urban heat islands”. He emphasized on the systems and integrated building design. • The second presentation was on “Issues of Sustainable Built Environment: Context, Evolution and Pedagogical Dimensions” by Prof. Virendra Kr. Paul, Department of Building Engineering & Management, School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi, India. The key focus of Prof. Paul’s presentation was on performance standards for sustainable design. He talked about social, cultural and traditional performance and the social usage of buildings. He stressed that there are no generic solutions; rather it is a matter of technological appropriateness. He presented a case study of sustainable buildings in New Delhi. A very interesting aspect of his presentation was multi stake holders’ participation in the design of sustainable buildings. • Session 3 started with the carry over presentation from session 2 on “Curriculum Design for Sustainable Architectural Studies” by Jamie Halsall Senior Lecturer; Huddersfield University; UK. It was a very informative and analytical presentation that started with a background of different approaches of the British Universities regarding academic approach and pedagogy. The four different approaches he explained are traditionalism, social reconstruction, progressivism and the enterprise approach. He said that there are political, social and technological approaches to sustainable design that are mostly based on problem based learning. He pointed out the four contemporary issues/ subjects in sustainable design as “theories of sustainable development”, “sustainable design in practice”, “leading practitioners”, and “techniques and technologies”. He talked about the appropriateness of the academic approaches that was more or less in context of financial feasibility and employability. • The second presentation was the opening presentation of theme 2 “Professional Practice & Sustainability” and the topic was “Sustainable Building Design Strategies for Pakistan” by Muhammad Ali Tirmizi Department of Architecture, National College of Arts, Lahore. He started with a presentation on data regarding energy consumption of buildings both in terms of embedded energy and embodied energy. He presented examples of traditional buildings from Lahore like the Lahore fort and traditional houses as zero carbon buildings. He lamented modernization and technology and stressed on the use of traditional wisdom in the design of sustainable buildings. • The only presentation of session 4 was on “Sustainable Regeneration of Historic Urban Centres” by Syed Faisal Sajjad Department of Architecture, National College of Arts, Lahore. He presented an argument on urban regeneration as a more sustainable approach involving appropriate intervention in comparison to urban area conservation. It was a modernist take on the subject and he supported the Universalist adaptive approach rather than a more conservative approach of conservation. The main emphasis of the argument was on having a more comprehensive approach to sustainable urban regeneration that involves the incorporation of modern programme, systems and uses of the urban spaces and not the conventional concept of conservation, mostly touristic in nature. 4- Day 2 started with session 5 and theme 3 “Emerging Political, Social & Technical Perspectives of Sustainability” with a presentation on “LCC Application in Sustainable Building” by Rusdy Hartungi, Chris Pye School of Built and Natural Environment; University of Central Lancashire, Sponsored & Managed by Higher Education Commission – British Council Pakistan; Higher Education Commission Joint Higher Education Links Programme; (JHELP) Pakistan
  • 4. Preston, Lancashire, UK. The presentation started with a historical perspective of the subject and was based on economic assessment of buildings for cost saving. The program presented covers investment, construction, operational, maintenance, replacements, replenishments, and disposal and salvage costs of the building. The key idea was “time, value, money”. He ended the discussion with the application of LCC on lamps and fixtures and cutting energy costs. • The second presentation of the session was on “Computer Based Design Tool for Solar Radiation Control through Building Openings” by Ar. Sarah Durrani Architect/Planner; P&D Department Govt. of Punjab, Lahore. It was a very practical presentation on affordable technology. She presented a calculus based programme to work out the depth of shades for buildings. • Session 6 started under sub theme 3 “Environmental impact, audit and assessment” with a presentation on “Life Cycle Assessment: A Fundamental Tool in Assessing Sustainability in Built Environment” by Elisavet Dimitrokali, Rusdy Hartungi and Joe Howe School of Built and Natural Environment; University of Central Lancashire (UClan), Preston. She talked about the environmental impact of building systems. She talked about inventory analysis, impact assessment, results and local ecological impact of buildings. The major discussion on the presentation was the data intensive computer programme with a margin of error in case of missing data. • The second presentation of session 6 was on “Renewable Energy Resources in Sustainable Building Design” by Ar. Siraj Mahmood S. Mahmood Int’l, London. He presented a historical background of building regulations in London and stressed on the importance of using renewable energy sources in building design. • The third presentation was on “Sustainable Building Design: Some Contemporary Thoughts” by Dr Magda Sibley Senior Lecturer; School of Architecture; Liverpool University. The presentation touched various aspects of sustainability and environment. Climate change and global warming were presented as main concerns for the practicing architects and she talked about improving the ecological footprint. • Session 7 started with the sub theme 3 “Technical approaches towards attaining sustainability” and a presentation on “Practical Aspects of Delivering Sustainable Architecture and the Environmental Challenges” by Rosie Jolly Director; COMTECHSA Limited Liverpool. She presented the profile of COMTECHSA and the nature of projects they are doing with community participation. She explained the design philosophy of her firm which is based on stakeholder’s participation, appropriateness and accessible design. She explained through examples how they believe in comprehensive sustainable solutions. • The last presentation of session 7 and also the seminar was on “Energy Simulation of Faculty of Health Building; Edge Hill University: A CASE STUDY” by Catherine Murray, Ar. Andrew Brown, Project Technician, Architect; Capital Developments; Edge Hill University; Ormskirk, Lancashire. The presentation focused on various technical aspects of the Health building. It was a very informative session on high tech solutions for achieving sustainability in building design ranging from thermo graphic imaging to the use of PRI software to achieve low carbon footprint and intelligent systems in building design. • The last presentation was followed by a technical visit of the Faculty of Health building conducted by Mr. Brown the architect of the building. • Session 8 was the concluding session in which Ar. Faisal Sajjad presented the concluding report of the seminar. Dr. Nigel Simons distributed the certificates and Muhammad Ali Tirmizi and Dr. Tasleem Shakur closed the session with vote of thanks. • The presentation that came late because of the visa issue was on “Theorizing Sustainable Architecture Post modernity for sustainable ethical aesthetic” by Suvro Sovon Chowdhury & Saiqa Iqbal Meghna Architectural Consultants, & Stamford University Dhaka, Bangladesh. It was a very interesting debate from a postmodernist position. The two presenters lamented mechanization and alienation of the modern life and talked about the unreal or virtual connection of the being with the world. They stressed on the importance of cultural identity to re-establish the lost connection. Sponsored & Managed by Higher Education Commission – British Council Pakistan; Higher Education Commission Joint Higher Education Links Programme; (JHELP) Pakistan
  • 5. List of remaining fourteen papers that could not be presented in the Seminar, but made valuable contribution to the subject: 1. Vernacular Architecture and Sustainable Development in Pakistan by Nadeem Omar Asst. Professor (Academics); National College of Arts, Lahore 2. Myths of Sustainable Building Design in Vernacular Architecture of Pakistan by Muhammad Tasneem Shahzad Butt Department of Architecture, National College of Arts, Lahore 3. Sustainable Architecture and the Current Energy Crisis in Pakistan by Muhammad Shahzad Haider Assistant Professor, Dept of Architecture; National College of Arts, Lahore 4. Sustainable Building Design in Pakistan by Khalid Ibrahim Lecturer, Dept of Architecture; National College of Arts; Lahore 5. Learning Sustainability from Traditional Architecture by Javeria Masood Department of Architecture, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan. 6. Learning from the Past, a Foundation for the Future by Mohammad Tahir Khattak Visiting Faculty at CECOS University Peshawar, Pakistan. 7. Low-Carbon Buildings in Pakistan by Majid Saeed Khan Department of Multimedia Arts, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan. 8. Environmental Factors as Form of Sensory Stimulus by Hina Gazi Architectural Association School of Architecture, London WC1B 3ES. 9. Use of Computer Simulation for Sustainable Architecture Design in the new Millennium by Syed Abdul Rehman Creative Director; Sideeffectz Productions; Raiwind Road, Lahore, Pakistan. 10. Impact of Reflective Glass in Building Facades on Sustainable Urban Environment by Ar. Asif Ibrahim Department of Architecture, National College of Arts, 4 The Mall, Lahore, Pakistan. 11. CAD Applications for Sustainable Architectural Design by Kamran Mufti Department of Architecture, National College of Arts, 4 The Mall, Lahore, Pakistan. 12. Modularity in an Entire Life Cycle of a Sustainable Building by Bilal Ahmad, Lahore, Pakistan Roof Gardens as Social Interactive Place by Khalid Yar Khan Department of Architecture, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan. 13. A Denial to Climate Change in Architecture for Pakistan: Environmental and Psychological Dimensions for Sustainable Building Design by Rizwan Azeem Coordinator, MSc Environmental Design, AIOU, and Visiting Faculty, CA&D, University of the Punjab Lahore; Former Director Housing & Physical Planning. 14. Mechanisms for Natural Ventilation in the Sustainable Architecture of Sethi Havelis by Ar. Samra Khan Associate Professor, Dept of Architecture, COMSATS University, Islamabad, Pakistan. The third day of the seminar 14-08-09 was for the technical visit of Liverpool conducted by Mr. Ghalib Khan from COMTECHSA. The visit started with the participants attending the flag hoisting ceremony at the Pakistan centre Liverpool to celebrate the Pakistan Independence Day. The participants were then taken to a comprehensive visit of a school building, a project by COMTECHSA. The tour of the school building was conducted by the principal of the school. The project is designed on the principles of sustainable building design using state of the art technology and materials. With all the intelligent systems in place and roof gardens on top the building performs well in extreme cold and hot weather. The SBD10 is planned in Lahore in March 2010 with a particular focus on the South Asian context. The debate of sustainability shall particularly look at the issues of appropriation and appropriateness in terms of techniques, technology and also the socio- political aspect in the particular context. Sponsored & Managed by Higher Education Commission – British Council Pakistan; Higher Education Commission Joint Higher Education Links Programme; (JHELP) Pakistan

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