Tuesday. 28 Jan 2017
We are now inviting applications for a fully-funded AHRC
Collaborative Doctoral Studentship to join the Centre for
Architecture and the Visual Arts (CAVA) in partnership with McCann Manchester (http://www.mccannmanchester.com) for a three year period of research leading to the award of PhD at the University of Liverpool.
We are seeking to appoint a PhD student with a qualification in Architecture, Urban Design, Interaction Design, or related discipline who wishes to purse a doctoral study on the topic of the ‘personalisation’ of outdoor advertising (OoH) in the context of architecture/cities. The study we wish to pursue aims to offer insight into how personalised OoH advertising, within privacy and ethical boundaries, can engage the public not only in commercial terms, but also create a sense of ownership and positive influence on the visual culture of urban environments.
We are seeking an applicant who wishes to conceptualise future applications of digital, media and creative technologies (e.g. VR/VR/MR applications) in the context of architecture/cities and outdoor advertising. The student will work with CAVA and McCann Manchester on new concepts and has the opportunity to collaborate with the Virtual Engineering Centre for immersive visualisation, simulation and testing. We welcome applicants who see themselves as ‘creative technologists’ with a skillset or wish to work on VR/AR simulations and software such as Unity.
The stipend is at least £14,533 per annum for three years. In addition, the PhD registration fees for the Home/EU students will be covered for the entire period. Additional support for travel costs can be provided.
The minimum requirement is a first degree (First or Upper Second) in architecture, urban design, interactive design or related discipline with an interest/expertise in marketing and/or digital media and creative technologies. To apply, please the following information to email@example.com by no later than 5pm on Friday 23th June 2017.
• A short CV with prior academic qualifications and relevant information with regard prior expertise.
• A short statement (around 500 words) as to why they are interested in conducting this PhD, and why they are particularly suitable for this post (with reference to transferable skills and experience in engagement/impact and the topic area).
• The names of TWO academic references, who can be contacted after a successful shortlisting.
The successful candidate will be required to complete a postgraduate research application form (available from http://www.liv.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying/).
All HEIs receiving studentship funding from any AHRC scheme must adhere to the AHRC's standard eligibility criteria for student residency and academic qualifications. Only Home students and EU students who are ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship can apply.
The 'Training Grant Funding Guide' should be read alongside the 'Terms and Conditions of RCUK Training Grants' and the 'RCUK Training Grant Guide' which are both available to download from the RCUK website at: http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/funding/grantstcs/
Informal inquiries are very welcome. Please contact Professor Richard Koeck (firstname.lastname@example.org). Interviews are planned to take place in the first week of July 2017, commencing Monday 6th July. It is intended that the post will start on 1st October 2017.
Closing Date: 23th June 2017.
Tuesday. 28 Jan 2017
North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership
Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council
Transformation NW is a fully-funded doctoral training programme that applies design and creative techniques to maximise new product and service opportunities for business in the North West. Students co-create a programme of applied research in collaboration with large and small businesses. Transformation NW aims to enhance growth and prosperity in the region in support of the industrial strategy.
Building on the research expertise in design, digital technologies and the creative sector across four core NWCDTP partner institutions (Lancaster, Manchester Metropolitan, Liverpool and Salford Universities), innovative cooperation and collaboration across the whole consortium will help to deliver new product and service opportunities for businesses in the North West. Our approach draws upon the NWCDTP’s research excellence in design, technology and the creative sector, and the consortium’s experience in innovative in doctoral training.
Through interdisciplinary collaboration linking large and small-scale businesses together, students will undertake an applied PhD typically comprising three or four thematically linked projects with industry partners. Adopting a open and cross-industry approach, students will fuse science and technology with creative techniques, integrating place- and thematic-based responses to foster conditions for a sustainable, resilient and inclusive economy.
In response to the Industrial Strategy, research themes to which design and creative practice can be applied include:
* Transformative digital technologies
* Technologies for the Creative Industries
* Manufacturing processes and materials of the future
* Bioscience and biotechnology
* Leading edge healthcare and medicine
* Smart, flexible and clean energy technologies
* Quantum technologies
* Robotics and artificial intelligenceSatellites and space technologies
Transformation NW aims to further grow and scale up the creative sector in the North West whilst enhancing and contributing to the wider industry, recognising the value of combining science and technology with design and creativity, upon which much of the economy increasingly relies.
More information and application package available here:
Closing Date: Monday 3rd July 2017.
Friday. 16 Jun 2017
LIVERPOOL(E): MOVER, SHAKER, ARCHITECTURAL RISK-TAKER
The opening exhibition at RIBA North will consider Liverpool’s long, often maverick, history of architectural ambition, its willingness to take risks and consider audacious schemes – a trait which has ultimately resulted in the dramatic and celebrated skyline we see today.
A £67,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funded thanks to National Lottery players enabled 30 drawings, models and watercolours from the RIBA Collections, many of which have never been on display before, to be restored to feature in the opening exhibition. They include extraordinary un-built proposals for the city’s Anglican Cathedral by Sir Charles Nicholson and Philip Webb; a radical scheme, by Sir Denys Lasdun from 1959 for the Catholic Cathedral site and a bold vision for a new skyline by Graeme Shankland from the 1960s after two thirds of the city’s buildings were declared to be obsolete.
Visitors can watch a newly commissioned two-screen documentary film as well as a series of animation films by Monika Koeck which reflect on the buildings which were realised, and considers how the city may evolve if it embraces its historic architectural ambition. The documentary film includes interviews with Joseph Sharples (author of the Liverpool Pevsner City Guide), Michael Wilford (Stirling Wilford Architects), Natalia Maximova (Sheppard Robson) and Ian Ritchie (Ian Ritchie Architects).
Friday. 16 Jun 2017
UNVEILED PROJECT: ASOC @ RIBA NORTH
CAVA congratulates ASOC members from the Liverpool School of Architecture who had the opportunity to work with KHBT architects and the RIBA on a riveting large-scale installation. The installation, entitled the Unveiled Project, went yesterday on display as part of the opening of RIBA North. Our ASOC team, consisting of first and second year students, assisted KHBT architects in the all aspects of the fabrication of the installation. We highly recommend to see at at RIBA North down at the Liverpool docks.
Michael Rostock (2nd year)
Kyle Vadher (2nd year)
Bianca Roberts (2nd year)
Ciara Sullivan (2nd year)
Izzy Kendrick-Jones (2nd year)
Nariza Hopley (2nd year)
Olivia Dolan (1st Year)
Ed Turner (1st Year)
Angus Parkin (2nd year)
Ollie Marshall (2nd year)
Sarah Munroe (2nd year)
Yashna Calleechurn (2nd year)
Arnes Ramic (2nd year)
Emma Newport (4th Year)
Monday. 03 April 2017
SPAK COMPASS UK and CAVA have won the Innovate UK's first "Design Foundation" competition to develop leading-edge urban screen innovation.
The Spark Compass platform™ manages data from user devices, wearables and sensors networks, enabling the delivery of smart content. This is done by analysing data patterns, setting specific rules and combining existing data sources. Powerful analytics on collected performance data, real-time behavior and actions provide granular visibility in a centralised platform.
Using trans-disciplinary design principles developed by Prof Koeck and Dr Kocaturk, the team will work on "intelligent, real-time, hyper-local screen-based OoH marketing" with the aim to innovate new ideas that ultimately could transform interactions between people and urban screens.
Wednesday. 29 March 2017
CAVA organises the demonstration of Microsoft's groundbreaking Hololense. Hosted by the VEC, Mike Taulty from Microsoft gave an exclusive demonstration of Hololens and its possible future application in culture, design and building industries.
Mixed Reality enables users to engage with digital information that is geo-locative and precisely stitched into space, using sensors that scan and build 3D environments in realtime. The event was attended by researchers and heads from the School of the Arts, School of the Architecture and School of Engineering.
Thank you Mike!
Thursday. 23 Feb 2017
Richard Koeck gives keynote speech at the 3rd International AR and VR Conference in Manchester. Around 200 delegates and industry representatives from e.g. Samsung, Microsoft, Render Media CGI, BT attended the the conference at MMU that was organised by Dr Timothy Jung and Dr Claudia Tom Diek.
Richard's keynote covered the history of VR/AR as well as possibles futures in relation to architecture and spatial planning with a particular emphasis on the notions of "spectatorship" and "actorship".
Friday. 27 Jan 2017
CAVA PhD candidate David Ogle shows his work as part of Festival in York and in London.
Lumen was commissioned by ‘Make It York’ for Illuminating York Festival 2016 (26-29 October 2016) and installed in the historic quad at York St John’s Lord Mayor’s Walk. Visitors walked amongst skeletal coloured luminescent trees, to experience the unusual light and shade cast by their glowing branches and accompanied by performances of improvised music responding to the movements of audiences as they explored the installation.
The work has since moved to the forecourt of The Royal British Society of Sculptors building in South Kensington, London. 1 December 2016 - 10 February 2017; Wednesday – Friday 12.30 – 5.30pm (or by appointment) 108 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3RA