VR Centre for the Built Environment

Over the past five years, the staff have been investigators on projects totalling over £8M. The centre has recently forged links with China through the EPSRC’s Dongtan initiative and Penn has been involved at the highest level of the China-UK Sustainable Development Dialogue. The centre has also embarked on collaboration with Germany’s Transregional Collaborative Research Centre for Spatial Cognition, with Alasdair Turner and Ruth Conroy-Dalton co-chairing a workshop on Space Syntax and Spatial Cognition at the 2006 International Conference Spatial Cognition with Christoph Hoelscher of the University of Freiburg. These links have strengthened the centre’s expertise in the perception and cognition of space, and are reflected in a new module proposed by Conroy-Dalton, and closer links between the MSc Adaptive Architecture & Computation and MSc Advanced Architectural Studies at the Bartlett, which aim to draw together the strands of visualisation and geometric generation with the theory of the social usage of space.