Date of release: Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Rachel ArmstrongA leading Greenwich architectural designer has given a podcast to the Royal Society about her work on the shape of cities in the future.

Rachel Armstrong, Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture, Design & Construction, discusses the innovative work of her AVATAR (Advanced Virtual and Technological Architecture Research) group. This is a cross-disciplinary, architectural design group that examines the impact of emerging technologies on the built environment and wider culture.

In the podcast Rachel explains the setting up of AVATAR and its 21st century technology. In recent years AVATAR has grown into an international research collaborative centre including associates in the USA, Canada and Denmark.

The group concerns itself with virtuality (exploring fully immersed, mixed and augmented environments); Time based new media (film, video and film theory), nano and bio technology (micro landscapes and architecture, ethics, sustainability and ecology) including reflexive environments and cybernetic systems. It attracts researchers from around the world.

Rachel says:"AVATAR is at the forefront of international architectural discourse and is constantly working to uncover the new architecture of the 21st century."

The Royal Society is a Fellowship of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.

The interest in Rachel's work led to her taking part in a Royal Society panel discussion, available online at

She will also be giving a public lecture for the Royal Society of Chemistry on 10 July. This will go onto the RSC's website. "AVATAR will be very much mentioned," she says.

The podcast will be broadcast by the Royal Society at

To find out more about AVATAR, go to

To find out about studying Architecture at the University of Greenwich, go to

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