by Dr Michaela Kendall, Visiting Professor.
Air Pollution in Cities is Nothing New
Since the VW emissions scandal broke, air pollution in cities has remained a top public health concern. With such stories rarely out of the news, you could be forgiven for thinking that something has recently emerged from medical science illustrating the dangers of combustion-generated air pollution to human health.
It just so happens that this month we can look forward to some of Birmingham’s best foodie events. Birmingham has a great independent food scene, with amazing restaurants, unusual pop-ups, and street food to suit any diet. And luckily for us at the City Centre Campus, most of them are just a short walk from our front door!
by Johrah Al-Homied, BSc Film Technology and Visual Effects student.
The hype for the Visual Effects (VFX) in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (GOG 2) started with director James Gunn claiming in an interview that Ego The Living Planet was going to be the “biggest visual effect of all time”. He said the film contains over a trillion polygons, and after watching it, I can believe that’s true. Ego contains thousands of animated elements. From the water to the leaves dropping on the floor, all these details could need thousands of individual models, depending on how detailed they are, and each model could contain millions of polygons. Continue Reading
You’ve probably noticed by now that Birmingham is big on events. Some of the world’s biggest names take to the stage at the NEC, Barclaycard Arena, and O2 Academy, and people travel from all over the country to attend conferences and exhibitions held in the city.
But Birmingham isn’t just good at big-name events; the UK’s ‘second city’ is great at independent events, festivals, and parties. Here we highlight some of the hidden gems right on your doorstep.
by Magdalena Nawrocka, BSc Film Production Technology student.
Is Birmingham the city of film? That might be arguable. However, it is home to one of the UK’s oldest working cinemas – The Electric. Despite how fancy and prestigious it sounds, it’s not as exclusive as it might seem.