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GK3 Byboligen

Full course name in Norwegian Bokmål: 
GK3 Byboligen
Course code: 
40 130
Level of study: 
Teaching semester: 
2014 Autumn
Language of instruction: 
Required prerequisite knowledge

Passed first year Architecture

Course content

The theme of the course is urban residence . The program will reflect social needs and an understanding of context . The plots will be localized in the Oslo area .
The overall goal for Year 2 is INTEGRATION of the subjects that are the most important elements of architectural design and building construction, so that the result is coherent, ,interesting and well conducted .

Learning outcome

Sort and apply relevant knowledge of project development
Discuss and evaluate program
Conduct site analysis and feasibility studies
Develop conceptual master grip on the organization of building volume and program
Develop and discuss ideas about the construction and building envelope in terms of an overall strategy
Develop and process spatial architectural qualities with respect to daylight
Acquire basic knowledge about different architectural and technological topics
Mastering manual and digital visualization technique and expressive form suitable for the specific project
Convey architectural work using oral, written and appropriate visual expression

Working and learning activities

The focus in second year is on building technology and sustainability as important prerequisites for high quality architecture. This will be discussed and developed mainly through studio exercises of increasingly complexity that deals with space for human activities, supported by lecture series.
In each project the main goal will be to manage the entire complex of topics relevant to the mission of architecture.
3rd semester will study urban residence as a response to social trends and the urban context.
3rd semester will be organized as a large studio , which is divided into smaller groups at the workshops and subtasks.
There will be two studio projects in the fall semester. The first semester assignment is shorter and will serve as an introduction to the main assignment . Throughout the semester the students will demonstrate their ability both to develop good architectural solutions and to integrate the knowledge imparted in the lecture series.
During the semester there will be support activities such as talks , lectures , workshops, visits , etc., which are intended to illustrate various aspects of the current project.
The main form of teaching in studios will be one-to - one guidance on the students work desks .
The course will conduct a workshop where steel is going to be explored as material and structure.
Theory lessons will run in parallel with studio work and has three main activities ; course " Structural Mechanics and construction " ( separate program ) as well as lecture series " Architecture and climate " that deals with energy and sustainability, the building's role in climate separation and associated topics relating to fire safety and acoustics . Lectures in construction, architecture and climate as well as specific architectural issues related to housing issue and the specific assignments.

There will be a one-week excursion in the autumn.


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