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40 330 Speculative futures #3: Ecology and Economy

Full course name in Norwegian Bokmål: 
Speculative futures #3: Ecology and Economy
Course code: 
40 330
Level of study: 
Teaching semester: 
2024 Autumn
Assessment semester: 
2024 Autumn
Language of instruction: 
Maximum number of students: 
Person in charge
Lisbeth Funck
Matthew Anderson
Required prerequisite knowledge

Admission to master in architecture at AHO and successful completion of three years bachelor level studies (180 ECTS)

Course content

Studio Positions propose an ongoing program of research and studio teaching within the framework of Speculative futures, through work based and theoretical research. Over four semesters the studio aims to question and develop innovative critical and sustainable approaches to architecture.

In autumn 2024, the studio is part of a European collaboration project (BIP), European cities in transition: Charleroi – River Sambre, with five other architecture schools in Europe and local actors.

The students will critically examine the legal and economic circumstances and consequences of selected historical and contemporary case studies of human actions in matters related to the environment and animal welfare. The material will be collected in an archive that will form a common source of knowledge for the workshop in Belgium in October 2024.

 The workshop will consist of field-studies operating in the blurred zone between the rural landscape and the city, documenting in different media the multiidentity of the river, aiming for an expanded portrait of the river.

Learning outcome


  • Ecology and economy Critical reflections on the architect s´ role in times of climate change
  • Contemporary discourses related to status of international and national laws and convention of protections of non-human life.



  • Theoretical research skills International interdisciplinary groupwork and presentation of work for an international professional audience.


General competence:

  • Critical thinking Interpretation of research data into an architectural context
Working and learning activities

Individual and groupwork Investigations and written critical reflections of selected cases Lectures Reading One week workshop /fieldwork

Excursion: Charleroi – River Sambre, Belgium The students will receive a travel grant that covers costs for travel and accommodation NB! 18.10 – 26.10

Tuesdays program: individual and group research, lectures, discussions Workshop in Belgium. 

Participation is required.

Form of assessmentGroupingGrading scaleComment
Project assignment-Pass / fail
Form of assessment:Project assignment
Grading scale:Pass / fail