Advanced Landscape and Urbanism Summer Workshop

Advanced Landscape and Urbanism Summer Workshop

AHO invites graduate architect and landscape architect students to participate in a two-week workshop from 14-25 of August 2017.

Resiliency Districts and Flux Codes
Alan Berger: Professor (MIT)
Fadi Masoud: Assistant Professor (University of Toronto)
More than 80% of the world’s population lives within a 100km from a shoreline. Coastlines, riverfronts, and estuaries have been attractors of urbanization for centuries and where development pressures continue to be directed today. This is especially true of waterfront post-industrial brownfields as well artificially constructed reclaimed land. Conversely it is exactly where the most vulnerable zones of our urban areas exist. These districts are vulnerable as they are the most susceptible to risks associated with climate change, such as sea level rise, saltwater intrusion, liquefaction, and storm surge.
In dealing with climate change-related urban design matters, notions of “resiliency” and “resilient design and planning” are becoming central pillars of education and practice. Yet this workshop will look at expanding the scope of these ideas through the establishment of “resiliency districts” and “flux codes”. These are terms coined at the MIT Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism in an effort to progress upon the agency of design in the deployment of resiliency strategies.
This intensive pre-semester workshop will look at the ideas “resiliency districting” and “flux codes” in the Oslo context. We will select three different types of water/coastal urban conditions found in the Oslo region to test novel forms of resilient landscape-based strategies.

  • Developed Fjord Island
  • River Valley Edge
  • Established Waterfront District

The workshop is broken into two parts: 1) conceptual modeling and analysis; 2) schematic design recommendations. Teams will first gather geo-spatial information of these districts and will 3D model their sites in Rhino. During the first part of the workshop, we will learn how to measure and visualize the various coastal forces and vulnerabilities (such as tidal conditions, flooding, storm surge and sea level rise) onto the chosen sites.
The workshop time will consist of guidance from professors Berger and Masoud. By the end of the two weeks, teams will schematically propose the establishment of a resiliency district for their selected area through:

  • The identification and protection of Critical Infrastructure
  • Creating a Thick and Redundant soft / hard Infrastructure
  • Up-zoning High Grounds
  • Down-zoning Low Lying Areas through “flux codes”

Professor Berger and Masoud will supplement the workshop with 2 lectures and present ongoing design and research work in the resilience area.
After the two weeks conclude, students will be given additional time (to be determined) to finish their proposals and present them in a final pin-up via Skype around mid-semester. The final work will be show cased in a gallery format to be include a series of projected animations and full-scale prints of the analysis and proposals.


The workshop is open to a limited number of external students, and interested candidates can submit a short CV (max one A4 page) and a one-page pdf of relevant work to Marianne Skjulhaug ( or Espen Aukrust-Hauglin ( by 15 of June. Accepted candidates will be notified shortly after. 


The workshop is aimed at graduate architect and landscape architect students, and candidates should have basic experience with the use of GIS.

The cost for external participants is 3000 NOK. Information about payment will be given after acceptance.