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Courses for autumn 2021

Courses for autumn 2021

The courses for autumn 2021 are open to registration. The master´s students at AHO can choose between a number of courses. Some are open to all students in our master programs, other courses are for a spesific program. 

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Diagram of courses 2021/2022 Master of Architecture




Architecture of sports: City of courts

Play is an essential feature of humanity, and sport formalizes this play in a social space. This series of courses is an examination of the spatial and architectural features of sport. 

Sport is a central aspect of our society, as it has been for millennia. Both the ancient Egyptians and Greeks afforded a prominent place to sport, and throughout history, it has provided a space for both participation and spectatorship. From the most casual of games to the cutthroat world of professional sports, it provides its participants with excitement, confrontation, competition and personal challenge. For the fall 2021 semester, the topic is tennis. 

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Thomas Mc Quillan

TAP The architectural project

TAP is a building design studio concerned with the measurable and immeasurable qualities of architecture. It is a studio where the students are to develop an individual architectural project from abstract concept to concrete solution. It is a studio where spatial, structural, material and tectonic considerations will be based on explicit architectural ambitions and design criteria defined by each student.

The brief for the spring 2021 semester is to design one building for the worship of two religions in Hovinbyen in Oslo. 

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Beate Hølmebakk

In Balance Arctic cycles II

In Balance studio aims to equip the student with a knowledge platform where architecture is examined within a context of ecological sustainability.  
Reduced to its most fundamental level, architecture has evolved around creating shelter from the elements for human habitation, still allowing conditions for prosperity. As regions grapple with the reality of global warming, one hypothesis is that the architect of the Anthropocene has been given an equally important task: protecting the climate from human activity. 

The course will be run in parallel with IUL and Janike Kampevold Larsen´s elective course Circular Archive – Vardø, looking into how mapping of local resources may perpetuate circular thinking in the region.Both courses build upon studies on the topic started up during the spring semester of 2021.

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Tine Hegli

Positions Radical Architecture: EVOLVER

Studio Position’s pedagogical approach aims towards a radical understanding of architecture through a critical approach to the creation of architecture – radical understood as asking new questions, thereby expanding the realm of architectural discourse with regard to contemporary philosophical positions.

To be radical requires the critical thinking or rethinking of what something is, and what made it what it is. With this aim, the studio engages with new ontologies and the ways they can be made operational and manifested in architecture, in order to take care of and renew building knowledge, social structures, and contemporary theory.

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Lisbeth Funck / Matthew Andersson

Body and Space Morphologies: Acting and The Collective #XII

Body and Space Morphologies is a research-based teaching program placed in the field of Architecture & Culture studies. Dedicated to Phenomenology in Architecture, the program offers Trans-Disciplinary master studios in explorative architectural and pre-architectural making, sensing and thinking.

Our attempt is to partake in the discourse on the Phenomenology of Architecture by working and studying Architectural Phenomenology outside of the Conventions of Architecture. In theory, this can mean a free-thinking, and to some degree also a “free-making” and/or “free-looking”, yet in the realm of our studios it means the making of a dedicated Artistic Research which is looking for the Creation of a Material Practice in which the student can gain a certain expertise in and through which the discourse on the Phenomenology of Architecture can be tried on – if it not already is embodied by the material itself.

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Rolf Gerstlauer

ACDL Temporary pavilion(s) for the post pandemic “new normal”

The ACDL studio (advanced computational design laboratory) is a project studio placing a strong emphasis on computational tools as part of the design process and communication of ideas. The studio is research based, and not about digital tools per se, rather about an experimental approach to architectural design, design processes and methodologies.

Our ambition is to investigate fundamental architectural topics by means of both analog and computational tools in an iterative way. This focus on process and methodology throughout the semester allows the analogue and digital to be considered together as part of a holistic approach.

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Søren S. Sørensen

Timber topping

This course will focus on densification on top of existing buildings. Besides its many other benefits, timber as a construction material is especially suitable due to its low weight and ample prefabrication possibilities. Importantly, the projects are not to be conceived as parasites, although making use of the existing load-bearing structures and potentially also ducts and staircases, but as giving something back to both carrier building and city and thus creating synergies. The "newcomer" could for example facilitate a facade upgrade with better insulation, aesthetic updates and additional functions and spaces. As timber is quickly installed, does not need to dry nor causes much noise, the carrier building can remain in use during the construction period.

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Ute Groba


In Transit: The Neighbourhood Project

The In Transit Studio aims at preparing students to conduct their architectural investigations through engaging in current, complex societal topics. Students will develop their design skills by studying and proposing site-specific solutions at a detailed architectonic and neighborhood scale. Through practice-based research, the In Transit Studio aims at developing a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of architecture and to (re-) discover the role of the architect as a societal agent of change.

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Håvard Breivik-KhanTone Selmer-Olsen

Urban Design: Sustainable small town development

The studio believes that "the green shift" as a political project will radically impact our built environment. This should provide a platform to critically examine the position of our own discourse, inevitably resulting in a paradigm shift.
The studio focuses on developing strategies for the sustainable development of small Norwegian towns, working with realistic cases in order to understand the typical challenges. Many small towns of a similar size and function have developed in phases which carry characteristics of contemporary political projects. Arguably, they are not so much the results of cultural continuity and traditions, as they are of sudden and modern breaks with the past.

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Andreas Kalstveit / Jørgen Tandberg

Edge Landscape– the role of Park Systems in the contemporary city

The aim of the studio is to explore how to design a park in various scales. This involves understanding the contemporary role of parks in connection to its ground, the surrounding space, and to the existing urban landscapes, and linking this to the actual current social demand and urban development. The studio will explore notions such as Park, park systems of the past, green and water infrastructure, and ground and soil fertility, as well as an initial introduction to notions related to urban agriculture.

Moreover, the studio aims to link these landscape notions to the idea of Edges and Landscape Edges – Landscape edges are transitional linear places where one space or landscape becomes part of another – and explore how these landscape edges can influence future urban “tissues”.

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Karin Helms

The deserts

The studio is the final act in the sequence Mountain, Island, Ocean and Forest. The studios have challenged the distinction between architecture and landscape architecture by exploring their shared tropes, particularly those related to geography and its translation to design.  Moreover, the studio questions the need for direct experience when designing in delicate environments. 

For the desert, we will investigate persistent metaphors of emptiness employed by designers. By looking at historic and sophisticated cartographic representations of sites commonly described as deserts, the students will learn to address remote locations and act creatively with the limited information available about them. 
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Luis Callejas / Gro Bonesmo​

Urban practices

Through the course, you will learn to differentiate between urban, landscape and territorial practices. These practices make it possible to add different perspectives to the spectrum of human activities which impact and form landscapes in the Arctic/subarctic region. These three perspectives overlap with each other and are thematised in the studio courses. This course’s start pointand research work are connected explicitly to urban practices. With a practical focus, it underscores how we actively form landscapes through different practices in interaction with the landscape's specific ecosystem. Urban practices are fundamentally linked to the city as a phenomenon but cannot be strictly limited to defined city structures or forms of development. In modern societies, where accessibility has, to a large extent, replaced density as a measure of proximity, traditional binaries such as city-country and centre-periphery will often be misleading in relation to the results of contemporary urbanisation processes. These urban practices can therefore unfold across densely populated regions and open landscapes. Not solely reserved for larger urban communities, which there are relatively few of in the Arctic/subarctic, they are equally connected to traditional towns and their transformation through contemporary urbanisation processes. Central to the course is an ecosystem-based understanding of theinteraction between urban practices and natural processes. This understanding is essential when dealing with the climatic challenges which are connected to (urban) life in the Arctic/subarctic.

Note that this course is taught at UiT, Tromsø
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Transformation in Practice: Gamlebyen

“This practice is not nostalgic – the fragments it deals with are not treated longingly as a part of some lost whole, but rather as the emergent potential for what comes next.” Andrew Clancy, Critical practice: can architecture be critical?

The studio promotes a form of practice within the field of building heritage that is as comfortable working with existing buildings as proposing new ones. Challenging the binary opposition between strict conservation and the tabula rasa, the studio will develop more nuanced and diverse approaches to the transformation of the existing built environment. Working within the constraints and resources of a particular site and its environs, we will ask: how can we create something new out of what already exists?

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Amadine Kastner

Constructive Logic / Lightweight Architecture

This studio is proposed as a series where each semester will investigate one particular material in depth. Looking at its current use through a historical and technological lense trying to understand its further potential in our fast changing environment.  
The studio will work with lightness as a framework to build and challenge more permanent and static building solutions. Another way of understanding the concept of lightweight in architecture is to think about ephemeral building —everything that minimizes construction material, doesn't weigh much and, therefore, has special properties. 

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Andrea Pinochet / Lina Boström / Ane S.Tolfsen


Industridesign 1: Technoform

An advanced course in industrial design that deals with the interaction between new technology and high skilled design. The foundation is in industrial design traditions in Scandinavia. In the first module we work on exisiting solutions and redesign them. The next module focuses on making radical solutions within the same theme. We will make physical products.

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Steinar Killi

Interaksjonsdesign 1: Exploring interaction design 

This is a new course in interaction design, shaped from the original Interaction Design 1: Tangible Interactions, but boh themes, tools and content has been redesigned.

The course  will expand, challenge and develop the student’s skills and knowledge in the field of interaction design. The course focuses on creativity and exploration in and through iterative design. Through a series of modules, students will explore tools and methods currently used in the design of digital experiences, systems and services - across complex contexts, technologies and user situations. The course embraces the creative possibilities and challenges of new technologies and new design methods. Through the course students will meet several different ways in which interaction design is being used to explore new opportunities in industry and research today.

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Synne Frydenberg

Tjenestedesign 1: Methods and Tools

This semester allows Masters level students to develop and practice the key competences of service design within projects together with professional partners and in real service design settings. It aims to reflect on the methodologies related to service design in a real context, where projects are intended to be desirable and viable.

The course has two main sections, both developed by means of projects. The short project is intended to be an applied introduction to the concepts, methods, and resources used for the design of services; the second one is a broader project for a partner (a private company or a public organization), where the students will work as professional Service Design consultants.

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Ted Matthews

Systems Oriented Design: “Design for Very Complex Systems“ 

This SOD fall masters course invites you to get on the dance floor and jointly explore and play with ideas that are rooted in systems thinking and design doing. Through hands on approaches and tools, you'll be able to take a systemic perspective to nurture your design practice to create things that are relevant to the complex world at different scales, from products to services to experiences to sustainability transitions of entire systems. If you are a curious person who likes to puzzle and have fun with exploring a context broadly and figure out what would be relevant to design to make systemic impacts, you have found the right course for you!

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Birger Sevaldson

Design Studio

“Design Studio” is an advanced Master course where the students will develop projects across themes and partners curated by the Institute of Design. These can be connected to research projects, external partners or emerging problematics within the field of design. The ambition for this course is to develop stand-out projects where students go in depth into the issues they chose to work with, and create high level outcomes. The core values of the course are exploration and professionalism – meaning that the course encourages the development of reflection, criticality and new knowledge about emerging fields, but also has the ambition of developing high quality deliveries and communication.
1.Making It – the Industrial Design Way // Håkan Edeholt
2. Editorial // Mosse Sjaastad
There will be an information meeting in week 17, where you can drop in and ask questions. The time will be announced in the Course Presentation.”

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Håkan Edeholt

Digital Service Experiences

Digital Service Experiences” is an advanced Master course in interaction and service design. The course addresses current developments in the design of digital services, with an emphasis on experiential, creative and innovative qualities. 

Students will develop projects across 3-5 themes and modules. Themes and modules will reflect current research and industry trends and will be updated each year. Course responsible will alter each semester, and the modules will be run by different teachers and involve a range of internal and external experts. The modules can be connected to research projects, external partners or emerging problematics within the field of interaction and service design.

The core knowledge outcome is to integrate and mature the processes and methods learnt in interaction- and service- design across the Master of Design. 

This is course for 3rd semester studentes, and you apply with a portfolio – link in course description.

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Ted Matthews

Strategic Design

This is an advanced Master course about strategic design and will introduce the students to how design methods and tools can be used to address societal challenges. Through this course students will learn about theories and methods from the field of strategic design, and get practical experience from working with strategic design projects. The course is led by Einar Sneve Martinussen, associate professor at AHO, and guest professor Dan Hill, director of strategic design at Vinnova. Over the last decade, Dan Hill has been an important contributor to the field of strategic design for societal development. Dan describes this approach as follows: 
“(...) strategic design takes the core principles of contemporary design practice – user research and ethnography, agile development, iterative prototyping, participation and co-design, stewardship, working across networks, scales and timeframes – and then it points this toolkit at ethical concerns, addressing systemic change within complex systems, and broader societal outcomes.” Dan Hill (2019)

This is course for 3rd semester studentes, and you apply with a portfolio – link in course description.

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Einar Sneve Martinussen​




The Quiet Rise of Low Rise in Oslo

Øvre Ullern Terrace designed by Oslo house builder Selvaag with architects Anne Tinne and Mogens Kielland Friis, in the early ‘60s marks the outset of a little studied hill-housing tradition in Oslo. Whilst Selvaag developed the stepped terraced block into its staple housing type up until the housing crash of the late ‘80s and range of individual architects appropriated the Low Rise Hill-housing typology in different ways to create a variety of new and interesting schemes across Oslo. Their scattered location, the various architects involved (Per Bøhn, Knut Sohøel, Finn Liseth, to name a few) have prompted little study of these projects or those who produced them. Building on the current focus on Low Rise Hill housing in the UK and Europe students on the course will learn about and carry out archival research and site-studies of the known projects and look for yet unidentified examples from the period. The insights this provides into the community focused design of these schemes will then be developed through interview with surviving architects/relatives and the members of the communities in their individual projects to understand how their design has translated into a place to live.

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Tom Davies

Architecture and Feminisms

Feminism has been a discipline in the architectural discourse since the 70s. In this course, we will be following the historical development of the discipline from the start and until today, when it is influenced by queer theory and gender-studies as well as by feminist theory.

The course is divided in two parts. The first part is focused on critical discourse analysis and its relevance for discussions on architecture. Through the study of  feminist and queer theory, traditional power-relations will be challenged, and ethical and political awareness increased. In the second part, the theoretical material is actualized within a creative and architectonic frame, through drawing-exercises based on a fictional text related to the course's topic.

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Alma Oftedal

Structure of Architecture

The static structure as primary space-creating system is at the centre of this course. Structure creates order in a building. Within this order circulation and spatial modules of various sizes are arranged. Through a set of case studies, historic and contemporary, the students will investigate how a considered combination of these elements can result in exciting spatial qualities. Didactic goal The overall aim of the course is to appreciate how a building requires a structural order, to comprehend how static and spatial structure, circulation, transitions from inside to outside are all placed in mutual harmony.

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Hans Bjørn Holter​


Exploring the city through walking 

In this course we will explore practices of walking as a way of knowing and engaging with the city. The overall aim will be to explore what kind of insights practices of walking can produce and how these might add to more established forms of knowing within architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism. The theoretical component of the course will consist of readings on the history of walking, as well as introduction to tools and methods for recording and documenting explorative practices of urban walking. The more practical component of the course will consist of a set of explorative urban walking sessions combined with testing out ways of recording and documentation.

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Jonny Aspen

Coastal mapping VI: Finnmarkskysten

The course discusses rural issues and studies the spatial consequences - settlement structure, place, city, buildings - of the Norwegian fishing industry. We map the settlement structure today, (synchronously) and historically (diachron). We are particularly interested in how Norwegian fishing villages can be renewed with the help of technology in the modern fleet, in further processing on land and with the help of new settlements that explore a modern rural way of life.

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Espen Hauglin & Karl Otto Ellefsen

Building a circular resource archive - Vardø

Climate change, policies and pandemics contribute to challenge the idea of the globally networked place, and to revive the idea of the local. 
This course is founded in an idea of circular resource networks and their role in future place-based practices. It builds knowledge on both local and global cyclic systems - past, present and future.
Based in theories of innovative place development and transition design, the course discusses how local resources may contribute in future circular economies and practices. 

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Janike Kampevold Larsen​

Themes and Concepts in Landscape Architecture 

The course is subdivided in three thematics: 
1. Historical approaches on large-scale urban landscapes methods, knowledge about backgrounds, innovative thinking from the past and transferable approaches to design, 19th and 20th century approaches. 
2. Current theoretical and practical approaches in sustainable design for integrated development of ecologic systems, landscape structures, for our contemporary urban and rural landscapes. 
3 . First approaches on past and current ephemeral gardens and co-design approaches - research oriented perspectives on participatory methods for public spaces and landscape long-term projects, role of the designers in this mode of doing. 

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Karin Helms

Digital Landscapes

Combined theory and practical course with a focus on digital resources to use in studies of landscape and larger territories.

The course gives insight to theory and technology behind central digital resources and knowledge of their practical application within different fields, including how they can be applied innovatively within landscape architecture.

The course will, among others, give knowledge of remotesensingas a technology, and practical training in the application of LIDAR for surveying terrain and vegetation and GIS for the simulation of wind and water flow.

Note that this course is taught at UiT, Tromsø

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Re-store Values

In a time when society has to reorient towards the reuse of what already exist, there is a pressing need to discuss the premises upon which our disciplines operate. We need to rethink our methods, working techniques and terminology, and raise the question of how we evaluate our cultural heritage. This elective course aims to interrogate the theoretical and conceptual frameworks used (historically and contemporarily) to approach the preservation and reuse of objects, buildings, cities, and landscapes.

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Erik Langdalen​

Colour reflections

This course is based on practical work with colour. We will study and discuss colour and space through analogue experiments in sketch models and reliefs. The students will develop their own colour pallets and investigate how colours both influence, and is experienced in, different spatial situations.

During the semester we will approach colour in different ways. We will try out paint mediums like watercolour and gouache, produce material samples with different textures, study colour in three dimensional sketch models, and become acquainted with architects and artists who use colour integrally in their practice.

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Ingrid Lønningdal​

Architectural Detailing

The seminar will provide a structure for understanding architectural detailing in terms of technical, structural, and aesthetic considerations in combination with aspects of material, scale, thermal condition, architectural concept and construction logic.

The seminar will primarily give students a framework for why elements are put together as they are – how climatic considerations are solved together with architectural aims and ideas. We will look at historical references to the making of architectural details and its current status in today’s building industry. We will investigate the relationship between the performer and the consumer – the performer meaning creator; the Architect or Engineer, and the consumer as client, builder or contractor. They all read the architectural detail in different ways in terms of - for example - cost, maintenance, fabrication, and even health and safety.
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Ane S. Tolfsen

Norwegian architecture - an introduction

This seminar will provide a structure for understanding Norwegian architecture. Students will be introduced to Norwegian architectural projects, past and present, in relation to the language and the concepts through which architecture is understood. This will be extended to provide a foundation for considering the history of Norwegian architecture and the history of the city of Oslo.

The seminar will investigate the main themes that have dominated architectural production in Norway. The course will study the relationship between Norwegian architecture and other cultural fields with the aim of highlighting how Norway has conveyed and invented its national identity through buildings. Case studies will provide the framework for students to discover how Norway’s built environment has dealt with questions of style, influence and institutional organisation.

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Nina Berre​

Norwegian Tectonic Traditions in Wood

The first part of the course consists of lectures about, and discussions on construction types and various techniques used on wooden buildings. Parallel with this, the students builds models of construction principles, and / or they write a scientific essay on a relevant topic. The literature in the course and discussions, form an important basis for the articles and the model studies. The students work shall be delivered, and presented and discussed in plenary before the last week. This last week is very intensive and important on this course. Then the students build a timber frame building in full scale.

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Kolbjørn Nesje Nybø

Constructive Logic: Earth Matters

How can a better understanding of materials and the building industry guide our design choices? This studio is part of a series where each semester we will investigate one particular material in depth, examining the full building process from the extraction of raw materials, production of elements, transportation, building technology and how a building is eventually dismantled. 
This semester we will study concrete and earth-based composites. Learning about its current use through a historical and technological lense and seeking to understand its future potential in our fast changing environment. 

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Lina Elisabeth Broström / Andrea Pinochet / Ane Sønderaal Tolfsen


Digital fabrication, technologies and processes  

Digital fabrication is in rapid development and increasingly involved in design and architectural processes, as a tool for prototyping and construction. The course is meant for design- and architectural students at master's level, that seek a deeper insight in the utilization of digital fabrication, in their studies and elsewhere.
This course will give insight into use, limitations and possibilities with some of these technologies through practical, hands- on exercises. The course is meant for both design and architecture students who want a practice based understanding of existing and emerging digital fabrication technologies. The course will enable the students to explore many of these technologies through small workshops and exercises.

The course is a collaboration between the academic staff at the Institute of Design, the Institute of Architecture and staff at the workshops at AHO.
Basic prior knowledge in CAD tools such as Rhino, Solidworks, Alias, Blender etc. is required.

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Steinar Killi

Design Management: Innovation and entrepreneurship 

The topic of this design management course is entrepreneurship and innovation. The students will solve specific business challenges in teams and apply their design skills in business development.  

The students will get a basic understanding of commercialisation and how their own ideas and competencies can be used to develop new and sustainable business models. The students will gain practical experience and skills through relevant tasks and cross-disciplinary workshops.

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Monika Hestad

Creative Technologies

The course is focused on giving an introduction to how technologies can be explored as materials and tools for creative processes. Prior experience with, and an interest in technology tools and platforms, is recommended.

The course has two objectives. Firstly, it aims at informing students of the various tools and techniques involved with technologies that are currently becoming increasingly relevant for design, architecture and urbanism; such as mixed reality (AR, VR, etc), machine learning, 3D scanning, sensors, data and creative code. Secondly, it seeks to engage with these technologies and tools in a critical fashion, through open-ended exploration, play and error. The course aims to expose students to emerging technologies, tools and methodologies, and the content of the course will therefore be updated each year. Through these objectives, the course seeks to teach master students at AHO the various possibilities that lay in emerging technologies that are available for design-processes and which might guide their studio work. As such, the course has a theoretical and practical approach to technology. It involves a series of lectures, as well as individual case work among students.

Students will be expected to create case study related to an existing service, protocol or platform which may be improved/modified through their work.

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Einar Sneve Martinussen​

Current Critical Theory for Design

The course deals with how to understand the role of design practice in terms of critical theory development and socio-cultural issues today. Mix of lectures, seminars and assignments, as well as engagements – visiting design studios and practitioners with a conceptual, research-rich approach to the field of design.
The direction of the course will spring from a selection of texts that present new theoretical perspectives on the current state, scope and relevance of design.
Overall aim: Develop a critical, ethical and socially relevant approach to the field of design. Engage and prepare students for a research role, connecting practice and research.

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Lise Amy Hansen