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40 323 Lightweight Architecture: Towards a New Material Paradigm

Studiepoeng: 
6
Full course name in English: 
Lightweight Architecture: Towards a New Material Paradigm
Emnekode: 
40 323
Studienivå: 
Syklus 2
Undervisningssemester: 
2022 Høst
Eksamenssemester: 
2022 Høst
Undervisningsspråk: 
Engelsk
År: 
2022
Maksimum antall studenter: 
16
Emneansvarlig
Lina Elisabeth Broström
Claudia Andrea Pinochet
Forkunnskapskrav

Admission to AHO and successful completion of three years bachelor level studies (180 ECTS).

Om emnet

This seminar will examine the process of building- what we build with as well as how we build - we will explore how we can design with responsibility towards the environment by rethinking the way we build today. In the course students will develop an individual manifesto stating a point of view.

The predominant model for sourcing materials relies heavily on finite resources - in a time of rising prices on common building materials as well as extensive extraction, more alternatives are key. New materials can enter the building market if we increase our knowledge, through means of prefabrication, updated material cultures and regulations. We will discuss the role of the industry and the architect as a key player in this development, with its capacity to scale-up and introduce alternatives.

Take for instance wood and its journey from a traditional building material to a fully industrialized product with efficient production and prefabrication techniques. This course will reverse-read this journey and speculate on how it can be applied to other materials. We will discuss ways to re-introduce forgotten techniques of building with clay, hemp and straw among others. 

This seminar will go beyond the surface and provide knowledge on how we can take responsibility for the materials before, during and after their assembly, as well as how we can become active agents and initiate a more dynamic way of building.

Læringsutbytte

Knowledge:

  • Awareness of the complexity of a building’s life cycle, how it can be built, maintained and disassembled.
  • Knowledge of material properties: physical, mechanical and aesthetic. 
  • Knowledge of building culture and local industry practice. 

Skills:

  • Articulation of tactics regarding chosen materials in a work of architecture.

General competence:

  • Demonstrate practices that can be implemented in new and innovative ways.
Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter

This seminar is organized around hands-on material investigations and analytical drawing in context to critical readings. Throughout the course, students will explore the potential of responsible materials and their role in today's practice. We will use historical and contemporary precedents to learn from traditional building techniques and material science.

VurderingsformGrupperingKarakterskalaKommentar
VurderingsmappeIndividuellBestått / ikke beståttThe final grade in the course will be given based on:
— Mid-review and Interim review presentation: 40%
— Final review presentation: 60%
Vurderinger:
Vurderingsform:Vurderingsmappe
Gruppering:Individuell
Karakterskala:Bestått / ikke bestått
Kommentar:The final grade in the course will be given based on:
— Mid-review and Interim review presentation: 40%
— Final review presentation: 60%