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40 545 ACDL Temporary pavilion(s) for the post pandemic “new normal”

Full course name in English: 
ACDL Temporary pavilion(s) for the post pandemic “new normal”
40 545
Syklus 2
2021 Høst
2021 Høst
Maksimum antall studenter: 
Søren S. Sørensen

Admission to AHO and successful completion of three years bachelor level studies.

Preliminary skills in computational design is advisory.

Om emnet


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.

The assignment is to design a public structure through a series of investigative and sequential experiments. These studies will create the foundation for the project: temporary pavilion(s) in urban / semi-urban context. Spatial structures for meeting, socializing, contemplation, activities, exhibitions, music, enjoyment…

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.


For the first part of the semester the students will work in teams of two. During this period there will be a topic each week that will result in focused studies with small, defined deliveries. Throughout the semester, the studio will progress and the students will gradually work up a field of studies that they will use for the next part: design proposal for the pavilion(s) in context. 

Sites: urban / semi-urban - exact sites to be decided as part of the initial investigations.

The studio will focus on iterative design processes to test and evaluate performative aspects of designs in relation to spatial and functional demands. The research by design will be done through a range of computational methods and tools based on the focus of each topic and design project in the studio.

The topics of the studio narrow the focus, while allowing the students to do in-depth investigations simultaneously. The intention is to help the students develop their own design methodology while bridging analog processes and digital tools.



  • of the architectural and computational design themes pursued by the studio.
  • of associative modelling.
  • of tools for analysis and simulation relating to building performance.
  • of successful built examples of equivalent projects.
  • of advanced architectural visualization.


  • in computational design in architecture.
  • in utilizing associative modelling systems for architectural design.
  • in using simulations, analysis tools and advanced visualization as part of the design process.
  • Reflective thinking and evaluation as a tool for developing design ideas within the design process.


  • The ability to develop designs based on specific performative criteria in an integrated manner from the conceptual stage to the material articulation through computational design.
  • The ability to set up and follow through a design process that leads to the desired result.
  • The ability to utilize design as a method of research in architecture that facilitates the conception of novel architectural designs.
Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter

The studio is organized with 3 mandatory interim deliveries and a final presentation of the projects.


To be decided.

ProsjektoppgaveIndividuellBestått / ikke bestått
Muntlig presentasjonIndividuellBestått / ikke bestått
Karakterskala:Bestått / ikke bestått
Vurderingsform:Muntlig presentasjon
Karakterskala:Bestått / ikke bestått