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40 649 Constructive Logic - Wasted !

Full course name in English: 
Constructive Logic - Wasted !
40 649
Syklus 2
2022 Vår
2022 Vår
Maksimum antall studenter: 
Lina Elisabeth Broström
Claudia Andrea Pinochet

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

Good understanding of written and spoken English.

Intermediate to a good level of draughtsmanship.

Interest in working with material experiments and large scale models.

Part of course series: Lightweight architecture

Om emnet

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 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 life cycle. ​

This semester we will study regenerative and recycled composites with low impact on our environment. Learning about their current use through a historical and technological lense, we will seek to understand their future potential in form-making and the architectural project. 

This course will simultaneously examine the building industry, trying to get an overview of how it works and reflecting on its culture and environmental impact. Learning from traditional building techniques and material science, we will experiment with a range of new materials and discuss how we can develop better practices that can be implemented in new and innovative ways. We will research the manufacture of buildings and building components and develop prototypical designs for a medium size building project on a given site.

Wasted !

wasted | ˈweɪstɪd |

1 used or expended carelessly or to no purpose

2 weak or emaciated

3 in state of delusion 

Waste, like money, is a human construct, a measure of use and value. The conventional way of thinking about waste, rubbish, trash, garbage, is as meaningless or worthless material. Yet, the thing, like the concept, is created. A broken bill is trash; a vintage record is gold. The status of waste is relative. 

This studio will focus on the lack of understanding of the environmental impact of materials and their life cycle: how is raw matter extracted, processed and eventually disposed of or reused? We will look at resource extraction practices that leave great scars on the earth and an enormous amount of construction and demolition waste behind, putting land under pressure and disrupting ecosystems.

Take for instance, clay. Clay is a product found in large quantities around the world. When excavation for a construction site occurs, clay is removed and treated as a waste product. Clay however is an extremely versatile construction material that has fantastic structural, acoustic, thermal and aesthetic qualities. The same can be said for many other by-products from the agricultural and mining industry. Often seen as incidental or invitable secondary results, residue, they are discarded as garbage. 

We will ask why earth, bio-​based and reused materials are still not widespread in the construction sector; and we will reach out to different local industries in order to experiment with new material sources and explore their architectural potential. Some examples of such materials are low-carbon geopolymer concretes, earth and fiber composites and bio-based materials such as mycelium.


Constructive Logic
The design questions raised by the studio will be addressed through an investigation of material technology and study of the building industry, letting form emerge from an understanding of the material properties, both physical and aesthetic, and the individual ambitions set out by the students.
Through an in-depth study of a given material, participants will gain an understanding of the complexity involved in the realization of a simple work of architecture. We will discuss architectural aesthetics and the craft of building as a creative endeavor. We will also address issues relating to resource extraction, division of labor, building ethics and the politics of the construction site.

Lightweight Architecture and the Life (Cycle) of Buildings
How can we think holistically about the life cycle of buildings and the materials we use? The studio will work with lightness as a design attitude, challenging more permanent and static building solutions. Another way of understanding the concept of lightweight architecture is to think about low impact building —everything that minimizes construction material, doesn't weigh much on the environment and, therefore, has special properties.
With this concept in mind, the studio seeks to understand the complexity of a building’s life cycle, trying to anticipate not just how it will be built and used, but also how it will be maintained and disassembled; and investigating the full potential of certain materials that have a low environmental impact or that are responsive to the environment.

Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter

The studio will work with experimental characterization techniques, analytical drawing, model making and construction details. Revisiting the scientific method, we will discuss material science and study the specific and unique qualities of building materials in order to understand material properties, structural capacity and position in the industry. Getting our hands dirty, we will experiment and learn more about different types of regenerative and recycled materials.

We will work with big models and physical samples, and will embrace technical drawing, budget sheets, schedules and logistics plans, making discussion around labor and organizational systems an important component of the course.


Syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.

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