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40 663 Architecture Design Lab: Spaces of Commons

Full course name in English: 
Architecture Design Lab: Spaces of Commons
Studiepoeng: 
24
Emnekode: 
40 663
Studienivå: 
Syklus 2
Undervisningssemester: 
2023 Vår
Eksamenssemester: 
2023 Vår
Undervisningsspråk: 
Engelsk
År: 
2023
Maksimum antall studenter: 
18
Emneansvarlig
Ana Betancour
Lone Sjøli
Forkunnskapskrav

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

The course is open to students from: Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Om emnet

The ecological crisis is only one of the results of a global systemic crisis: uneven global and local development, increasing inequalities and living conditions, displacement and migration. There is a necessity for a broad understanding of the complex economic, political, social, and environmental forces that influence urban and rural development and transformation today, as well as an urgent need for holistic, interdisciplinary and experimental approaches to address these challenges and opportunities in urban planning and architecture.

The point of departure of the Architecture and Design Laboratory is to understand architecture and the city as a dynamic system and the design process as a field of research. The aim is to develop alternative strategies and ways to operate and catalyse change within global transformations affecting urban and rural areas today.

The studio will explore in the spring 2023 the notion of Commons – spaces and resources that are “held in common”. The commons have traditionally been defined in terms of forests, water, the atmosphere, fisheries or grazing land – resources that are shared, used and enjoyed by “all” or a collective. Today, the “commons” is also understood as cultural resources – information, literature, music, arts, design, film, radio, software and sites of heritage. For centuries there have been struggles over what is to be defined and practiced as “commons” and what is to become private or public property. Currently such struggles can be seen over natural and digital resources but also over urban spaces manifested in movements around community gardens, sharing of land, alternative forms of ownership and co-creation of spaces.

The aim is: to reflect, understand and design spaces in relation to the current climate crisis.

Programme: Space of Commons
The students will work individually and in groups, developing proposals for a Space of Commons: Infrastructure / Park / Buildings.
Considering spaces of social interaction for and from the community, aiming to create alternatives for a common multi-species ground in the city, towards a socio-ecological future.

Site: We will explore a site in-between: Water and Land // Global and Local // Seoul and Oslo

The semester is organized in three parts where projects are developed with the following progression:

A Research/ mapping
B Scenarios, strategies and programme
C Spatial resolutions/ interventions/ projects

Læringsutbytte

Knowledge

  • Architectural design in relation to specific site conditions
  • Architecture and infrastructure
  • Critical and conceptual architectural thinking

Skills:

  • Architecture representation
  • Material and structural knowledge
  • Development of framework, programme and propositions
Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter

In general, the work will be structured in a sequence of studio design work, workshops, seminars, and lectures evolving around the theme of Commons, Socio-Ecology, Biodiversity. It involves design-based projects and seminars that structure theoretical and practical basis of the course.

Pensum

Course literature will be available in Leganto.

VurderingsformGrupperingKarakterskalaKommentar
Vurderingsmappe-Bestått / ikke beståttThe basis for assessment in the course is based on a portfolio consisting of assignments and presentations.
Vurderinger:
Vurderingsform:Vurderingsmappe
Gruppering:-
Karakterskala:Bestått / ikke bestått
Kommentar:The basis for assessment in the course is based on a portfolio consisting of assignments and presentations.
AktivitetKommentar
OppmøteParticipation and attendance in lectures, supervision at the desks in the studio, seminars and workshops is expected.
EkskursjonThose who do not have the opportunity to participate in an excursion will be given an assignment/a project that replaces this.
Forventet arbeidsinnsats:
Aktivitet:Oppmøte
Kommentar:Participation and attendance in lectures, supervision at the desks in the studio, seminars and workshops is expected.
Aktivitet:Ekskursjon
Kommentar:Those who do not have the opportunity to participate in an excursion will be given an assignment/a project that replaces this.