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40 669 Studio Positions: Speculative futures#2: Housing in times of climate change

Full course name in English: 
Studio Positions: Speculative futures#2: Housing in times of climate change
40 669
Syklus 2
2024 Vår
2024 Vår
Maksimum antall studenter: 
Lisbeth Funck
Matthew Anderson

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

Om emnet

The course is integrated with Studio Positions’ ongoing BIP/Erasmus+ teaching collaboration, “Rural areas facing climate change”. This Blended Intensive Program aims to exchange views on the remote territories facing the challenges of climate change and the realities of new rurality and sustainability. The program focuses on the mutation of the built types and unbuilt spaces with regard to upheavals in uses and practices, climate change or new materials and construction techniques, cultural or political revolutions.


The semester task is to develop a prototype for housing in an existing residential area prone to flooding and landslides in the southeast of Norway. The site will be further specified. We aim to challenge the outermost limit of the human habitat in the face of the forces of nature where the architecture marks the interface and thus acts as the mediator between humans and the climatic and geographical environment. How do we design an architecture (space, material, structure) that not only protects us from the forces of nature but considers them as a quality?


Through architectural projects, Studio Positions continues to critically discuss and investigate how architecture reflects on, contributes to, and provides for dwelling in our contemporary diverse society.


Contemporary societal discussions, directions in art, philosophy, sociology and ecology, and architectural discourses provide the framework for architectural projects that are developed individually with emphasis on the three fundamental aspects of architecture – structure, material, and space.


Projects will investigate architectural (structural, material, spatial) responses to identified climatic circumstances, in a Nordic context. Projects will discuss the social and cultural challenges of climate change that mark our time, and reflect on how these challenges influence our relationship to architectural space and how we interact with it. 



  • Practice knowledge of building in areas faced by climate change
  • Knowledge of historic and contemporary discussion and theory of climate change.
  • Critical knowledge of design parameters of human dwelling.
  • Spatial, material and structural knowledge through architectural design (semester project



  • Work based, artistic and theoretical research skills
  • Conceptual architectural thinking
  • Programming.
  • Use of architects´ tools

Defend an innovative project by argumentation communicated in drawing, physical spatial structures, written and oral speech.

General competence:

  • Ability to develop an architectural project from a conceptual position.
  • To be able to reflect on the problems of the equilibrium between ecology & economy, built and un-built spaces.
  • New and fundamental approaches to architecture that facilitate more livable (sustainable) futures
Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter

The semester is organized in three phases, where projects are developed continuously with the following progression: 

  • Development of an architectural concept: spatial and constructive principles
  • Introduction of scale, materiality, structure, and activity. 
  • An architectural project

The weekly schedule is organized as following:

  • Mondays: Lectures, reading together, discussions, film screenings etc.
  • Wednesdays: Tabletalks, reviews
  • Thursdays: Tabletalks, reviews

Excursion /BIP workshop, 8 days international workshop. BIP/Erasmus+ teaching collaboration, Rural areas facing climate change.

NB! The workshop is running from 5th of April to 13th of April 2024

(Tabarca Island, Alicante, Spain)



Link to course literature registered in Leganto

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