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70 507 Service of Living

Studiepoeng: 
24
Full course name in English: 
Service of Living
Emnekode: 
70 507
Studienivå: 
Syklus 2
Undervisningssemester: 
2021 Vår
Eksamenssemester: 
2021 Vår
Undervisningsspråk: 
Engelsk
År: 
2021
Maksimum antall studenter: 
15
Emneansvarlig
Ted Matthews
Forkunnskapskrav

This is an advanced, cross-disciplinary master course directed to both students of Architecture and Service Design. A goal of the studio is to create a collaborative and cross-disciplinary environment, where students with a diverse set of skill and knowledge can exchange and learn new ways of working, using service design thinking, social sciences and architecture methods. However due to the advance and experimental nature of this course, service designers will have expected to have completed 1 full semester of service design education at Masters level. The course is open for all Master students from Architecture.

Om emnet

IDE + IA in close collaboration with Comte Bureau and OBOS Living lab -  A cross disciplinary exercise to redefine the housing typology in Oslo.

We all have experience of what it means to live in an apartment; a horizontally arranged dwelling with a number of rooms serving different purposes – sleeping, cooking, and so on. 

Buildings are built for people, and by people. The studio wants to explore in greater depth what it means to live in an apartment and how decisions makers, developers, architects and designers can develop buildings more fitted to the needs of users today. How we by combining tools and methods available from social sciences, service design and architecture, can go deeper into routines and use of today’s households. 

In the 1930s Oslo municipality gathered a research group consisting of architects, engineers and sociologists to work together to improve the housing offered in Oslo. The (urban) housing typologies we see in Oslo today, are partially the result of their work.  

In 2020 the challenges are different. Family structures, consumption patterns, technology, the way we work, the way we eat — in general the way we live our lives, and how we share them — have changed. At the same time, it’s been a rising awareness of sustainable living, especially in urban areas. Why haven’t the housing typologies changed to answer this? 

In this course students will investigate how people “do” living today (this will be in the specific context of urban Oslo), and design the living of tomorrow. The course will investigate questions such as: How can housing be design based on people's needs? How can housing be designed to enable more sustainable living? How can we design housing as a service of living?

Based on this, the course will be delivered in partnership with OBOS and their unit OBOS Living lab (OLL), an experimental living arena that tests hypotheses on solutions that can enable quality in affordable living. It will have a focus on broader themes defined by OLL in close collaboration with AHO and the two institutes involved. In this context we will try to understand, design and test solutions based on human behavior These broad themes are: sustainability, flexibility, sense of community, sharing/privacy, integration. These might be approached on a broader level or be focused on specific questions, for example: how do we design for shared facilities/spaces or focused on challenges and opportunities such as how do we design for better on ground floor living experiences.

The challenges posed by contemporary global culture are far too complex, wide-ranging and interconnected to be solved by one design field alone. Instead they require cross-disciplinary problem solvers from allied disciplines to collaborate to craft a new way of thinking and working. In this course we therefore wish to enable architecture and design students to work as a team. Therefore, the course will also be run together with Comte Bureau who is a leading actor in developing projects merging design and architectural competences. 

Students will explore a cross-disciplinary, user-based working process and methodology. Involving, defining needs of target groups and translating needs into solutions, and finally methodology for testing them. All aspects that influence the way we live, such as service systems, culture, energy, food, social, technology, economy etc. will be taken in consideration.

Students will be expected to deliver an account of their process relating to insight and research phase as well as solutions that address target group needs. This could be in the form of models, service offerings or large-scale prototypes. However, this is not prescriptive and solutions will be judged on how well they address target group needs whilst reflecting the competencies of the cross-disciplinary teams involved

Læringsutbytte

KNOWLEDGE 

·     To develop an understanding of the potential of a reconceptualization of the built space as a service of ‘living’ that delivers ‘value in use’ to its target audience. 

·     A new understanding of the potential for cross disciplinary collaboration between service, interaction design and architecture. 

·     Develop a user centered approach to architecture practice. 

SKILLS 

·     Develop and refine the skills of observation, analysis, and creativity that lead to the formulation of relevant and valuable solutions for the user(s) within the context of architectural practice. 

·     Develop new ways of working within an emerging cross disciplinary space to utilize service design thinking, social science and architecture practice. 

·     Develop skills of visualization to communicate user needs and lived experience as well as a projected experience. 

·     Develop skills in planning and delivering appropriate prototypes and solutions for dissemination of findings. 

·     Develop collaborative skills to work with designers, architects, users, and different stakeholders that enable a proactive and professional role in cross disciplinary teams of the future. 

GENERAL COMPETENCE 

·     Understand the role and value of each discipline (service design and architecture) involved in a future of cross disciplinary development of the built space. 

·     Gain methodical insight by actively participating in a cross disciplinary process. 

·     Promote professional experience in cross disciplinary teams, strengthening the ability to work in teams with an emphasis on results.  

Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter

The main teaching will be based on tutoring sessions in the studio, through workshops, structured presentations and discussions within the course participants.  

Through collaboration and consultation with OBOS and the Living Lab. 

The course also integrates lectures, studio work (groups and individual), and a main project in collaboration with external partners. 

The course has up to 5 thematics which cross disciplinary teams will engage with. 

Being a practice-driven course, the student’s progression through both projects will be presented by means of: 

·     Group and individual mid-term deliverables and presentations  

·     Workshops 

·     Evidencing material 

·     Final prototype/report/exhibition as appropriate for the best dissemination of results and findings 

Details regarding the calendar, main events, deliverables, and evaluation criteria will be described and detailed at the onset of the course. 

VurderingsformGrupperingKarakterskalaKommentar
Vurderingsmappe-Bestått / ikke bestått Being a practice-driven course, the student’s progression through the course will be assessed by means of:

• Ability to collaborate
• Ability to visualize and communicate findings from insight work
• Group and individual mid-term deliverables
• Presentations
• Final prototype/report/exhibition (Main deliverable).

The course consists of a main deliverable that will be developed and defined by the students themselves as most appropriate for the dissemination of findings during the semester. The course will also consist of group and individual deliverables throughout, and students will receive qualitative assessment to identify strengths and weaknesses.
The project will have a final presentation, that will be assessed in pass or fail by an external sensor and the course leader. The details for each project regarding deliverables and evaluation criteria will be described in the brief for the project at the beginning of the course.
Vurderinger:
Vurderingsform:Vurderingsmappe
Gruppering:-
Karakterskala:Bestått / ikke bestått
Kommentar: Being a practice-driven course, the student’s progression through the course will be assessed by means of:

• Ability to collaborate
• Ability to visualize and communicate findings from insight work
• Group and individual mid-term deliverables
• Presentations
• Final prototype/report/exhibition (Main deliverable).

The course consists of a main deliverable that will be developed and defined by the students themselves as most appropriate for the dissemination of findings during the semester. The course will also consist of group and individual deliverables throughout, and students will receive qualitative assessment to identify strengths and weaknesses.
The project will have a final presentation, that will be assessed in pass or fail by an external sensor and the course leader. The details for each project regarding deliverables and evaluation criteria will be described in the brief for the project at the beginning of the course.
AktivitetKommentar
OppmøteStudents are expected to attend at least 90% of the main course events described in the detailed calendar for each project, in order to be able to pass the course. The course leader will take attendance 15 minutes after the beginning of each session. She/he will inform the students if are close to failing the course due to lack of attendance.

This is an intensive course and it demands consistent and hard work from the participants. Although the project will be developed in groups,
individual deliverables will also be required during the projects.

Whilst the course draws on the experience of the external partner involved in developing and delivering this course, there will also be a degree of experimentation and iterative development of new methods during the course.

Medical absences won't affect the participation, but they need to be presented on time (not further than 8 days after the absence) to the course leader and to the Student Administration.

It must be expected that parts of or all lecturing and tutoring will be digital according to general Covid-19 restrictions. Digital presence is expected in the same manner as physical presence.
Forventet arbeidsinnsats:
Aktivitet:Oppmøte
Kommentar:Students are expected to attend at least 90% of the main course events described in the detailed calendar for each project, in order to be able to pass the course. The course leader will take attendance 15 minutes after the beginning of each session. She/he will inform the students if are close to failing the course due to lack of attendance.

This is an intensive course and it demands consistent and hard work from the participants. Although the project will be developed in groups,
individual deliverables will also be required during the projects.

Whilst the course draws on the experience of the external partner involved in developing and delivering this course, there will also be a degree of experimentation and iterative development of new methods during the course.

Medical absences won't affect the participation, but they need to be presented on time (not further than 8 days after the absence) to the course leader and to the Student Administration.

It must be expected that parts of or all lecturing and tutoring will be digital according to general Covid-19 restrictions. Digital presence is expected in the same manner as physical presence.