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80 516 Re-store: Chungking Express

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Re-store: Chungking Express
Emnekode: 
80 516
Studienivå: 
Syklus 2
Undervisningssemester: 
2019 Høst
Eksamenssemester: 
2019 Høst
Undervisningsspråk: 
Engelsk
År: 
2019
Maksimum antall studenter: 
15
Emneansvarlig
Claudia Andrea Pinochet
Lina Elisabeth Broström
Forkunnskapskrav

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

Interest and proficiency in history, material technology and structures is encouraged.

Om emnet

In this studio we will use the framework of critical restoration to explore the impact of tourism in the built environment. Students will work individually on a semester long-design project resulting in specific proposals for the restoration and adaptive reuse of existing tourist sites.

With our cell phone cameras, facebook and other miscellaneous (social) media, we capture and consume architecture for pleasure and curiosity. But all of this sampling is more than just a meaningless collection of virtual data. Its dissemination and decontextualization creates new narratives, parallel realities that have power over architecture. As eloquently described by Superstudio’s Salvages, in many cases what matters “is not so much the physical reality […] but rather the metaphysical idea of a mythical land whose reality has become a legend”.

What role does the tourist have in the maintenance (or destruction) of our built environment? How should architecture mediate between the growing visitor numbers and our new icons? Architectural interventions, big and small, can alter the way a site is perceived. This is particularly relevant with tourism or sites that are visited by hundreds of people on any given day.  The studio will therefore examine different forms of organized tourism and the impact it has on our built environment.

According to the World Tourism Organization, tourism in every continent has practically doubled over the last 15 years — growing 7.0%  and welcoming more than 1.3 Billion tourists last year alone, the highest increase in decades.

While international travel continues to increase, mass tourism has established itself as one of the most lucrative industries, capable of sustaining entire national economies. From cheap airline tickets, virtual search engines like Airbnb and Kayak; to google-translate and travel blogs reporting on train schedules and toilets in remote places; the experience of travel has completely transformed over the last decade. However this is just the beginning. As the population of emerging economies like Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRICs) rise into the middle class and leisure time becomes available, the growth of tourism will explode to new levels.

Tourism infrastructure can become a catalyst for the creation of new social and economic value. Tourists have a big role to play in the present and future of our built environment, often contributing (unknowingly) to the survival or destruction  that which they cherish and defining the politics and development of a place.

From Supertudio’s salvages to CyArk and Faktum Arte’s replicas and UNESCO’s conservation project, this studio will seek to explore the politics and material challenges of the preservation practice. We will read and discuss preservation theory and work with different surveying techniques to document and analyze existing tourist destinations. Paying close attention to material qualities and looking for lessons on construction techniques while reflecting on the architectural ambitions of previous authors and the context that fostered those projects.

Later in the semester participants will be asked to develop a proposal restoring a given site. Large scale models and elaborate drawings will be important tools to develop the architectural nuances of each of the projects.

Essential to our studio will be, of course, exercising the role of the architectural tourist. Thus, we will have a field trip to Hong Kong, involving walking tours, participating in local events and visiting contemporary practices and examples of restoration projects.

This will be a parallel studio run in conjunction with Hong Kong University (HKU). On our study trip, we will work in the HKU campus, where we will hold our mid-reviews and to participate in local events. (Further details regarding the collaboration and program with HKU will be provided at the beginning of the semester.)

Læringsutbytte

— Understanding of both the history of restoration and critical reuse projects to increase self-awareness of own disciplinary position.

— Articulation of tactics towards the maintenance and renewal of our existing built environment based on close observation and analysis of present conditions. Approaching the reuse and transformation of existing structures at varying scales.

— Familiarizing with surveying and analytical techniques and improved understanding of structural and material technology.

— Command of techniques of presentation and representation to develop a clear architectural idea.

— Ability to independently develop an architectural project on the basis of an individual idea and to argue convincingly on its behalf.

— Knowledge of the constituent elements of an architectural work, including site, type, structure, enclosure and material.

— Benefit from exchange with international architecture program in very different context.

Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter

— Reading and critical discussions on theory of tourism and preservation.

— A methodological approach to representational work, such as working with detailed drawing sets and well crafted physical models.

— Development of an architectural proposal of simple materiality, chasing modesty and delight in working with existing conditions and the contextual realities of the project.

VurderingsformGrupperingKarakterskalaKommentar
ProsjektoppgaveIndividuellBestått / ikke beståttPass/Fail, based on the following criteria in relation to the given assignments:

The final grade in the course will be given based on:
— Participation and design production for weekly studio meetings: 30%
— Mid review and Interim review presentation: 30%
— Final review presentation: 40%

Mid review, Interim review and final reviews are mandatory milestones. Work presented for the Mid review, the Interim review and the Final review will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

Conceptual idea:
Students should develop a clear individual architectural idea which is represented with relevant techniques and brought to life. In parallel show the ability to develop an architectural project on the basis of this idea and to argue convincingly on its behalf in pin-ups and desk crits.

Material and method:
Students are expected to articulate all material produced in studio with rigour. From survey and analytical techniques to structural and material technology. The assignment will be evaluated on methodological approach to representational work, such as working with detailed drawing sets and well crafted physical models.
Vurderinger:
Vurderingsform:Prosjektoppgave
Gruppering:Individuell
Karakterskala:Bestått / ikke bestått
Kommentar:Pass/Fail, based on the following criteria in relation to the given assignments:

The final grade in the course will be given based on:
— Participation and design production for weekly studio meetings: 30%
— Mid review and Interim review presentation: 30%
— Final review presentation: 40%

Mid review, Interim review and final reviews are mandatory milestones. Work presented for the Mid review, the Interim review and the Final review will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

Conceptual idea:
Students should develop a clear individual architectural idea which is represented with relevant techniques and brought to life. In parallel show the ability to develop an architectural project on the basis of this idea and to argue convincingly on its behalf in pin-ups and desk crits.

Material and method:
Students are expected to articulate all material produced in studio with rigour. From survey and analytical techniques to structural and material technology. The assignment will be evaluated on methodological approach to representational work, such as working with detailed drawing sets and well crafted physical models.
AktivitetKommentar
EkskursjonExcursion to Hong Kong is strongly encouraged. Attendance is not mandatory, but alternative assignment or work can be expected.
OppmøteStudents are expected to be present and working during all studio meetings, twice a week. Students are also expected to be present during all seminars and reviews.

Students are expected to deliver and complete assignments as stated on the briefs. Students are responsible for managing their own schedules. Deadlines for pin-ups, reviews and AHO works are not negotiable.
GruppearbeidStudents are expected to participate and to be active participants in a collaborative studio environment. That means being present and contributing during pin-ups, desk crits and group conversations, as well as communicating with your fellow students on a daily basis.
Individuell oppgaveløsningStudents are expected to show independence and initiatives when developing their work, both in theory and practice. To actively locate and supply your individual project is essential for a successful result.
Forventet arbeidsinnsats:
Aktivitet:Ekskursjon
Kommentar:Excursion to Hong Kong is strongly encouraged. Attendance is not mandatory, but alternative assignment or work can be expected.
Aktivitet:Oppmøte
Kommentar:Students are expected to be present and working during all studio meetings, twice a week. Students are also expected to be present during all seminars and reviews.

Students are expected to deliver and complete assignments as stated on the briefs. Students are responsible for managing their own schedules. Deadlines for pin-ups, reviews and AHO works are not negotiable.
Aktivitet:Gruppearbeid
Kommentar:Students are expected to participate and to be active participants in a collaborative studio environment. That means being present and contributing during pin-ups, desk crits and group conversations, as well as communicating with your fellow students on a daily basis.
Aktivitet:Individuell oppgaveløsning
Kommentar:Students are expected to show independence and initiatives when developing their work, both in theory and practice. To actively locate and supply your individual project is essential for a successful result.