2019 Høst

Start semester

40 314 Joints and Jigs

Emnenavn på English: 
Joints and Jigs
Studiepoeng: 
6
Emnekode: 
40 314
Studienivå: 
Syklus 2
Undervisningssemester: 
2019 Høst
Eksamenssemester: 
2019 Høst
Undervisningsspråk: 
Engelsk
År: 
2019
Maksimum antall studenter: 
12
Emneansvarlig
Christian Hermansen
Jan Kazimierz Godzimirski
Forkunnskapskrav

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

The "Joints and Jigs" elective course is mandatory for students that enroll in the studio course SCARCITY AND CREATIVITY (SCS).

Basic command of a 3D modeling program, preferably Rhino 3D.

Om emnet

The aim of this course is to explore  the relation between design, materials, and making.

Driven by the profusion of building materials and components, by the requirements to comply with building regulation authorities, by the threat  of legal action,  and by the shortage of time, architects often resort  to applying standard

construction details to their design concepts, regardless of whether or not these ‘copy & paste’ details fit or enhance the design ideas which guided the building’s design.

There is nothing intrinsically wrong with using the plethora of construction information readily available to architects. But all too often ready-made details are used with only partial understanding of the reasons why they were put together in a particular way and the contexts in which their application is appropriate.

This course starts from the premise that in order to fully understand how to design building details it is necessary to have a direct sensory experience of the materials being used. Juhani Pallasmaa makes a similar point in his book The Eyes of the Skin  (p.10)

“I had become increasingly concerned about the bias towards vision, and the suppression of other senses in the way architecture was conceived, taught and critiqued, and about the consequent disappearance of sensory and sensual qualities from the arts and architecture.”

When Louis Kahn asked “What does a brick want to be?”, he was rhetorically calling attention to the relation between material properties and design,

"You say to a brick, 'What do you want, brick?' And brick says to you, 'I like an arch.'  And you say to brick, 'Look, I want one,  too, but arches are expensive and I can use a concrete lintel.' And then  you say: 'What do you think of that, brick?' Brick says: 'I like an arch.'"

Læringsutbytte

On completion of this course you will:

  • Learn about  wood as a building material.
  • Learn how to model a digital prototype, and use this as a basis for production.
  • Learn to think of a sequential order of operations, and how thisfeeds into the architectural outcome.
  • Acquire knowledge on the construction of jigs to assist in precise and repetitive tasks.
  • Learn to think critically in regards to how details are designed.
  • Acquire insights on the importance of details.
  • Learn to understand how architectural elements are integrated into a design concept.
Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter

The course will consist of a study of a material  (timber) and its use in one building. We will choose buildings in which the use of timber reveals an understanding of the nature of that material and the full utilization of its characteristics as a complement of the design concept.

We will choose one detail from the building which is exemplary, in that it meets its functional requirements and contributes to the design concept of the building.

We will then build that detail, at scale 1:1, if practically possible. To aid in the making of the detail you will design and construct a jig. We use  the word ‘jig’ as both ‘An indirect, usually cunning  means of gaining an end’ and ‘a device that holds a piece  of work and guides the tool operating  on it’. The jig will ensure the precise construction of the joint using only those hand  tools commonly  available in a building site.

Obligatorisk arbeidskravPåkrevde arbeidskravOppmøte påkrevdKommentar
Oppmøte til undervisning PåkrevdThe requirement for the course will be to attend lectures, workshop sessions, and seminars (at least 80% overall attendance required), and to deliver the tasks set by the course.
Obligatoriske arbeidskrav:
Obligatorisk arbeidskrav:Oppmøte til undervisning
Påkrevde arbeidskrav:
Oppmøte påkrevd:Påkrevd
Kommentar:The requirement for the course will be to attend lectures, workshop sessions, and seminars (at least 80% overall attendance required), and to deliver the tasks set by the course.
VurderingsformGrupperingKarakterskalaKommentar
Vurderingsmappe-Bestått / ikke beståttThe requirement for the course will be to attend lectures, workshop sessions, and seminars (at least 80% overall attendance required), participate in course discussions, hand-in a short report on the chosen building and detail. Hand in the built jig, if necessary, and the built detail at 1:1 using the jig.
Vurderinger:
Vurderingsform:Vurderingsmappe
Gruppering:-
Karakterskala:Bestått / ikke bestått
Kommentar:The requirement for the course will be to attend lectures, workshop sessions, and seminars (at least 80% overall attendance required), participate in course discussions, hand-in a short report on the chosen building and detail. Hand in the built jig, if necessary, and the built detail at 1:1 using the jig.

Start semester

40 315 Restless Thresholds (Transitive spaces in close attention)

Emnenavn på English: 
Restless Thresholds (Transitive spaces in close attention)
Studiepoeng: 
6
Emnekode: 
40 315
Studienivå: 
Syklus 2
Undervisningssemester: 
2019 Høst
Eksamenssemester: 
2019 Høst
Undervisningsspråk: 
Engelsk
År: 
2019
Maksimum antall studenter: 
15
Emneansvarlig
Sareh Saeidi
Forkunnskapskrav

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

Good knowledge in English

Knowledge in Adobe Creative Cloud or similar software that enables digital illustration, visualization, and presentation

Om emnet

The architectural/urban threshold is a (physical/ mental) space encapsulating a change; it initiates movement or a change in a state of mind to another; affecting the experience of architectural/ urban space. The idea of threshold has been an operative metaphor across disciplines among which are architectural, urban, social and artistic studies. Historically, thresholds, in their various forms and definitions, played a significant role in both function and integral experience of architecture and urban realms.

Threshold is a space of transition from one state to another that could imply a sense of contingency. It is indeterminate and carries a sense of temporality. It derives from relations and interrelations between the built spaces. Its domain of presence spans over the experience of the sequence of movement through spaces of different architectural/ urban atmospheres, to leftover spaces or voids. Threshold is the vestibule of experience.

We have learned, through the demands of our contemporary societies, to obsessively or subconsciously seek for speed and efficiency. Our daily journeys between workspaces and homes are vestibules of mobility within which we barely even connect to our surrounding physical environment –being occupied with our abstracted virtual worlds. Instant connections and rapid movement are the intellect of the era and for many, slowness and contemplation that transitive spaces provide is considered a time sink. As a result, transitional spaces are losing their value and meaning by the over-emphasis on spaces that accommodate main functions in cities and buildings, or by being treated as service areas. Evidently, this also minimizes their scope of spatial experience.

This course thinks of the architectural/ urban threshold not only as a space of transition but also as a metaphor to encapsulate the experience derived from an individual’s ensemble of thinking, feeling and bodily memory. It attempts to raise students’ awareness of thresholds through readings that successfully capture the significance of the notion of transition.

In the course we read, visualize, analyze and discuss eight texts consisting of exemplary written pieces from architecture, literature and even poetry. The architectural texts represent the threshold through descriptions on physical transitions in built spaces, while the literary texts portray mind spaces or images that define a threshold as a physical or mental transition of a state to another. The criteria for choosing the texts has been their successful writing style for conveying meanings, stimulating imagination, and communicating their intentions in a meticulous and coherent manner. The visual essays, analytical readings and critical discussions on the selected texts are structured in weekly sessions of the elective course. However, the final elective week focuses on writing an individual text assignment that describes the experience of a threshold. Optionally, the text assignment can incorporate one illustration, image, or collage as a representative visualization for the text.

In each weekly session, the students are supposed to take turns in presenting a visual essay for the assigned text. The appointed student must also try to take the lead in engaging the members of the course in follow-up reflections on the allocated text of the session. The first three days of the final elective course week is designated for students’ individual writing and is assisted and tutored by the course leader. The last two days of this week include feedbacks on the written individual texts, provided by a native English speaker guest-crit. The objective of the assignment is to improve the writing skills of the students in articulating a thought/ narrating a subjective experience in an evocative and yet plain manner.

Alternatively, the course has the potential to include an excursion in Oslo with specific focuses on experiencing an architectural/ urban threshold. The visit demands for short text assignments on narrating the experience with required specific focuses. In the followed-up session after the excursion, these short writing explorations will be examined and collectively evaluated for choosing the most successful narrations. In the case of including the excursion, which will be decided upon at the start of the course in a poll, the text readings will consist of six texts instead of eight.

Læringsutbytte
  • Learning how to communicate own experience and mind space through written (descriptive) text
  • Learning how to effectively communicate the ideas/ meanings of a written (source) text by visual and verbal language
  • Acquiring skills and techniques for visual essays
  • Learning how to position themselves in relation to larger theoretical/conceptual/ literary frameworks (especially in relation to the assigned readings of the course)
  • Ability in evaluating own descriptive texts through reflective and analytical thinking gained through the reading and writing exercises in the course
Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter
  • Writing a text on own experience of an architectural threshold (length: 700-1500 words)
  • Preparing visual essays for the assigned text of the sessions prior to each session (the appointed student/ session)
  • Reading the assigned texts prior to each session (all students)
  • Individual presentation of visual essays of the assigned texts for each session along with taking the lead for follow-up discussions on the analytical/ critical evaluation of the texts (the appointed student/ session)
  • Students are expected to prepare analytical and critical comments (optionally sharing with the course coordinator) on the assigned texts prior to each session (all students)
Obligatorisk arbeidskravPåkrevde arbeidskravOppmøte påkrevdKommentar
Oppmøte til undervisning Påkrevd The students are expected to attend 6 out of the 9 weekly sessions of the course and submit the final deliverables.
Øvinger PåkrevdSubmission and oral presentation of visual essay.
Obligatoriske arbeidskrav:
Obligatorisk arbeidskrav:Oppmøte til undervisning
Påkrevde arbeidskrav:
Oppmøte påkrevd:Påkrevd
Kommentar: The students are expected to attend 6 out of the 9 weekly sessions of the course and submit the final deliverables.
Obligatorisk arbeidskrav:Øvinger
Påkrevde arbeidskrav:
Oppmøte påkrevd:Påkrevd
Kommentar:Submission and oral presentation of visual essay.
VurderingsformGrupperingKarakterskalaKommentar
VurderingsmappeIndividuellBestått / ikke beståttEach student must deliver the final text assignment of the course (designated for the final elective week), in addition to one visual essay that she/ he was assigned to present in the weekly sessions of the course. Both of the deliverables must be submitted on the last day of the elective course (November 8th, 2019).
Vurderinger:
Vurderingsform:Vurderingsmappe
Gruppering:Individuell
Karakterskala:Bestått / ikke bestått
Kommentar:Each student must deliver the final text assignment of the course (designated for the final elective week), in addition to one visual essay that she/ he was assigned to present in the weekly sessions of the course. Both of the deliverables must be submitted on the last day of the elective course (November 8th, 2019).
AktivitetKommentar
Oppmøte
Forventet arbeidsinnsats:
Aktivitet:Oppmøte
Kommentar:

Start semester

40 531 Body and Space Morphologies : Catharsis VIII - Acting and the Collective VIII + LISTA Field-Studio I

Emnenavn på English: 
Body and Space Morphologies : Catharsis VIII - Acting and the Collective VIII + LISTA Field-Studio I
Studiepoeng: 
24
Emnekode: 
40 531
Studienivå: 
Syklus 2
Undervisningssemester: 
2019 Høst
Eksamenssemester: 
2019 Høst
Undervisningsspråk: 
Engelsk
År: 
2019
Maksimum antall studenter: 
18
Emneansvarlig
Rolf Gerstlauer
Forkunnskapskrav

Admission to AHO and successful completion of three years bachelor level studies (180 ECTS), and a desire to conduct your own experimental artistic research.

NOTE:

  • The elective course 40 301 Architecture & Film is mandatory for students who are planning to work for longer periods in Lista.
  • Students who choose to follow the regular CATHARSIS Studio can choose between all the elective courses.
Om emnet

The CATHARSIS Studio

Body and Space Morphologies is a research-based teaching program that offers master studios (Catharsis, 24 ECTS) and elective courses (Architecture & Film, 6 ECTS) in explorative architectural design, sensing and thinking. We aim at preparing and enabling students to conduct their own architectural investigation understood as Research Creation – an inspired Material Practice as the artistic parallel to Scholarly Research.

Based on performativity theories, performance and performance studies, disability and neurodiversity studies as well as phenomenology and perception theories, the Catharsis studio works and investigates primal pre-architectural material/processes/phenomena/conditions and develops or performs a series of experienced distinct objects that behave relational, that inspire imagination, that provide new knowledge, architectural interests and/or architectural identities. Instead of mediating architecture through a thought process that works with abstraction, illustration and representation, and that is intentional and argumentative involving the use or development of concepts, ideas and strategies, our design process focuses on the acting, sensing and thinking with objects, and the craft of your hands in the making of them.

Students individually study the performance of and with materials of their choice. The studio emphasizes reiterated acting with a material body and gains experience and confidence in the making as a “becoming or being architecture”. Lectures critically reflect theories and research related to perception, affordance, behavior, performativity and performance in architecture.

The CATHARSIS Field-Studio in LISTA

In collaboration with Farsund Commune (section for culture and sports), Stiv Kuling AS architects as well as private business and landowners, the Body and Space Morphologies teaching and research unit establishes for the academic year 2019/2020 the CATHARSIS Field-Studio in LISTA.

The aim with this initiative is threefold:

a) to provide students with the possibility to spend shorter or longer periods on the LISTA peninsula in order to draw from the affordance that resides in this cultural landscape

b) through the individual works of the students to collect and show a growing body of artistic research that reflects on issues of - or that makes new subjects relative to – the Lista peninsula

c) to strengthen ongoing and/or to make new collaborations for the establishing of an International Interdisciplinary Research Creation project-proposal called The LISTA Project

The CATHARSIS Field-Studio in LISTA is run by the architects Jan Gunnar Skjeldsøy and Anders Eik Pilskog, Stiv Kuling AS, Farsund. Their atelier will serve as common place for discussions and the supervising of those students spending longer periods in Lista.

Students interested in working for periods of their semester in Lista should contact the course leaders as soon as possible in order to accommodate for their needs such as lodging and work space. Students who are planning to work for periods in Lista must choose the mandatory elective course 40 301 Architecture & Film.

Students are not obliged to relate their semester-work to this initiative. The CATHARSIS Field-Studio in LISTA is a supplement to the regular CATHARSIS Studio which runs as usual here at AHO. Sudents who choose to follow the regular CATHARSIS Studio can choose between all the elective courses.

Collaborations:

  • Julie Valentine Dind, performer/artist/phd-student, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Brown University, Providence/USA. Dind’s scholarly papers provide the CATHARSIS studio with an updated syllabus on performance and performance studies as well as on disability and neurodiversity studies. Since its start, the CATHARSIS studio serves as laboratory in which Dind’s scholarly work is sought to be implemented into architectural education – and architecture per se.
  • Jan Gunar Skjeldsøy & Anders Eik Pilskog, architects, Stiv Kuling AS, Farsund/Norway. Skjeldsøy and Pilskog, both former AHO and Studio B3 students, are long-term collaborators to the studio and since 2019 also its teaching assistants – together they sign responsible to run the CATHARSIS Field-Studio in LISTA 2019/2020.
  • Inge Eikeland, head of the section of culture and sports, Farsund Commune.

 

 

Læringsutbytte

You learn to develop strong initiatives for an explorative working process that acts on impulse and that creates visual/haptic experience that again stimulates towards new architectural content. As a student in the Catharsis studio you learn how to submit to performativity as the instance in which to act a real material or event. You will experience issues of optical or haptic visuality from which it is possible to construct or perform artifacts with unique architectural identities. 

Knowledge of:

  • phenomenology of architecture (vs. architectural phenomenology)
  • performativity, performance and performance studies
  • body & space morphologies
  • foundational preparations for an advanced haptic visual and experimental artistic research
  • the role of acting with and through a material (vs. the making of a product or proposal) in an experimental artistic research that shall lead to unique architectural content and/or identities

Skills:

  • Manufacturing physical works and the craft(s) deployed in the making of these artifacts
  • Narrative drawings and other works or media that bring out, construct and/or perform clear haptic visual identities
  • Performativity in speech and action
  • In the making and exploring of independent and new visual material

Competence:

  • In acting on impulse with material, objects, environments and/or events
  • In developing distinct initiatives and choosing the craft in which to act or work them
  • To conceive of and present/communicate unique architectural content/research through a visual material and the phenomena or conditions experienced in it
  • To present own haptic visual material together with verbal and written reflections on process and/or performance 

For students in their sequel Catharsis studio:

  • Knowledge of the relevance artistic research keeps to perform unique architectural content and/or identities 
  • Expertise in the making and exploring of independent and new visual material
  • Competence to enter a discursive space in architecture on the basis of your own work and research on relational objects 
Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter
  • The main activity is a semester long individual artistic research work that studies the performance of and with materials or events
  • Mandatory reading is handed out on the respective course days, a recommended reading list is available online
  • Weekly 2-3 lectures
  • Weekly table talks / supervision
  • Weekly summing up w/ student driven content
  • Fieldtrip with workshop in Lista (Landscape Affordance Object Relations)
  • Study trip to Lista and Southern Norway with the focus on architectural and/or artistic necessities
  • 4 public reviews
  • 2 sessions with individual reviews (not public)
  • Final public review with external censors
  • Preparations for a final exhibition with written detailed resume
  • Publication & Book Making
Pensum

Catharsis VIII – Acting and the Collective VIII

The topic is CATHARSIS; an inspiration to “Act The Collective” or to “Act Because Of The Collective” either as the architectural “relief from strong or repressed emotions” or, as the subversive antonym to it, “causing repression and/or strong emotions”. How to free and architecturally act a desire driven emotive collective, or how to conceive architecture in response to such a collective, is the task for these semesters. Students are to develop their own personal architectural program in relation to a social construct, a built autonomous construct and a desired connection to nature/environment. The studio works on the subthemes of “expression, language and the inexpressible”.

Semester Task

Spatially to release your necessity to make something because of something. To act, react or enact the collective (a chosen group of individuals; e.g. spectators, visitors, dwellers, workers, travelers, onlookers, mourners, guests, ill, suppressed, free, animals, people etc.) through a distinct architecture / architectural awareness. To experience, reflect upon and describe the necessity/necessities made.

The Performance and Performance Studies Syllabus by Dind is handed out / made available on the moodle-plattform at semester-start

 

Recommended Literature (not mandatory)

Abraham, A. A new nature: 9 architectural conditions between liquid and solid Allen, S. Points and Lines
Arendt, H. The Human Condition
Arendt, H. On Violence

Artaud, A. The Theater and Its Double
Balso, J. Affirmation of Poetry
Barthes, R. Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography
Barthes, R. Empire of signs
Barthes, R, & Heath, S. Image, music, text
Beaulieu, A. The status of animality in Deleuze’s thought
Beistegui, M. Aesthetics after metaphysics: From mimesis to metaphor
Benjamin, W. The work of art in the age of its technological reproducibility, and Other Writings on Media

Benjamin, W. Walter Benjamin’s archive: Images, texts and Signs
Benjamin, W. On Hashish
Bennett, S. Theatre audiences: A theory of production and reception
Berger, John. About Looking
Berger, J. Why Look at Animals?
Berger, J; with Dibb, M., Blomberg, S., Fox, C. & Hollis, R. Ways of Seeing
Beston, H. The Outermost House
Boal. A. Theatre of the Oppressed
Borges, J. L. Labyrinths
Cabañas, K. M. Off-Screen Cinema: Isidore Isou and the Lettrist Avant-Garde
Calvino, I. Invisible cities
Deleuze, G. The logic of sense
Deleuze, G. & Guattari, F. A thousand plateaus: Capitalism and schizophrenia
Deligny, F. The Arachnean and other texts
Derrida, J. The truth in painting
Derrida, J., & Mallet, M.-L. The animal that therefore I am
Descola ,P. Beyond Nature and Culture
Descola, P. The Ecology of Others
De Toledo, S. A. Cartes et lignes d’erre / Maps and wander lines: Traces du réseau de Fernand Deligny

Diamond, J. The World Until Yesterday
Dillard, A. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Dind, J. V. The Sought For Butoh Body: Tatsumi Hijikata’s Cultural Rejection and Creation
Espeland, A. Vårherres palett
Fjeld, P. O. Sverre Fehn. The thought of construction
Fjeld, P. O. Sverre Fehn. The pattern of thoughts
Flusser, V. Towards a Philosophy of Photography
Frampton, K. Labour, work and architecture: collected essays on architecture and design
Giannachi, G. & Stewart, N. Performing Nature: Explorations in Ecology and the Arts
Gissen, D. Territory: architecture beyond environment
Godard, J-L, & Ishaghpour, Y. How video made the history of cinema possible
Hays, M. K. Architecture theory since 1968
Hejduk, J. Architectures in Love. Sketchbook Notes
Hustvedt, S. The blazing world: A novel
Hustvedt, S. What I loved: A novel
Ingold, T. Making: Anthropology, Archeology, Art and Architecture
Ingold, T. & Janowski. M. Imagining Landscapes: Past, Present and Future
Ingold, T. The perception of the environment: essays on livelihood, dwelling and skill

Kahn, L. Essential texts
Kittler, F. Optical Media
Kittler, F. & others. ReMembering the Body: Body and Movement in the 20th Century
Koestler, A. The Roots Of Coincidence. An Excursion Into Parapsychology
Koestler, A. The Act of Creation, a Study of the Conscious and Unconscious in Science and Art
Koestler, A. The Ghost In The Machine: The Urge To Self-Destruction
Kolhaas, R. & Obrist, H. U. Project Japan: Metabolism Talks
Kracauer, S. Theory of Film: the Redemption of Physical Reality
Krauss, R. & Bois, Y. A. Formless – A Users guide
Kwinter, S. Architectures of time: toward a theory of the event in modernist culture
Leatherbarrow, D. Uncommon ground: architecture, technology, and topography
Lopez, B. Field Notes
Maclagan, D. Outsider art: From the margins to the marketplace
Merleau-Ponty, M. Phenomenology of Perception
Mumford, Lewis. The transformations of man
Peiry, L. Art brut: The origins of outsider art
Richter, G., & Friedel, H. Gerhard Richter: ATLAS
Scarry, E. The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World
Serres, M. Malfeance: appropriation through pollution
Sharma D. & Tygstrup F. Structures of feeling, affectivity and the study of culture
Shryane, J. Blixa Bargeld and Einstürzende Neubauten: German Experimental Music
Skinner, B. F. Walden Two
Sontag, S. Regarding the Pain of Others
Sontag, S. On Photography
Sontag, S. Antonin Artaud: Selected
Stein, E. On the Problem of Empathy
Stein, E. Potency and Act, studies toward a philosophy of being
Stein, E. Finite and Eternal Being: an Attempt at an Ascent to the Meaning of Being
Tanizaki, J. In Praise of Shadows
Thoreau, H. D. Resistance to Civil Government, Or, Civil Disobedience, Or, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

Thoreau, H. D. Walden, Or, Life in the Woods
Vesely, D. Architecture in the Age of Divided Representation. Question of Creativity ...
Viola, B. Reasons for knocking at an empty house: writings 1973- 1994
Viala, J. & Masson-Sekine, N. Butoh: Shades of Darkness
Woolf, V. Kew Gardens
Woolf, V. To the lighthouse

VurderingsformGrupperingKarakterskalaKommentar
VurderingsmappeIndividuellBestått / ikke beståttAttendance & participation – individual studio work:
20 weeks full-time study. The work has to be conducted and performed in the studio (or at LISTA) - the working material is present at any time.

Presence & participation - collective studio discussion:
Weekly talks, lectures and studio discussions. Frequent work reviews. Workshop. Book making. Final exhibition. Final review with invited guests-critics.

Exercises (practical and theoretical), Project (individual presentation and submission) and Text/Essay as well as.

Presentation/Exhibition:
For each of the reviews, assignments are announced and the students hand in visual and textual works which is complementary to the actual physical work made available and presented in the reviews. The final exhibition includes visual haptic material and a final book (including an essay of ca 5-10000 words).
Vurderinger:
Vurderingsform:Vurderingsmappe
Gruppering:Individuell
Karakterskala:Bestått / ikke bestått
Kommentar:Attendance & participation – individual studio work:
20 weeks full-time study. The work has to be conducted and performed in the studio (or at LISTA) - the working material is present at any time.

Presence & participation - collective studio discussion:
Weekly talks, lectures and studio discussions. Frequent work reviews. Workshop. Book making. Final exhibition. Final review with invited guests-critics.

Exercises (practical and theoretical), Project (individual presentation and submission) and Text/Essay as well as.

Presentation/Exhibition:
For each of the reviews, assignments are announced and the students hand in visual and textual works which is complementary to the actual physical work made available and presented in the reviews. The final exhibition includes visual haptic material and a final book (including an essay of ca 5-10000 words).
AktivitetKommentar
OppmøteProject:
20 weeks fulltime study. The individual work has to be conducted and performed in the studio (or in LISTA - see "om emne" or "course content") - the material is present at any time.

Lectures & Discussion:
Weekly two studio talks (lectures, screenings and/or work demonstrations etc.) and one weekly summing up (class discussion).

Reviews, Exhibition & Publication:
Four public mid-term work reviews (one to three days each). One individual work review / inventory. A final exhibition and making of publication (book). A final review with guest critics.
EkskursjonStudy trip to LISTA and Southern Norway. This will be a combined excursion (field-trip with workshop) for the whole CATHARSIS Studio. During regular excursion week.

Those who do not have the opportunity to participate in excursion will receive a task / a project that replaces this.
WorkshopsThe CATHARSIS Field-Studio in LISTA - optional program on individual basis

Please see above under "om emnet" (norwegian page) or "course content" (english page) for a description of the optional CATHARSIS Field-Studio in LISTA program.

Important:
Students interested in working for periods of their semester in Lista should contact the course leader as soon as possible in order to accommodate for their needs such as lodging, work space. Students who are planning to work for periods in Lista must choose the mandatory elective course 40 301 Architecture and Film.

Students are not obliged to relate their semester-work to this initiative. The CATHARSIS Field-Studio in LISTA is a supplement to the regular CATHARSIS Studio which runs as usual here at AHO.
Forventet arbeidsinnsats:
Aktivitet:Oppmøte
Kommentar:Project:
20 weeks fulltime study. The individual work has to be conducted and performed in the studio (or in LISTA - see "om emne" or "course content") - the material is present at any time.

Lectures & Discussion:
Weekly two studio talks (lectures, screenings and/or work demonstrations etc.) and one weekly summing up (class discussion).

Reviews, Exhibition & Publication:
Four public mid-term work reviews (one to three days each). One individual work review / inventory. A final exhibition and making of publication (book). A final review with guest critics.
Aktivitet:Ekskursjon
Kommentar:Study trip to LISTA and Southern Norway. This will be a combined excursion (field-trip with workshop) for the whole CATHARSIS Studio. During regular excursion week.

Those who do not have the opportunity to participate in excursion will receive a task / a project that replaces this.
Aktivitet:Workshops
Kommentar:The CATHARSIS Field-Studio in LISTA - optional program on individual basis

Please see above under "om emnet" (norwegian page) or "course content" (english page) for a description of the optional CATHARSIS Field-Studio in LISTA program.

Important:
Students interested in working for periods of their semester in Lista should contact the course leader as soon as possible in order to accommodate for their needs such as lodging, work space. Students who are planning to work for periods in Lista must choose the mandatory elective course 40 301 Architecture and Film.

Students are not obliged to relate their semester-work to this initiative. The CATHARSIS Field-Studio in LISTA is a supplement to the regular CATHARSIS Studio which runs as usual here at AHO.

Start semester

60 523 The Green Fields of Hovinbyen

Studiepoeng: 
24
Emnenavn på English: 
The Green Fields of Hovinbyen
Emnekode: 
60 523
Studienivå: 
Syklus 2
Undervisningssemester: 
2019 Høst
Eksamenssemester: 
2019 Høst
Undervisningsspråk: 
Engelsk
År: 
2019
Maksimum antall studenter: 
24
Forkunnskapskrav

Admission to AHOs Master program in Architecture or Landscape Architecture. Mandatory first semester course for Master of Landscape Architecture. Basic knowledge in architecture, urbanism and landscape.

Om emnet

The aim of the studio is to explore how to design a park structure - den grønne ringen (the green ring) - in connection to existing landscapes and programs in Hovinbyen, by combining a macro perspective on area development with a small scale design intervention.The purpose of the park is both to provide a space of recreation for the people living in the area, and to function as a mobility axis, connecting the different parts of Hovinbyen to the rest of the city.

 

Today, the area of Hovinbyen is characterized by its history as an industrial area, with infrastructure dominating the landscape. Over the last decade, the area has gone through a transformative development process, with thousands of new housing units coming to, and new inhabitants moving to the area to live and work. 

 

Still in its formative stage, the area faces several challenges and opportunities to define meaningful relationships to the surrounding areas and programs, and to establish its identity as a neighborhood in the greater city of Oslo. The green ring could potentially be a critical element in pursuing these opportunities and a tool in facing these challenges. 

 

The green ring aims to be both a mobility axis, a recreational park structure, an attractive destination for inhabitants across Oslo, and an ecosystem that successfully integrates with tangent biotopes. One focus of the studio work will be to explore how to design programs and systems that integrate human and non-human ecosystems. 

 

In 2015 a plan and idea competition for Hovinbyen was held to collect new suggestions and perspectives for how to develop the area. Today, there is an ongoing invite only competition focusing on the programming and identity of Hovinbyen. The students participating in the studio will have a real chance to influence this process by means of presenting work to both key governmental actors and firms participating in the competition. 

Læringsutbytte

Knowledge

The course presents the students with a theoretical understanding-, and a framework for assessing and understanding the landscape, building on key concepts for designing and evaluating interventions in public spaces.

 

Over the course of the semester we engage in theoretical discussion, focusing on the application of different theoretical perspectives to specific cases.

 

As a student, you will acquire knowledge about the frameworks for mapping and understanding the complex dynamics of the landscape and its processes, complete with accurate terminology, building on relevant theories. In addition you will become familiar with mapping and design processes, knowing different stages, process elements, and other key concepts. 

 

Skills

The coursework relies on basic tools and software within landscape design in order to represent spatial and material conditions. Examples of these are Autocad, Arc GIS, Adobe package, 3D modelling programs (Civil, Rhino), and others. 

 

We will apply various tools for mapping, analyzing, and assessing sites, and capture insights about needs, challenges, and opportunities for design. Through the creative group process of integrating insights from mapping into feasible designs, you learn key principles and tools for designing and running creative processes: Both individually and in groups. 

 

General competence

The course aims to develop the students ability to combine and integrate insight about the landscape in a creative process, leading to a specific design, that can convincingly contribute to achieve specific development aims for the area.

 

Graduating from the course, students will have developed awareness of how various aspects and factors affects a specific site, and will be able to describe these factors from a theoretically informed perspective. Using mapping tools, they are able to derive insights about the specificity of the site, and review those insights in both a theoretical and an applied perspective. Finally, using a conscious creative process, they are able to integrate theoretical and applied perspectives to device designs that take site specific aspects into account, and make meaningful interventions. 

Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter

The studio is organised around three phases: 

 

01

Mapping phase. Group work. Contextualising the site. GIS-based mapping and series of walks on site. Lectures by experts, stakeholders and users. 

                                               

02

Concept phase. Individual work. Study trip: park, gardens and public spaces. Addressing spatial and material conditions through models and maps. Reference lectures. Theoretical discussions.

 

03

Design phase. Individual/Group work. Formulation of project. Small scale design intervention. Reference and Methodology lectures. 

VurderingsformGrupperingKarakterskalaKommentar
ProsjektoppgaveIndividuellBestått / ikke bestått
Vurderinger:
Vurderingsform:Prosjektoppgave
Gruppering:Individuell
Karakterskala:Bestått / ikke bestått
Kommentar:

Start semester

60 524 In Transit - Urban Integration

Emnenavn på English: 
In Transit - Urban Integration
Studiepoeng: 
24
Emnekode: 
60 524
Undervisningssemester: 
2019 Høst
Eksamenssemester: 
2019 Høst
Undervisningsspråk: 
Engelsk
År: 
2019
Maksimum antall studenter: 
20
Emneansvarlig
Tone Selmer-Olsen
Håvard Breivik
Forkunnskapskrav

Admission to AHO and successful completion of three years bachelor level studies (180 ECTS). Open for Master level architecture and landscape architecture students. 

Om emnet

Urban Integration 

How can mobility and migration inform and shape our cities? How can new ways of living and social infrastructure contribute in creating diverse, tolerant and inclusive neighborhoods? How do we plan and facilitate for diversity and social sustainability in our communities?

 “(…) migrant-created urban quarters are ripe with both peril and promise; they are where the new creative and commercial class will be born, and where the next wave of tension and conflict will erupt. Much of the difference depends on how we approach these districts, both organizationally and politically, and, crucially, in terms of physical structures and built form (…) they are increasingly where the real life of the city is found; they are the place where the old city stops being a museum and starts being a laboratory devoted to its own future” - Doug Saunders

The European city is largely a collection of migrant enclaves and the history of the continent’s many great cities like Paris, Berlin and London are all created by multiple clusters of migrants that has slowly become an integrated part of the city. Some of the them, like Belleville in Paris or Kreuzberg in Berlin have, according to Saunders, gone from disreputable to fashionable in a generation. After the high number of refugees and migrants seeking sanctuary in Europe in 2015, communities with high number of new arrivals are once again the focus of attention in the media and European politics. Segregation and ghettoization are topics that are highly featured in the current public discourse, and often used to support anti-immigration sentiments. 

The impact of the built environment, how we plan and design our neighborhoods to aid social cohesion, should also be included in the debate. Integration takes place at the neighborhood level and designing inclusion -physical structures facilitating human interaction - can form a crucial part of building safe, resilient, and sustainable communities. The In Transit studio aims to develop projects that change the narrative of fear into one of opportunity, and point out the potential for sustainable growth for communities hosting migrants and refugees. 

In the Fall-19 semester theIn Transit studio will explore 1) how spatial and physical structures contribute to the creation of safe places that may lead to interaction, integration and cultural exchange benefitting both new arrivals and their host communities 2) the interplay between urban meeting places, workspaces and housing solutions and how this can be solved in in two different contexts and two different migrant communities, one in Norway and the other in the UK. 

Case studies: Migrant communities in Norway and the UK

Stovner (Oslo)is the largest of the 15 boroughs in the city of Oslo, and the easternmost point of the Groruddalen, a valley running through four of the city’s boroughs where more than a quarter of the total population of Oslo live.  Stovner was built between 1968-78, as one of many drabantbyer (satellite towns) and is one of Oslo’s most ambitions city planning projects to date. 

The area planning scheme was the brainchild of Olav Selvaag, one of Norway’s most radical social housing developers. Inspired by contemporary international modernists and brutalistsand similar large-scale housing projects in Europe, the ambition for Stovner was to deliver a low-cost and rapidly constructed utopia for suburban Oslo. Despite its ambitious housing scheme, and an attractive location close to the city center, the area has slowly deteriorated and become a place associated with crime, social inequality and poverty.

Since its early days, the Stovner area has experienced a demographic shift. Today the area has a population of approximately 30,000 inhabitants of which close to 50% is of ethnic minority origin.

In the last few years, the Stovner area has been included in the Oslo Municipality’s area upgrading plans, known in Norwegian as Groruddalssatsingenand Områdeløft Stovner, which includes different revitalizations schemes: upgrading the current building mass, and creating new meeting places and safer neighborhoods. The success of the upgrading interventions, however, has been debated. 

Hackney (London) The London Borough of Hackney has a population of approximately 274,000. Hackney is a relatively young borough with a quarter of its population under 20 years old. Hackney is a culturally diverse area, and nine out of ten Hackney residents say that Hackney is a place where people from different backgrounds get on well together. Hackney’s diversity and multiculturalism are the main factors contributing to residents feeling proud of the borough.

Hackney is also an area of growing economic opportunity as a result of the increased focus on East London as an area of growth and development for London and the UK, including venues constructed for the 2012 London Olympics. This growth, however, sits alongside significant deprivation. Some local people continue to face persistent inequalities and are disproportionately affected by child poverty, worklessness and welfare dependency. 

The UK government has accepted to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020. These refugees have been selected from refugee camps in the neighboring countries of Syria, and plans are underway to resettle people from this group in Hackney. How will this resettlement scheme mark the different Hackney neighborhoods? 
 

Læringsutbytte

After the studio, students will have acquired knowledge of theories and current issues related to urbanization, displacement and integration, focusing on the role of the architect/planner in this context.

Skills

After successfully completing the studio, the student will have acquired experience and skills with the urban analysis and develop architectural design proposals responding to the urban context.

Overall accomplishment´

After successfully completing the studio,the student will be able to develop strategic project proposals that showcase how architecture, urban design, and urban planning can facilitate for diversity and social sustainability.

Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter

The studio is organized around the two case studies and in three parts.

Each case study will include an analysis phase + project proposal phase.The research/analysis phase will be conducted in teams, while the project proposals can be developed individually or in (new) teams. Team work is encouraged. 

The studio will study and make use of proposed resettlement plans, liaise with the different organizations and agencies involved, and from a spatial and programmatic point of view, develop projects based on needs and opportunities in the neighborhood. 

At the end of the semester, each student / team will choose one of the two projects, refine and develop it further, and present this project as the final design proposal to the studio and external juror(s). The studio aims to merge academia with field experiences and input form partner organizations. 

In Transit is a design-driven studio working with complex global topics. Deliverables throughout - and at the end of the course - shall include imaginative and innovative, yet concrete project proposals with architectural designs that are carefully presented through models, drawings and visualizations. Students are expected to present a final design project that discusses concepts of urban integration -both at city level and at a detailed architectonic scale. 

The Study trip will be to different locations in the UK (southeastern England and London)

Pensum

Reading lists will be made available closer to semester start

Obligatorisk arbeidskravPåkrevde arbeidskravOppmøte påkrevdKommentar
Oppmøte til undervisning PåkrevdStudents must be present at scheduled presentations.
Obligatoriske arbeidskrav:
Obligatorisk arbeidskrav:Oppmøte til undervisning
Påkrevde arbeidskrav:
Oppmøte påkrevd:Påkrevd
Kommentar:Students must be present at scheduled presentations.
VurderingsformGrupperingKarakterskalaKommentar
Vurderingsmappe-Bestått / ikke beståttThe student needs to answer all assignments and be present at all presentations to pass the course.

All answered assignments and presentations are subject to an overall assessment - with an emphasis on the presentation of the final design project, which will be evaluated by external juror(s) and responsible teachers.
Vurderinger:
Vurderingsform:Vurderingsmappe
Gruppering:-
Karakterskala:Bestått / ikke bestått
Kommentar:The student needs to answer all assignments and be present at all presentations to pass the course.

All answered assignments and presentations are subject to an overall assessment - with an emphasis on the presentation of the final design project, which will be evaluated by external juror(s) and responsible teachers.
AktivitetKommentar
EkskursjonThose who do not have the opportunity to participate in excursion will receive a task / a project that replaces this.
Forventet arbeidsinnsats:
Aktivitet:Ekskursjon
Kommentar:Those who do not have the opportunity to participate in excursion will receive a task / a project that replaces this.

Start semester

60 525 The Ocean Garden

Studiepoeng: 
24
Emnenavn på English: 
The Ocean Garden
Emnekode: 
60 525
Studienivå: 
Syklus 2
Undervisningssemester: 
2019 Høst
Eksamenssemester: 
2019 Høst
Undervisningsspråk: 
Engelsk
År: 
2019
Maksimum antall studenter: 
18
Emneansvarlig
Luis Callejas
Janike Kampevold Larsen
Gro Bonesmo
Dale Steven Wiebe
Forkunnskapskrav

Admission to AHO's master programmes in Landscape Architecture or Architecture

Om emnet

The recent interest in the ocean as a poetic and scientific space for inquiry, calls for an evaluation of how architects and landscape architects address this unfathomable space.

This course will propose landscapes and architectures for marine investigation. The project will be particularly informed by contemporary research techniques that involve the representation of the ocean as space and habitat. As an alternative to a centralized marine research space, this course will suggest a network of dispersed centers for marine investigation. Students will design a horizontal research space that unfolds as something between a garden and a building.

The course builds upon ongoing ocean initiatives in Norway. These include the prime minister’s panel on a sustainable ocean economy, an effort to engage the heads of coastal states throughout the world, and Rev Ocean - a new Norwegian research ship and a “world ocean headquarter”.

We will test the idea of a horizontal and landscape driven marine research facility that speaks to the geographical dispersal of marine research sites, and includes several locations along the Norwegian coast - allowing a network to build and form. The spaces will be located between land and sea, and be should be capable of recreating the different conditions of the fields of study in contemporary ocean research.

The course unfolds as an alternative approach to contemporary proposals for littoral design, which can be roughly described as follows: 

1. Designs inclined to aesthetically abuse or fetishize science or exploration, where form borrows from the studied matter
2. Proposals that borrow form from littoral vernacular architecture (prevalent in Scandinavia)
3. Design interventions that directly interpret ocean forms or adapt metaphors of fluidity into architecture

By using specific landscape media (the manipulation of the ground, live matter and time ) we will search for an alternative aesthetic for littoral design that is informed by science, yet free from maritime vernacular elements, all while remaining informed by the best examples of littoral architecture and landscape architecture around the world. The course work will be informed directly by the landscape practices of sea dwellers, from researchers to fishermen. 

We will be studying an array of littoral design cultures, with a particular focus on the Mediterranean and the influence of seafaring on Greek and Roman thought. Sailor, geographer and historian Pascal Arnaud will be a guest in the studio. 

Furthermore, we will be looking at links between representation, navigation and littoral architecture in the history of Arctic seafaring, industries, and cultures, and compare these traditions with the ones that originated in the Mediterranean. We are interested in the long-standing fascination of architects and landscape architects with the spatial metaphors of the ocean, from the isotropic condition of the sea to the island as a spatial metaphor, to the boat as preeminent heterotopia. 

Landscape Architects and Architects are encouraged to work together; however, it will also be possible to do individual projects that are either buildings or open-air landscapes. The primary challenge will be to test how the program of the research center can adapt to open-air conditions, and the littoral zone specifically.

As in previous courses, this experiment is driven by the ambition of testing the elastic limits of the disciplines of architecture and landscape architecture through the study of shared geographic tropes.

Læringsutbytte

Knowledge about: 

Littoral architecture with focus on the Mediterranean and the Arctic traditions

Landscape architecture and architecture as a productive tool and facilitator in terrestrial and marine research.

Skills: 

How to think and project form through the manipulation of landscape media (live matter, ground and time)

Visual communication and architectural drawing.

General competency:

Students will understand the relationship between form, environment and time.

Student will be part of a contemporary effort to renegotiate architectural approaches to the ocean as a contested, challenged and productive territory..

Students will achieve a general understanding of the nature of marine environmental research.

Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter

Field trip 

The studio will travel along Norway’s Arctic coastline from Tromsø to Vardø. We will be moving both on land and water, surveying coastlines, doing site-specific sampling and experiments, and looking at ongoing citizen-driven initiatives in the north of Norway.

VurderingsformGrupperingKarakterskalaKommentar
Muntlig presentasjon-Bestått / ikke bestått Mid term and final review, weighted 50% each
Vurderinger:
Vurderingsform:Muntlig presentasjon
Gruppering:-
Karakterskala:Bestått / ikke bestått
Kommentar: Mid term and final review, weighted 50% each

Start semester

80 514 OCCAS Moving Monuments: Rome

Studiepoeng: 
24
Emnenavn på English: 
OCCAS Moving Monuments: Rome
Emnekode: 
80 514
Studienivå: 
Syklus 2
Undervisningssemester: 
2019 Høst
Eksamenssemester: 
2019 Høst
Undervisningsspråk: 
Engelsk
År: 
2019
Maksimum antall studenter: 
15
Emneansvarlig
Victor Plahte Tschudi
Mari Hvattum
Mari Lending
Tim Ainsworth Anstey
Even Smith Wergeland
Forkunnskapskrav

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

Om emnet

OCCAS Moving Monuments: Rome offers a study of historical monuments. The course teaches you about buildings but also about the techniques and approaches that you need to know to become a scholar.

Initially, you are asked to select a monument in Rome, which you will work with and investigate throughout the course. To aid that investigation, a seminar led by six OCCAS teachers presents a spectrum of approaches to architectural research, intended to guide both you and the monument through history – and history through its many mediations.

“Moving” may refer to the transportation of architecture, but also to the recreation and circulation of monuments in various media and materials, museums and models, print-  and preservation strategies. Experts in respective fields, counting Tim Anstey, Mari Hvattum, Mari Lending, Victor Plahte Tschudi and Even Smith Wergeland, join forces to teach you not only about past monuments but also about the methods that enable us to think, write and talk about them.

Læringsutbytte

The learning outcome is twofold. First, the course offers extensive knowledge of buildings (primarily in Rome) and the media and materials that convey them, ranging from plaster to the popular press. However, the course is also about research, introducing students to topics such as hermeneutics, archival studies, visual analysis, and textual interpretation. In short, the aim is to turn students into confident researchers able to command and apply contemporary perspectives on a historical material.

Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter

The course is structured as a series of mini-seminars organized by the OCCAS teaching staff. One of the seminars takes place in Rome, the others at AHO, consisting of a combination of lectures and workshops. In three assignments, you are asked to present different aspect of “your” monument. Simultaneously you will work on your main presentation under individual supervision. Activities count weekly lectures/workshops.

Pensum

A general reading list, as well as lists relating to particular monuments, will be disributed at course start.

Obligatorisk arbeidskravPåkrevde arbeidskravOppmøte påkrevdKommentar
Øvinger PåkrevdMuntlige presentasjoner
Innlevering og muntlig presentasjon av tre korte essays i løpet av semesteret i tillegg til arbeid med et avsluttende foredrag.
Obligatoriske arbeidskrav:
Obligatorisk arbeidskrav:Øvinger
Påkrevde arbeidskrav:
Oppmøte påkrevd:Påkrevd
Kommentar:Muntlige presentasjoner
Innlevering og muntlig presentasjon av tre korte essays i løpet av semesteret i tillegg til arbeid med et avsluttende foredrag.
VurderingsformGrupperingKarakterskalaKommentar
Muntlig presentasjonIndividuellBestått / ikke beståttEn avsluttende presentasjon ved semsterslutt som tar form som en forelesning på ca. 30 minutter, komplett med billedmateriale og åpen for inviterte tilhørere.
Vurderinger:
Vurderingsform:Muntlig presentasjon
Gruppering:Individuell
Karakterskala:Bestått / ikke bestått
Kommentar:En avsluttende presentasjon ved semsterslutt som tar form som en forelesning på ca. 30 minutter, komplett med billedmateriale og åpen for inviterte tilhørere.
AktivitetKommentar
EkskursjonEkskursjon til Roma. De som ikke har anledning til å delta på ekskursjon vil få en oppgave/et prosjekt som erstatter denne.
OppmøteOppmøte og aktiv deltagelse i forelesninger, workshops og seminarer er forventet.
Forventet arbeidsinnsats:
Aktivitet:Ekskursjon
Kommentar:Ekskursjon til Roma. De som ikke har anledning til å delta på ekskursjon vil få en oppgave/et prosjekt som erstatter denne.
Aktivitet:Oppmøte
Kommentar:Oppmøte og aktiv deltagelse i forelesninger, workshops og seminarer er forventet.

Start semester

80 515 Being Tectonic - The End of Type

Emnenavn på English: 
Being Tectonic - The End of Type
Studiepoeng: 
24
Emnekode: 
80 515
Studienivå: 
Syklus 2
Undervisningssemester: 
2019 Høst
Eksamenssemester: 
2019 Høst
Undervisningsspråk: 
Engelsk
År: 
2019
Maksimum antall studenter: 
15
Forkunnskapskrav

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

Om emnet

Typology is the very embodiment of conceptual thinking: it isolates similarities from the flux of reality in order to make purified clusters of these similarities suitable for manipulation. The natural home of a type is the taxonomy...it is not obvious how to establish the criteria with regard to a ‘type’ for dwelling – according to individual ergonomics, to bed and table, to the middle-class flat or house, to ‘functions’ or decorum, to the market, to a building or urban block or city or region, to the primordial conditions of nature, to culture? Dwelling, properly understood, is more profound than the efficient or attractive accommodation of a life-style – it comprises orientation in reality.

Peter Carl. Type, Field, Culture Praxis

Introduction

We all, I think, instinctively feel, and rationally assume, that buildings last for generations. We build them of concrete; liquid stone set around steel. It is hard to imagine a more irreversible concoction. Into these concrete cages we set our most treasured stories. Stories about work, education, health, wealth and family. But stories are liquid, they move much more rapidly than these fixed frames can bear. We have forgotten, in how we build, that what is given now was almost unthinkable a century ago.

In previous eras, the façade of a building, its public gestures and spaces, where the lasting elements. From palaces to factories, simple frames were adorned in rich material compositions, allowed to become recognisable and enduring characters by having the flexibility to change inside.

Now a drastic turnaround has taken place in the approach to our cities. The façades have become novel and sacrificial surfaces and the interiors tightly packed with fixed ideas. The results of this inversion are all around us. Demolition is a daily occurrence in the city, with the average lifespan of an urban building now in the order of 30 years. Every layer of our buildings is infected with contradictions of obsolescence and permanence.

This is the very definition of an unsustainable practice. Extraction of raw materials from the earth has tripled since the 70’s and is responsible for 50% of carbon emissions and 80% of biodiversity loss. Concrete has become the most consumed substance on the planet second only to water.

The Project

This autumn we will develop positions in relation to urban buildings, their life, their death and their composition. We will consider the relationship between location and life span, façade and structure, between use and appearance, between construction, materials, resources and environment, and we will develop a critical perspective in relation to how, where and when one should build.

Urban Research

The site of our project will be Oslo, we will start at the urban scale working as a group to understand the development of the city historically and the successes and failures that are present for us to read and learn from. This historical research will be supported by city walks, seminars and discussions with urban planners and architects about new strategies being developed for the city. We will work with researchers from NMBU who are making urban planning projections through the lens of degrowth and green growth strategies, and we will meet with Assemble who are developing a cultural masterplan for Hovinbyen. Through drawing and photography, we will build a collection of observations about the city and its buildings that we will take through into our final building proposals.  

Typological Development

Building on the foundation of understanding that we develop through investigations at the urban scale we will then develop new taxonomies for the city that respond directly to the present challenges of density,  durability and flexibility.  A key touch stone for this work will be a 17th century publication by French architect Pierre Le Muet. His book, The Way of Building Fairly for All People (Manière de bastir, pour touttes sortes de personnes) was published as a pattern book for Paris and contributed to the rise of neoclassicism in Britain and France. Tracing the rise of neoclassicism northward, we will consider the influences of German neoclassicism on the city of Oslo by travelling to Berlin.

Building Project

The final project will be a detailed building proposal situated within the urban plan and taxonomy we have created. We will focus here on timber construction working to break free from aesthetic and performative assumptions about the material and developing compositional approaches that allow for the thickness, depth and weight we find in the neoclassical city to be transposed into our propositions for new city buildings.  

Læringsutbytte
  • Develop a broad historical perspective on European city planning and development.
  • Explore cultural forces behind present forms of zoning and development, use-class and regulation in Oslo and how they fix the limits of the possible with in the city.
  • Formulate propositions for urban strategies that take critical positions in relation to current models and create opportunities for explorations outside of assumed typologies.
  • Practice observations through precise drawing and photography work.
  • Develop a detailed building proposal situated within this new urban context that seeks to capture a construction valid for the challenges of our time.
  • Develop skills in large scale wooden model making to test construction and compositional ideas.
Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter

Teachers: Matthew Dalziel and Sofie Flakk Slinning

Students will be provided with a course plan closer to the course start date.

Study Trip: Berlin

 

Students are responsible for managing the delivery and presentation of their own work.  Loss of data will not be considered a valid justification for submitting incomplete project work.

Obligatorisk arbeidskravPåkrevde arbeidskravOppmøte påkrevdKommentar
Oppmøte til undervisning PåkrevdStudents are expected to be present and working during all studio meetings, which occur twice a week. Students are also expected to be present during all seminars and reviews. Absences from studio meetings and reviews will affect the final grade and multiple unexcused absences will result in course failure.
Obligatoriske arbeidskrav:
Obligatorisk arbeidskrav:Oppmøte til undervisning
Påkrevde arbeidskrav:
Oppmøte påkrevd:Påkrevd
Kommentar:Students are expected to be present and working during all studio meetings, which occur twice a week. Students are also expected to be present during all seminars and reviews. Absences from studio meetings and reviews will affect the final grade and multiple unexcused absences will result in course failure.
VurderingsformGrupperingKarakterskalaKommentar
Prosjektoppgave-Bestått / ikke beståttAssessment will be throughout the duration of the project with deadlines and presentation of work produced at each stage. Deadlines are not negotiable.
Vurderinger:
Vurderingsform:Prosjektoppgave
Gruppering:-
Karakterskala:Bestått / ikke bestått
Kommentar:Assessment will be throughout the duration of the project with deadlines and presentation of work produced at each stage. Deadlines are not negotiable.
AktivitetKommentar
EkskursjonStudy trip to Berlin. Those who do not have the opportunity to participate in excursion will receive a task / a project that replaces this.
Forventet arbeidsinnsats:
Aktivitet:Ekskursjon
Kommentar:Study trip to Berlin. Those who do not have the opportunity to participate in excursion will receive a task / a project that replaces this.

60 306 Byens offentlige rom

Emnenavn på English: 
The City's public spaces
Studiepoeng: 
6
Emnekode: 
60 306
Studienivå: 
Syklus 2
Undervisningssemester: 
2019 Høst
Eksamenssemester: 
2019 Høst
Undervisningsspråk: 
Norsk/Engelsk
Maksimum antall studenter: 
24
Emneansvarlig
Jonny Aspen
Sverre Bjerkeset
Forkunnskapskrav

Det kreves ingen forkunnskaper utover opptakskrav i studieprogrammet.

Om emnet

Kursets tema er byens offentlige rom. Kurset er lagt opp som en undersøkelse, teoretisk så vel som empirisk i Oslo, av offentlige byroms viktigste kjennetegn i dag. Vi vil se nærmere på hvordan byens offentlige rom, på tvers av ulike romlige og sosiale settinger, blir produsert, brukt og opplevd. Kurset vil blant annet fokusere på følgende sentrale spørsmål: Hvilke krefter gjør seg mest gjeldende i dagens offentlige byrom? På hvilke måter er offentlige byrom i endring? Hva er det som gjør byens rom offentlige?

Læringsutbytte

Kunnskaper: Studentene vil tilegne seg kunnskaper om samtidens offentlige byrom som vil kunne ha stor betydning for diskusjonen av arkitektur og byutvikling. Ferdigheter: Studentene får trening i å lese, diskutere og presentere teoretiske tekster. Studentene vil videre få kjennskap til et utvalg elementære forskningsmetoder for undersøkelse av kvaliteter i offentlige byrom. Kompetanse: Studentene skal tilegne seg kompetanse som gjør det mulig, med utgangspunkt i eget forskningsmateriale, å skrive et avsluttende drøftende paper om samtidens offentlige byrom.

Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter

Kurset består av følgende tre deler: 1) et utvalg forelesninger over temaet byens offentlige rom, 2) lesning av et utvalg teoretiske tekster (studentene vil få i oppgave å forberede presentasjoner) samt seminardiskusjoner, 3) gjennomføre feltarbeid knyttet til utarbeidelse av et avsluttende paper. Studentene forventes å lese pensumlitteraturen til hver time.

Pensum

pensumliste utleveres ved kursstart

Obligatorisk arbeidskravPåkrevde arbeidskravOppmøte påkrevdKommentar
Annet - spesifiser i kommentarfeltet PåkrevdStudentene vil få i oppgave å forberede seminarinnlegg med utgangspunkt i pensumlitteraturen.
Obligatoriske arbeidskrav:
Obligatorisk arbeidskrav:Annet - spesifiser i kommentarfeltet
Påkrevde arbeidskrav:
Oppmøte påkrevd:Påkrevd
Kommentar:Studentene vil få i oppgave å forberede seminarinnlegg med utgangspunkt i pensumlitteraturen.
VurderingsformGrupperingKarakterskalaKommentar
Prosjektoppgave-Bestått / ikke beståttStudentene skal skrive et avsluttende paper som leveres inn mot slutten av fordypningskursuka. Studentene skal videre forberede en kort presentasjon av sitt paper for gjennomgang i plenum.
Vurderinger:
Vurderingsform:Prosjektoppgave
Gruppering:-
Karakterskala:Bestått / ikke bestått
Kommentar:Studentene skal skrive et avsluttende paper som leveres inn mot slutten av fordypningskursuka. Studentene skal videre forberede en kort presentasjon av sitt paper for gjennomgang i plenum.

60 701 Pre-diplom for urbanisme og landskapsarkitektur

Emnenavn på English: 
Pre-diploma for urbanism and landscape architecture
Studiepoeng: 
6
Emnekode: 
60 701
Studienivå: 
Syklus 2
Undervisningssemester: 
2019 Høst
Eksamenssemester: 
2019 Høst
Undervisningsspråk: 
Engelsk
Emneansvarlig
Sabine Muller
Forkunnskapskrav

Successful completion of 60 ECTS master level studies. Last Semester before diploma. The course is open to students of architecture and landscape architecture. 

Students need to be present at AHO while doing their pre-diploma. Students working abroad will not be allowed to participate in the course.

Om emnet

The pre-diploma semester at AHO is an independent research task on a theme chosen by the candidate. In consultation with the course teacher, fellow students and a chosen advisor, the candidate is to produce a report that details a topic to be studied, an approach or methodology, a spatial program and a plan of work. This report is the foundation of the diploma work.

Læringsutbytte

At the end of the course, the students will have acquired the necessary knowledge to proceed with the independent diploma assignment: ∙ An understanding of the complexity of a chosen urban or landscape site and topic ∙ An ability to frame artistic and scientific research ∙ An understanding of the given natural, social, cultural and technological conditions that govern urban or landscape design work ∙ An awareness of the topic’s historical, societal, theoretical and methodological ramifications ∙ An ability to communicate ideas and plan work ∙ An understanding of one’s own individual position with the discipline

Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter

The course is an individual research assignment with group discussions and interim presentations of the different research components. It concludes with a pre-diploma report containing the following elements: - Topic description - Site presentation - Maps of selected issues - Reviews and discussions of relevant literature - Summaries and discussions of interviews with experts - Reference projects presentations and discussions

Obligatorisk arbeidskravPåkrevde arbeidskravOppmøte påkrevdKommentar
Oppmøte til undervisning Ikke påkrevd
Obligatoriske arbeidskrav:
Obligatorisk arbeidskrav:Oppmøte til undervisning
Påkrevde arbeidskrav:
Oppmøte påkrevd:Ikke påkrevd
Kommentar:
VurderingsformGrupperingKarakterskalaKommentar
RapportIndividuellBestått / ikke bestått
Vurderinger:
Vurderingsform:Rapport
Gruppering:Individuell
Karakterskala:Bestått / ikke bestått
Kommentar:
AktivitetKommentar
Skriftlige oppgaver
Forventet arbeidsinnsats:
Aktivitet:Skriftlige oppgaver
Kommentar:

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