40 508 The Scarcity and Creativity Studio: Nes


Students who register for this course MUST ALSO ENROLL THEMSELVES IN THE ELECTIVE COURSE 'Associative Modeling and Fabrication ", both because the content is closely linked to the studio course and because the schedule for these two courses are synchronized. These two courses do not follow the regular layout of elective courses, i.e. elective course every Tuesday, partly because the studio course goes away for several weeks during the semester to build. Please follow this call for elective course, so that we won't have a lot of work with rebooking etc. afterwards.

Exceptions are made for students who graduate program this semester.

Course content

The focus of The Scarcity and Creativity Studio is to design and build a prototype of a small cottage which the Municipality of Nes is to install in local farms to increase farmers income by renting them in the summer. The studio also has other commissions which may need some development during the coming semester: 1. Meditation Space in Manresa, Spain; 2. a Tourist Road Project in Norway; 3. A Small Art Gallery in Helsinki.

Learning outcomes

Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge, skills and competences:
On completing the course, the student:
• know about, and develop skills and competences about building design of a small housing unit
• know about, and develop skills and competences about detailing and specifications of a small housing unit
• know about, and develop skills and competences about building regulations regarding of a small housing unit
• know about, and develop skills and competences about building costs and budget management during construction
• know about, and develop skills and competences about relating the design of a building and building it.
• will have acquired the skill of using manual tools for building
• will have acquired the skill of using mechanical tools for building
• know about, and develop skills and competences about conditions of scarcity and climatic conditions

Working and learning activities

The development of the work during the semester will follow a pre-determined path which has been thought out in order to provide the pace and logistics which the studio needs to follow if it is to fulfil its aims.
We will work as if we were one architectural studio fulfilling a commission, some of the work will be individual, mostly architectural design, and most of the work will be done in groups. Everyone is expected to contribute to this joint effort performing those tasks which are for the benefit of the whole studio. The studio will focus on joint production rather than individual expression.

Step one: Each student will develop individual proposals for the project.
Review one: review of the individual projects and choice of projects which continue.
Step two: Students will form teams of two or three. The composition of the teams will be based on similar/compatible/complementary characteristics of the individual projects delivered in Step One. Each of these teams will develop one joint design, which will bring together characteristics of the individual designs.
Review 2: Review of the team projects and choice of projects which continue.
Step three: The Studio will choose one project to build and develop a complete set of architectural drawings, a detailed list of all materials required for the construction, assembly instructions and costs
Review 3: Review of the mock-ups, lists of materials, cutting schedules, assemblies, and construction phasing with a view to discussing construction difficulties which may arise during the construction period in the Open City.
Step Four: Construction in AHO of parts to be transported and assembled in Nes
Step 5: Preparing the work for the AHO WORKS exhibition.
Final Review: Final examination/review to assess the work of the semester.

Teaching Methods:
The studio will be based mainly on one-to-one and group discussion of student work.
There will also be group discussions, lectures, demonstrations, and workshops.

Students who join this studio will have to also enrol in the ‘Associative Modelling and Fabrication’ course because its contents are highly linked to the studio program development.

It is a requirement of the course that students spend the time needed to assemble the building in Nes. Although it is difficult at this stage to determine the length of the period of assembly our estimation is around two weeks. During this time students will have to provide their own lodgings and food. Students must also take out insurance that covers them while traveling and during the construction period.

Professor in charge

Professor Christian Hermansen


Assessment Date Duration Grade scale Oral examination
Annen vurderingsform, definer i kommentarfelt Pass / Fail

Working and learning activities