40 611 24-hour Oslo - Versatile Architectures and New Demographies


Working knowledge in Rhino
Studio participants are required to take the studio specific elective course ‘Integrated and Associative Computational Design in Architecture’

Recommended prerequisite knowledge

Mindset towards experimental design

Course content

Course Program

The studio offers exciting and future oriented design assignments with emphasis on computational design. The aim is to address societal and environmental dynamics through the medium of architectural design.

The studio seeks to address locally specific conditions and circumstances, and societal and environmental changes that require architectural responses that are not part of the current canon and that go beyond current practice.

The studio will commence the development of integrative computational data-driven design processes.
The spring 2016 semester will focus on locally specific demographic, spatial, programmatic and environmental criteria and data as the primary inputs into the design process. Students will be working individually or in small teams.

Phase 01:

Phase will commence with the design of a small 24-hour differential use building that caters for different age and income groups. The design requires an integrated approach to spatial organization, structural articulation and environmental performance in which the capacity of versatile use of the building is the primary element. Phase 01 consists of a six-week design phase for the small building. This phase is integrated with the studios intensive elective course in which students learn and further develop computational design skills.

Phase 02:

Phase 02 consists of two tracks from which students can choose.

Track 01 (recommended for first time takers of the studio) will focus on the detailed development of the small-scale building designed in phase 01 and the preparation of the fabrication and construction documents with emphasis on computer-aided manufacturing.

Track 02 (recommended for returners to the studio) will focus on adapting and developing the design approach towards differential use mid- to large size building scheme and neighborhood in Oslo, with the aim to organize mixed generation living.

The studio does not pursue a preconceived artistic approach based on a given aesthetic or fixed set of processes. Instead students are encouraged and supported to develop their own artistic approach and position. In so doing the studio pursues design processes from which expression emerges and evolves and foregrounds the design of processes from which individual artistic positions can arise.
Avoiding a preconceived artistic approach is related to the thematic agenda of the studio to develop locally specific and architectures that are embedded in their context based on de-emphasizing the idiosyncratic object and instead complex field relations and architecture / environment interactions.

In order to ensure its practice-oriented emphasis the studio will continue to collaborate with leading architectural and engineering practices, industries, seminal expert groups and research environments, and outstanding schools of architecture.

Learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes:
• To be prepared for future practice in architecture and the challenges posed by it.
• The ability to set up and follow through a design process that leads to the desired result;
• The ability to utilize design as a method of research in architecture that facilitates the conception of novel architectural designs;
• Students will gain detailed knowledge of the architectural and computational design themes pursued by the studio and develop skill in computational design in architecture;
• Students will gain the ability to develop designs based on specific performative criteria in an integrated manner from the conceptual stage to the material articulation through computational design;
• Knowledge in associative modelling and generative systems;
• Knowledge in use of advanced architectural and design visualization;

Working and learning activities

Teaching Activities

1. Lectures on key conceptual and methodological approaches.
2. Seminars on seminal texts and projects.
3. Workshops focused on specific design aspects or skill building.
4. Studio tutorials and discussions on the design work.

Core thematic foci include:
• Performance-oriented Architecture (Hensel 2013);
• Informed Non-standard (Sørensen 2015);
• Local Architecture / Local Urbanism;

The methodological approach encompasses:
• Performance-oriented Advanced Computational Design;
• Integration of data-driven Methods, Processes, Information and Analysis;
• Integrated computer-aided materialization / fabrication;
• Production of full scale prototypes and pilot projects;

Professor in charge

Søren S. Sørensen, Michael Hensel

Mandatory work requirements

Work requirements Number Number of approved Mandatory presence Comment
Project Ja

90 % attendance


Assessment Date Duration Grade scale Oral examination
Prosjektoppgave 1 semester Pass / Fail

Reading lists / teaching materials

Course Literature


Books and Journals:


Ayres, P. Ed. (2012) Persistent Modelling, London: Routledge.


Hensel, M. and Turko, J. (2015). Grounds and Envelopes - Reshaping Architecture and the Built Environment. London: Routledge.


Hensel, M. (2013). AD Primer - Performance-oriented Architecture - Rethinking Architectural Design and the Built Environment. London: AD Wiley.


Hensel, M., Menges, A. and Weinstock, M. (2010) Emergent Technologies and Design - Towards a biological Paradigm for Architecture. London: Routledge.


Hensel, M., Hight, C. and Menges, A. Eds. (2009) Space Reader - Heterogeneous Space in Architecture. London: AD Wiley.


Hensel, M. and Hermansen Cordua, C. (2015). Constructions - An Experimental Approach to Intensely Local ArchitecturesAD Architectural Design


Grobman, Y. and Neuman, E. Eds. (2012) Performalism. London: Routledge.


Architectures non standard (2003) Centre Georges Pompidou.


Papers and Articles:


Hensel, M. (2015). 'Thoughts and Experiments en Route to Intensely Local Architectures'. In: Beim, A., Bundgaard, C. and Frier Hvejsel, M. Eds. Every Tectonics - Nordic Journal of Architectural Research Vol.1: 11-33.


Hensel, M. and Sørensen, S. (2014). ‘Intersecting Knowledge Fields and Integrating Data-Driven Computational Design en Route to Performance-oriented and Intensely Local Architectures’. In: Bier, H. and Knight, T. eds. Dynamics of Data-driven Design Footprint 15 Autumn 2014: 59-74.


Hensel, M. and Sørensen, S. (2013). ‘En Route to Performance-oriented Architecture - The Research Centre for Architecture and Tectonics: Integrating Architectural Education with Research by Design along a Practice-oriented Perspective’. SAJ Serbian Architectural Journal 5 (2): 106-131.


Credit reduction

Course name Credits
ACDL Computation 24