40 510 Nostalgic future


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Recommended prerequisite knowledge

Passed 7th semester

Course content

The Studio for Research and Production of Architecture offers a research-oriented master studio in architectural design. In autumn semester 2015 the guest-professor in the studio will be Japanese architect Takaharu Tezuka from the Tokyo based practice Tezuka Architects. www.tezuka-arch.com
The technology is becoming more and more invisible these days. For small children there is no longer difference between water- colour and iPad. We are supported by technology, but technology doesn't represent fthe uture any more. Technology became nothing more than a tool to achieve a eal human life. The dream about better society doesn’t represent future either. What are then the forces today that drive architecture into the future? We invite students to imagine and find a future to represent past and present with architectural form and space.

In discussion with teachers each student will have to choose the site and the program to work with. We will recommend some specific zones of interest for the projects. Of course, this will be a hard topic to discuss, but we don’t want students to make choices without any resistance.
Given only these few basic instructions students should decide everything themselves during the design process. The discussion on the conceptual development of individual projects, programs, sites etc. will start after the introductory research phase of the work. With the theme NOSTALGIC FUTURE we would like to envision — and bring to life — a series of interesting architectural projects that combine personal spaces with infinite versatility and to create buildings that could become a kind of living art.
We hope that this short, clear and elementary starting point could generate an inspiring frame for development of engaging and strong poetic projects in the studio.

Learning outcomes

- formulating the independent and prejudice-less thinking about architecture, about its spatial organization, structure and materiality, and its constituent elements
- stimulating the individual awareness of todays positions in architecture
- stimulating the awareness of one's own architectural position and one's own attitude toward the work with architecture
After finishing the course, the student should:
- be able to develop his/her own clear and consistent architectural working method
- be able to develop principles for structuring of both basic and complex architectural material and develop it through different scales into a final project
- be able to develop and apply the architectural knowledge about the specific project themes chosen to work with during the process
- be able to creatively use the architectural research in the project
- be able to develop and draw precisely own project through different scales, from the conceptual design to its final constructive and material stage.
- be able to present and communicate his/her architectural idea and his/her final project through the appropriate forms of representation, with drawings, models, diagrams, photos, 3Ds, etc.
- benefit from the work with a foreign guest-teacher and from the confrontation with his architectural thinking, knowledge, experience and imagination.

After finishing the course, the student should:
- be able to effectively communicate his/her architectural ideas and positions through texts, architectural drawings and models in different scale, photographs and renderings
- be able to lead public discussions and reviews on his/her own individual project
- be able to execute digital- and hand-production of models and architectural drawings etc in different scale, using the most advanced programs and techniques

General competence
The general goal of the Studio is to rethink and reinterpret themes, concepts and tools of architecture through a collaborative project with the guest teacher in the studio. In working with architecture architects work with various tools. Construction, space, program, site, context, form, sustainability, materiality and atmosphere offer just some of them. The choice of ideas, themes and tools and the way to work with them varies from one architect to another, from one project to another. Sometimes they are more recognizable identities, sometimes less. Developing ones own clear, consistent and creative attitude towards the things one chooses to work with is what studying architecture is all about.
Also, the idea is to focus on development of the individual working method through the research-based architectural design. In parallel to the main project “another project” would go on: the individual investigation of means and processes necessary for research and production of architecture. By organizing the semester work in a matrix-like structure that combines both the conceptual, analytical and intuition-based approach, the studio would like to disclose the individual potential that usually remains hidden behind the end-result of the project. By pursuing the research within a partly self-defined, partly given framework, we would like to question the preconceived images and norms of traditional design work and to initiate the processes revised by new cognitions, opened to unexpected architectural solutions.

Working and learning activities

The main aims of the teaching in the studio will be:
- to create motivation to the analytical thinking and the causal architectural expression
- to stimulate, cultivate and articulate personal discussions with teachers, as well as open public discussions within the studio, on development of the projects
The studio-work during the semester will be conducted in 4 steps. The duration of each step will be approximately 1 month.
- the first part of the semester: individual research with open public discussions in the studio
- the second part of the semester: individual work on the project structured in 3 steps in-between the 3 public reviews in the studio
Each step would be discussed both independently, as infiltrated into each other and connected into the main project as a whole. In this way, each of the steps will hopefully leave clear traces onto the final project. Weaving the research in and around the main project would lead students to make visible another story, the story of their own position and understanding of architecture. The short assignments or workshops will be introduced during the work.
Our particular interest will be to investigate the relationship between architectural presence, materiality and the concept, starting from an idea of architecture that coherently fuses representation and its internal spatial and tectonic qualities. Therefore, beside the drawings, the projects will be investigated and developed by architectural models in different scale. They will be then photographed to test and represent the anticipated idea of the project. The final project will be presented with text, big-scale drawings and models, photographs, renderings etc.
The teaching will consist of studio-work, studio lectures, individual crits, discussions and table reviews, public presentations and lectures structured in-between 3 big public reviews with Takaharu Tezuka.
After the first phase of the work, at the end of September we will organize 12-days study trip to Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, Ise, and some islands in Japanese Sea)
Exams and assesment methods:
- the active presence and work on the project in the studio during the whole semester
- in the research part of the semester the assessment will focus on:
1. the architectural sensibility and awareness of the architectural problems,
2. the clarity of argumentation, built-up during the process
- in the project part of the semester the assessment will be based on:
1. the evaluation of the quality of the project idea,
2. the strength of conversion of idea into an architectural project,
3. the evaluation of the artistic, intellectual and architectural capacity to confront the creative risk involved in the project
- the prepared project-material and presence at 3 public reviews
- the delivered complete project for the exhibition AHO Works and for the final review 15 – 18.12. 2015
- the studio-work is evaluated with Passed ‚or Not passed, jf. Regulation for Master Studies at AHO‚ pt. 6-14.
The pensum and literature list will be given later.

Professor in charge

Neven Fuchs-Mikac

Mandatory work requirements

Work requirements Number Number of approved Mandatory presence Comment
Project 4 4 Ja


Assessment Date Duration Grade scale Oral examination
Prosjektoppgave Individual 2015-12-15 00:00 ca 1 hour/pers days Pass / Fail