40 511 Experience of a Nordic Space

Prerequisites

Passed 6 semesters

Recommended prerequisite knowledge

Cad, Rhino, Adobe programs

Course content

The Guest Professor Studio ‘Space & Technique’ offers an advanced master course in architectural design. In the autumn semester 2016 the guest professor in the studio will be Swiss architect Christian Kerez arch ETH, professor at ETHZ, with the architectural practice in Zürich.
http://www.kerez.arch.ethz.ch/
www.kerez.ch
www.christiankerez.tumblr.com

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The studio will operate on the base of two working groups, with12 students in each. The group 1 will be working with an architectural research “Experience of a Nordic Space” where students will be producing pictures and texts on the theme of Nordic Space, but not traditional architectural projects. Christian Kerez will be teaching this group. The group 2 will be working with a kind of research-oriented project proposal with the same theme, based on the set of individually chosen criteria developed in collaboration with the students from the group 1. The division into two groups, a research and a project group, will be done on the base individual portfolios and interviews, conducted during the first semester week. The idea of collaboration aims to strengthen the architectural discussion and synergy between both groups with slightly different architectural focuses. Precise details about the work and how we imagine it to be conducted and presented will be given the students at the beginning of the studio. We hope that this elementary starting point could generate an interesting frame for development of architecturally engaging work in the studio.

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“A building is not like an experiment in science, because the experience of the architectonic space is something you cannot separate from the space itself. The quality of architecture can only be verified within the experience of the building itself. The plan is only a tool, models are only an approach; they cannot replace architectonic space.

I am nonetheless interested in making models, and sketches as pictures and showing them in exhibitions, because by reducing the experience of space they can help to focus on individual aspects of architecture. Every kind of medium translates space into something else that can be put into a book or an exhibition, carried around, or sent by email. This change, this crucial experience of the architectural space can provide an awareness of certain individual aspects of architecture…..”

“…. A sea of pictures from our pages on Facebook, Tumblr, and homepage reflect on singular, fragmented aspects of architecture, on impressions that pass by without any clear statement. Some pictures are merely raw material which may, one day, become a starting point of an idea or just help to clarify a singular question in an ongoing design process…..Other pictures taken on different journeys and shown at lectures try only to memorize and describe the experience of the real, absent architecture. All these pictures show a never-ending field of possibilities for a project, a starting point full of incertitude. Only in a project will these streams of pictures eventually meet and find some evidence hidden in its conceptual logic.”
Christian Kerez;

Learning outcomes

formulating the independent and prejudice-less thinking about architecture and about working with its constituent material
- 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

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After finishing the course, the student should:
- be able to discover and sharpen his/her own working method
- be able to develop principles for structuring of both basic and complex
architectural material and develop it into a final project
- be able to develop and structure the architectural knowledge on the base of specific project themes chosen to work with during the studio
- be able to learn how to creatively use architectural research in the work with architecture.
- be able to present and communicate his/her architectural ideas 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.

Working and learning activities

The focus of the studio will be two-folded:
- an investigation to define the architectonic space of experience of the Nordic and its possible design principles,
- an attempt will be made to describe it in specific and precise architectural terms.

The main aims of the teaching 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 the development of the projects

The work during the semester will be conducted in 4 steps. The duration of each step will be approximately 1 month, ending with a public presentation and discussion/critique of the individual work within the both groups.
The focus of the studio will be two-folded:
- an investigation to define the architectonic space of experience of the Nordic and its possible design principles,
- an attempt will be made to describe it in specific and precise architectural terms.

The work during the semester will be conducted in 4 steps. The duration of each step will be approximately 1 month, ending with a public presentation and discussion/critique of the individual work within the both groups.

Work load:
- texts, drawings and models in different scale, photographs and 3D illustrations
- the prepared public discussions and reviews of the individual work
- the digital- and hand-production of models in different scale
- the final project will be presented with the pictures, texts, drawings and models and 3D renders

Professor in charge

Neven Fuchs-Mikac

Mandatory work requirements

Work requirements Number Number of approved Mandatory presence Comment
Excursions

The teaching will consist of the work in the studio, the individual discussions and desk crits, case studies, public discussions, seminaries, films and lectures structured in-between 3 public reviews.
The study of Nordic architecture, particularly the work of Sten Eileer Rasmussen, Kai Fisker, Gunnar Asplund, Sigurd Lewerentz, Peter Celsing, Sverre Fehn etc.
After the first working phase there will be organized a study-trip to Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

Assessment

Assessment Date Duration Grade scale Oral examination
Prosjektoppgave Pass / Fail
Comment:

the active presence and work in the studio during the whole semester
- the assessment will focus on:
a. student’s architectural sensibility and awareness of architectural problems,
b. the clarity of argumentation, built-up during the process
c. the ability to evaluate the quality of the project idea,
d. the strength of “conversion” of idea into an architectural project,
e. the evaluation of the intellectual and architectural capacity to confront the creative risk involved in the project
- the developed presentation material and presence at 3 public reviews during the semester
- the delivered complete project material for the exhibition AHO Works and for the final review 04.06.2016.

The studio-work is evaluated with Passed or Not Passed, jf. Regulation for Master Studies at AHO‚ pt. 6-14.