40 617 Positions: Measures and weight; Large Structures


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Course content

In the spring semester 2017 the studio will continue to investigate the relationships between the architectural categories, structure, space and material and the continuously shifting hierarchy between them. The ambiguity created by the changing hierarchies, and in the pulsating change of measurable, independent, optical, visible or hidden properties, present for us to sense, opens for question as what things are and how things appears in the world.

The task this semester will be to develop large structures with a minimum area of 10 000 m2 on a fictive peripheral site. In addition to the overall discussions, the investigations will be further informed by discussion on Measure and Weight, Periphery, Horizontality, Gravity and Matter and Surface.

Parallel to the main task the students will produce a reflecting text.

Studio Positions:

Studio Positions offers in depth studies of the structures that make up architecture and how these structures relate to their environment. The studio aims at investigating new approaches to the making of architecture by change of position, facilitating movement and different viewpoints, as the spatial term position indicates. The studio draws on established knowledge but also challenges our understanding and knowledge of existing buildings. What we know about things is not always corresponding to what we perceive and experience, facts and narratives blind us for what is actually present. How are things made present and how close to a presence is it possible to get? We are preoccupied with not only how architecture is made but also the presence of architecture and the affect (aesthetic experience) it produces.

Studio Positions offer courses in a series of two. Every second semester the studio focus on studies of the relation between space, structure and material based on different research topics while the other course brings the spatial studies into an existing situation. It is possible to begin the first semester on either of the courses.

Artistic Research in Architecture

The studio has a research-based teaching, with focus on in-depth individual research into a given topic. The student is encouraged to develop an individual formal language, and by the use of a spatial structure as a tool, to investigate architectural issues/questions. \With a practice based research we aim at a deeper understanding of the potential of architecture. Architecture like any other forms of art aims at affect. Building-technics, functionality, material-properties, economy, climatic issues etc. arc components that together will form and complete a building that sensually affect us.

Learning outcomes

Practice based research
• Ability to reflect on own work verbally and in writing
• Increased knowledge and skills in: Investigation methods, architecture programming, architectural properties, the presence and configuration of large structures.
• Awareness and ability to gain knowledge from own sensual experience of existing buildings and use this in the making of architecture.

Discussions on:
• Relevant projects and theories in art, architecture, literature and philosophy
• Architecture and the production of presence
• Ambiguity in architecture
• Culture/Architecture/Nature

The relation between culture architecture and nature has always been reflected in the arts and architecture and as we today face fast progressing climate changes, the relevance of the topic is reflected in the effort put into research. New knowledge brought forward through more technical based research will inform the development of buildings to come. The artistic challenge is to consider the new knowledge as input and not as the result in itself and to challenge how we conventionally look upon nature- as its superiors. The studio will question how we wish to relate to nature where architecture is given an active role as the mediator.

Working and learning activities

The course will offer a series of lecturers from various disciplines that present different positions in relation to the creative process and reflects on the sensual experience of artworks - art understood as painting, sculpture, architecture, music, literature etc.

Individual talks
Group discussions
4 reviews
A study-trip to Japan or a one week studytrip combined with a workshop in collaboration with the school at architecture at the Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Architect Matthew Anderson/ Arkitekturkollektivet, part-time teacher
Professor Anders Abraham, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen.
(Studio SPA)

Professor in charge

Lisbeth Funck

Mandatory work requirements

Work requirements Number Number of approved Mandatory presence Comment

Mandatory attendance:
3 reviews
Final review
Announced studio meetings


Assessment Date Duration Grade scale Oral examination
Semesteroppgave Individual Pass / Fail

Architectural design. Individual investigation. 20 weeks semester task

Written assignment