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SYMPOSIA | CONFERENCES

 2016 

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CSoP 02 - THE CHANGING SHAPE OF PRACTICE - Integrating Research and Design in Architecture

CSoP Symposium Thursday 29 September 2016 | International PhD Seminar Friday 30 September 2016 | CSoP Exhibition + Book Launch

@ AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway

The events are part of AHO's contribution to the Oslo Architectural Triennial 2016.

CSoP SYMPOSIUM - Thursday 29 September

The first edition of the CSoP symposium in 2013 at Chalmers Technical University in Gothenburg, Sweden. This years second edition of the CSoP symposia series brings together 6 internally renowned practices and includes a round-table discussion, including: Kieran Timberlake, SHoP Architects, Snøhetta, Helen and Hard, void, and White. The second day is a PhD symposium in which PhD candidates will discuss their research with the invited practitioners.


The symposium is motivated by the following questions: Architectural practices worldwide have to deal with increasingly complex design requirements. How do practices acquire the ability to do so? What kinds and forms of knowledge are needed and produced in different types of practices? How are results, new knowledge and competences documented, shared and disseminated internally as well as externally? Is research itself now used as a strategic tool by architectural offices? How do research and practice in architecture mutually shape one another?


This first phase was accompanied by the production of a book that portrayed a series practices including: AECOM, Perkins + Will, White, Woods Bagot, UN Studio, SHoP Architects, PLP Architecture, Kieran Timberlake, 3xN/GxN, Thomas Herzog + Partners, Herreros Architectos, AZPML, ONL, Spacescape, and as a special case OCEAN Design Research Association.


A second volume of the book is currently in production and is planned to include the following practices: SOM, OMA/AMO, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Baumschlager Eberle, Lacaton & Vassal, Weiss / Manfredi, Snøhetta, Farshid Moussavi Architects / Functionlab, XTU, Gramazio Kohler, Helen & Hard, atelier d’architecture autogérée, and void.


Organizer and Chair: Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel



Program


08-30 Coffee


09-00 Introduction - Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel [RCAT - Research Centre for Architecture and Tectonics]


09-30 Billie Faircloth [Kieran Timberlake] - Near Future Practices

Billie Faircloth, AIA, LEED AP, is a partner at KieranTimberlake, a prominent architecture firm established in 1984 and a leader in practice-based architectural research and innovative buildings. She leads a trans-disciplinary group of professionals leveraging research, design, and problem-solving processes from fields as diverse as environmental management, chemical physics, materials science, and architecture. She fosters collaboration between disciplines, trades, academies, and industries in order to define a relevant problem-solving boundary for the built environment. In her professional and academic research she conspires to pursue an answer to the question: “Why do we build the way that we do?” Billie Faircloth has published and lectured internationally on themes including research methods for a trans-disciplinary and trans-scalar design practices; the production of new knowledge on materials, climate and thermodynamic phenomena through the design of novel methods, tools and workflows; and the history of plastics in architecture to demonstrate how architecture’s ‘posture’ towards trans-disciplinary practices and new knowledge has changed over time. Her articles have been published by the Journal of Architectural Education, Princeton Architectural Press, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and ACADIA. Her book Plastics Now, On Architecture's Relationship to a Continuously Emerging Material, was published by Routledge in June 2015. Billie currently teaches at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and Harvard University, and is a VELUX Visiting Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Prior to joining KieranTimberlake, she was an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where she instructed research studios exploring applications for conventional and emerging material technologies and conducted seminars on emerging construction and fabrication technologies.

10-30 Gregg Pasquarelli [SHoP Architects] - Out of Practice


Gregg Pasquarelli is a Founding Principal of SHoP Architects, as well as a registered architect in the states of New York, New Jersey, and Maine. Gregg received his Master of Architecture from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, and a Bachelor of Science from Villanova’s School of Business. He has served as a Principal on many of SHoP’s most prominent and high-profile projects, including the Barclays Center at Atlantic Yards, the Steinway Tower at 111 W57th Street, the Porter House, and the South Street Seaport and master plan for the East River Waterfront. Gregg is a fellow of the National Academy, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Architectural League of New York. He has served as the Saarinen Professor of Architecture at Yale University, and has also held teaching positions at Columbia University, the University of Virginia, Syracuse University, and the University of Florida. Gregg’s commitment as not only a practitioner but as an educator demonstrates his dedication to impacting his field, challenging a new generation of architects to understand that innovative and beautiful architecture, and technological proficiency are not mutually exclusive.


11-30 Eli Synnevåg & Kristian Edwards [Snøhetta] - Snøhetta - Search and Research

Eli Synnevåg designed during her architectural studies an orphanage in Nepal, which was realized in 1994. This project received attention both in Norway and abroad, and received both the Erskine Award and the AR Emerging Architecture Award. Since 2000 she has in Snøhetta been working on a wide range of national and international projects. Eli has been part of the team working on the Bergen Academy of Art and Design, and has been responsible for urban planning and façade work. From 2007 to 2010, she has had a team leader role in the KAAC project in Saudi Arabia, with design and interdisciplinary coordination for central parts of the cultural complex. She has also been project manager on large scale project and competitions like, Quarter 8, Max Lab IV and Lund University, School of Economics. In addition to her architectural practice she has been a part time teacher and invited critic at AHO, external examiner for the Masters at NTNU Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art and supervisor for Julia Schlegel,” The Gap between Design and Vision”, the first Industrial PhD work at AHO and in the humanities in Norway.

Kristian Edwards has experience from multiple projects covering an array of building typologies. Kristian has worked with groundbreaking pilot projects in collaboration with the Research Centre for Zero Emission Buildings and Naturligvis (Natural ventilation) research project. In addition Kristian has worked on various parametric projects of advanced complexity. Collaboration with the independent research body SINTEF has led to development of framework methodology for BIM integration in zero emission projects and of analysis tooling to model aircraft noise for adaptive architecture. Kristian has participated as a resource to ZEB and Powerhouse/Futurebuilt workshops and lectured on sustainability and zero emission projects and methodology.

12-30 CSoP Exhibition Opening + Book Launch @ Galleri AHO


13-30 Bjørn Gunnar Staal & Joakim Wiig Hoen [void] - VOID - Experimental Design Research

 

Bjørn Gunnar Staal is a multidisciplinary designer and software developer from Norway. Throughout his career he has worked on a wide range of commercial and non-commercial projects ranging from generative identity systems to interactive, kinetic installations. In February 2015 Bjørn co-founded the computational design studio Void as a natural continuation of his focus on pushing technology to become an integrated part of the design process.

Joakim Wiig Hoen is a Norwegian architect educated at Sci-arc and AHO. After working at a few of the leading practices in the country, on small and large buildings as well as research projects and competitions, he went freelance to focus on his interests in computational design and advanced visualisation in architecture. Two years later he co-founded Void to bridge the gap between our virtual and physical spaces. Since 2012 he has taught at AHO and co-founded the ACDL studio in 2014 where he is still an active member of the teaching staff.

14-30 Reinhard Kropf [Helen and Hard] - Timber Structures and Space - H&H's recent Research and Experiments

Reinhard Kropf founded together with Siv Helene Stangeland the architectural office Helen&Hard based in Stavanger and Oslo, Norway. He studied at the Technical University in Graz/ Austria and at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design AHO, under Sverre Fehn. He was a guest teacher at Kansas State University, Lécole dárchitecture/ Paris, Bartlett University/ London and Hust University, Wohan, China and a critique in several universities like AHO or NTNU/ Norway. He has been involved in most of Helen & Hard`s projects, several of them have received national and international honours and awards, including twice the Norwegian National Award for Building and Environmental Design for the Pulpit Rock Mountain Lodge and the Vennesla Library. Reinhard Kropf has written, published and lectured extensively all over the world about their practice and research on sustainable architecture and timber architecture. Helen & Hard have won several competitions including the Norway Pavilion at Expo Shanghai 2010 and have an comprehensive body of built work. They have exhibited internationally, including at the Venice Biennale, the Lisbon Biennale, Manifesta 7, and in several museums like MOMA/ New York, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen or Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

15-30 Jonas Runberger [White] - Integrated Research Networks in Practice


Jonas Runberger is a practicing architect, educator and researcher focusing on the role of computation within architectural practice. He is head of Dsearch, a computational development environment within White arkitekter, and a member of the R&D Board for White Research Lab. He is an Adjunct Professor at KTH School of Architecture, where he taught a Master’s Studio 2010 - 2016, and completed his PhD in 2012. From the fall of 2016, he is an artistic Professor of Digital Deisgn at Chalmers School of Architecture. His talk will present specific findings within the networked R&D practice of White arkitekter AB.


16-30 Coffee break


16- 45 Panel Discussion - The Role of Technology in Research in Architectural Practice


17-30 End



18-30 Dinner and Discussion @ DogA - Invited Guests only



CSoP INTERNATIONAL PhD SEMINAR - Friday 30 September


The seminar will act as a forum for discussion and exchange between practice and education with focus on research. The PhD seminar features a lecture by Dr. Julia Schlegel and presentations by a number of PhD candidates from AHO and Chalmers University whose research relates to the research themes of the practices that presented the day prior.

Program

09-00 Coffee


09-15 Introduction


09-45 Lecture - Dr. Julia Schlegel [Snøhetta] - Industrial PhD Between Academia and Practice


Dr. Julia D. Schlegel has worked in different countries in architecture as well as in visualization and holds a degree as a Diplom Ingenieur from Germany and a PhD from Norway. Being interested in the processes of architectural practice Schlegel conducted an industrial PhD in collaboration with AHO and Snøhetta. Her main research interests concern the organizational and communicational aspects of architectural practice as well as the changing dynamics of the architectural profession and its position in and connection to society. How we cooperate to design and create architecture and how we communicate and interact with the people we design for is an ongoing topic of her research.


10-45 Sareh Saeidi [AHO Architecture] - The Agency of Envelopes in Architecture: Synthezising Spatial, Material and Performative Aspects in Architectural Design


11-30 Ute Christina Groba [AHO Architecture] - Making a case - the potential of urban timber housing


In the light of increasing focus on the environmental impact of buildings, this early stage PhD research seeks to explore the potential of low-rise high-density housing as a relevant contemporary urban timber typology for Norway. The interplay of physical and experiential, quantitative and qualitative aspects is a main interest. How do different timber construction systems enable a reconciliation of conflicting requirements?
Ute Groba, trained as an architect in Germany and in Spain, holds a degree as Diplom Ingenieur and has working experience from offices as well as from universities in Germany and in Norway.


12-15 Manuela Aguirre Ulloa [AHO IDE] - Prototyping a design culture within public sector systems for collective well-being


 

The public sector practice, in contrast to the design practice, does not cultivate creativity, experimentation, agonistic participation or aesthetics. These designerly practices are sought essential to design services which enable collective well-being. This presentation explores how the design practice may be prototyped within public systems by comparing three cases that employ a research-by-design approach. It concludes by opening up questions on how a public sector design practice may participate in the co-design processes for collective well-being. 

 

 

Manuela Aguirre is a Chilean designer currently exploring through a PhD dissertation how to embed systemic design within health and social services.


13-00 Lunch


13-45 Frans Magnusson [Chalmers Architecture] - Realtime & Development - Modes of Computation in Architectural Practice


14-30 Erik Linn [Chalmers Architecture] - Active Frontages – A key element of urban space at ground floor level


15-15 Closing Note - Prof. Dr. Andrew Morrison [Director Centre for Design Research, IDE]



  2013 

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CSoP 01 - The Changing Shape of Practice - Integrating Research and Design in Architectural Practice

Friday 20 September 2013

@ Chalmers Technical University, Gothenburg, Sweden


Architectural practices worldwide have to deal with increasingly complex design requirements. How do practices acquire the ability to do so? This one-day symposium will focus on the increasing integration of research undertaken in architectural practices of different sizes all over the world. What kinds and forms of knowledge are needed and produced in different types of practices? How are results, new knowledge and competences documented, shared and disseminated internally as well as externally? New strategies are today developed in relation to sustainability as well as inter- and transdisciplinary research efforts, and other competences are needed in architectural practice. Is research itself now used as a strategic tool by architectural offices? What does this mean for education and research training? How is architectural research shaped by practice, and how is in turn architectural practice changed?


Architectural practices worldwide have to deal with increasingly complex design requirements. How do practices acquire the ability to do so? This one-day symposium will focus on the increasing integration of research undertaken in architectural practices of different sizes all over the world. Which knowledge fields are needed and produced in different types of practices? How are results, new knowledge and competences documented, shared and disseminated internally as well as externally? New strategies are today developed in relation to sustainability as well as inter- and transdisciplinary research efforts, and other competences are needed in architectural practice. Is research itself now used as a strategic tool by architectural offices? What does this mean for education and research training? How is architectural research shaped by practice, and how is in turn architectural practice changed?


Moderators: Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel and Prof. Dr. Fredrik Nilsson


Program

 

09-00 Coffee

 

09-30 Introduction

 

09-50 White - Fredrik Nilsson, Head of Research and Development & Marja Lundgren, Research Coordinator

 

10-40 GxN / 3xN - Kaspar Guldager Jørgensen, Partner 3xN and Director GxN

 

11-30 Lunch

 

13-00 Kieran Timberlake - Billie Faircloth, Research Director

 

13-50 Helen & Hard - Reinhard Kropf, Founding Partner

 

14-40 Coffee

 

15-00 Foster & Partners - Francis Aish, Head of Applied Research & Development

 

15-50 Swedish Association of Architects - Pehr-Mikael Sällström & Annika von Scheele

 

16-10 Panel Discussion

 

17-00 End

 2013 

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Designing for Biodiversity - Architectural Responses to Urban Ecology

The Hans and Roger Strauch Symposium on Sustainable Design 2013

Friday 01 and Saturday 02 February 2013

@ Cornell University Department of Architecture - Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium, Milstein Hall

Urban Ecology is a field of inquiry concerned with the relations between living organisms and their urban environments. Since its emergence in the 1970s, Urban Ecology has produced a wealth of research and has led to the adoption of policies geared towards the preservation of species in and around cities. Most of these actions have addressed the city at the scale of urban planning. Architecture, at the building scale, has thus far not been extensively tackled, and so the questions arise: How might architecture actively support multi-species habitats? Can these habitats help us replace the existing, fossil fuel dependent, mechanistic systems that underpin our settlements with low impact, ecologically integrated systems that leverage natural sources and sinks of energy and material processing capacity? How does reimagining the city as a locus for multi-species mutualistic interaction change the way we think about urban form and phenomenology? And finally, what are the appropriate models to study? These questions offer fertile ground for experimentation in urban ecological thinking and practice, which seeks to extend access to a variety of species and systems, lending flexibility to function, and enabling more effective control of energy, material, and capital flows.

This year's Strauch symposium will address these questions by focusing on the extended threshold between building and environment. In all ecosystems such zones are the locus of dynamic change driven by evolutionary pressures that emerge at the boundaries of established hierarchies of energy and material transformation. Such places are, by definition, the ideal location for architectural intervention. Urban ecologists and architects will present methods to explore the questions at hand and engage in a discussion to advance research at the intersection of architecture and ecology.


The symposium is organized jointly by the Cornell University Department of Architecture and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics.


Friday 03 October

18-00 Keynote Lecture: Biodiversity in Design

Dr. Michael Wells


Saturday 02 February

Session 1: The Bigger Picture: Aims and Actions in Urban Ecology

Moderator: Caroline O'Donnell - Department of Architecture, Cornell University

10-00 Why Architecture needs to respond to Urban Ecology (and how it might commence)

Prof. Michael U. Hensel - RCAT Research Centre for Architecture and Tectonics, AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design

10-45 Networks, Wicked Problems, Synthetic Ecologies

Prof. Dr. Kevin Pratt - Department of Architecture, Cornell University and EPYPHITE Lab

11-30 Civic Ecology: Greening, Adaptation, and Transformation in Urban Social-ecological Systems

Prof. Dr. Marianne Krasny - Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University 

12-30 Lunch Break


Session 2: Boundary Conditions: The Building Envelope and the Extended Thrshold

Moderator: Liss C. Werner - School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University

13-30 Grounds and Envelopes from an Ecological Perspective

Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel and Jeffrey Turko

14-00 Diffuse Space

Prof. Philip Beesley - School of Architecture, University of Waterloo

14-30 Urbaneering Utopia: A New Profession for the Design of Cities

Mitchell Joachim and Maria Aiolova - TerreformONE

15-15 Break


Session 3: Multi-scalar Architectures: Design Ecologies from Micro to Macro

Moderator: Dana Cupkova - School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University

15-30 From Cell Contractility to Optical Sensing Materials to Adaptive Building Skins

Prof. Jenny Sabin and Dr. Shu Yang - Department of Architecture, Cornell University and Department of Engineering, University of Pennsylvania 

16-00 Design Strategies for Small Scale Urban Habitat Development

Prof. Dr. Birger Sevaldson and prof. Søren Sørensen - AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design

16-30 Constructing Future Nature: the Role of the Architect

Prof. Dr. Alexander Felsen - School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and School of Architecture, Yale University

17-00 Podium Discussion

18-00 Reception @ Milstein Hall Dome

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Keynote: Biodiversity in Design, Dr. Michael Wells

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Session 2 panelists left to right: Liss C. Werner (Moderator), Maria Aiolova, Mitchell Joachim, Philip Beesley, Jeffrey P. Turko, Michael U. Hensel

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Session 3 Panelists left to right: Dana Cupkova (Moderator), Alexander Felsen, Shu Yang, Jenny Sabin, Søren S. Sørensen, Birger Sevaldson

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 2012 

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Sustaining Sustainability - Alternative Approaches in Urban Ecology and Architecture

The Hans and Roger Strauch Symposium on Sustainable Design 2012

Friday 03 and Saturday 04 February 2012

@ Cornell University Department of Architecture - Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium, Milstein Hall

The accelerating transformation of the natural environment by humans suggests that the built environment is now becoming the context for ecosystems. It may no longer be possible to consider the built environment as merely asserting negative impact on the natural environment; instead, built and natural environments need to be equally considered as habitats for biodiversity. It now seems necessary to shift toward a non-anthropocentric model that favors the interaction of species with the built environment. On an urban scale, such efforts have long taken shape in the interdisciplinary work of urban ecology, yet on a building scale new methods are not yet clear. In light of shifts in ecological thinking, how can architecture develop to include the necessary insights, knowledge, concepts, and working methods? This symposium looks to further discussion about this changed culture of environment.

The symposium is organized jointly by the Cornell University Department of Architecture and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics.


Friday 03 October

17-15 Keynote Lecture

Sustaining Sustainability: The Need for Alternative Approaches to Architectural Design and Sustainability

Prof. Michael U. Hensel - RCAT Research Centre for Architecture and Tectonics, AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design

VIDEO


Saturday 04 February

Moderators: 

Jonathan Ochshorn, Department of Architecture, Cornell University 

Jenny Sabin, Department of Architecture, Cornell University


09-00 Welcoming Note

09-15 Living with Biodiversity

Prof. Dr. David Zeigler - Department of Biology, University of North Carolina

10-00 Sustaining the Connections between Humans and Nature in Urban Ecosystems: A Bird's Eye View

Prof. Dr. John Marzluff - School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington

10-45 Break

11-00 Expanding Contexts: A Strategy for Super-Complexity

Prof. Dr. Birger Sevaldson - IDE Institute for Design, AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design

VIDEO

11-45 Towards Non-anthropocentric Architecture

Prof. Michael U. Hensel - RCAT Research Centre for Architecture and Tectonics, AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design

12-30 Lunch

13-30 Biology, Biomimetics and Buildings

Dr. Richard Bonser - School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University

14-15 Green Negligée

Dana Cupkova + Kevin Pratt - Department of Architecture, Cornell University and EPYPHITE Lab

15-00 Urban Stoichiometry

Jonas Lundberg - Chalmers University and Urban Futures Organization

15-45 Break

16-00 Carnal and Mundane Assemblies: Third Natures

Cristina Díaz Moreno + Efrén García Grinda - Architectural Association and AMID.cero9

VIDEO

16-45 cyberGARDENING the City

Claudia Pasquero + Marco Poletto - Architectural Association and ecoLogicStudio


17-30 Closing Discussion


19-00 Reception @ Milstein Hall Dome


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 2011 

Research Frameworks, Areas and Trajectories in Architecture

Sverre Fehn Symposium 2011

Thursday 27 & Friday 28 October

Big Auditorium @ AHO - Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Maridalsveien 29, 0175 Oslo

This year the recently inaugurated Research Centre for Architecture and Tectonics at AHO organizes the internationally recognized Sverre Fehn Symposium. The 2011 symposium focuses on introducing different research frameworks, areas and trajectories in architecture in three themed sessions, each followed by a podium discussion. Traits that connect the different presentations are the questions of reshaping architectural practice through research and of the rising importance of the notion of performance in architecture.

The distinguished expert Prof. Dr. David Leatherbarrow will moderate the symposium. Prof. Leatherbarrow states the key question as follows: ‘we are at the stage of research - using digital methods and trans-disciplinary analogies - to ask ourselves what bearing these developments have on the opportunities and obligations that are typically seen as architecture's special tasks: transforming specific locations, accommodating human behaviors, and building constructions that will last and are beautiful.  This suggests that the … sessions would help clarify this current question: how current techniques and the research they inspire can make relevant contributions to architecture's cultural task.’

The symposium is sponsored by the Norwegian Steel Association, the OCEAN Design Research Association and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.


Thursday 27 October

09-00 Introductory Note Prof. Michael U. Hensel

09-15 Introductory Note Prof. David Leatherbarrow


Session 01 – Research Frameworks

Session 1 focuses on the necessity of architecting adequate frameworks for specifically intended architectural research and the often both inter- and transdisciplinary character of research frameworks and undertakings in architecture.

09-30 Preaching Practice

Prof. Mark Burry

10-30 Innovating Interdisciplinary Research by Design Arenas – Synergies of the OCEAN Design Research Association

Jeffrey P. Turko

11-30 Integrated Research at the Research Centre for Architecture and Tectonics

Prof. Michael U. Hensel

12-30   Podium Discussion

13-00   Lunch break


Session 02 – Research Collaborations: Architect and Engineer

Session 2 focuses on the collaboration between architects and engineers in research undertakings that seek to reshape their collaborative practice with particular respect to the role of structural performance.

14-00 The Structural Basis of Architecture

Arne Eggen & Prof. Bjørn N. Sandaker

15-00 Nested Catenaries

Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel & Guillen Baraut Bover

15-30   Podium Discussion


Friday 28 October

Session 03 – Research Trajectories

Session 3 focuses on a number of contemporary research trajectories in architecture including parametric design, engineering for performance, and questions of making and transformation of architectures.

09-00 Parametric Stadium Design

Dr. Pavel Hladik

10-00 New Architecture for Desert Environments

Salmaan Craig

11-00 Making, Thinking, Knowing Architecture. On Architecture as a Making Discipline and Material Practice

Prof. Dr. Fredrik Nielsson

12-00   Podium Discussion

12-30   Endnote by Prof. Dr. David Leatherbarrow


 2011 

Identifying Research Areas for Architecture from an Interdisciplinary and Integrative Perspective

RCAT Inauguration Symposium 2011

Friday 29 April 2011

Big Auditorium @ AHO - Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Maridalsveien 29, 0175 Oslo

To mark the inauguration of the Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design a one day inauguration symposium will present different approaches to research areas for architecture from an interdisciplinary and integrative perspective. The day marks also the starting date of the Advisory Board of RCAT. An exhibition at the AHO gallery will be opened on the same day that will exhibit works by the Spanish engineering company BOMA in which the advisory board member Guillem Baraut Bover is a partner.


Symposium Program:

09-00         Welcoming Address by Rektor Prof. Karl Otto Ellefsen


Session 01 – Performance-oriented Architecture

9-25         Introduction Session 01 by Prof. Børre Skodvin

9-30         Prof. Dr. David Leatherbarrow

10-00       Prof. Michael U. Hensel

10-30       Research Fellow Defne Sunguroğlu


Session 02 - Norwegian Architectural Practices

11-10      Introduction Session 2 by Prof. Børre Skodvin

11-15       Siv Stangeland and Renhard Kropf – Helen & Hard

11-45       Marianne Sætre - Snøhetta

12-15       Podium Discussion Sessions 1 + 2 moderated by Prof. Børre Skodvin

12-45       Opening of BOMA exhibition at AHO Gallery

13-30       Lunch


Session 03 - Engineering

14-15       Introduction Session 03 by Prof. Børre Skodvin   

14-25       Prof. Christoph Gengnagel

14-55       Guillem Barrault – BOMA, Barcelona

15-25       Prof. Dr. Bjørn N. Sandacker

15-55       Coffee Break


Session 04 – Biomimetics / Augmented Reality

16-15       Introduction Session 04 by Prof. Børre Skodvin

16-20       Prof. Dr. Julian Vincent

16-50       Prof. Dr. Richard Bonser

17-20       Asst. Prof. Søren S. Sørensen

17-50       Podium Discussion Sessions 3, 4 + 5 moderated by Prof. Michael Hensel

18-20       Closing note on Sustainability – Prof. Marius Nygaard