RCAT - Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics

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PERFORMANCE-ORIENTED ARCHITECTURE | ARCHITECTURE + SOCIETY | ARCHITECTURE + ENVIRONMENT | NEW ENVIRONMENTS + EMBEDDED ARCHITECTURES | INFORMATION-BASED DESIGN | ADVANCED COMPUTATIONAL DESIGN | THE CHANGING SHAPE OF PRACTICE

Updated 11/10/2017

LATEST NEWS

++ In early 2017 the research centre launched its two focal sections ARCHITECTURE + ENVIRONMENT and ARCHITECTURE + SOCIETY. The former includes collaborations with the University of Florence, Kieran Timberlake and Snøhetta. The latter promotes collaboration with national, regional and municipal governmental offices and agencies in Norway.

++ RCAT | ACDL commences its collaboration with SINTEF Building and Infrastructure with focus on SINTEF sponsored PhD Candidate Bjørnar Nørstebø's research into future content and visualization of the Norwegian building code.

++ CSoP 4 2018 will take place on Friday 28 February 2018 in Oslo in collaboration with DogA.

++ CSoP Round-tables with architectural and design practices on research in practice commenced in collaboration with DogA in 2017.

++ RCAT develops strategic partnership with TU Delft Hyperbody Robotic Building Group.

++ RCAT | ACDL Master graduate Matteo Lomaglio receives Oslo Research Award 2017.

++ Billie Faircloth of Kieran Timberlake, Eli Synnevåg of Snøhetta and John Arne Bjerknes of Nordic Architects join the RCAT advisory board.


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RCAT | ACDL

The Research Centre for Architecture and Tectonics is one of four research centres at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Founded in 2011 the centre facilitates on-going and new research within the fields of architecture, societal and environment related themes. The latter is rapidly becoming one of the foremost questions that architects are required to tackle. Many governments worldwide have issued requirements towards this end and much of current and future research will necessarily have an explicit environmental focus in which interdisciplinary competence becomes increasingly important. In this context RCAT focuses on developing an overarching approach to performance-oriented architecture through the focal areas of new environments and embedded architectures, architecture and environment interactions, as well as information-based design. The centre has an extensive track-record in research and writing on a broad scope of architecture and environment interactions.

The centre pursues practice-oriented and experimental research, combining elements of traditional knowledge production with an inter- and transdisciplinary research by design approach. Basic and applied research is included in the Centre’s activities. Its research-oriented approach to teaching integrates master-level, PhD and post-doctoral tracks. RCAT incorporates the Advanced Computational Design Laboratory which serves as the innovation laboratory of the centre. The centre collaborates with distiguished practices, universities and indenpendent research organisations.