Final review Master courses spring 2018 - Wednesday 30. May from 10-15

Come by and see the result of the research and design work the students on our two master courses have done in the spring term 2018. Presentation by the students in large auditorium and studio spaces. Open for all interested. See program.

Wednesday 30. May


10-12 Spaces for Work 

12-13 Lunch 

13-15 Urban and Rural Homes 

From the course programs: 

Spaces for Work - the shift in societal meaning of work and its impact on urban development

Work is a defining factor of human existence. Not only from an individual point of view it is
of a central, indeed existential significance, but also in a societal and political discussion
work occupies a central place. During the course we will explore this from different
perspectives. One is the understanding and meaning of work for human existence and its
change from the Enlightenment until today. Another is the relation of this onto the
development of cities and urban conditions. Based on these considerations we will develop
spatial concepts for work, that could contribute to the contemporary discussion of the
productive city or speculate about possible futures of environments of work

The course is basically structured in two phases. A research and a project & design phase.
The research phase starts with an individual mission statement and ends with a workshop
during the study trip. The midterm presentation after the easter break is at the same time the
kick off for the design phase, which last till the end of the semester.

The objective of the research is to get a deeper understanding of the topic and its relevance
for the contemporary urbanistic discourse. For this reason reading and text work is an
important part during the research. Beyond we are looking at the history of the urban
development in relation to the concept of work: from the medieval to the contemporary city
with a focus on industrialization and globalisation.
At the same time we look at the urban development of Bergen to identify areas for activity.

Urban and Rural Homes
To house a home

The grounding of how we live our lives in homes and neighborhoods are to a growing extent premised by profit seeking housing developers, responsible for planning and constructing entire housing areas in our cities and suburbs. The housing production can be seen to de-familiarize the inhabitants into becoming clients accustomed to standardized units, adding to an increased segregation, loss of identity and sense of belonging, in our built environment. Society respond to this with a growing interest in formats of co-building and co-housing, but the current regulations and policy measures are not geared towards this shift.

The vernacular architecture of the West Coast represent valuable approaches to building in consideration to the local conditions with a conscious use of constructional principles and materials. The typologies provide approaches to energy consumption, room sequencing and flexibility, but also principals and details of handling the subjects in the group/ the private in the public; that should be recognized as contributions in our current building approaches. Today many of the vernacular houses are in threat of neglect and demolition. Approaches to rethink the values of these homes and how to customize them to our current ways of living is an important task in seeing them not as part of the past, but as part of our future experience of living. By questioning todays convention/norm through the study of the vernacular, we are looking for new relationships to create, separate and connect (both physically and emotionally) private and shared/communal spaces.

In the vernacular houses on the west coast we find an intimacy with construction, scale, materials and historical layers that we think could provide a starting point for a discussion on other architectural and economic models that are necessary.

In this course we will explore how architects can engage building traditions, situation and inhabitants in alternative design approaches that manage to address environmental, spatial and social qualities of our living environment. We will question how to challenge today’s regulations, building practice and finance formats to enable alternative (collective) housing modes. We will look at the past and present to ground architectural responses to our future need of sustainable habitation.