Presentation Master Course spring 2016: Heterotopia

Master course spring 2016 at BAS - Heterotopia 
by raumlaborberlin - Jan Liesegang, Christof Mayer
Eriksen Skajaa Architects

Heterotopia is a concept in human geography elaborated by philosopher Michel Foucault to describe places and
spaces that function in non- hegemonic conditions. These are spaces of otherness, which are neither here nor
there, that are simultaneously physical and mental, such as the space of a phone call or the moment when you
see yourself in the mirror.

Studio Scenario
As a matter of growing urbanization and issues like migration and gentrification, housing has
entered the focus of the urban and architectural discussion again. This raises not only
economic questions, but asks for new approaches and different concepts of living.
Our topic within these issues is the situation of refugees as one of the major global social
challenges today and the transit infrastructure in Norway which is situated in Oslo.

The studio explores the conditions for minimal and temporary living beyond functional and
technical issues and limitations. It looks at dwelling as a psychological desire and a social
practice, and uses this concept to trigger a design process addressing basic needs that go
beyond the notion of shelter.

To open up imagination we want to look at different approaches, that all could contribute to
the concept of an arrival hub:
- Families who gives refugees a temporary home.
- Adopt empty private and municipal buildings as pop-up situations
- Establish flexibility in existing reception centres.
- Transformation of existing institutions.
- A change of the reception policy
- Increase a city’s host potential

1. Early phase study
- The Raumlabor project Die Gärtnerei Berlin, which is a project for and with refugees
conceived in autumn 2014 and launched in spring 2015 with Schlesische 27 as
project partner and the Protestant Church of Berlin as facilitator. The project is based
on the idea of a school as a place of learning and exchange of knowledge.
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- We research the legal situation for immigrants in Norway and to find a local institution
or private initiative that is working with refugees. This gives the students the
possibility to talk to refugees as subjective experiences and to document this as part
of the project. Based on this conversations we want to develop narrative
architectures as an approach to the different conception of dwelling and living which
leads us finally to a programmatic definition and design of a refugee arrival hub as a
heterotopic space.

- Seminary with participants from the universities, government and organizations.

- Study trip: Visit purpose built reception facilities and camps in Europe (Hungary,
Austria, Italy)

- Study in norway: Families who houses refugees, Torshov Transittmottak,
Haslemoen, Trandum (prison), Prisons, temporary housing, hotels.

2. Project phase
- The student choose in dialogue with the tutors a project for Oslo or Bergen. This can
be a wide range of approaches like mentioned before to contribute a valid work on
the described topic

3. Theory/teaching in Bergen
- Lectures at school
- Tutoring
This subject contributes to the students' learning as follows:
1. To expand the complexity of design practice through a set of specific strategies.
2. To intensify theoretical speculation through texts and lectures.
3. To explore configurations between context, objects and bodies.
4. To demonstrate competency in advanced and engaging communication methods.

1. Michel Foucault: Of other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias
2. Martin Heidegger: Building Dwelling Thinking
3. Doug Saunders: Arrival Cities
4. Paul Collier: Exodus


Les om masterkurset Heterotopia, vår 2016, på BAS i Arkitektnytt nr. 1 2016.

"Mottaksarbeiderne Det er første skoledag etter nyttår, men allerede neste dag skal de ut i felten og møte menneskene som er hovedmålgruppen for semesterkurset Heterotopia; asylsøkere og ansatte ved forskjellige asylmottak på Østlandet, driftere og ansatte ved mottakene og lokalbefolkningen der mottakene ligger. .......Research i felt er grunnleggende for kursets hovedintensjon, å se etter nye typer svar og løsninger på det økende behovet for boliger som kan gi bedre integrering mellom flyktninger, vertssamfunn og lokalbefolkning. Det er også et mål å identifisere løsninger som kan gjøre bosettingen mer berikende og konstruktivt for alle berørte parter"

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