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SYMPOSIA | CONFERENCES

 2016 

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CSoP 02 - The Changing Shape of Practice - Integrating Research and Design in Architectural Practice

Thursday 29 September 2016 + International PhD Seminar Friday 30 September 2016 - In parallel Galleri AHO will exhibit selected work of 10 invited practices.

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

Confirmed participants: Billie Faircloth [Kieran Timberlake], Alejandro Zaera Polo [AZPML], Gregg Pascarelli [SHoP Architects], Iñaki Ábalos [AS+ Ábalos + Sentkiewicz], and Kjetil Trædal Thorsen [Snøhetta];

The first edition of the CSoP symposium in 2013 at Chalmers Technical University focused on 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 examined the following practices: 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 that is planned to portay the following practices: SOM, OMA/AMO, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Baumschlager Eberle, Lacaton & Vassal, Weiss / Manfredi, Studio Mumbai, Snøhetta, Tabanlioglu, Farshid Moussavi Architects / Functionlab, Groundlab, Cloud 9 Enric Ruiz Geli, Abalos & Sentkiewicz, Gramazio Kohler, Helen & Hard, atelier d’architecture autogérée, and void.


This years second edition of the CSoP symposia series brings together 5 internally renowned practices and includes a round-table discussion on the topic at hand. The second day is a PhD symposium in which PhD candidates will discuss their research with the invited practitioners.


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



Program


09-00 Coffee


09-30 Introduction


09-45 Kieran Timberlake - Billie Faircloth


10-45 SHoP Architects - Gregg Pascarelli


11-45 Ábalos + Sentkiewicz - Iñaki Ábalos


12-45 Exhibition Opening + Book Launch + Lunch


14-00 AZPML - Alejandro Zaera Polo


15-00 Snøhetta - Kjetil Trædal Thorsen


16-00 Coffee Break


16-15 Panel Discussion


17-00 End


  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


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Participants left to right: Francis Aish [Foster + Partners], Kaspar Guldager Jørgensen [3xN GxN], Reinhard Kropf [Helen & Hard], Fredrik Nilsson [White / Chalmers], Billie Faircloth [Kieran Timberlake], Michael U. Hensel [AHO RCAT / OCEAN Design Research Association]


 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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 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


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 

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

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