Exploring Ruhr

Together with Studio Building Design, Studio Urban Design & Landscape Architecture went to Germany for a five days field trip exploring a wide arrange of different architectural projects.

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Photo: Håkon Heie Ellingsen. Media centre complex by SANAA.

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Photo: Håkon Heie Ellingsen. Lange Foundation Art Gallery by Toyo Ito.
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Studio Context is off to India

Studio Context has departed to India. Get an insight into their project “Cocoon”. The pavilion is going to be built by the student as a part of their two months excursion.

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Studying Utzon on Mallorca

Studio Transformation and Architectural Heritage started the semester with a study trip to Mallorca. The assignment consisted of drawing a section of Jørn Utzons villa Can Lis on site.

“Me and classmate Søren measured and sketched together, after which we worked on our own on a final drawing. I chose to color the painting in water color. One of the main obstacles was getting the blue of the sky evenly distributed.” says student Johan Ahl Eliasson.

To all students excitement, we also had the opportunity to visit Can Feliz, another building on Mallorca by Jørn Utzon. The house is now a days a residence for Jørn’s daughter Lin. Lin showed us around the house and inspired everyone with her stories about “Dad”.

So, thumbs up for Mallorca! Can Lis was graceful, the local tapas tasty, and we warmly recommend the Mallorcian red wine “Anima Negra”.

 

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Section: Johan Ahl Eliasson

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Students drawing in Can Lis. Photos: Catarina Boström
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Groundscapes

Unit B went to Paris on a study trip. Material from the research in Paris were edited, elaborated and gathered in archives – groundscapes. The groundscapes were to arrange and communicate the material in a presentation but also as a basis for further investigation. These archives contain models, photos, drawing, mixed media, descriptive text, antiwalks and serial vision.

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Crash course in thatching

During a two day workshop conducted by Den Judske Haandværkerskole in Hadsten, students got the opportunity to learn about the old tradition of thatching.

On the first day the participants where introduced to the materials, technique and history of thatching. The second day of the workshop was dedicated to hands-on work, 1:1. By constructing a part of a roof, students got the possibility to sense the material and understand the craftsmanship. The aim of the course was to raise the question of how thatched roofs can become a greater part of contemporary architecture.

Students participated from: Studio Transformation and Architectural Heritage, Studio Regenerative Architecture and Bachelor Unit 2/3C.
Photos: Sara Nilsson, Studio Transformation and Architectural Heritage

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Work in Progress

Studio Architecture and Resources focus in the coming academic year is on the discussion of transformation of our existing building stock and on our use of resources. Seen from both a building view and from a resource view there is evidence that we have already all the buildings and material we need: the main need for a resource conscious architecture is to reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink these resources and upgrade the value of both materials and buildings, including changing the use of buildings and changes related to larger parts of the urban fabric.

During a 2 week workshop conducted by Superuse Studios, a study of the potentials and creative possibilities for using waste materials in architecture was carried out. Waste materials include materials at the end of their life, demolition or construction waste, production and manufacturing waste and dead stock.

First a temporary architectural structure was established, determined by the waste material. The waste flow found in the close neighbourhood of the actual building site, was collected and documented into a Harvest map. A 1:1 prototype of a building component was constructed by the found materials from the Urban Mining, unfolding the embedded properties of the found material, and together forming a collective catalog of potential components for further use in the sustainable transformation of the buildings at the study site.

 

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IN BETWEEN – LECTURE SERIES

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Sudden coherence and sense after one-year confusion.

The first year at AAA – and I guess every other school of architecture – is almost literally a mind-blowing experience. You as a student have to gain specific techniques, strategies and methods through the year. I must admit, I thought my brain was out of memory more than once. The architectural world was still quite new and much bigger than my immediate impression. I found it difficult to encourage the little brain-soldiers of mine to keep thinking inventive, different and most important of all constructive.

In June 2014 in the very end of the first year as a student at Aarhus School of Architecture, I experienced that maybe, somewhere, in the mixture of new knowledge, theory and drawing techniques, there are things that make sense. I discovered the coherence of architecture.

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Aarhus Festival 2015

Studio MAD has the last weeks been working on suggestions for Aarhus Festival 2015, some of the proposal can been seen here. They have been presented to the leadership of the Festival and they are now awaiting to hear which projects that will be realized on next years Festival.     

 

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Success at DANISH Made

Two groups of students from Studio Design, exhibiting at Danish Made in Milan and London gets their chairs in production through WOUD. The successful groups are  Malene Lillelund and Anne Mette Thygesen, which together have designed the chair ” Gækkebrevet”, inspired by the poetic danish tradition cutting “gækkebreve”. Also the design duo Maja Bøgh Vindbjerg and Lærke Bo Poulsen, which have been inspired by the japanese tradition of folding paper, origami, to design the chair “BUK”

 

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About the Chair Designed by Malene Lillelund and Anne Mette Thygesen

 

The chair is inspired by “gækkebrevet” – a Danish traditional paper art, where love for a dear on is expressed through a cut out letter with a rhyme written inside.

“Gækkebrevet” is signed anonymously with dots instead of letters. Through the design process, this poetic tradition has been analyzed and challenged by a mathematical approach,

in how to generate a pattern which will present the essence of the beautiful tradition. The chair will be launched in 2015.

 

 

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About BUK – designed by Maja Bøgh Vindbjerg and Lærke Bo Poulsen 

 

The minimalistic design of BUK is inspired by the japanese art of folding paper, origami. During the design phase experimenting with

folded cardboard and studying the many bends and angels, was an inspiration source as well indicator of the potential and properties of the seat.

The result is a one piece metal seat that naturally encloses the user while seated. Metal is normally perceived as a hard, rigid material, but the BUK chair

highlights the flexible advantage of a thin metal sheet and confronts this perception, while still providing a comfortable seating experience.

The expression of the BUK Chair and the honesty of the material makes it part of the Nordic design traditions. BUK will be launched by WOUD in 2015.