Studio CONTEXT in India

By: Zuhal Kocan at Studio CONTEXT

I was one of the 18 students who took part of the fall 2015 semester progamme in Studio CONTEXT.Our semester programme included 2 weeks of trip by bus around South India, where we stopped at different architectural sites and got inspired by the Indian traditions and building techniques. After the tour, we started building our project “Cocoon” in Trichy, with knowledge to the adobe bricks and bamboo. During this period, I took pictures with my analog camera Canon TX, 50mm 1.8, which I would like to share a little part of with you. I didn’t need any photoshop retouch of these photographs, since India is beautiful in its original colors.

The rest of the series is available at;
www.cargocollective.com/zuhalkocan

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 Tamil women behind the barrier to the sea

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 In a private home in a small village

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Emergent behaviour in urban planning

By: Mark Aron Thomsen at Studio Digital Transformation

Studio Digital Transformation focuses on the use of parametric and computational methods in the making of architecture. This semester project explores a bottom-up approach to urban planning, where instead of following an overall scheme, each element analyses their surrounding neighbours to calculate whether it should be placed or removed. This has been done by developing a system, using grasshopper and python scripting that tries to simulate complexities found in the old city centre of Odense and adapt these on the chosen site. The system is based on Cellular Automata, which is an computational system that displays complex emergent behaviour similar to the development of ant colonies, slime molds – or city neighbourhoods.

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By: Karin Edlund at Studio Regenerative Architecture

A building proposal for an extension to the film and media center Filmby Aarhus, which is a cluster of several companies and organisations, situated in the city close harbour area. This proposal is a thatched lowrise building with a serie of gables facing the water. It is a rather large building, 4400 m2, so the contextual aim has been to keep the view from the existing buildings and connect to the existing entrances. The seriality of gables with sloping roofs are inspired by the factory typology that are common in the harbour. The main material on the facades and roof is thatch. Thatching has a lot of environmental advantages. When reeds are growing it is preventing eutrophication and algal blooms in lakes and are also taking up a lot of CO₂ from the air. Unlike other materials, its manufacture needs almost no energy. Thatch is a good insulator and can increase the thermal efficiency the building, reducing energy costs and CO₂ emissions for the duration of its design life.  

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Facing the sea – Perspectives on future utilization of sea resources in Aarhus Bay

Thesis project by Magnus Askjær Rasmusen at Studio Urban Design and Landscape, January 2015.

This project explores perspectives on moving the food and energy supply offshore. Through a scenario for the bay of Aarhus as a production landscape, it raises the question of how the future might look if we cultivated the sea as we have done with the land. And in turn what other uses we could find for land if the ocean was our primary source of food. This discussion is treated on both a national and regional scale.

By visualizing a large-scale landscape of algae plantations, fish farms and offshore wind turbines in the heart of the bay, the project is meant to challenge our whole conception of landscape aesthetics. The aim is to show that such a landscape can give not only productional but also environmental and aesthetic value back to the region.
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In-between Lecture Series

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Walkescape(s)

By Felicia Nathalie Elin Warberg at Studio Building Design

This project is a designed path of events based on the mapping of a memory. It is based on a written narrative as ‘a true tale of false fantasies’ and it is the result of reading Walkscapes (Careri, F., 2002, Walkscapes: Walking as an aesthetic practice). The narrative depicts a ‘dreamscape’ and the book describes walking as an architectural act and also mentions the risen stone (the menhir) as the first human interaction with the landscape; the firt architecture.

This project is not real, it is an experience. The experience has undergone a series of pragmatic operations; an excavation (of a memory), an exaggeration (of an experience), an intervention (of an architecture). The result is a celebration of the path; the horizontal path of earth and water, the vertical path of sun and shadow, the erratic path of nomad walking. Also, “roads no longer merely lead to places, they are places.” (Jackson, J. B., quoted in Walkscapes from A Sense of Place, a Sense of Time).

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 1) MAP OF CONTENT: studio building design The semester has
meant four workshopspracticing the direct discipline of:
steel- as a materialstrategy in ‘the making’ of a lamp:
light- as an immaterial strategy in‘the experience’ of natural daylight:
drawing – as a conceptual strategy in ‘the articulation’ of an idea:
narrative – as the programming strategy and the means
for a ‘critical written reflection’.
2. STEEL A lamp workshop.
3. LIGHT A sun path study. In nature exist two lines by which
to orient oneself ; the horizon (a) and the (vertical) sun (b).
The third line is the ‘erratic path’ (c); the nomadic act of moving across.
 

  _2 nr2 copy 2) DRAWING A true tale of false fantasies. NARRATIVE A dreamscape.

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In-between Lecture Series

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Research of architectural space

The exhibition contained material from the fall semester. The lectures of this semester were organized as one coherent study course. The semester was divided in four phases.

The first phase, “Anchoring in architectural concept”, were the students to analyze an architectural work. Afterwards this works were evolved and transformed into architectural promenades. The second phase, “Folding into compact aggregate”, were a further transformation of the architectural promenades into compact aggregates. In the third phase, “Anchoring at artificial sites”, the compact aggregates were confronted with a number of artificial sites. The task was to create a dialog between the aggregates and the new abstract contexts. In the last phase, “Examination of the inner space of architecture”, the new anchoring between site and architecture were to be further examined. Inner architectural sequences were documented – fx the transition from outside to inside, daylight conditions, complexities of space etc.

 

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Constructing an Archive

During the course of a study trip to Venice at the beginning of the semester, Studio Constructing an Archive explored various phenomena of personal interest, through the medium of investigative devices.  These devices (created prior to the commencement of the trip) were used as a means to record and extract information from chosen sites around Venice.

Upon returning from Venice, the extracted information was compiled into a medium which allowed it to be read and understood in relation to the physical world.  Each of the chosen sites were then modeled to form the basis for future investigations and translations of assembled information into an architectural program.

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Device/Spatial exploration: Naima Callenberg

 

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Map of collected data: Edvard Lindblom

 

 

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Device and data: Karin Hedqvist

Drawing of the year 2014

“Drawing is seen as a media production and as the dissemination of thoughts and dreams. The recipient should be invited to wonder at, be moved by and be involved in drawing as a recognition and discussion of architecture. The competition is thus seen as an opportunity to demonstrate the potential for discussing and developing architectural ideas laid down on paper through the art of drawing. It is a celebration of the architects’ oldest tool as a relevant media for developing ideas and communicating his craft. Drawings are exhibited at Aarhus School of Architecture in December 2014.” Read more about the competition at http://drawingoftheyear.aarch.dk

Many students at Aarhus school of Architecture participated in the competition. Here is a selection of some of the drawings made by students at AAA.

 

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Lene Fjermestad & Rued Moltesen Andreassen
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