- approaching spatial relations through photographic narration
A one-week workshop for the 150 first year-students at the Aarhus School of Architecture 28.10.13 – 01.11.13.
The city consists of a manifold of different layers – material and immaterial – accumulated over time, constantly shifting in an eternal state of flux.The city and this constant process of transformation was the starting point of the workshop.
Through a series of operations – collage, drawing, positioning, spatial construction – two-dimensional photographic captures of the city was translated into a treedimensional spatial reconstruction of the Aarhus in 1:1 – carrying within itself the traces of each of the steps.
The students were only provided with the operation for each day, encouraging an intuitive approach and a receptiveness of the material. Continually challenging their conception of the produced material, by asking not what the material was, but what it did. Making it possible for unpredictable connections and spatial relations to occur.
At the given site, Mock-up, the students operated in three sub-groups, generating a web of contextual connections, densified by structural entities and tale telling details. Special care and attention was placed upon the positioning of the elements and how the emerging relations became significant, emphasizing the entire field of the site and not merely viewing the elements as independent objects. Working in Mock-up gave a premise for the workshop to operate in an ever-changing context, incorporation whats was there, reinforcing characteristics and negotiating initiatives. Allowing all of it to become part of the process and the story it unfolded. Not unlike the city itself.
Responsible for the workshop: Rikke Jørgensen, Karianne Halse og Laura Mazanti.
Photo by Trina Gaard
During the first two weeks of the fall semester ‘13 the BA students participated in a common workshop experimenting with inflatable structures. The workshop culminated in the construction of Instant Aarhus, an inflatable city inspired by a similar project made in Ibiza in 1971, called Instant City. Instant Aarhus was built in a week by 263 students using 1638 m2 of transparent polyethylene, 15 meters of zipper, 5 industrial fans, 84 manual staplers and a LOT of stables.
Intermediate Vessels – Alternative presence at Basin 7.
The workshop takes its starting point in its physical site at Aarhus Havn. The harbour has traditionally had a role of handling and exchanging goods, where a mobile infrastructure of cranes and vessels facilitates the exchange between terrestrial transport on train and trucks, and the transport by boat at sea. The harbour is also associated with an immaterial exchange of stories from the sea and know-how of the world.
Today, the harbour is in a phase of transition where the industrial programs are being relocated in order to make place for housing, education and commercial programs. This development facilitates a new exchange of narratives and knowledge. The workshop positions itself in the middle of this transition, proposing public facilities – where found stories and structures is deployed, generating a physical living archive.
The students have investigated given elements from a 32 feet wooden boat through drawing, followed by progressive deconstruction, cutting and fragmenting into a taxonomy of parts. These components are together with narratives and press clippings from the harbor and findings at site, triggers of the final construction of 26 vessels – a total collection of related constructions functioning as urban furnitures or inhabitable devices.
The workshop is arranged in collaboration with Shin Egashira – artist, architect and educator from Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and Aarhus Kommune.
BORDERLANDS – The space of the architecural boundary
“With this workshop we would like to challenge the notion of the architectural border. We believe that you experience the borders of buildings 3dimensionally as a space, so rather than limiting architectural borders to 2 dimensional facades and climate screens, we want you to investigate the area where spaces meet, f.x. inside and outside, building and nature, one room meets another room. This is where the borderlines becomes Borderlands. For this workshop we would like you to zoom in on this particular area of you current project. What is the experience in the Borderland of this architecture? What kind of landscape is it? Is the border blurred, hidden, dissolved, extended, reflective, flexible or completely flat (in this case, what is the depth of this flatness)?”- Kato Hiroshi and Victoria Diemer Bennetzen
By Rasmus Svingel (more…)
Systemic Modeling of Architectural Spaces and Hypermodal structures.
The S.M.A.S.H-course focused on the fabrication of threedimensional structures and models developed in the preceding semester work. The course elaborated on the fabrication of multimodal, representational environments, as well as introducing practical tools and methods for digital fabrication. Participants were tasked to further develop their semester study work within an investigative frame of physical modeling, focusing on a spatial enquiry of their work through interaction of material properties, fabrication logics and representational requirements.
This spring (2012) we had a one week video workshop at Studio Design. All in all 6 films were made in LoFi format – meaning that it should be done with only smartphone’s an and the build in Apple software, iMovie.
The theme was; “Describe what is important about being on Studio Design” – and a lot of good work was done. Video is an underestimated and quite accessible tool of communication. You can link to two of the films here and see how far you can get in just one week and with LoFi equipment.”
When David Gersten and co did the Aarhus Arc Workshop earlier this semester, the cameras where rolling the entire time. This is the outcome.
Read about future workshops by Arts Letters & Numbers.
Design investigations in information Modeling
The workshop documented in these pages covers an investigation into relational information modeling, undertaken by Digital Experimentation in collaboration with 2nd Year of the Bachelor Programme at Aarhus School of Architecture. The workshop took place from 16th to 20th of January, 2012.
The focus of the workshop was a revisiting of the concepts of Building Information Modeling, focusing on the direct integration of cost, material usage and fabrication drawings within the parametric model. The developed models facilitated instrumental investigations of the architectural light and spatial conditions of the exhibition space, while negotiating within the boundaries of material and resource limitations.
The Arc is up and students are drawing like crazy.