Aarhus School of Architecture

Arhus, Denmark

The Aarhus School of Architecture was founded in 1965 in Århus, Denmark. Along with the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen, it is responsible for the education of architects in Denmark. The school has approximately 750 students.Teaching at the school is studio-based emphasising group work and project work. The school places an emphasis on practice-based teaching while maintaining an artistic approach to architecture. Teaching, which is organised around a number of academic platforms , is based on on-going and close dialogue with teachers. Workshop facilities allow students to explore their ideas in 3D and in 1:1. Other resources include a specialised library and a materials shop. Besides Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programmes the school offers supplementary education for architects and similar professional groups at various levels.Research at the school is also to a high degree practice-based, i.e. based on cooperation with architectural practices located internationally and locally. The high concentration of architectural practices in Aarhus provides a sound basis for this cooperation.Specialties:Architecture, Design, Urbanism, Habitation, Transformation, Tectonic/Digital Design, SustainabilityThe Aarhus School of Architecture is an educational institution under the Danish Ministry for Science, Innovation and Higher Education. Wikipedia.

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Bundgaard C.,Aarhus School of Architecture
Structures and Architecture - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Structures and Architecture, ICSA 2016 | Year: 2016

In Denmark approximately 70% of future architectural assignments will be dealing with renovation or transformation of existing buildings. This paper addresses possible directions for creating innovative approaches to renovation and transformation not only of the highend architectural monuments but also of the architecture of the Danish welfare state; the everyday architecture; the architecture in which we live, work and dwell. The aim of the paper is to initiate a discussion about how to approach our existing everyday architecture within the conditions of current building practice. Based on four case studies the paper explores relations in architectural meetings between existing buildings and new interventions and line up possible positions. The investigations touch upon the architectural and cultural values of the existing buildings, the articulation or enhancement of architectural significance, how tectonic thinking is present as a driver behind the projects, and finally if or to what extent contemporary building methods and technologies are implied in the renovation or transformation processes. © 2016 Taylor & Francis Group, London.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-ITN | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN | Award Amount: 4.01M | Year: 2013

The ADAPT-r ITN aims to significantly increase European research capacity through a unique and ground-breaking research model: at its core is the development of a robust and sustainable ITN in an emergent Supra-Disciplinary field of research across a range of design and arts disciplines creative practice research. ADAPT-r will train new researchers, increase supervisory capacity, partner with private sector SMEs in research projects providing substantial opportunity for real world testing of the research and real world training, and introduce creative practice research methodologies to a new generation. The unique model proposed will enable ADAPT-r to substantially leverage the number of doctoral candidates within the ITN budget model maximising higher degree training opportunities. The research that is produced through the ADAPT-r ITN will contribute to a wider research effort to increase knowledge, understanding and quality of research in creative disciplines and its methods. The Marie Curie ITN funding will enable an existing bi-lateral research training relationship to be expanded to include multiple partners from across Europe to create a greatly enhanced international research training network with a long-term future. The ADAPT-r ITN will address identified deficits in EU research training for creative disciplines. Through training creative practice researchers in the explication and dissemination of tacit knowledges and latent cognitive resources the ADAPT-r ITN will make a substantive contribution to meeting EU 2020 priorities by building a new generation of creative practice researchers and research lead practitioners able to meet the complex and often competing demands of contemporary Europe. Implementation of the ADAPT-r ITN will result in 32 Fellowships, 8 training conferences, a major research conference, a major exhibition, three key books, and a web site providing public access to research and events.

Rasmussen M.K.,Aarhus School of Architecture | Pedersen E.W.,Copenhagen University | Petersen M.G.,University of Aarhus | Hornbaek K.,Copenhagen University
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings | Year: 2012

Shape change is increasingly used in physical user interfaces, both as input and output. Yet, the progress made and the key research questions for shape-changing interfaces are rarely analyzed systematically. We review a sample of existing work on shape-changing interfaces to address these shortcomings. We identify eight types of shape that are transformed in various ways to serve both functional and hedonic design purposes. Interaction with shape-changing interfaces is simple and rarely merges input and output. Three questions are discussed based on the review: (a) which design purposes may shape-changing interfaces be used for, (b) which parts of the design space are not well understood, and (c) why studying user experience with shape-changing interfaces is important. Copyright 2012 ACM.

Bundgaard C.,Aarhus School of Architecture
Structures and Architecture: Concepts, Applications and Challenges - Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Structures and Architecture, ICSA 2013 | Year: 2013

Simultaneity of both material aspects and cultural dimensions is an important condition behind conceiving and constructing architecture. This is also the core in tectonic thinking, when Marco Frascari defines tectonics as being the meaningful relationship between construction and construed. How do we manage to respond to contemporary challenges of sustainability and industrialization, and at the same time develop architecture with tectonic strength and quality? The concept of 'montage' is proposed as a means for investigating possible strategies for generating an architecture, which on an industrial basis responds to sustainability, and simultaneously reflects the heterogeneity, individuality and adaptation that characterizes today's society. Montage is both a constructional and an aesthetic strategy, and hereby it reflects the correlation between material construction and cultural meaning. Finally two architectural projects are presented, which combine the cultural and the material sides and at the same time propose a both pragmatic and innovative approach to prefabrication and sustainability. We build in accordance with specific contemporary conditions, defined by production methods, construction and materials as well as ethics, meaning and values. Exactly this relationship between the work as such and the conditions behind its coming into being is a crucial point. The simultaneity of both material aspects and cultural dimensions is an important condition behind conceiving and constructing architecture. Architecture is something built and it is built somewhere, and these two facts give it its architectural and cultural significance. The concept of 'tectonics' grasps this duality in architecture. Kenneth Frampton presents a view on tectonics as being thoughtful construction - 'The construction of buildings which in turn construct culture' (Leatherbarrow 1997). In his book Studies in Tectonic Culture: The Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture Frampton points at the interrelated arts of structure and construction as encompassing both cultural content and poetic meaning (Frampton 1995). Long before Kenneth Frampton, Gottfried Semper defined tectonics as being the result of conscious artistic work. Tectonic design requires an artistic idea, which acts as an organizing and structuring principle; an overall principle, which forms materials and constructions into coherent structures (Bech-Danielsen et al. 2012). Gevork Hartoonian notes that Semper's ideas on the tectonic suggest a breach between meaning and construction (Hartoonian 1994). Hartoonian names a chapter in his book 'Tectonic - the in-beween of construction and signification', and he hereby underlines that tectonics holds this duality. Likewise the Italian architectural theorist Marco Frascari describes the concepts 'construction' and 'construing' in his essay "The Tell-the-tail Detail" (Frascari 1984). Constructing relates to the physical act of building, of assembling building elements, while construing is about creating meaning. According to Frascari both dimensions have to be present in meaningful architecture, and thereby he underlines that architecture cannot simply be construction without also containing a narrative layer - neither can it be pure narration without also having a physical, material manifestation. The actual construction of the building structure, in this way, needs to contain a narrative layer making possible a construing of the meaning embedded in the structure. This close link between the creation of concrete solutions and the creation of meaning forms the core of tectonic thinking. By understanding the potentials in the materials and the construction methods used and by transforming them into a design solution, which reflects the logic of the construction, the appearance of a building and the process of construction are united (Bech-Danielsen et al 2012). So tectonic thinking is not only about portraying a constructional logic. Tectonics is to create material realities that reveal narrative meaning. Tectonics is to construct with cultural references. © 2013 Taylor & Francis Group.

Nielsen T.,Aarhus School of Architecture
Geografisk Tidsskrift - Danish Journal of Geography | Year: 2015

The discussion of the network city has in recent years been supplemented by an increasing interest in reconsidering the notion of territory. Looking into both geographical and urban design theories, we find examples of a focus on how the networks of the city not only connect them irreversibly with sites and systems without any direct physical relation, but also of how this does not necessarily result in complete fragmentation and dissociation between the parts and the surrounding landscapes, as described in network city theory. By relating examples from this literature to a description of the main development characteristics of a low-profile example of a developing European urban region, Eastern Jutland in Denmark, the article contributes with a discussion of how concrete urban development perspectives in such a context can help inform the more general conceptualisation efforts developed in theory. The concept of The Polymorphic, Multilayered and Networked Urbanised Territory is introduced to grasp the reality experienced in European regions outside the largest and most potent versions of contemporary cities. © 2015 The Royal Danish Geographical Society.

Eybye B.T.,Aarhus School of Architecture
Vernacular Architecture: Towards a Sustainable Future - Proceedings of the International Conference on Vernacular Heritage, Sustainability and Earthen Architecture | Year: 2015

The aisle-truss houses of Northern Jutland were built under hard conditions, such as harsh climate and scarce resources. Hence, the aisle-truss houses display a number of resource-saving and sustainable building principles, including the arcade construction and the use of passive energy strategies, which make them relevant to research. This paper investigates resource-saving and sustainable principles in the aisle-truss houses of Thy, Northern Jutland. General features as well as three cases of the one-wing dwelling aisle-truss houses are studied. The aim is to improve the understanding of aisle-truss houses. Another aim is to suggest strategies for modern sustainable building on the basis of the identified principles in aisle-truss houses. © 2015 Taylor & Francis Group.

Vestergaard I.,Aarhus School of Architecture
Vernacular Architecture: Towards a Sustainable Future - Proceedings of the International Conference on Vernacular Heritage, Sustainability and Earthen Architecture | Year: 2015

How can preindustrial architecture inspire sustainable thinking in postindustrial architectural design? How can we learn from experience and how can social, economic and environmental conditions give perspectives and guide a knowledge based evolution of basic experience towards modern industrialized building processes? Identification of sustainable parameters related to change in society, to building technique and to comfort are illustrated through two Danish building types, which are different in time, but similar in function. One representing evolution and experience based countryside fisherman's house built around year 1700; and second a frontrunner suburban family house built year 2008. The analysis involves architectural, technical and comfort matters and will state the levels of design, social conditions, sustainable and energy efficient parameters. Results will show lessons learned in perspective of future building stock and to which level buildings are expected to operate to actual demands of zero energy performance and better indoor comfort. © 2015 Taylor & Francis Group.

Fogtmann M.H.,Aarhus School of Architecture
CHINZ 2011 - Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the New Zealand Chapter of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction | Year: 2011

This paper presents a novel approach for designing bodily engaging games based on fundamental skills and gaming characteristics specific to interactive sports. The concept of kinesthetic empathy interaction is used to articulate the space of interaction where the motivation for action is developed in collaboration between the participants. General open skills of interactive sports are distilled into design parameters, and three gaming characteristics are derived. Together, these contribute to the theoretical foundation for the design of new games that encourage the use of both cognitive and physical abilities. The approach is based on two experimental design cases, and illustrates how the developed design parameters are a determining factor in the physical design or digital qualities embedded in the product. © 2011 ACM.

Herriott R.,Aarhus School of Architecture
Design Journal | Year: 2013

Inclusive Design's extensive literature may be divided into theory concerning methodology and case studies describing practice. The question arises as to how closely practice matches theory. This paper (based on an analysis of academic papers, posters and oral presentations) is a survey of the methods used in self-declared inclusive design projects. The raw material was classed as (a) product design or (b) assistive technology. Design steps were assigned to six categories of activity as defined by an authoritative design method. Analysis showed that of the 66 cases, 4.5 per cent reported carrying out all six steps, while 39.3 per cent carried out or reported just one step. The study found that the predominant focus of activity was in the initial steps of user investigation; subsequent steps receive less emphasis due to either under-reporting or non-completion. The work shows that design practitioners need to resist the tendency for user input to taper off as projects proceed. © BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING PLC 2013 PRINTED IN THE UK.

Krag M.M.S.,Aarhus School of Architecture
Future Anterior | Year: 2016

Since the 1950s, social migration from rural Denmark toward its urban areas has resulted in abandoned villages. This project outlines the transformation of an abandoned building prototyped at full scale in a rural village setting. This particular transformation was implemented as an attempt to catalyze an exchange of memories of the building and the place as an alternative to demolition. © 2016, University of Minnesota Press. All rights reserved.

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