Transformation and Conservation

​ACEX35, Masters’ thesis direction, 2019/2020​

Description and aim

Humanity stand in front of a major challenge to save life on earth where considerable changes are needed to modern conventional ways of designing, maintaining and using the built environment. From an environmental perspective, earlier studies have shown that the use and re-use of existing buildings is to be preferred compared to building new. Existing built environments also represent cultural identification and embodied social structures which provide people with orientation in time and space. 

In this track we focus on questions related to the transformation and conservation of existing buildings and urban areas as a means to support sustainable development. The ambition is to create values for users, citizens and commercial companies at the same time as buildings and nature is preserved. A specific aim is to contribute with knowledge about how architectural design, form, aesthetics and materiality as well as cultural identity can support long-term sustainable development. 

We invite you to prepare a master thesis using research by design and/or research on design that should be based on academic and practice related knowledge in the chosen field. We envision a broad perspective of thesis from detailing and construction to theory and discourses. The thesis can preferably be carried out in connection to on-going research projects at ACE and in collaboration with our network of public and private partners. At present we have a wide selection of research together with local partners as well as international, for example South Africa. 

The thesis should take departure in the knowledge building tradition at ACE including conservation and preservation and theories related to sustainability of the built environment (regenerative design, resilience, cradle-to-cradle, circularity, to mention some). Topics to explore include regeneration and renovation (on the level of the dwelling, building or neighbourhood) which can also include new additions, building stock modelling and analysis, circular design, and socio-economic materialisations. Methods to explore include GIS, life cycle thinking, systems thinking, co-creation of knowledge, visualisation and dialogue, (spatial) narratives, gaming, questionnaires, and interviews.

Direction faculty

Kia Bengtsson Ekström
Liane Thuvander
Paula Femenías​

Published: Thu 13 Sep 2018. Modified: Fri 11 Jan 2019