News: Architecture and Civil Engineering, Arkitektur, Bygg- och miljöteknik related to Chalmers University of TechnologyTue, 17 Apr 2018 14:19:46 +0200 value of culture in urban development<p><b>​In recent years, several projects on culture have been carried out within Mistra Urban Futures. Case studies to show the value of the culture, the development of analyses and strategies have led to that culture now can be more easily integrated into the urban planning process.</b></p><div>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/MIE2_340.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">– The dream scenario is that culture enters urban development as an equal part in relation to everything else, says Mie Svennberg, one of the project leaders and urban planner, focusing on social sustainability, City Planning Authority, City of Gothenburg.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Take for example the three projects Urban Cultures: Case Kommersen, Kommersen 2.0 and Culture and Heritage in Sustainable Urban Development. They are all projects that have influenced the zooning plan by advocating the role of culture. The latter focuses on how best to take into account the value of culture in urban development.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Project leader Mie Svennberg participated in the development of a cultural impact assessment in Kortedala and one at Lindholmen, where several zoning plans are underway at the same time. In the assessment, one invents an area, focusing on five cultural values: culture and environment, meeting places and cultural hubs, aesthetic values, creative and cultural activities and trade as well as identity. The idea is that the impact assessments will provide a basis for the City Planning Authority when developing the area.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>– We have also developed a strategy for how culture can enter the urban planning processes earlier. We want it to be adopted by the City Council and have an actual effect. Then the whole city will be part of planning for culture, says Mie Svennberg, Project Manager, Culture and Heritage, who received warm praises from the Cultural Affairs Committee.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">The work continues </h2> <div> </div> <div>– The plan is for the project to carry on in the long term so we continue to interact locally, regionally and internationally. We have presented the project in Kisumu at Mistra Urban Future annual conference in 2017 and plan to attend the 2018 conference in Cape Town in November, says Mie Svennberg.​</div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/YlvaB2_340.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Important role in urban development</h2> <div> </div> <div>The two Kommersen projects are named after a flea market in Northern Masthugget. Gothenburg wrestles with problems linked to segregation.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>– Kommersen is a place that is part of the solution to the problem, by being an important meeting place in the city. People from many different districts comes to sell, buy and hang out, says Ylva Berglund, who has worked as project manager on behalf of the Museum of Gothenburg, the Cultural Affairs Administration and the City of Gothenburg.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>– The flea market has proved to be of great importance for cooperation between people from different parts of Gothenburg. Kommersen is a place that has grown through an initiative from the citizens and has become important for the whole city from a social sustainability perspective, she says.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Celebrated film </h2> <div> </div> <div>The projects have resulted in several reports that raise the issue of the role of culture in urban development. Two of the reports are about Kommersen. Another report, Is there room for culture in the new city?, highlights areas where any many new houses are to be built. The situation at Karlavagnsgatan on Lindholmen is compared with Sockerbruket in Klippan, based on the perspective of free cultural operators. The report authors have interviewed artists and other cultural workers at Lindholmen who have been dismissed from their studios. Now, a celebrated film is also featured at the Art Museum, made up of two artists who were evicted from their studio at Sockerbruket where they worked for many years.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">More light on the artist </h2> <div> </div> <div>At the seminar Mellanrum in September 2017, that among others Mistra Urban Futures organised, officials met with affected artists and had rewarding discussions. </div> <div> </div> <div>– The artists' situation has gained more light. A city like Gothenburg, which is meant to grow a lot, needs to appreciate its culture and its culture practitioners. The culture fills the city with content, says Ylva Berglund.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Projektfakta</h3> <div> </div> <div><strong>Urban Cultures: Case Kommersen</strong></div> <div> </div> <div>Partners: Museum of Gothenburg and University of Gothenburg</div> <div> </div> <div>Project period: October 2012 - March 2013</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Kommersen 2.0</strong></div> <div> </div> <div>Partners: Museum of Gothenburg and University of Gothenburg </div> <div> </div> <div>Project period: December 2014 - February 2014</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Culture and Heritage </strong></div> <div> </div> <div>Partners: Museum of Gothenburg, the Cultural Affairs Administration, City of Gothenburg and Universit.y of Gothenburg </div> <div> </div> <div>Project period: September 2016 - 2017</div> <div> </div>Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:00:00 +0200 Studio Exhibition 2018<p><b>​This years Reality Studio exhibition will exhibit 9 inspiring projects that are working closely with local NGO&#39;s, government, craftsmen and the people on the ground to create real design, architecture and planning for a more sustainable future.</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/kalendarium/2018/Reality-Studio-Event_310.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">Exhibition of student projects in the Master's Programme</span><div><em>Architecture and Planning Beyond Sustainability,</em></div> <div>Chalmers University of Technology</div> <div><br /></div> <div>9 April 2018, 11-14 Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground, Kisumu</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="">More Information &gt;&gt;</a></div> Fri, 06 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0200 as Related to Architecture &amp; the Built Environment - A U.S. Perspective<p><b>​Open seminar with Mike Apple RA, EDAC, LEED AP Monday 16 April, 10:00-12:00, Room 356.</b></p>​As healthcare costs continue to rise, and the health of some populations is actually declining, designers and policy makers are looking for solutions beyond what the healthcare sector traditionally offers. This requires a fresh look at the holistic nature of health – social, economic, demographic, and environmental. These factors are interwoven and interdependent, yet they are largely driven by slow-to-change public policy and cultural norms – how can the design of the built environment have an impact on this holistic nature of health?<br /><br />We’ll take a look at challenges and opportunities at the macro scale, such as urban design and organizational collaboration, and at the micro scale, including the design of environments to provide healthcare services. We’ll discuss several project examples as well as manners in which designers are attempting to measure the “healthiness” of their designs.<br /><br />Mike Apple is an architect AIA, EDAC (American Institute of Architects. Evidence-Based Design<br />Accreditation and Certification). He has previously studied at Chalmers Architecture and now works with healthcare architecture projects at HDR Inc., an American architecture and engineering firm.Wed, 28 Mar 2018 10:15:00 +0200 Geodesic Gridshell<p><b>​During two days in December 2017 the second year Architecture and Engineering students performed a concluding workshop in the course Digital tools – parametric design.  Emil Adiels with the support of architects and engineers from BIG Architects, Copenhagen, CORE, Thornton Tomasetti, New York, and Buro Happold Engineering, London, planned and led the work.</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/Geodesic-Gridshell_340x340px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Geodesic Gridshell digital workshop" style="margin:5px" /><br />The digital form finding tools enabled the students to experience material optimization. Applying the mathematical concept of geodesics, they succeeded building a complex shape from straight thin wooden stripes. The workshop provided the students with a deeper understanding of the chain from digital design to rational production.<br /><br /><a href="">See the video from the workshop &gt;&gt;</a><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/Geodesic-gridshell-structure_750px.jpg" alt="Geodesic gridshell structure" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:00:00 +0100 Kullen – youth in Hammarkullen developing the city<p><b>​The research project »Children and youth as co-creators of urban space« is funded by Formas for three years. Involved researchers are Sandra Hilllén, GU; Jenny Stenberg, Chalmers; Barbro Johansson, GU; Monica Billger, Chalmers; Lasse Fryk, GU; Ola Terlegård, Nytorpskolan; Liane Thuvander, Chalmers. Web: The project aims to develop knowledge of how children and youth as part of their regular school work can influence and develop the urban space, and how city planners and other officials can use children and youth’s proposals in their regular planning processes.</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/barn-mappakullen_340.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />In order to make a first test in reality, the project in December 2017 carried out a cooperation with a primary school in Hammarkullen under the &quot;Student’s choice&quot;. The students in Nytorpskolan had the task of collecting knowledge among schoolmates and other residents in Hammarkullen for some days, about which places they like/dislike and which ones are in need of development. For this purpose, the students learned to use Maptionnaire, a map-based survey tool which is being developed in research and needs to be tested in different contexts.<br /><br />When the most interesting places were appointed, the students made three different design proposals led by <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/barn-digital340x340.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />their artistic and social science teachers and with support from GU, Chalmers and municipal/regional »architectural advisors«. As part of the work on the theme of democracy in school, they presented them as »Gothenburg Proposal« on the municipal website and began collecting votes for the proposals. Proposals that receive more than 200 votes will be considered by relevant committee and decision on implementation may occur. Regardless of whether the proposals become reality or not, it is interesting from a democratic point of view to study how the municipality works with citizens’ influence. The students with their teachers will follow up on how the process develops.<br /><br />The research project will continue to implement various types of partnerships with the primary school in Hammarkullen to seek knowledge of how this type of <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/barn-skog_340.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />impact of children and youth can be made to an ordinary process, both in school and in urban transformation processes.<br /><br />Here you can read about and vote for the proposals (in Swedish):<br /><ul><li><a href="">Hinderbana vid Nytorpsskolan</a></li> <li><a href="">Nya torget i Hammarkullen</a></li> <li><a href="">Ny fritidshall i Hammarkullen</a></li></ul> <p><br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p>Websida: <a href=""></a></p> <p><br /></p> <p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/barn-trappor_340.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /></p>Tue, 30 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0100 at Chalmers: Timber - Raw and Refined<p><b>​On Friday December 15, there is a vernissage for the exhibition &quot;Timber - Raw and Refined&quot;, where the master’s students from Chalmers exhibit full-scale prototypes of outdoor furniture and roof completely made of digitally fabricated timber.</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/MD-Lamination_340.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><strong>HOW</strong><br />This fall semester, the Chalmers Architecture master studio <em>Material &amp; Detail </em>has been investigating Cross Laminated Timber (CLT). The main focus has been the meeting between architecture, digital design and robotic manufacturing. The studio challenges students to experiment with, design and develop as well as refine the use of timber for construction in engineered and tooled assemblies with the potential for invention, innovation and unexpected material and spatial effects to emerge. Eight teams of students <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/MD-Production_340.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />have competed to design a new outdoor dining area for the Student Union Restaurant at Chalmers, which at the same time works as a vitalizing public space on campus. The results of the competition, along with full scale prototypes that make use of CLT, are presented in an exhibition<br /><br /><strong>WHY</strong><br />Timber is an excellent building material and resource, not only does it have low embodied energy, stores carbon and is entirely recyclable, but it is also a beautiful, tactile and easy to tool material commonly hidden in conventional construction. Sweden is one of the largest producers of timber in the world. Although we have mastered the use of sawn timber in inexpensive residential construction, we are essentially a raw material producer with a massive potential to develop new refined uses of timber and new industries. <br /> <br /><strong>INVITATION</strong><br />Welcome to the opening of exhibition and full-scale prototypes, based on the winning projects - RE-TREE-T and PLANK SPACE, on <strong>Friday 15 December 2017 at <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/MD-Prototype-I_340.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />16:00 in the Student Union Building</strong>, located at Chalmers University of Technology. Winter fire, light snacks and new acquaintances will be offered. All are welcome!<br /><br />Material and Detail studio, Chalmers Architecture and Civil Engineering<br /><br />Studio faculty: Jonas Lundberg, Daniel Norell, Karin Hedlund, Kengo Skorick, Jonas Runberger<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/MD-Waste_340.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />Architecture workshop: Peter Lindblom, Tabita Nilsson<br />Teaching assistants: Friederike von Meiβner, Joel Montgomery-Claesson<br /><br />Students: Achyut Siddu, Bo Han, Cansu Dogusal, Carolina Granholm, Frida Carlsson Göransdóttir, Henri Fuchs, Huimin Yu, Jeanna Berger, Joel Hilmersson, Johan Karlefeldt, Johan Dahlberg, Julia Olsson, Karl <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/MD-Axo_340.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />Åhlund, Karolina Bloch, Laura Dallamassl, Léon Bührer, Lucas Spranger, Maddalena Rabuano, Manon Pinget, Markus Gustafsson, Mengqi Xue, Olga Litwa, Oskar Thor, Sandra Andersson, Sofia Hansson, Soichiro Yoshida, Stella-Marie Krex, Theodor Tsesmatzoglou, Yaojie Wang, Yunfan Zhang <br />LoB - Ljud- och Bildgruppen Chalmers <br /><br /><strong>Location: </strong><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/MD-Prototype-II_340.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Chalmers University of Technology, Student union building, Chalmersplatsen 1<br /><br /><strong>Partners:</strong><br />Derome<br />Chalmersfastigheter AB<br />Kårrestaurangen, Chalmers Konferens &amp; Restauranger<br /><br /><strong>Contact:</strong><br />Jonas Lundberg, Lecturer, Chalmers Architecture and Civil Engineering<br />Tel: 073-1427506, email: <a href=""></a><br /><br />Jeanna Berger, Student<br />Tel: 073-069 09 12, email: <a href=""></a><br /><br />Thanks to: <br />Jesper Lundberg, Chalmers Konferens &amp; Restauranger<br />Adam Vernhamn, Chalmersfastigheter<br />Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0100 work in informal settlements in Buenos Aires<p><b>​As part of the research project »Compact cities and informal settlements« we are in Buenos Aires in Argentina for four weeks doing research in informal settlements together with University of Sarmiento and in collaboration with University of Buenos Aires. We investigate qualities and challenges in the informal areas, to be managed when the city grow as a result of urbanisation processes. We also search knowledge about what drives the development and what strategies there are for dealing with the challenges and changes.</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/buenosA_möteute_400.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Researchers: Jaan-Henrik Kain &amp; Jenny Stenberg, ACE Chalmers, Michael Oloko, JOOUST Kisumu, Maria Jose Zapata Campos &amp; Patrik Zapata, University of Gothenburg. <br /><br />The informal settlements we have visited and studied in Buenos Aires and surrounding municipalities are Los Hornos, La Cava, Villa 15, Villa 20, Villa 21/24 and Villa 31. Together with students, teachers, researchers and local associations we asked inhabitants and other actors what they think are the most important qualities to safeguard when the city grow and which challenges are most urgent to deal with for <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/buenosA_hus_kväll_400.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />policy makers, planners and investors when taking an interest in the areas where the formal settlements are. With used Maptionnaire interviews to ask inhabitants about what places in the areas they like and dislike most, and how these places could be developed in order to improve quality of life for the inhabitants.<br /><br />We also visited Barrio Brandsen in Rivadavia in Mendoza where we worked as architect students 30 years ago. The work was organized by teachers and students at the University of UTN and we were there to <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/buenosA_interior_400.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />learn self-construcion of houses. Except from participating in their work during six months we made a participatory design of a community building, chased for material and built it together with the residents. This house in very cheap cross-cutting technology held for 30 years and had recently been replaced with a new community house built by the municipality. It was very emotional meetings with the inhabitants when we came to visit and it was great to see that many of them who constructed their homes still stay there and developed their houses.<br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/buenosA_mc_400.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />For more information see <a href=""></a> and the facebook group »Compact Cities Research«. Some of the results in Buenos Aires were presented in Canal Comunitario 5, Urbana Tevé, 28 November, 2017.<br /><br /><br />Photos: Jenny Stenberg &amp; Jaan-Henrik Kain<br />Tue, 05 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0100–-New-doctoral-thesis.aspx Poethics – New doctoral thesis<p><b>​​“Nature is not something separated from the city”. That is the first sentence in chapter 1 in Anna Maria Orrú’s newly published doctoral thesis Wild Poethics – Exploring relational and embodied practices in urban-making. Anna Maria is based at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. Her research has been supported by Mistra Urban Futures and is also part of the ‘Architecture in the Making’ programme at the Swedish Research School in Architecture (ResArc). Urban gardening, artistic research and biomimicry</b></p><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/2017_PhD_Orru_350x305.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Anna Maria’s research emerges from the act of urban gardening, artistic research and biomimicry. Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by imitating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies.</div> <div> </div> <div>There are several platforms in which she has collaborated and disseminated her research; <a href="">Gröna Linjen</a> in Stockholm and <a href="">AHA! Festival </a>in Gothenburg are two of the movements she both was privy to initiate, construct and that has also used in her research process.</div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Poethical voyage</h2> <div> </div> <div>The thesis takes the readers on a voyage of poethical proportion – poetic, political and ethical. The readers travel to a fictional Island of Encounters reaching four destinations: Alba (body/curiosity), Agora (fiction/performance), Clinamen (atmosphere/imagination), and Plūris (metaphor/swarming). The journey’s challenge is two-fold: to generate embodied methodologies in urban-making to approach relational space matters, and to stage space for naturecultures in order to encourage vibrant materialist relations so as to bypass the ruling and paralysing attitude of the Anthropocene.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">What has been the focus of you research Anna Maria?</h2> <div> </div> <div>The term ‘poethics’ is a crucial catalyst as it aims to encourage ecological ethos as a poetic and political embarking, and reconfigures it into a mode of relationality. Alongside poethics is the term ‘wild’ which hints at the ecological ethics driving the research, but also gestures to the complexity of nature. The thesis intends to find new ways of becoming environmentally responsible by exploring the implications of the corporeal in critical spatial practice taking into consideration naturecultures. It is concerned with exploring and developing alternate embodied methodologies for how the body can be involved in ecological urban-making and becoming responsible, says Anna Maria. </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Main results</h2> <div> </div> <div>In order to look at different movements, performativity and complexity in urban-making, Anna Maria have brought the body into a spatial discourse to explore relationality and embodied knowledge generation. Though her starting point has been a concern with sustainable food behaviour in urban environments and the passive use of urban green spaces, she found that the corporeal research became critical to the research. The research challenges an understanding of relationships; with others, with nonhumans, with space and matter, with time, and with nature, and how to ‘be’ in the world, or rather, how to poethically ‘become’ in the world given the gross impact from environment degradation. She aimed to build on an architectural understanding of production, thinking, making and relating, using artistic-based embodied methodologies in urban-making.</div> <div> </div> <div>In her findings, the body emerged as a valid membrane and interface for critical practice, especially in the realm of ecological work and processes. All the thesis encounters explored ways to deepen environmental commitments with urban space, primarily shaped and strengthened through corporeal and sensorial behaviour – essentially through visceral means by placing involved participants in movement. </div> <div> </div> <div>The embodied methodologies coming through with most potential were the ones that enabled a relational and reflective experience of materiality. The explorations brought the relational in as a reoccurring finding from a variation of angles; relation to space (encounter 1), relation to knowledge (encounter 2), relation to atmosphere (encounter 3) and to other bodies (encounter 4).</div> <div> </div> <div>The embodied methods foster new expressions of architectural representation in the design process and should be included in the pedagogics of architecture. The performance in and of space through these imaginings brings up specific tensions that could be used for understanding the relationality that a space conjures up. Outcomes steered towards the making of deep commitments to environmental urban behaviour which necessitates the body to be fully included and present. </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Exhibition</h2> <div> </div> <div>There is a current exhibition that showcases the PhD work of Anna Maria Orrù. It includes six films that form part of the thesis. Alongside the films, there is the Chalmers printed book, but also a mock-up box publication of the thesis’ graphic intention - as a treasure box for embarking on a journey. In addition there are seven small art-book publications from Vegetable Lamb Press (wooden box) that also form part of the PhD work. The exhibition is shown in the reception of SB-building, 3rd floor, Chalmers, Gothenburg, November 29 - December 8, 2017. <a href="/en/departments/ace/news/Pages/Wild-Poethics.aspx">Read more</a>. </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Phd defence </h2> <div> </div> <div>The defence of the thesis will take place December 7th, 9.15, Lecture hall SB-H5, Chalmers University, Gothenburg. Supervising team has been Catharina Dyrssen, Chalmers University of Technology and Nel Janssens, St. Lucas (with Jaan-Henrik Kain, Chalmers, as secondary supervisor till in the first 2 years)</div> <div> </div> <div>The examining committee consists of Doina Petrescu, The University of Sheffield, Elke Krasny, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria, Derek McCormack, University of Oxford and Gunnar Sandin, Lund University. </div> <div> </div> <div><a href="">Download the thesis</a> </div> <div> </div> <div>Read more about the PhD project <a href="">A Biologically-Centered Framework in Urban Foodscapes</a>. </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Questions?</h2> <div> </div> <div>Please contact Anna Maria Orrù, Chalmers University of Technology, <a href=""></a> </div>Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0100 Poethics: Exploring relational and embodied practices in urban-making<p><b>​This small exhibition showcases the PhD work of Anna Maria Orrù. It includes six films that form part of the thesis entitled ‘wild poethics’. Alongside the films, there is the Chalmers printed book, but also a mock-up box publication of the thesis’ graphic intention - as a treasure box for embarking on a journey. In addition there are seven small art-book publications from Vegetable Lamb Press (wooden box) that also form part of the PhD work.</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/2017_PhD_Orru_350x305.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />This is a voyage of poethical proportion – poetic, political and ethical. We travel to a fictional Island of Encounters reaching four destinations: Alba (body/curiosity), Agora (fiction/performance), Clinamen (atmosphere/imagination), and Plūris (metaphor/swarming). Our journey’s challenge is two-fold: to generate embodied methodologies in urban-making to approach relational space matters, and to stage space for naturecultures to encourage vibrant materialist relations so as to bypass the hegemonic and paralysing attitude of the Anthropocene.<br /><br />Our aim is to render a more profound relation with the spatial environment using our bodies. As our journey unfolds, the encounters are underpinned by visits to theoretical neighbourhoods nested in feminist spatial practice, vibrant relationscapes, worlding, affective atmospheres, imagination, spatial-temporal in-betweeness and assemblage-thinking. By immersing our full wider body into a space/time entangle, a critical materiality emerges that can infuse urban-making, render the body a more refined medium, and reactivate architectural thinking and making.<br /><br /><br /><br /><strong>The exhibition is shown in the reception of SB-building at 3rd floor, November 29 - December 8, 2017.</strong><br /><br /><a href="/sv/institutioner/ace/kalendarium/Sidor/Wild-Poethics-Exploring-Urban-making.aspx">Defence date - December 7, 2017. 9:15 am. Lecture hall SB-H5.<br />Doctoral Dissertation</a> | ISBN: 978-91-7597-616-7<br />Chalmers University of Technology | Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering<br /><em>This exhibition is kindly supported by the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, and the AHA Festival. A special thank you to Jon Geib who helped prepare and curate.</em><br />Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:00:00 +0100 intelligence and autonomy at the AHA Festival<p><b>​Creative machines, dancing robots, artificial intelligence and investigating workshops. The AHA festival at Chalmers gathers researchers, students and artists - and invites the public to investigate the borders between science and art.</b></p><p>​This year, the theme is autonomy and the festival will take place at the Student Union building at Chalmers on 20-22 November. The programme will be filled with public performances, lectures, workshops, exhibitions and seminar conversations. Permeating the festival is the driving force of curiosity and the festival aims to celebrate science as well as art.</p> <p>“It is essential to have different perspectives and competences when facing the challenges in our society. The AHA festival combines different disciplines within both science and art and offers new ways of exploring the world, aiming towards a sustainable society”, says Peter Christensson, one of two project leaders of the AHA festival. </p> <p>The idea of a border-crossing and international event emerged from a poetry evening at Chalmers, and from ongoing artistic research at the Department of Architecture. In 2014 the first AHA festival was arranged at the department and last year the Department of Physics joined the festival. This year the festival is expanding even more and presents a wide range of Chalmers research and thrilling border-crossing activities. </p> <p>“It might not be that well known, but Chalmers rests upon both a scientific and an artistic ground. This is one way of expressing that. The driving force behind all creativity is curiosity and the most essential questions are the ones that you have in mind when you leave the festival”, says Michael Eriksson, project leader of the AHA festival.<br /> <br />Text: Mia Halleröd Palmgren, <a href=""></a></p> <p></p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Five highlights at this year’s Aha-festival:</h2> <div><strong>Opera, music technology and dancing robots meet across boundaries.</strong><br />Behind Opera Mecatronics are the artists Åsa and Carl Unander-Scharin.<br /></div> <p>20 November 13:00-14:30</p> <p><strong>Can machines think independently and be creative?</strong><br />Chalmers researchers Mikael Kågebäck and Devdatt Dubhashi speak about how artificial intelligence will change our lives.<br />21 November 9:00-10:00</p> <p><strong>Recycle me! How do technology and construction together interact with our bodies? </strong><br />Organ donation and changed natural laws are in the spotlight when Chalmers doctoral student and designer Pamela Lindgren holds this workshop.<br />21 November, 12:00-14:00</p> <p><strong>How to achieve a sustainable societal development using trust.</strong><br />Listen to the Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena who will during the festival this year be receiving the Gothenburg prize for sustainable development.<br />21 November 18:00-20:00</p> <p><strong>The international dance company Spinn offers dance with and without functional variations.</strong><br />In the performance Imagine these dancers will test how far we can go to feel alive. How can we be independent, together? Who will get to take place on stage and share his or her story? <br />22 November 19:00-20:30<br /></p> <p>Se the full programme at <a href=""><br /></a></p> <p></p> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">About the festival</h4> <p>The AHA festival will take place in Gothenburg on 20-22 November. Welcome to the Student Union building, second floor, at Chalmers campus Johanneberg. The address is Chalmersplatsen 1. <strong>The festival will be free of charge and open to the public. </strong>Join us and be curious!</p> <p><a href="/en/departments/ace/calendar/Pages/AHA-Festival-2017.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Add the event to your calendar</a><a href=""><br /><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Follow the AHA Festival on Facebook</a></p> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Press contacts:  </strong></div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/peter.aspx">Peter Christensson</a>, Project Leader, AHA Festival: +46 (0)70 958 90 43, <a href=""></a></div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/michael-eriksson.aspx">Michael Eriksson</a>, Project Leader, <span>AHA Festival<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span>:  +46 (0)70 583 51 85, <a href=""></a> <br /></div>Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0100 organise exhibition at ArkDes in Stockholm<p><b>​Naima Callenberg (BArch ‘13) and Agnes Gidenstam (MArch ‘16), recent graduates from the Architecture Programme at Chalmers, are organising an exhibition of independent architecture magazines at ArkDes, Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design, in Stockholm.</b></p>​A Print Stockholm is an exhibition of printed matter and an introduction to a series of independent architecture publications. The collection will comprise more than 100 journals and zines from 60 different publishers and represent work within architectural publishing that challenges received ideas and inspires new perspectives. In ArkDes’ library from 16 November until 3 December.<br /><br /><a href="">Press release (in Swedish)</a><br />Fri, 03 Nov 2017 09:00:00 +0100 Students at Teknologidagene 2017<p><b>​​Chalmers PhD students had a successful trip to Trondheim on October 23 &amp; 24 taking part in the Coastal Highway Route E39 session of “Teknologidagene 2017” – an annual conference arranged by the Norwegian Public Road Administration to share research results.</b></p>There are currently 13 PhD students at Chalmers involved in the E39 research program with topics covering structural and sustainability issues. Leonard Nilsson, Zhenhua Sun, Sabina Karacic, and Josef Nilsson presented results from their research to both the Norwegian transportation experts as well as international observers.<br />   - Our PhD students continue to provide excellent research results and I received positive feedback from many conference delegates”, says Prof. Robert Thomson, Scientific Coordinator for the Chalmers – NPRA collaboration.<br /><br />More information on the E39 Coastal Highway project is available at <a href=""></a> , andChalmers activities are reported at <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/buildingfutures/strategic-partnerships/E39/Pages/default.aspx"></a><br /><p></p>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0100 research opportunities for Chalmers researchers as ElectriCity grows<p><b>​ElectriCity, best known for the electric bus 55 in Gothenburg, is much more than just the bus. As the project grows, new exciting opportunities for research appear. Per Lövsund, coordinator for ElectriCity at Chalmers University of Technology, invites Chalmers researchers to contact him with ideas.</b></p><p><br /></p> <p>“We can perform research projects, master and bachelor thesis projects within ElectriCity, and thereby gain better dissemination and utilisation of our results”, says Per Lövsund, who calls on Chalmers researchers to contact him with ideas for new projects.<br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p>ElectriCity is now growing to include for example smaller trucks, such as waste trucks and distribution cars. This means exciting opportunities for several research areas, Per Lövsund explains. Self-driving vehicles, safety, community planning, noise, thermal optimization, control algorithms, vehicle dynamics, development and recycling of batteries and fuel cells, and charging station requirements are some examples of questions from different research fields, all of which can be studied within the framework of ElectriCity.<br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p>Researchers involved in ElectriCity have access to research platforms such as buses and other vehicles. The project’s demo arena also includes the new urban area Frihamnen and the development of south Chalmers Johanneberg Campus, with a stop for the ElectriCity bus. Here, safety aspects and new innovative solutions at the stop and interactions between vehicles and unprotected road users can be studied.<br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p>The fact that ElectriCity enters a new phase has already generated new research at Chalmers.<br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p>“One project about bus trains and one about autonomous docking at bus stops are just about to take off”, says Per Lövsund. “Another project investigates how bus drivers experience the effects of the Volvo Dynamic Steering system.”<br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p>A workshop is planned to be held at Chalmers to formulate projects on low-frequency noise in urban environment, modeling of noise impact and safety issues regarding quiet buses at bus stops.<br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p>“In the long run, perhaps other sectors could be included as well. I personally think that the marine sector would be interesting”, says Per Lövsund. “Chalmers has great competence in this field, for example through <a href="">SSPA </a>and <a href="">Lighthouse</a>.” <br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p>ElectriCity has run in Gothenburg for two years and is a collaboration between industry, academia and society, where the participants develop and test solutions for tomorrow’s sustainable public transport. The electric and hybrid buses of route 55, where different technology solutions are tested and developed, run between the two campuses of Chalmers. The project has created a lot of international interest.<br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p>“The international attention has given us new networks and new interesting research topics”, concludes Per Lövsund.</p> <p><br /></p> <p>Are you a Chalmers researcher and have a project idea for ElectriCity? Contact Chalmers coordinator Per Lövsund, <a href=""></a><br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p><a href="">Read more about ElectriCity &gt;&gt;</a><br /><br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p><em>Text: Christian Boström, Emilia Lundgren</em><br /></p>Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200 in Public Space<p><b>​This years Hammarkullen Culture Walk will is an annual event where you can experience dance, poetry, music, art and food events arranged by local cultural organisations. Through this the local cultural life in Hammarkullen is made visible. This will be run the 21 October 2017.</b></p><div>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/Hammarkullen%20Kulturvandring%202017_690.docx.jpg" alt="sketch urban furniture" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Chalmers masters students in the design studio Design and Planning for Social Inclusion will design and build transformative urban furniture at Hammarkullen Culture Walk 2017. The process is supported by Sam Carvalho and Eduardo da Conceicao from Onoff and will be carried out in Hammarkullen during week 42. The question the students are asking themselves are: Can public space be a generator for social and cultural interaction or is it purely a structure for flows of circulation, events and consumption?</div> <div><div> </div> <div> </div></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">A box to support local social and cultural interactions</h2> <div>The “Culture boxes” act as mobile and transformative urban furniture. Each “box” can open up and transform for specific social and cultural interactions and together they will form what we call a “rolling culture house”. The five “Culture boxes” are designed from the interest of local organisations and will be handed over and used by these organisations after the culture walk. In this way, the interventions represent and support the local cultural and organisational life. It is a wish that the project will continue the coming year where new “culture boxes” will be designed and built to represent and support more organisations in Hammarkullen.</div> <div>Chalmers Arkitekturskola, Chalmers ACE</div> <div>And Onoff</div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Partners</h3> <div>Hammarkullen Kulturvandring 2017, Hammarkullen 365 &amp; Karnevalskommittén</div> <div>International Färg AB, Akzo Nobel</div> <div>Tente Sverige AB</div> <div>Makita Sverige </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Programme</h3> <div>12.00 The “cultural boxes” will transform the public park at Brefjällsgatan 46</div> <div>13-15.00 The “cultural boxes” will be on the move through streets and valleys of Hammarkullen</div> <div>15.00 Ending event at Hammarkullen square</div> <div> </div> <div> </div>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:30:00 +0200 Divisual day on Social Inclusion<p><b>​On the 27th of September 2017 DIVISUAL organized a full day workshop for students in the master course Design and Planning for Social Inclusion in Hammarkullen. DIVISUAL is a research group formed by researchers at Chalmers, GU and SLU. It stands for Dialogue and Visualization for Urban Transformation. The scope of the group is to integrate research on citizen and actor dialogue with digital visualization, geographical information systems (GIS), augmented reality, games, and other digital tools, all of these taking place in processes of urban transformation.</b></p><div>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/divisual_map_632.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/divisual_smartphone_340.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />The aim of the day working with the master students was to give them the possibility to test some of the tools we use in and for research together with inhabitants in Hammarkullen in a learning-by-doing process. The students were also to reflect on the usability of these tools for codesign of urban transformation with local actors. The main task for the students was to discuss <em>How can Hammarkullen become more sustainable by adding qualities and taking care of problems? </em>The tools they tested were:</div> <div>•    GIS Pro (</div> <div>•    Maptionnaire (</div> <div>•    GIS maps (developed through general GIS software)</div> <div>•    Urban Cobuilder (an Android app developed at Chalmers)</div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/divisual_people_340.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Jenny Stenberg, Jaan-Henrik Kain, Liane Thuvander, Marco Adelfio and Hyekyung Imottesjo presented the tools and the research projects in which the tools are used in right now.  Other members of DIVISUAL include Monica Billger, Jennifer McConville and Beata Stahre Wästberg. </div> <div> </div> <div>The students were taught how to use the tools and how to carry out their investigations outdoor with inhabitants. The master students were also invited to link to DIVISUAL research in their education – during this course or later on.</div> <div> </div> <div>GIS Pro is an app for mobile devices where you can map your surroundings in different ways. Maptionnaire is a web-based, geo-referenced questionnaire tool for mapping people’s preferences. For both tools the students’ task was to ask inhabitants to mark places and routes they like and don’t like. The answers automatically aggregate in databases and can quite quickly be analyzed. </div> <div> </div> <div>The test of GIS maps as dialogue tool was carried out by visualizing certain statistics about Gothenburg. The students were given GIS maps with three aspects: number of cars, income levels and ethnic diversity. Based on these maps they then communicated with inhabitants regarding sustainability.</div> <div> </div> <div>Urban Cobuilder is a prototype app for collaborative urban and architectural design supported through augmented reality, where the users can see the site through the mobile phone and build with virtual cubes that together form a building on site.</div> <div> </div> <div>Afterwards the students presented their results, compared the tools, and discussed with the researchers the usability of the tools and the potential needs for development of them.</div> <div> </div> <div>For more information about the research group see <a href=""></a> </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/divisual_maps_topogr_690.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">DIVISUAL ongoing externally funded research projects:</h2> <div> </div> <div>1.    Children and Youth Codesign Cities | <a href=""></a></div> <div>2.    CIVIC – Construction In Vicinities: Innovative Co-creation</div> <div>3.    Complex adaptive systems and urban planning</div> <div>4.    Closing the loops on resource flows – a starting point for sustainable urban water and waste management</div> <div>5.    Compact cities – Exploring qualities, drivers and strategies for promoting mixed-use urban development | <a href=""></a></div> <div>6.    Compact cities in informal settlements – Exploring qualities, drivers and strategies for promoting mixed-use urban development | <a href=""></a></div> <div>7.    Data Fusion in Urban modeling and Visualisation</div> <div>8.    Describing and analysing urban building stocks – development of a methodology </div> <div>9.    Developing sustainable trajectories for urban building-stocks</div> <div>10.    Gamification of sanitation planning: Exploring technical and societal readiness of alternative nutrient-recovery systems <a href=""> ments/energy-technology/projects/gamification-of-sanitation-planning/</a></div> <div>11.    How do the residents of Hammarkullen perceive their environment? Visual mapping with Maptionnaire of different values prior to renovation</div> <div>12.    Improving basic urban services in informal settlements</div> <div>13.    Learning Lab Hammarkullen: Codesigning Renovation | <a href=""></a> | National Transdisciplinary Centre of Excellence for Integrated Sustainable Renovation </div> <div>14.    Mapping waste governance <a href=""></a></div> <div>15.    Nodes-4-Visualization</div> <div>16.    Nordic Built – Sustainable Transformation and Environmental Design</div> <div>17.    Norm-critical visualization</div> <div>18.    Opportunities for preparing urban contaminated land for bio-based production</div> <div>19.    Recycling networks: Grassroots resilience tackling climate, environmental and poverty challenges <a href=""></a></div> <div>20.    Re-renovation: Possibilities for increased energy efficiency and the re-creation of cultural historical values</div> <div>21.    SPANS – Sanitation Planning for Alternative Nutrient-recovery Systems <a href=""></a></div> <div>22.    The contribution of &quot;third places&quot; to urban social life in Gothenburg: assessment through social media data</div> <div>23.    Urban Cobuilder: Urban design simulation involving Augmented Reality on project sites</div> <div>24.    Urban CoMapper: Collaborative mapping regarding perception of urban qualities</div> <div>25.    Visualisation of the energy systems and energy flows in a timber house</div> <div>26.    Visualization of environmental data in urban planning processes including a pedestrian perspective</div> <div> </div> <div>Text and photos: Jenny Stenberg</div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/divisual_people2_632.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px" /> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div>Tue, 03 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +0200