News: Architecture and Civil Engineering, Arkitektur, Bygg- och miljöteknikhttp://www.chalmers.se/sv/nyheterNews related to Chalmers University of TechnologyMon, 11 Dec 2017 14:50:09 +0100http://www.chalmers.se/sv/nyheterhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/ace/news/Pages/Exhibition-at-Chalmers.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/ace/news/Pages/Exhibition-at-Chalmers.aspxExhibition 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="mailto:jonlund@chalmers.se">jonlund@chalmers.se</a><br /><br />Jeanna Berger, Student<br />Tel: 073-069 09 12, email: <a href="mailto:jeannab@student.chalmers.se">jeannab@student.chalmers.se</a><br /><br />Thanks to: <br />Jesper Lundberg, Chalmers Konferens &amp; Restauranger<br />Adam Vernhamn, Chalmersfastigheter<br />Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/ace/news/Pages/Research-work-in-informal-settlements-in-Buenos-Aires.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/ace/news/Pages/Research-work-in-informal-settlements-in-Buenos-Aires.aspxResearch 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="http://www.compactcities.se/">www.compactcities.se</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 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/ace/news/Pages/Wild-Poethics-–-New-doctoral-thesis.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/ace/news/Pages/Wild-Poethics-%E2%80%93-New-doctoral-thesis.aspxWild 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="http://annamariaorru.com/Grona-Linjen">Gröna Linjen</a> in Stockholm and <a href="http://ahafestival.se/">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="http://publications.lib.chalmers.se/records/fulltext/253030/253030.pdf">Download the thesis</a> </div> <div> </div> <div>Read more about the PhD project <a href="https://www.mistraurbanfutures.org/en/project/phd-project-biologically-centered-framework-urban-foodscapes">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="mailto:orru@chalmers.se">orru@chalmers.se</a> </div>Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/ace/news/Pages/Wild-Poethics.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/ace/news/Pages/Wild-Poethics.aspxWild 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 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/Artificial-intelligence-and-autonomy-at-the-AHA-Festival-2017-.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/Artificial-intelligence-and-autonomy-at-the-AHA-Festival-2017-.aspxArtificial 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="mailto:mia.hallerodpalmgren@chalmers.se">mia.hallerodpalmgren@chalmers.se</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="http://ahafestival.se/">ahafestival.se<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="https://www.facebook.com/ahafestivalse"><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="mailto:peter@chalmers.se">peter@chalmers.se</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="mailto:michael.eriksson@chalmers.se">michael.eriksson@chalmers.se</a> <br /></div>Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/ace/news/Pages/Alumnae-organise-exhibition.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/ace/news/Pages/Alumnae-organise-exhibition.aspxAlumnae 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="http://www.mynewsdesk.com/se/arkdes/pressreleases/a-print-stockholm-en-roest-foer-oberoende-arkitektur-och-designpublikationer-2249251">Press release (in Swedish)</a><br />Fri, 03 Nov 2017 09:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/buildingfutures/news/Pages/PhD-Students-at-Teknologidagene-2017.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/buildingfutures/news/Pages/PhD-Students-at-Teknologidagene-2017.aspxPhD 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="https://www.vegvesen.no/vegprosjekter/ferjefriE39">https://www.vegvesen.no/vegprosjekter/ferjefriE39</a> , andChalmers activities are reported at <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/buildingfutures/strategic-partnerships/E39/Pages/default.aspx">http://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/buildingfutures/strategic-partnerships/E39/Pages/default.aspx</a><br /><p></p>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/Transport/news/Pages/New-research-opportunities-as-ElectriCity-grows.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/Transport/news/Pages/New-research-opportunities-as-ElectriCity-grows.aspxNew 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="http://www.sspa.se/">SSPA </a>and <a href="http://www.lighthouse.nu/">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="mailto:per.lovsund@chalmers.se">per.lovsund@chalmers.se</a><br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p><a href="http://www.electricitygoteborg.se/">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 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/ace/news/Pages/Domesticity-in-Public-.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/ace/news/Pages/Domesticity-in-Public-.aspxDomesticity 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="" 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 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/ace/news/Pages/A-Divisual-day-on-Social-Inclusion.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/ace/news/Pages/A-Divisual-day-on-Social-Inclusion.aspxA 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 (garafa.com)</div> <div>•    Maptionnaire (maptionnaire.com)</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="http://www.divisual.se/">www.divisual.se</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="http://www.codesigncities.se/">codesigncities.se</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="http://www.compactcities.se/">compactcities.se</a></div> <div>6.    Compact cities in informal settlements – Exploring qualities, drivers and strategies for promoting mixed-use urban development | <a href="http://www.compactcities.se/">compactcities.se</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="https://www.slu.se/en/departments/energy-technology/projects/gamification-of-sanitation-planning/">www.slu.se/en/depart 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="http://learninglabhammarkullen.se/">learninglabhammarkullen.se</a> | National Transdisciplinary Centre of Excellence for Integrated Sustainable Renovation </div> <div>14.    Mapping waste governance <a href="http://pswm.uvic.ca/">pswm.uvic.ca</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="http://gri.gu.se/english/research/managing-big-cities---recycling-networks">gri.gu.se/english/research/managing-big-cities---recycling-networks</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="http://www.slu.se/en/departments/energy-technology/projects/spans/">www.slu.se/en/departments/energy-technology/projects/spans/</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 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/buildingfutures/news/Pages/Full-house-for-the-celebration-of-HSB-Living-Lab’s-one-year-anniversary.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/buildingfutures/news/Pages/Full-house-for-the-celebration-of-HSB-Living-Lab%E2%80%99s-one-year-anniversary.aspxFull house for the celebration of HSB Living Lab’s one-year anniversary<p><b>​When HSB Living Lab celebrated its first anniversary it was attended by representatives of Chalmers, HSB and Johanneberg Science Park as well as the Government and the City of Gothenburg.</b></p>​  “We at the Ministry for Enterprise and Innovation are pushing to try to obtain more test beds where we can use new technology, and HSB Living Lab is a really good example of that,” said Minister for Housing and Digital Development <strong>Peter Eriksson</strong> (MP) during his speech at HSB Living Lab.<br /><br />HSB Living Lab is a unique research arena situated in the Chalmers area in Gothenburg. One complete outfit specialising in finding sustainable living solutions for the future. Those living in the 29 apartments have now been a part of the innovation project for a year - a project which constitutes cooperation between trade and industry, city and academia. 2000 sensors spend 24 hours a day collecting data which can be used to find new living solutions for the future.<br /><br />The 1-year anniversary was celebrated on Tuesday September 19. The visit began at <span><span></span><span> Johanneberg Science Park <span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></span>with a presentation of some ongoing research projects <span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span>which are linked to the HSB Living Lab building and to Chalmers. Presentations included building-integrated solar panels, city simulations and research into how much reconstruction goes on within the apartments. <br /><br />During his welcome, MD of HSB Gothenburg <strong>Lars Göran Andersson l</strong>ed three cheers for HSB Living Lab.<br />   “We now have another nine years of research to go,” he said, indicating that HSB Living is a ten-year project.<br /><br /><img src="/en/areas-of-advance/buildingfutures/news/Documents/HSB_LivingLab1ar_170919_2.jpg" alt="HSB_LivingLab1ar_170919_2.jpg" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />After Peter Eriksson had been shown around the premises, a panel debate was held on the subject of “<strong><em>Smart cities, what do we mean by that</em></strong>?” where discussions concerned the challenges faced by researchers, housing companies and the politicians. The subjects of ownership, virtual town urban planning, the importance of abbreviated construction processes and smart cities and the way to get the most from the research which exists and is ongoing at HSB Living Lab were debated while many of the audience were standing all the way down to HSB Living Lab’s modern laundry.<br /><br />The moderator was <strong>Lars Marcus</strong>, Professor of Urban Design and Planning at Chalmers.<br /><br />The panel:<br /><ul><li>Peter Eriksson (MP), Minister for Housing and Digital Development</li> <li>Anders Lago, Chairperson of the HSB Association</li> <li>Anders Logg, Acting Area of Advance Director Building Futures</li> <li>Anna Dubois, Vice President of Chalmers</li> <li>Mats Bergh, MD of Johanneberg Science Park</li> <li>Ann-Sofie Hermansson (S), Chairperson of the Municipal Board</li></ul> <br />Peter Eriksson concluded the panel debate confidently.<br />   “I think it’s all about using the new opportunities provided by new technology to build a more humane society where we invest in quality of life where people will be able to socialise and think of each other with love and kindness rather than distance themselves. I believe there are enormous opportunities to be had from the technology if we use it in the right way.”<br /><br /><img src="/en/areas-of-advance/buildingfutures/news/Documents/HSB_LivingLab1ar_170919_46.jpg" alt="HSB_LivingLab1ar_170919_46.jpg" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />The visit was jointly arranged by Chalmers, HSB and Johanneberg Science Park.<br />Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/My-Experience-with-Engineer-without-Border-.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/My-Experience-with-Engineer-without-Border-.aspxMy Experience in Nepal with Engineer without Border Sweden<p><b>​The project that we do is called “Build up Nepal: Earth Brick and Stone”. The main goal is to help Build up Nepal with the CSEB press machine. Many machines break down easily, making the production process quite inefficient. We are expected to find solutions of the common problems the machine usually have.</b></p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align:justify"><div dir="ltr"><p class="chalmersElement-P"><span lang="IN">Engineers Without Borders (EWB) (France: </span><span><span>Ingénieurs Sans Frontières</span></span><span><span lang="IN">, ISF) is a term used for number of non-governmental organizations in various countries which the activities focus on engineering that is oriented to development of disadvantaged communities, such as building or installing a form of facility that requires a degree of engineering work in underdeveloped countries. The organizations, have various projects driven by students. Many of them usually involve engineering student going down to solve real problems and helping the community.​</span></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><span lang="IN"></span></span><span>There</span><span> is also EWB in Sweden. Often called Ingenjörer utan gränser (IUG), the organization engages and supports projects based on engineering skills, often with collaboration with local organizations in many disadvantaged communities.The network includes students, professionals and seniors. IUG has many active projects in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Nepal and many other countries. See more about </span><a href="http://www.ingenjorerutangranser.se/">IUG</a><span> by click here. </span></p></div></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span><span lang="IN"><img src="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/PublishingImages/Ambassador%20Post%20Images/Napalese%20street.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="width:297px;height:403px" />This summer, 4 bachelor students from Chalmers are sent to Nepal to work on their thesis in as well as to help with rehabilitation of earthquake-struck regions.There is one organization in Nepal called Build up Nepal, which is run by Swedish entrepreneur Björn Soderberg that is actively help rebuilding destroyed villages in Nepal after the famous 2015 Gorkha earthquake, which made about 200000 people homeless (see more at <a href="http://www.buildupnepal.com/">Build Up Nepal</a></span></span><span><span lang="IN">). Build up Nepal provides training and tools to build houses made of compressed stabilised earth brick (CSEB), a building material with strength that rivals conventional fired bricks, but using local material and without the need to use fire to produce. The students work on quality control of the brick, building manuals and the roofing construction as their volunteering project as well as their thesis work.​</span></span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:13pt;line-height:107%;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-attachment:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial"></span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:right"><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:right"><br /></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:right"><span>(A</span><span> typical evening in Nepalese street)</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span></span><span style="background-color:initial">I</span><span style="background-color:initial">n addition, 2 more people were also sent to Nepal as volunteers from IUG. Me, Aksa, Chalmers’ alumni and Student Ambassador, and Johan Larsson, a professional. We go down to Nepal as mechanical engineers to improve the productivity of the machines used to create the CSEBs. Since we are not doing our thesis here, we can be considered a full time volunteer workers. Among the problems we need to tackle are: the difference of working style of people in Nepal, weather, and the un-ideal condition in Nepal. Build up Nepal has installed the CSEB press machine in more than 30 different remote areas in Nepal. Each one requires about 6 hours of driving from Kathmandu, where the main office of Build up Nepal is located. Not to mention that the machine weighs about 200 kilograms each and has to be carried through very bumpy and steep roads.</span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span><span><img src="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/PublishingImages/Ambassador%20Post%20Images/machine.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="width:445px;height:224px" />The project that we do is called “Build up Nepal: Earth Brick and Stone”. The main goal is to help Build up Nepal with the CSEB press machine. Many machines break down easily, making the production process quite inefficient. We are expected to find solutions of the common problems the machine usually have.</span></span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><br /></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><br /></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">(D</span><span style="background-color:initial">iscus</span><span style="background-color:initial">sing about the CSEB machine with local engineer)</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="IN">You can also join IUG. Chalmers has a good connection with IUG. You can start by visiting </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ingenjorerutangranser"><span><span>Ingenjörer </span><span>U</span><span>tan </span><span>G</span></span><span>ränser </span></a><span><a href="http://www.ingenjorerutangranser.se/"></a></span><span lang="IN">facebook page</span><span lang="IN">. Often, they will also organize lunch lecture about their projects, such as what did the students do, the results, obstacles, and how you can join and contribute your skills to help the needy. The best part? You can do so while travelling to exotic countries!</span></p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="IN">Keep in touch, I will post more stories about my journey here in Nepal.</span></p> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span><span lang="IN">Story by : </span></span><span><span><a href="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/Kurnia-Bijaksana.aspx">Muhammad Kurnia Bijaksana</a></span></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="text-align:justify"><span>Edited : <a href="/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/angsusorn-apirajkamol.aspx">Angsusorn Apirajkamol </a></span></p>Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/buildingfutures/news/Pages/Moving-beyond-sustainability-–-a-narrative-of-hope.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/buildingfutures/news/Pages/Moving-beyond-sustainability-%E2%80%93-a-narrative-of-hope.aspxMoving beyond sustainability – a narrative of hope<p><b>​In the newly published licentiate thesis Regenerative Place-Making: Making-Places for Collective Life and a Common Future, Sigrid Laurel Östlund, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology and Mistra Urban Futures explores how we can move beyond mainstream sustainability, through the study of regenerative place-making.</b></p><div>​As the planet faces urbanization and globalization, it’s essential to re-evaluate the roles of built environments and human activities in connection to ecosystems that we and other species depend upon. An important part of this challenge is to address the potential role of place and spatial design. This could be a paradigm shift that is necessary for changing current and future circumstances.  </div> <div> </div> <div>This challenge is too monumental to be resolved by any one person or discipline. This thesis contributes to the larger story through a smaller story: one about the potential relationships between place-making, regeneration and designerly thinking. </div> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Regenerative design and place-making</h4> <div>More specifically the thesis focuses on place-making, particularly the perspective of spatial design and experiences of the built landscape, and how this is affected by and can affect our relationship to ´waste-making´. </div> <div> </div> <div>Mainstream sustainability focuses on avoiding scarcity through austerity and efficiency. It tends to convey that human activities are de facto bad for the environment and measures its successes as being “less bad”. Regenerative design theory problematizes mainstream notions of sustainability that reinforce human-nature dualisms and perpetuate linear systems of resources and power. Regenerative design stresses that we must shift into a mindset that recognizes that societies (and their economies) are inseparable from ecologies, and that local and global communities are made up of human and nonhuman subjects. It does not deny that we need to reduce the negative impact of human activities. However, it argues that human activity is not de facto bad for the environment and proposes to shift the focus of our efforts to increasing the positive effects of human activities.</div> <div> </div> <div>An important part of the solution to this problem, according to regenerative design theory, is to reconsider and rewrite a “narrative of hope”, stories of how we can change the world. Stories told and enacted within their cultural socio-ecological contexts can promote certain values and beliefs that build co-creative and co-evolutionary partnerships for regenerating resources and the notion of “the good life”. </div> <div> </div> <div><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Study areas – waste to resources and more </h4></div> <div>The areas studied represent publicly shared places where waste has been used as a resource or contributes to the process of being turned into a resource. In total 20 sites have been visited, some of which are:  </div> <div> </div> <ul><li><a href="http://wastewarriors.org/">Waste Warriors, Baghsu, India</a> </li> <li><a href="https://cleanupperdharamsalaprogramme.wordpress.com/about/">Clean Upper Dharamsala, McLeodganj, India</a> </li> <li><a href="http://www.cykelkoket.org/sv/">Cykelköket, Göteborg, Sweden</a></li> <li><a href="/sv/styrkeomraden/transport/kalendarium/Sidor/ReCycle--the-Chalmers-bike-day.aspx">Chalmers ReCycle, Göteborg, Sweden</a> </li> <li><a href="http://goteborg.se/wps/portal/start/avfall-och-atervinning/har-lamnar-hushall-avfall/kretsloppsparken-aterbruket/%21ut/p/z1/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfIjo8ziAwy9Ai2cDB0N_N0t3Qw8Q7wD3Py8ffxDzcz1wwkpiAJKG-AAjgb6BbmhigC2z4gh/dz/d5/L2dBISEvZ0FBIS9nQSEh/">Alelyckan Kretsloppspark, Göteborg, Sweden</a></li></ul> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Results </h4> <div>“Some of the main results, are that waste-resource activities and expressions in publicly shared places can take many forms and contribute to other values such as community building, empowerment, good-will, donation and recreation. Each place and activity tells a contextually and individually different, yet similar, story of hope, renewal, contribution and creativity. The places which contributed most to such a narrative, were the ones that included ‘making practices’; what I call ‘making-places’. It is clear from these studies that the incorporation of waste-resource conversion in public and common life is possible, and can have many benefits for psycho-social wellbeing and the experience of the built landscape. They also add new dimensions to the experience of place, and call into question our common notion of what ‘public space’ is and can be used for”, says Sigrid Laurel Östlund. </div> <div> </div> <div>The Main Supervisor is Professor Jaan-Henrik Kain, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology with Artistic Professor Henrietta Palmer, Mistra Urban Futures as Co-Supervisor. </div> <div> </div> <div>“We are all impressed by the significant contribution made by Sigrid Östlund, taking us beyond often watery applications of ”sustainability” towards a generative architectural practice. By linking a wide set of theories she outlines a new ”paradigm” that will serve as a basis for shifting the practices of architects and designers. Her coming PhD thesis will soon bring this important work to a wider international audience”, says Jaan-Henrik Kain.</div> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Read more</h4> <a href="http://www.mistraurbanfutures.org/en/node/1203"><div>Licentiate thesis Regenerative Place-Making: Making-Places for Collective Life and a Common Future</div> <div>PhD project: Regenerative Placemaking</div></a>  <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Questions?</h4> Please contact Sigrid Laurel Östlund, <a href="mailto:sigrido@chalmers.se">sigrido@chalmers.se</a><br /> Thu, 29 Jun 2017 21:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/ace/news/Pages/Developing-Gothenburg-together-with-Yale.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/ace/news/Pages/Developing-Gothenburg-together-with-Yale.aspxDeveloping Gothenburg together with Yale<p><b>​​The development of Älvstaden continues to attract international interest. It is now clear that the American Yale University is collaborating with Chalmers and Älvstranden Utveckling AB in the new research project Fusion Point Gothenburg.</b></p><p><span></span> <style> p, , {margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:8.0pt;margin-left:0cm;line-height:107%;font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;} .t {font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;} lt {margin-bottom:8.0pt;line-height:107%;} @page WordSection1 {size:612.0pt 792.0pt;margin:70.85pt 70.85p5pt 70.85pt;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} </style> </p> <p><span>The aim of the project is to develop knowledge and methods that allow academia and practice to go hand-in-hand while building the city of the futur</span><span>e. </span><span></span><span>Älvst</span><span>aden is the largest urban development project in northern Europe. In 20 years, the Gothenburg city centre will be twice its current size. How the total investments in Älvstaden are steered, and thereby what types of physical environments are created, will affect Gothenburg for generations to come. <br /></span><span></span> </p> <p><span>To ensure sustainable urban development, the City of Gothenburg is focusing heavily on research through Älvstranden Utveckling AB and Chalmers. The new research project Fusion Point Gothenburg will strengthen the meeting between research and practice in architecture and urban design. The key to success is knowledge of how to best utilise knowledge.<br /></span><span></span></p> <p><span>&quot;Simply put, it is about finding new methods and making both established research and new knowledge useful in practice for all of the different parties involved. With a toolbox full of relevant lessons learned, it becomes easier to make the many decisions that determine the qualities of our future city,” explains Fredrik Nilsson, newly appointed Head of Research in Practice at Älvstranden Utveckling.<br /></span><span></span></p> <p><span>Fusion Point Gothenburg is being run in collaboration with internationally renowned research environments, with the Yale School of Architecture as the first out in a collaboration with Chalmers. Yale is one of the world's foremost universities in architecture and urban design.<br /></span><span></span></p> <p><span>“The transformation of Gothenburg is being followed by curious eyes around the world. Through Fusion Point Gothenburg, we hope that in the future we will be a knowledge resource for other cities facing similar challenges.” Lena Andersson, CEO of Älvstranden Utveckling AB.<br /><br /></span><span></span></p> <p><span><em>Facts:</em></span><span></span></p> <em> </em><p><span><em>Fusion Point Gothenburg is run by a working group consisting of Fredrik Nilsson, Architect and Professor of Architecture Theory at Chalmers ACE plus Head of Research in Practice at Älvstranden Utveckling; Lars Marcus, Professor in Urban Design and Planning at Chalmers ACE; Carl Mossfeldt, Yale World Fellow and former CEO for Tällberg Foundation; and Åsa Swan, Head of Urban Planning at Älvstranden Utveckling AB. The first phase of the project spans three years and is being funded by Älvstranden Utveckling with a current budget of SEK 9 million.</em></span><span></span></p> <p></p>Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/ace/news/Pages/Cool-innovation-for-supermarkets.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/ace/news/Pages/Cool-innovation-for-supermarkets.aspxCool innovation for energy saving in supermarkets<p><b>Refrigeration stands for almost 50% of the total energy consumption in supermarkets. The Chalmers and Climate-KIC supported start-up ChillServices seek to change that by saving around 3 to 5 % with easy implemented measures, and the researchers are convinced that 30-40% efficiency improvement is within reach.</b></p>​<span>​Refrigeration is one of the main drivers in supermarkets energy consumption, almost 50 % of the total. Almost 10 years ago, 2 guys started to ask questions about this consumption: How do you deal with internal heat within a supermarket? How much is this amount of heat? Where is the energy wasted and how could this be changed? This genuine interest was the start of a unique relationship between York Ostermeyer, his team and the REWE supermarket chain in Northern Germany.<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span><h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">A handshake agreement</h5> <p>A few years later (2014) the team originally formed at ETH Zürich, had moved to Chalmers and been complemented with <a href="/en/staff/Pages/tommiem.aspx">Tommie Månsson</a>, a PhD student interested in CFD modelling, and <a href="/en/staff/Pages/cmarx.aspx">Christian Marx</a>, a postdoc with a focus on remote sensoring. Investigations under the Climate-KIC flagship BTA, led to the development of a service and a product – the so called RDC FieldAgent and the SensorHold. Because of the existing strong relationship to REWE, it took a handshake to start a first pilot. Very rare, because supermarkets normally don’t work with Universities and co-operations are legally boarded.<br /><br /></p> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Astonishing outcome</h5> <p>The first evaluation had an outcome of decreased electricity consumption for each doored<span> </span>refrigerated display cabinet<span> </span>(RDC) by 3 %, which is approx. 6,000 kWh, roughly 4-5 tons CO2per retail store per year. After further improvement of the product and complementing it with a smartphone APP, REWE ordered the SensorHold for 1.500 RDCs with a total project volume of 300 kEUR. All managed by the start-up ChillServices, which was founded by Climate-KIC BTA and Chalmers University at the end of 2016.</p> <p>“We took some very hands-on measurements initially: e.g. we bended a piece of metal for our hotspot analysis, which we professionalised after the pre-tests. Very easy! With only a few clicks the craftsmen install the system and via the smartphone app we monitor the process and ensure the quality. As part of the process we generate a lot of data that can be used to tailor further services to our client. The energy saving that we enable is actually quite an achievement, as REWE is already the most advanced supermarket in terms of energy efficiency.“ – <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/york-ostermeyer.aspx">York Ostermeyer</a>, Associate Professor Chalmers University and co-founder of the ChillServices company</p> <p>“We are always scouting the market for ways to further improve the energy efficiency of our markets. The work with a Spin-off of an academic institution however is the first time for us. So far, it’s been an inspiring cooperation that generated some outstanding results with new learnings for everybody involved. With all the attention this is getting, I am optimistic that this can turn into a role model.”<span> </span>– Jan Lahmann, Head of Energy Management REWE North.<br /><br /></p> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Warranty for cool spaces is the long term vision</h5> <p>Currently Chillservices saves around 3 to 5 % CO2<span> </span>with easy implemented measures while at the same time improving food security, but the Spin-Off is convinced that 30-40% efficiency improvement is possible in the very near future by providing all kind of integral services and products related to a warranty for cool spaces to supermarkets against the lowest possible costs. This will of course require substantial changes in today’s value chains and business models and extensive cooperation with partners from cooling cabinet manufacturers to energy suppliers. When overcoming these barriers substantial benefits could be unlocked by an overall optimization. This might be years in the future, but ChillServices is dedicated to play a part in this.<br /><br /></p> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Clear path to expansion</h5> <p>Since supermarket chains constantly look for technologies meeting their sustainability strategies, ChillServices works on several activities in the upcoming period:</p> <ul><li>Fast implementation of SensorHold: goal for 2017 is 200 supermarkets with approx. 12,000 RDCs in Germany</li> <li>Acquire customer network – next markets: e.g. France and UK</li> <li>Implementation into the supermarket chain’s general sustainability strategy</li> <li>Solidify underlying business model</li> <li>Upscaling ChillServices in turnover, profits and team members<br /><br /></li></ul> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Open innovation &amp; mutual trust</h5> <p>ChillServices is the Spin-Off of a co-creation process between Climate-KIC BTA and Chalmers University of Technology. It started in The Building Technology lab environment at Chalmers with the investigation into air flows around windows and doors. The team at Chalmers, created models and studied the results. Because of their relationship with REWE, they took their ideas to a new field – supermarkets – and applied it there. This now results in a perfect illustration of co-creation and open innovation, in a setting of mutual trust. Climate-KIC BTA supports this project with funds, knowledge &amp; experience and network.</p> <p>“It has been a joy to see these men developing their product and service, to assist them in building up their start-up and then to see their first impact. It is exactly what Europe needs: the smartest minds producing smart, solid solutions to tackle climate change.” – Zeno Winkels, Business Developer Climate-KIC BTA<br /><br /></p> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">About ChillServices</h5> <p><span>ChillServices ensures CO2 savings in the range of roughly 4-5 t CO2 eq. per market per year. The target is 200 supermarkets in 2017 and eventually all 8,000 supermarkets of the REWE group. Or in other numbers: at cost-benefit-ratio of 5 EUR/t CO2 eq. that stands for a potential EUR 312,500 savings per year for REWE under current emission certificate process and easily more than 1 million EUR per year based on the lowest projections from 2020.</span></p> <p><span>Besides indirect emission certificate savings the measures currently pay off directly by energy savings alone within around 2 years. As retail store installations have a life time of around 15 years this is more than attractive for supermarket owners.</span></p> <p><span>Finally, the measures contribute to more homogenous cooling of the goods stored in the cabinets adding to lifetime and quality of what is eventually the main purpose of a supermarket – selling food.<br /></span></p> <p><br /></p> <p><a href="http://bta.climate-kic.org/">Read more about the Climate-KIC BTA</a><br /><span></span></p> <p> </p> Sat, 10 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200