News: Architecture and Civil Engineering, Arkitektur, Bygg- och miljöteknik related to Chalmers University of TechnologyFri, 30 Nov 2018 15:52:27 +0100 Calculator: Naturvårdsverket grant to SMoG researchers<p><b>​The project provides cutting edge technology for architects and planners in urban development projects through a new generation of advanced but easy-to-use technology that enables analysis of design proposals with regard to system and sustainability effects. The application gives both &quot;hard facts&quot; in numbers and &quot;soft facts&quot; in reference images showing streets and/or urban areas with similar values as the designed proposal.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">More concretely, it provides insight the streets centralities, the neighbourhoods’ density and accessibility to green space as well as ecosystems capacity. The project will result in a digital design tool available through Chalmers.</span><div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/meta-berghauserpont.aspx">Meta Berghauser Pont​</a>, SMoG Research at Chalmers (ACE), will lead the project.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="">Find more information at the Spatial Morphology Group website &gt;&gt;​​</a></div> Fri, 30 Nov 2018 15:00:00 +0100’s-biggest-research-project-on-Smart-Streets.aspx’s biggest research project on Smart Streets<p><b>​NEWS FLASH: Two universities (KTH, Chalmers), one research institute (VTI) and three consultancies (Spacescape, White, Sweco) just got 9 Mn kronor (1 Mn USD) to research on new models for smart streets.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Our cities consist of 20-30% streets, a gigantic infrastructure that must be maintained and developed. Five mega trends will affect the city's streets in the future and require new &quot;smart&quot; solutions.</span><div><br /><div><ul><li><span style="background-color:initial">Urbanization places higher demands on street´s functionality such as quality of life, safety and use with increased focus on efficient just transportation such as walking, cycling and public transport as well as energy efficient and climate-friendly freight and waste management.</span><br /></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">Digitalization creates opportunities for autonomously shared electrified transport of goods and people as well as new mobility services and new street demands.</span><br /></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">Electrification of buildings and vehicles places new demands on the electricity network's capacity and infrastructure, as well as on the street environment with charging stations and maintenance.</span><br /></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">Climate change means that streets need to be adapted for varying and difficult water, snow / ice and heating conditions, as well as contributing ecosystem services.</span><br /></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">Segregation must decrease, and streets can help integrate the city through improved links both within and between urban neighborhoods.</span><br /></li></ul></div> <div>The Smart Streets project aims at developing models for multifunctional streets that can be used for reconstruction and new construction, meeting the challenges of future urbanization, digitization, electrification, segregation and climate change.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The project will:</div> <div><ul><li><span style="background-color:initial">Gather knowledge and experience on the multifunctionality of different street types and technical frameworks for transport, energy, ICT, VA, tidal, ecosystem services, city life, operation, maintenance, focusing on newly built or newly rebuilt streets.</span><br /></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">Develop models and typing solutions for the futures Smart Streets in consultation with state, county, municipal, consultancies, construction companies, transport companies, property owners, and user focus groups.</span><br /></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">Develop a street functionality index and evaluate the street models on technical and functional sustainability</span><br /></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">Create a driving simulator that allows you to drive, walk and cycle in developed models, and implement workshops with this as a tool</span><br /></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">Develop a Design Guide for Smart Streets in Swedish urban areas that cover renovation and newbuilding processes and list possible test beds in Swedish urban areas.</span><br /></li></ul></div> <div>The project involves a large number of actors, public and private, so an important purpose of the project is also better collaboration and understanding in street development, between engineers, architects, planners, businessmen, economists and users.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Questions:</div> <div>Alexander Ståhle, School of Architecture KTH, <span style="background-color:initial"><a href="">​</a>, </span><span style="background-color:initial">+46 706995310</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The research group <a href="/en/departments/ace/research/Urban%20Design%20and%20Planning/The%20Spatial%20Morphology%20Group%20[SMoG]/Pages/default.aspx">SMoG at Chalmers</a> is, through <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/meta-berghauserpont.aspx">Meta Berghauser Pont​</a>, part of the project and will lead one of the work packages. <br /></div> </div>Fri, 23 Nov 2018 15:00:00 +0100 work in an informal settlement in Cape Town<p><b>​As part of the research project “Compact cities and informal settlements” funded by Formas, Jaan-Henrik Kain &amp; Jenny Stenberg, Chalmers ACE, and Michael Oloko, JOOUST Kisumu Kenya, were in Cape Town in South Africa for three weeks in October–November 2018 doing research in the township of Langa together with architect Carin Smuts and colleagues in CS Studio Architects. Another two researchers in the project are Maria Jose Zapata Campos &amp; Patrik Zapata, University of Gothenburg.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">When doing field studies, we investigate qualities and challenges to be managed when cities grow as a result of urbanization processes. We also search knowledge about what drives the development and what strategies there are for dealing with the challenges and changes. We interview municipal actors and we also carry out studies at local level to understand how inhabitants are influenced when cities become more dense. In Cape Town we chose Langa for that purpose.</span><div><br /></div> <div>Langa was one of the first township in Cape Town, starting to develop in 1927. It was originally designed in a way to allow the authorities maximum visibility and control of residents. The census for Langa from 2011 says 52 401 inhabitants (16 958 per km²) and 1 7402 households (5 632 per km²). People we talk to think there are considerably more residents now.</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/compactcities2_750.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /></div> <div>In Langa, we made map based surveys during three days, walking around together with community workers. The community workers were first trained in carrying out the surveys. The inhabitants were asked about places they like and dislike in Langa and the motivations. They were also asked which routes they prefer and why, and if they would like to add or remove things on certain spots in the neighbourhood. </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/compactcities3_750.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /></div> <div>The results were then imported to a software ( and the results were shown in maps of Langa. These maps were presented for the community in a mid-way-workshop and the participants commented the results and added their views. After that some more Maptionnaire surveys were made in areas that were not well covered.</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/compactcities4_750.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /></div> <div>We have also made Household interviews with inhabitants in Langa. We together with the community workers knocked doors and made 41 interviews during two days. These interviews were about the background, thus we asked where people came from if not born in Langa, the reason to settle down there, the qualities and problems they face, what drives the development in their opinion, and the strategies they have to tackle difficulties. Another method was to walk around and make our own observations, documenting what we saw using the software GIS PRO in a cell phone.</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/compactcities5_750.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/compactcities6_750.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /></div> <div>In the final exhibition 2 Nov 2018 in Langa, we showed the results of the 110 Maptionnaire surveys carried out by community workers in collaboration with us visiting researchers and architects from CS Studio (you can see one of the nine exhibition posters below). The results were discussed by Langa inhabitants. They came to the<br /><br /> conclusion that it is very important for them to form a Local Development Plan for Langa – and make use of the Maptionnaire results for that purpose. They decided to initiate such a process immediately, starting with a public meeting next week. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/compactcities7_635.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/compactcities8_750.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/compactcities9_750.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /></div> <div> The posters for the exhibition were handed over to the community afterwards and all material was also handed over to the community on USBs to be spread to interested inhabitants in Langa. Everything is also available for the public in our facebook group. Thus, except from developing knowledge and learnings for our academic research, we strive to make this knowledge available also for the community, to be used for their own purposes. A week after the exhibition, the inhabitants met again and decided they will conduct a &quot;summit&quot; with the aim of creating a Langa Development Forum that will work for the development of the area.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>For more information see:   <a href=""></a> ; <a href="">  </a> </div> <div><br /></div>Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0100–-guiding-the-building-sector-on-the-UN-2030-agenda.aspx 2020 – guiding the building sector on the UN 2030 agenda<p><b>​ Gothenburg, Sweden, will be hosting BEYOND 2020, the World Sustainable Built Environment Conference, in June 2020. The mission of this large event is to engage the global building sector and set up a roadmap of actions as a guide on how to best contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The dialogue has already started on the web.</b></p><div>​The World Sustainable Built Environment Conference is held every three years and is considered to be one of the world’s most important conferences and forums in the field of sustainable built environment. The next conference will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, in June 2020, hosted by Chalmers University of Technology and <a href="">RISE Research Institutes of Sweden</a> in collaboration with <a href="">Johanneberg Science Park</a> and City of Gothenburg. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The mission of the conference is to link the global building sector to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and to define its role towards the achievement of 2030 objectives, by setting up a roadmap of actions that will guide the whole sector during the years between 2020 and 2030, and thus ‘beyond’ 2020. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>- The conference is a unique opportunity for us to present Chalmers, Gothenburg and all of Sweden, and specifically our way of addressing issues related to sustainable built environment through projects taking shape here and now&quot;, says Holger Wallbaum, Professor in Sustainable building and conference owner.  </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Kristina Mjörnell, VP Sustainable Cities and Communities at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, who will chair the conference organization committee for the conference together with Holger Wallbaum, adds:  </div> <div>- This world conference will give us the opportunity to show how RISE contributes to a sustainable built environment, with a multi-disciplinary perspective as research and innovation partner for industry, academia, SME and the public sector.&quot; </div> <div><br /></div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">The BEYOND 2020 conference website is now launched</h5> <div>
Chalmers University of Technology and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden are proud to announce the launch of the <a href="">BEYOND 2020 conference website</a>. Let the discussion on the web and in social media begin!<br />The website gives an overview of the conference, from many different perspectives and with a strong focus on its core theme, Sustainable Development Goals – most importantly SDG #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. This website is the starting point of a journey towards quality discussions and knowledge sharing during an extremely rich range of session formats that will be offered at the actual the conference.</div> <div><br />Together with the related social media channels, this website also aims at being an exchange platform and a communication channel for those interested. BEYOND 2020 can be found and followed on:</div> <div><br /><span>LinkedIn:<span> </span></span><a href="" target="_blank"><span></span></a><br /><span>Twitter:</span><a href="" target="_blank"><span><span> </span></span></a><br /><span>Facebook:<span> </span></span><a href="" target="_blank"><span></span></a><br /><span>Youtube:<span> </span></span><a href="" target="_blank"><span></span></a><br /><span>Newsletter:<span> </span></span><a href="" target="_blank"><span></span></a><br /><br /><strong>For more information, please contact:
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Annika Hallman, Gothenburg Convention Bureau, Göteborg &amp; Co, <a href=""><span></span></a><br /><br /></div> Wed, 03 Oct 2018 09:00:00 +0200 design forces are emerging at the AAG2018<p><b>​​The biennial International Conference AAG - Advances in Architectural Geometry - is held in different European countries. This year it is held in Gothenburg, Sweden, September 22-25, hosted by Chalmers University of Technology. Swedish and international architects, engineers and mathematicians will attend the conference to discuss how powerful design tools can solve complex problems in architecture and construction technology.</b></p><div>Architecture meets mathematics and engineering and the digital. The conference includes 15 workshops led by researchers and practitioners from around the world.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Among the speakers are Caroline Bos, one of the founders of UN Studio, Philippe Block, Professor at ETH Zurich and Leader of the Block Research Group and Julie Dorsey, Professor of Computer Science at Yale.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Examples of questions to be examined during the conference include:</div> <div><ul><li>What role can an industrial robot have in the design process and for the production of architecture?<br /></li> <li>How do we use artificial intelligence and machine learning for analysis and design?<br /></li> <li>What new design opportunities are given by automated production tools?<br /></li> <li>In what ways can we optimize designs using digital technology?<br /></li></ul></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The concept of computational design is central in this context, which means that the computational power of the computer is fully utilized in the design process, while the architect or engineer can directly adapt the methodology to different tasks. Here geometry, mathematics and digitalization meet in the solution of complex geometric problems, the simulation of construction, light or wind, or the rational production of advanced forms. At Chalmers, these methods are studied in the research groups Architecture &amp; Engineering and Architecture &amp; Computation.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/JonasRunberger_170.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="picture of Jonas Runberger" style="margin:5px" />– Computational design helps us investigate and try alternative concepts in the early stages of design, in order to make intelligent and informed design and production choices. Here, Swedish construction industry can be cross-fertilized by the international context. The conference gives us a glimpse of where international architecture and engineering is today, concludes Karl-Gunnar Olsson, Professor of Architecture and Technology, and Jonas Runberger, Artistic Professor of Digital Design, both at Chalmers Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, ACE.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div style="text-align:right">Jonas Runberger</div> <div><br /></div> <div>September 22-23: workshops. </div> <div>September 24-25: seminars</div> <div>Location: Chalmers, campus Johanneberg.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Registration is open. Welcome!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more about the conference and register at the AAG2018 home page: </div> <div><a href="">​</a></div> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 17:00:00 +0200 collaboration in visualisation<p><b>​Visualization Research Gothenburg (VisRes) and Visual Arena have signed a collaboration agreement to join efforts in stimulating and strengthening development within, and through, visualisation.</b></p><div>​ <br /></div> <div><div>&quot;The goal of the collaboration is to form an open and neutral platform for academy, industry and society, which will promote and facilitate work within visualisation,&quot; says Monica Billger, academic leader and director of VisRes.</div> <div> </div> <div>Anyone who use, research or develop in visualisation, and those who seek inspiration and information about how to benefit from visualisation, are welcome to take part of the collaboration platform. Researchers and teachers at Chalmers and University of Gothenburg are welcome to book the studio and lobby at Visual Arena free of charge.</div> <div> </div> <div>In practice, the new agreement includes coordination of activities such as seminars, workshops, training and joint project initiatives. The parties will together invest and develop the infrastructure currently available at Visual Arena, with high-tech visualisation equipment, studio labs, facilities?, workplaces and meeting rooms. A goal is also to bring in new partners, such as Johanneberg Science Park, Sahlgrenska Science Park and Universeum, which are about to build a new visualisation dome. </div> <div> </div> <div>Åsa Andblad, Program Manager for Visual Arena, is commissioned to lead the joint work.</div> <div>&quot;The vision is that West Sweden will continue to develop as a nationally and internationally recognised center for visualisation,&quot; says Åsa Andblad.</div> <div> </div> <div>A strategic steering committee will be appointed with representatives from all involved partners and funders: Lindholmen Science Park, Chalmers, University of Gothenburg, Västra Götalandsregionen and Gothenburg City.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">About:</h4> <div>Visualization Research Gothenburg (VisRes) is an academic research center for Chalmers and University of Gothenburg, with the aim to strengthen, gather and develop research and education in visualisation. VisRes represents Chalmers and University of Gothenburg in the collaboration platform Visual Arena Lindholmen.</div> <div><a href="" target="_blank"></a> </div> <div> </div> <div>Visual Arena is an open collaboration platform for stimulating and enhancing development within and through visualisation. Visual Arena runs as a program at Lindholmen Science Park, in close cooperation with industry, academia and society. Partners are Gothenburg City, Region Västra Götaland, Chalmers and University of Gothenburg.</div> <div><a href=""></a> </div> <div> </div> <div>Common portal for visualisation projects:</div> <div><a href=""></a> </div></div>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 08:00:00 +0200 in Architectural Geometry (AAG) 2018<p><b>​Advances in Architectural Geometry (AAG) is a conference where both theoretical and practical work linked to new geometrical developments is presented. The symposium is a biennial event. In 2018 it will take place at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg from 22-25 September 2018.​</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Geometry lies at the core</strong> of the architectural design process. It is omnipresent, from the initial form-finding stages, to novel manufacturing techniques, to the construction, and to post occupancy monitoring. But the role of geometry in architecture and engineering is also continuously evolving.</span><div><br /></div> <div><strong>AAG is a unique</strong> conference where architecture meets mathematics and engineering. It involves architects, engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians, software and algorithms designers and contractors. Both theoretical and practical work linked to new geometrical developments will be presented.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The symposium is a biennial event. It was held first in 2008 and 2010 in Vienna, 2012 in Paris, 2014 in London, and 2016 in Zurich. In 2018 it will take place at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg from 22-25 September 2018.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/ace/calendar/Pages/AAG-2018.aspx">More information about the conference, keynote speakers, workshops and registration &gt;&gt;​</a></div> Tue, 04 Sep 2018 13:00:00 +0200,-ArkDes,-and-Yale-University.aspx,-ArkDes,-and-Yale-University.aspxDaniel Norell exhibits work at the Venice Architecture Biennale, ArkDes, and Yale University<p><b>​Daniel Norell, Lecturer at Chalmers ACE, exhibits design research work in three exhibitions in the fall of 2018 with his architecture practice Norell/Rodhe. “Plots Prints Projections” at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, “Public Luxury” at ArkDes in Stockholm, and “Adjacencies” at Yale University School of Architecture in the US.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/NorellRodhe_GrainFigures_340.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />&quot;<span style="background-color:initial"><em>Plots Prints Projections&quot; </em>is an exhibition of full-scale structures that showcase new approaches to design and fabrication with wood. All works in the exhibition have been produced through collaborations between architects and industry partners. They combine technological and material innovation with architectural concerns such as representation, materiality, and structure. Norell/Rodhe’s project <em><strong>&quot;Grain Figures&quot;</strong></em>, manufactured from CNC-cut plywood, takes the visible grain of the wood as a starting point for design. “Plots Prints and Projections” is part of the current Venice Architecture Biennale in Italy and runs through November 25. The exhibition gathers work by seven Swedish practices, is curated by Ulrika Karlsson, professor at KTH, and arranged by Architects Sweden, Folkhem, Swedish Wood, and the Swedish Institute. </span><div><br /></div> <div><a href="">WOOD MAGAZINE - ISSUE 2, 2018​</a><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The exhibition <em>“Public Luxury”</em> at ArkDes, Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design in Stockholm, gathers large-scale commissions, installations and projects that tell stories about the struggle for public life in Sweden. Norell/Rodhe exhibits <em><strong>“Dead Ringers”</strong></em><strong>,</strong> a full-scale kiosk that playfully evokes historical phone booths and other small, public urban <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/DeadRinger-NorellRodhe©MikaelOlsson_340.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />structures that are currently being removed from our cities. The installation is manufactured by projecting silhouettes of original booths onto blocks of EPS-foam using a numerically controlled hot-wire cutter. “Public Luxury” is curated by ArkDes director Kieran Long with Daniel Golling and Marie-Louise Richards and runs through January 13, 2019. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="">Public Luxury, ArkDes​</a></div> <div>Photo: Mikael Olsson</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“Adjacencies” at the Yale University School of Architecture presents building proposals by fourteen architecture practices from the US and Europe. Together, these proposals showcase tendencies in contemporary architecture, including reinvestigation of history, forms of communication, composition, the cultivation of audiences, and explorations of the act of building. Norell/Rodhe exhibits <strong>“Supergroup”</strong> (illustration at top of the page), a recent competition project for a new cultural centre in Skellefteå, Sweden. The project features a colourful composition of interlocking building volumes which <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/Daniel-Norell_340.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />reference the use of luminous, coloured plaster facades in Skellefteå. “Adjacencies” is curated by Nate Hume, crtitic at Yale School of Architecture. The exhibition runs through November 15.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><div><a href="">“Adjacencies” at the Yale University School of Architecture </a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="">&quot;Supergroup&quot;, ArchDaily​</a></div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div style="text-align:right">Daniel Norell</div> Fri, 31 Aug 2018 23:00:00 +0200 in the Nordics&#39; Report Released<p><b>​The project &quot;Nordic Frontrunners in Biomimicry&quot; is a mapping of actors in Nordic regions, including: actors that work with nature’s sustainability, circular economy and/or inspiration from nature.</b></p><div>​<span style="background-color:initial">The mapping project is a collaboration between Finnish Company Ethica (Lilli Linkola), and Biomimicry-experts Dr. Anna Maria Orrù (PhD, architect) in Sweden and Torben Lenau (Professor, engineer) in Denmark, and together with a supporting grant from the Nordic Council of Ministers, they mapped possible actors within biomimicry in the Nordic countries. Dr Anna Maria Orrù is a Chalmers Alumni PhD who has been teaching on the subject since 2012 at Chalmers and continues to teach on the subject at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering.</span></div> <div> </div> <div>The project team approached the topic pragmatically and mapped all actors, which are working with nature’s sustainability, circular economy and/or inspiration from nature, not only ones that use the term biomimicry, biomimetics etc. <span style="background-color:initial">T</span><span style="background-color:initial">he project has concluded with a final report publication and recommendations based on findings from the conducted mapping and research.</span></div> <div>The Nordic Council of Ministers have published the working paper entitled '<em>Biomimicry in the Nordics'</em>. <a href=";dswid=1609">The full report is available at the council publication portal.</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/map-biomimicry-350x305.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />The study also resulted in an online stakeholder map with descriptions of activities and actors related to biomimicry or other nature-inspired method. The link to the online map is accessed through: <a href=""></a></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The study resulted in a number of recommendations for further activities in order to leverage the potential of biomimicry in the Nordics. The full list of recommendations is on page 36 of the working paper.</div> <div><br /></div> <div style="text-align:right"></div> <div style="text-align:right"><div><em>Stakeholder map of actors and activities related to biomimicry or biologically inspired activities in the Nordics</em></div></div>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0200 against all odds – students building a school in Kenya<p><b>​Achyut Siddu aimed through his master’s thesis to contribute to sustaining childhood education in a context with an ongoing pandemic. Achyut also started a crowdfunding campaign for realizing the building of the school.</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/utbildning%20mot%20alla%20odds/Achyut7-01_200.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial">In Kenya, a child is orphaned every two minutes. That is 700 children every day. A third of them are orphaned due to HIV/Aids.</span><div><br /><div>– The big question that arises is, how do we achieve a sustained development of education essential for an effective response against the despair of poverty under conditions where a pandemic is destructive of the capacities essential for that response, says Achyut Siddu. In the master’s thesis, <em>Education against all odds - Liberating learning from the circle of despair and hope</em>, Achyut describe that his goal, apart from strengthening existing networks of change in the educational world, also was to upgrade the education infrastructure of an existing school called Future Hope Academy, in Obunga informal settlements, Kisumu county, Kenya. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The project worked in close collaboration with the master's course called <em>Reality Studio</em> (within the master’s programme <a href="/en/education/programmes/masters-info/Pages/Architecture-and-Planning-Beyond-Sustainability.aspx">Architecture and Planning Beyond Sustainability</a>) involving a couple of student groups. Sena Akcicek and Bane Alsabawi worked with enhancing the microclimatic conditions of the building and Oskar Lilo and Nikola Žuchová worked with the classroom furniture design. Additionally, Alessandro Howe, a biologist, also contributed to the project by building an organic farming infrastructure to help enhance the nutrition value of the schools' existing feeding program.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>To fund the project Achyut started a crowdfunding campaign titled &quot;Help a 100, count to 100&quot; and he also applied for funding from <a href="">Architects without borders</a> (Sweden). A sum of 4 500 dollars was collected which was used for the execution of the project.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>See some photos from the building of the school in the slideshow above.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Examiner: Dag Tvilde, Professor, Chalmers University of Technology, the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, <a href=""></a></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Supervisor: Emilio Da Cruz Brandao, Artistic teacher and Director of master’s programme Architecture and Planning Beyond Sustainability/MPDSD, <span style="background-color:initial">Chalmers University of Technology, the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering,​ <a href=""></a></span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Text</strong>: Lotta Särnbratt</div> <div><strong>Photo</strong>: Achyut Siddu </div> <div><br /></div> <div>See also the project report from the master’s course Reality Studio 2017 <a href="">Playocracy - Where a child can be a child</a>. After participating in that course Achyut Siddu decided to return to Kenya this year to carry through his master’s thesis.</div></div>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:00:00 +0200 of Advance Award for research into future energy services<p><b>​Sustainability, digitalisation and service innovation in the energy sector are the ingredients of the collaborative project which is receiving the 2018 Areas of Advance Award. Chalmers researchers Árni Halldórsson, Holger Wallbaum, Ida Gremyr and Sofia Börjesson are receiving the award for their multidisciplinary collaboration.</b></p>​ <br />Digitalisation is contributing to far-reaching changes in almost all sectors of society, which means that we can do things in different ways and do completely new things. At the same time, we must address the question – how?<br /><br />Researchers from the departments of Technology Management and Economics, and Architecture and Civil Engineering are collaborating on the project “Energy Services: Processes for Innovation, Provision, and Use of Customer Feedback”. <br /><br />“The energy sector faces a challenge as on the one hand it needs to obtain a good return on its sales of renewable energy and from its capabilities and technology, while on the other also contributing to the customer’s energy efficiency. We are therefore looking at new ways of designing services which provide added value for customers, promoting the transition to sustainable energy consumption and guaranteeing steadyrevenue streams”, says project manager Halldórsson.<br /><br /><strong>Customers become key players</strong><br />Customers and end-users can become key players in the energy company’s ecosystem and contribute to continued energy efficiency. <br /><br />“New digital technology allows us to measure performance, using sensors for example, gather data and analyse phenomena more extensively than in the past. This gives us the opportunity to design new innovative services,” says Gremyr.<br /><br />Researchers working on the project have started assessing processes and needs throughout the chain from energy supplier, property owner/manager to customer, to learn key lessons which will form the basis of future energy services.<br /><br />“The idea is that the design of the services can contribute to a more sustainable society by influencing customer behaviour, for example. It is also interesting to analyse the conditions required for new types of services to become established,” Wallbaum says.<br /><br /><strong>A collaborative research approach</strong><br />The project is a pilot study which was made possible through seed funding provided by the Energy Area of Advance and the work is being undertaken in close collaboration with Göteborg Energi. <br /><br />“Here we have a great opportunity to get involved with Göteborg Energi and understand their perspective, the same goes for the customer and end-user side, and from there we try to conceptualise the service development. We don’t yet know where this will take us, there is no final template so we are navigating from our different perspectives,” Börjesson says.<br /><br />“What is clear is that this is a key issue. Everyone knows this work has to be done but just what is needed is complex. It affects different areas of expertise, systems, people, business models and technologies,” Gremyr says.<br /><br /><strong>Research spotlighted in professional education</strong><br />Future services will of course also create complexity for purchasing and procurement, something which Halldórsson has lectured on through Chalmers Professional Education. In other respects it can be seen that the service development area has not yet made much of an impact in the education provided at Chalmers.<br /><br />“There are many new subject areas which have emerged and which do not yet form part of Chalmers’ courses. But there are already educational components where these can be included, such as in degree projects, or quite simply by shining the spotlight on our research in our teaching,” says Börjesson.<br /><br /><strong>Applications in all industries</strong><br />The researchers are already aware of opportunities for continued collaboration after they have completed their pilot study. <br />“The project we are conducting on sustainability and digitalisation can be applied to other contexts. This then opens many doors – in a number of different industries,” Halldórsson says.<br /><br />They all agree that the Areas of Advance have an important role to play in promoting multidisciplinary collaboration at Chalmers. This in turn lays the foundations for an exchange of expertise and renewal.<br />“New contacts can also reduce the thresholds for collaboration in our infrastructures, where you might not always realise that you are in demand,” says Wallbaum.<br /><br />“And seed funding from the Area of Advance gives the slight nudge which makes collaboration happen,” Börjesson says.<br /><br /><br /><strong>Award winners </strong><br /><a href="/en/staff/Pages/sofia-borjesson.aspx" target="_blank">Sofia Börjesson</a>, Professor, Technology Management and Economics. She conducts research into the organisation and management of innovation in established organisations and into the prerequisites for innovation. <br /><br /><a href="/en/staff/Pages/ida-gremyr.aspx" target="_blank">Ida Gremyr</a>, Professor, Technology Management and Economics. She conducts research into quality management and service development, service innovation and processes for increased customer interaction.<br /><br /><a href="/sv/personal/Sidor/arni-halldorsson.aspx" target="_blank">Árni Halldórsson</a>, Professor, Technology Management and Economics. He conducts research into service supply chains, customer-supplier relationships and energy efficiency.<br /><br /><a href="/en/staff/Pages/holger-wallbaum.aspx">Holger Wallbaum</a>, Professor, Architecture and Civil Engineering. He conducts research on sustainability strategies for building stocks, energy-efficient renovation and smart infrastructures.<br /><br /><br /><br /><strong>The Areas of Advance Award</strong><br />Through the Areas of Advance Award, the leadership at Chalmers wants to reward people who have made significant contributions to interdisciplinary collaborations and who, in the spirit of the Areas of Advance, integrate research, education and utilisation. The award will be bestowed during the doctoral degree ceremony on 2 June 2018.<br /> <br /><em>Text: Malin Ulfvarson</em><br /><em>Photo: Johan Bodell</em>Wed, 09 May 2018 16:00:00 +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