News: Architecture and Civil Engineering, Arkitektur, Bygg- och miljöteknik related to Chalmers University of TechnologyThu, 20 Sep 2018 16:29:55 +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 Kullen – youth in Hammarkullen developing the city<p><b>​The research project »Children and youth as co-creators of urban space« is funded by Formas for three years. Involved researchers are Sandra Hilllén, GU; Jenny Stenberg, Chalmers; Barbro Johansson, GU; Monica Billger, Chalmers; Lasse Fryk, GU; Ola Terlegård, Nytorpskolan; Liane Thuvander, Chalmers. Web: The project aims to develop knowledge of how children and youth as part of their regular school work can influence and develop the urban space, and how city planners and other officials can use children and youth’s proposals in their regular planning processes.</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/barn-mappakullen_340.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />In order to make a first test in reality, the project in December 2017 carried out a cooperation with a primary school in Hammarkullen under the &quot;Student’s choice&quot;. The students in Nytorpskolan had the task of collecting knowledge among schoolmates and other residents in Hammarkullen for some days, about which places they like/dislike and which ones are in need of development. For this purpose, the students learned to use Maptionnaire, a map-based survey tool which is being developed in research and needs to be tested in different contexts.<br /><br />When the most interesting places were appointed, the students made three different design proposals led by <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/barn-digital340x340.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />their artistic and social science teachers and with support from GU, Chalmers and municipal/regional »architectural advisors«. As part of the work on the theme of democracy in school, they presented them as »Gothenburg Proposal« on the municipal website and began collecting votes for the proposals. Proposals that receive more than 200 votes will be considered by relevant committee and decision on implementation may occur. Regardless of whether the proposals become reality or not, it is interesting from a democratic point of view to study how the municipality works with citizens’ influence. The students with their teachers will follow up on how the process develops.<br /><br />The research project will continue to implement various types of partnerships with the primary school in Hammarkullen to seek knowledge of how this type of <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/barn-skog_340.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />impact of children and youth can be made to an ordinary process, both in school and in urban transformation processes.<br /><br />Here you can read about and vote for the proposals (in Swedish):<br /><ul><li><a href="">Hinderbana vid Nytorpsskolan</a></li> <li><a href="">Nya torget i Hammarkullen</a></li> <li><a href="">Ny fritidshall i Hammarkullen</a></li></ul> <p><br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p><br /></p> <p>Websida: <a href=""></a></p> <p><br /></p> <p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2018/barn-trappor_340.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /></p>Tue, 30 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0100 at Chalmers: Timber - Raw and Refined<p><b>​On Friday December 15, there is a vernissage for the exhibition &quot;Timber - Raw and Refined&quot;, where the master’s students from Chalmers exhibit full-scale prototypes of outdoor furniture and roof completely made of digitally fabricated timber.</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/MD-Lamination_340.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><strong>HOW</strong><br />This fall semester, the Chalmers Architecture master studio <em>Material &amp; Detail </em>has been investigating Cross Laminated Timber (CLT). The main focus has been the meeting between architecture, digital design and robotic manufacturing. The studio challenges students to experiment with, design and develop as well as refine the use of timber for construction in engineered and tooled assemblies with the potential for invention, innovation and unexpected material and spatial effects to emerge. Eight teams of students <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/MD-Production_340.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />have competed to design a new outdoor dining area for the Student Union Restaurant at Chalmers, which at the same time works as a vitalizing public space on campus. The results of the competition, along with full scale prototypes that make use of CLT, are presented in an exhibition<br /><br /><strong>WHY</strong><br />Timber is an excellent building material and resource, not only does it have low embodied energy, stores carbon and is entirely recyclable, but it is also a beautiful, tactile and easy to tool material commonly hidden in conventional construction. Sweden is one of the largest producers of timber in the world. Although we have mastered the use of sawn timber in inexpensive residential construction, we are essentially a raw material producer with a massive potential to develop new refined uses of timber and new industries. <br /> <br /><strong>INVITATION</strong><br />Welcome to the opening of exhibition and full-scale prototypes, based on the winning projects - RE-TREE-T and PLANK SPACE, on <strong>Friday 15 December 2017 at <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/MD-Prototype-I_340.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />16:00 in the Student Union Building</strong>, located at Chalmers University of Technology. Winter fire, light snacks and new acquaintances will be offered. All are welcome!<br /><br />Material and Detail studio, Chalmers Architecture and Civil Engineering<br /><br />Studio faculty: Jonas Lundberg, Daniel Norell, Karin Hedlund, Kengo Skorick, Jonas Runberger<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/MD-Waste_340.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />Architecture workshop: Peter Lindblom, Tabita Nilsson<br />Teaching assistants: Friederike von Meiβner, Joel Montgomery-Claesson<br /><br />Students: Achyut Siddu, Bo Han, Cansu Dogusal, Carolina Granholm, Frida Carlsson Göransdóttir, Henri Fuchs, Huimin Yu, Jeanna Berger, Joel Hilmersson, Johan Karlefeldt, Johan Dahlberg, Julia Olsson, Karl <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/MD-Axo_340.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />Åhlund, Karolina Bloch, Laura Dallamassl, Léon Bührer, Lucas Spranger, Maddalena Rabuano, Manon Pinget, Markus Gustafsson, Mengqi Xue, Olga Litwa, Oskar Thor, Sandra Andersson, Sofia Hansson, Soichiro Yoshida, Stella-Marie Krex, Theodor Tsesmatzoglou, Yaojie Wang, Yunfan Zhang <br />LoB - Ljud- och Bildgruppen Chalmers <br /><br /><strong>Location: </strong><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/MD-Prototype-II_340.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Chalmers University of Technology, Student union building, Chalmersplatsen 1<br /><br /><strong>Partners:</strong><br />Derome<br />Chalmersfastigheter AB<br />Kårrestaurangen, Chalmers Konferens &amp; Restauranger<br /><br /><strong>Contact:</strong><br />Jonas Lundberg, Lecturer, Chalmers Architecture and Civil Engineering<br />Tel: 073-1427506, email: <a href=""></a><br /><br />Jeanna Berger, Student<br />Tel: 073-069 09 12, email: <a href=""></a><br /><br />Thanks to: <br />Jesper Lundberg, Chalmers Konferens &amp; Restauranger<br />Adam Vernhamn, Chalmersfastigheter<br />Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0100 work in informal settlements in Buenos Aires<p><b>​As part of the research project »Compact cities and informal settlements« we are in Buenos Aires in Argentina for four weeks doing research in informal settlements together with University of Sarmiento and in collaboration with University of Buenos Aires. We investigate qualities and challenges in the informal areas, to be managed when the city grow as a result of urbanisation processes. We also search knowledge about what drives the development and what strategies there are for dealing with the challenges and changes.</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/buenosA_möteute_400.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Researchers: Jaan-Henrik Kain &amp; Jenny Stenberg, ACE Chalmers, Michael Oloko, JOOUST Kisumu, Maria Jose Zapata Campos &amp; Patrik Zapata, University of Gothenburg. <br /><br />The informal settlements we have visited and studied in Buenos Aires and surrounding municipalities are Los Hornos, La Cava, Villa 15, Villa 20, Villa 21/24 and Villa 31. Together with students, teachers, researchers and local associations we asked inhabitants and other actors what they think are the most important qualities to safeguard when the city grow and which challenges are most urgent to deal with for <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/buenosA_hus_kväll_400.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />policy makers, planners and investors when taking an interest in the areas where the formal settlements are. With used Maptionnaire interviews to ask inhabitants about what places in the areas they like and dislike most, and how these places could be developed in order to improve quality of life for the inhabitants.<br /><br />We also visited Barrio Brandsen in Rivadavia in Mendoza where we worked as architect students 30 years ago. The work was organized by teachers and students at the University of UTN and we were there to <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/buenosA_interior_400.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />learn self-construcion of houses. Except from participating in their work during six months we made a participatory design of a community building, chased for material and built it together with the residents. This house in very cheap cross-cutting technology held for 30 years and had recently been replaced with a new community house built by the municipality. It was very emotional meetings with the inhabitants when we came to visit and it was great to see that many of them who constructed their homes still stay there and developed their houses.<br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/buenosA_mc_400.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />For more information see <a href=""></a> and the facebook group »Compact Cities Research«. Some of the results in Buenos Aires were presented in Canal Comunitario 5, Urbana Tevé, 28 November, 2017.<br /><br /><br />Photos: Jenny Stenberg &amp; Jaan-Henrik Kain<br />Tue, 05 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0100–-New-doctoral-thesis.aspx Poethics – New doctoral thesis<p><b>​​“Nature is not something separated from the city”. That is the first sentence in chapter 1 in Anna Maria Orrú’s newly published doctoral thesis Wild Poethics – Exploring relational and embodied practices in urban-making. Anna Maria is based at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. Her research has been supported by Mistra Urban Futures and is also part of the ‘Architecture in the Making’ programme at the Swedish Research School in Architecture (ResArc). Urban gardening, artistic research and biomimicry</b></p><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/2017_PhD_Orru_350x305.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Anna Maria’s research emerges from the act of urban gardening, artistic research and biomimicry. Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by imitating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies.</div> <div> </div> <div>There are several platforms in which she has collaborated and disseminated her research; <a href="">Gröna Linjen</a> in Stockholm and <a href="">AHA! Festival </a>in Gothenburg are two of the movements she both was privy to initiate, construct and that has also used in her research process.</div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Poethical voyage</h2> <div> </div> <div>The thesis takes the readers on a voyage of poethical proportion – poetic, political and ethical. The readers travel to a fictional Island of Encounters reaching four destinations: Alba (body/curiosity), Agora (fiction/performance), Clinamen (atmosphere/imagination), and Plūris (metaphor/swarming). The journey’s challenge is two-fold: to generate embodied methodologies in urban-making to approach relational space matters, and to stage space for naturecultures in order to encourage vibrant materialist relations so as to bypass the ruling and paralysing attitude of the Anthropocene.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">What has been the focus of you research Anna Maria?</h2> <div> </div> <div>The term ‘poethics’ is a crucial catalyst as it aims to encourage ecological ethos as a poetic and political embarking, and reconfigures it into a mode of relationality. Alongside poethics is the term ‘wild’ which hints at the ecological ethics driving the research, but also gestures to the complexity of nature. The thesis intends to find new ways of becoming environmentally responsible by exploring the implications of the corporeal in critical spatial practice taking into consideration naturecultures. It is concerned with exploring and developing alternate embodied methodologies for how the body can be involved in ecological urban-making and becoming responsible, says Anna Maria. </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Main results</h2> <div> </div> <div>In order to look at different movements, performativity and complexity in urban-making, Anna Maria have brought the body into a spatial discourse to explore relationality and embodied knowledge generation. Though her starting point has been a concern with sustainable food behaviour in urban environments and the passive use of urban green spaces, she found that the corporeal research became critical to the research. The research challenges an understanding of relationships; with others, with nonhumans, with space and matter, with time, and with nature, and how to ‘be’ in the world, or rather, how to poethically ‘become’ in the world given the gross impact from environment degradation. She aimed to build on an architectural understanding of production, thinking, making and relating, using artistic-based embodied methodologies in urban-making.</div> <div> </div> <div>In her findings, the body emerged as a valid membrane and interface for critical practice, especially in the realm of ecological work and processes. All the thesis encounters explored ways to deepen environmental commitments with urban space, primarily shaped and strengthened through corporeal and sensorial behaviour – essentially through visceral means by placing involved participants in movement. </div> <div> </div> <div>The embodied methodologies coming through with most potential were the ones that enabled a relational and reflective experience of materiality. The explorations brought the relational in as a reoccurring finding from a variation of angles; relation to space (encounter 1), relation to knowledge (encounter 2), relation to atmosphere (encounter 3) and to other bodies (encounter 4).</div> <div> </div> <div>The embodied methods foster new expressions of architectural representation in the design process and should be included in the pedagogics of architecture. The performance in and of space through these imaginings brings up specific tensions that could be used for understanding the relationality that a space conjures up. Outcomes steered towards the making of deep commitments to environmental urban behaviour which necessitates the body to be fully included and present. </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Exhibition</h2> <div> </div> <div>There is a current exhibition that showcases the PhD work of Anna Maria Orrù. It includes six films that form part of the thesis. Alongside the films, there is the Chalmers printed book, but also a mock-up box publication of the thesis’ graphic intention - as a treasure box for embarking on a journey. In addition there are seven small art-book publications from Vegetable Lamb Press (wooden box) that also form part of the PhD work. The exhibition is shown in the reception of SB-building, 3rd floor, Chalmers, Gothenburg, November 29 - December 8, 2017. <a href="/en/departments/ace/news/Pages/Wild-Poethics.aspx">Read more</a>. </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Phd defence </h2> <div> </div> <div>The defence of the thesis will take place December 7th, 9.15, Lecture hall SB-H5, Chalmers University, Gothenburg. Supervising team has been Catharina Dyrssen, Chalmers University of Technology and Nel Janssens, St. Lucas (with Jaan-Henrik Kain, Chalmers, as secondary supervisor till in the first 2 years)</div> <div> </div> <div>The examining committee consists of Doina Petrescu, The University of Sheffield, Elke Krasny, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria, Derek McCormack, University of Oxford and Gunnar Sandin, Lund University. </div> <div> </div> <div><a href="">Download the thesis</a> </div> <div> </div> <div>Read more about the PhD project <a href="">A Biologically-Centered Framework in Urban Foodscapes</a>. </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Questions?</h2> <div> </div> <div>Please contact Anna Maria Orrù, Chalmers University of Technology, <a href=""></a> </div>Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0100 Poethics: Exploring relational and embodied practices in urban-making<p><b>​This small exhibition showcases the PhD work of Anna Maria Orrù. It includes six films that form part of the thesis entitled ‘wild poethics’. Alongside the films, there is the Chalmers printed book, but also a mock-up box publication of the thesis’ graphic intention - as a treasure box for embarking on a journey. In addition there are seven small art-book publications from Vegetable Lamb Press (wooden box) that also form part of the PhD work.</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/ACE/nyheter/2017/2017_PhD_Orru_350x305.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />This is a voyage of poethical proportion – poetic, political and ethical. We travel to a fictional Island of Encounters reaching four destinations: Alba (body/curiosity), Agora (fiction/performance), Clinamen (atmosphere/imagination), and Plūris (metaphor/swarming). Our journey’s challenge is two-fold: to generate embodied methodologies in urban-making to approach relational space matters, and to stage space for naturecultures to encourage vibrant materialist relations so as to bypass the hegemonic and paralysing attitude of the Anthropocene.<br /><br />Our aim is to render a more profound relation with the spatial environment using our bodies. As our journey unfolds, the encounters are underpinned by visits to theoretical neighbourhoods nested in feminist spatial practice, vibrant relationscapes, worlding, affective atmospheres, imagination, spatial-temporal in-betweeness and assemblage-thinking. By immersing our full wider body into a space/time entangle, a critical materiality emerges that can infuse urban-making, render the body a more refined medium, and reactivate architectural thinking and making.<br /><br /><br /><br /><strong>The exhibition is shown in the reception of SB-building at 3rd floor, November 29 - December 8, 2017.</strong><br /><br /><a href="/sv/institutioner/ace/kalendarium/Sidor/Wild-Poethics-Exploring-Urban-making.aspx">Defence date - December 7, 2017. 9:15 am. Lecture hall SB-H5.<br />Doctoral Dissertation</a> | ISBN: 978-91-7597-616-7<br />Chalmers University of Technology | Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering<br /><em>This exhibition is kindly supported by the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, and the AHA Festival. A special thank you to Jon Geib who helped prepare and curate.</em><br />Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:00:00 +0100