CONGRATULATIONS winners of

Wernstedt Sketch Prize 2011!

Kacper Krywult, Manus Leung and more students from MATTER SPACE STRUCTURE studio…

 

  


 


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Sound of architecture?

Exploring of sound and acoustics of city space.

Tactile model of the sound-experience during a walk along the river. To be “read” with eyes closed.

Recordings of sounds, decibel and sketches along different routs in the city. First task was to illustrate the sound walk. 

One out of many ways of mapping; a Large drawing of sound walk from suburban area, through forest, into Änggården district of Göteborg city.

Second task to re-design the sound:

The sound of the drawing above turned out as a design of a noise barrier where the noise is used to create sequences of an adventure in different spaces for pedestrians along a busy road.  Spaces for Bending the sound. Erasing sound. Boosting it. Masking sound.

One group presented a live sound installation; different recordings of water was transported and amplified acousticly by plastic pipes and funnels. The funnels were presented randomly on a screen of 4 x 2 meter.

I was inspired by the sensibility of the installation. With that model being a piece of art itself, it was hard to live up to the same standard in the final design. The “Waves of Awesomeness” Still, really, the idea is…. AWESOME

About TRANSPORTING sound. Pleasant sound of water transported to places in the city. A juxtaposition.

One soundwalk took place along the river. As well as in all cityscapes, the noise was present. Enjoy the walk, close your eyes and imagine..

Special thanks to our guest critics Dr. Christoph Weisser, Zürcher Hochschule, Architektur, Gestaltung und Bauingenieurwesen and Marc Loeliger, Architekt dipl. Loeliger Strub Architektur GmbH, Zürich

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REALITY pays a visit

In the studio we finished working on the underground station projects, now the topic accessibility and public spaces. That doesn´t stop us from keeping up the discussion about Västlänken project.

Our visitors yesterday, Mårten Levenstam, Volvo, Owe Nilsson, Göteborg Stad and Åke Eriksson, Västlänken gave a discussion about the strategy of a design process. “If you want 20 000 people to agree upon a concept, you need a strong STORY.” Says Mårten Levenstam, Volvo, when speaking from his long experiance of design process. So, when designing for a complete city, how do we agree?

Åke Eriksson, manager of the Westlink project, argues that handeling projects of this size you must always come back to the core, the concept. Gothenburg, http://www.trafikverket.se/Privat/Projekt/Vastra-Gotaland/Vastlanken—smidigare-pendling-och-effektivare-trafik/Nyheter/2011-02/Nu-borjar-vi-projektera-Vastlanken–och-du-kan-vara-med/

Architects claim to be handeling huge and complex systems during a design. Still there is a big gap between the vision and the wallet! Architects must be trained to argue about economy regarding both measurable and non-measurable VALUES.

One project that suggests a more beautiful environment at the site of Masthugget is by Maximilian Dumont: 

How do you calculate a the value of beautiful places and movements in the city? The question of where is the money going to come from is clearly answered by Filippa Karlsson in her project at Järntorget where a superstructure of hotels, housing, commercial and green spaces are directly connected to the station platform:

Bringing these aspects of STORYtelling and VALUES we go back to the studio working on the accessibility projects..

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around aSQUARE

Ugly Shoppingmall    vs    Fancy Institutional buildings

HOTspots in the Area of Gustav Adolfs Square in Gothenburg are hunted down by the students. The assignment is to design a piece of architecture that pays attention to the PUBLIC SPACE. So for two intense days, students investigated the area in forms of videos, political manifestos, models, maps and discussions…

 

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aCROSSaLONGstreet

Hangout for sailors. Kind-HEARTED Landlords. Artists. Familylife. Pubs. Pornshops.

HOTspots in the Area of the Longstreets in Gothenburg are hunted down by the students. The assignment is to design a piece of architecture that pays attention to the PUBLIC SPACE. So for two intense days, students investigated the area in forms of videos, political manifestos, models, maps and discussions…

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onSTAGEarchitecture

If it wasn´t for the fact that Alex Tarragüel Rubio allready has been working on this scenography for one year, one would suspect that he secretly participated in our experiments in our MSS studio last semester. Guided by, among others, Peter Christensson, artist and teacher at Chalmers, the students created some amazing performances with inflatable plastic elements;

AND

Thanks to an initiative from the City Theater in Göteborg, Sweden, a group of design students are sort of following the work with the scenography of Ibsen´s Peer Gynt this spring. Tonight at the final rehearsal we witnessed some astonishing beautiful installations by Alex Tarragüel Rubio. I found the performance a visual experience far outside my imagination! For this alone I recommend the play. Still not sure if the scenography is a masterpiece or if I´m blinded by beauty…

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With the diploma in your hand – Are you a SCIENTIST or a DESIGNER?

A bunch of fresh architects have just left Chalmers School of Architecture. Three days of final presentations. Four sensors have seen the presentations and just finished a discussion with the fresh architects and representatives from the Depatrment of Architecture at Chalmers, Michael Edén (head of department) and Saddek Rehal.

 

Maria Voytzaki (Thessaloniki, Greece), one of the sensors, have 20 years of experience from have, since 15 years, been involved with the politics of architectural education in the EU. She suggests the Master Thesis to be divided in two; one semester for an theoretical analysis and a second semester for a design project. This model corresponds with the EU´s  guiding principals of architectural training that the number one purpose for a fresh architect should be the ability to DESIGN. Creativity scribes to innovation and Maria Voytzaki ´s invitation to young architects is: “Get out there”.

It is said before and will be said again, that the examination is just the start of a 50 year long education as an architect in real life.” Here at Chalmers approximately 50% of the master thesis are design projects. While Maria Voytzaki demands a MERGE of theory and practise in the European schools of Architecture, Pieter Versteegh (Fribourg, Switzerland) asserts the final thesis to result as either a practical or theoretical project. He describes their form of the master program in Fribourgh as a process over three semesters. Weather theoretical or not, he argues that the important issues are those that allows and boosts the INDIVIDUAL talent of each student. His verdict about Chalmers is that the students seem to express their ethical position and stresses the importance of CARE and responsibility that comes with the architect´s role.

Marianne Skjulhaug (headmistress at Bergen School of Architecture, Norway), shares the opinion that the thesis should not have to result in a design. She encourages to listen to your intuition in these times of complexity and contradictions. During these days at Chalmers she feels that the students present their projects with a confident and conscious appearance wich makes it easy to meet them as a teacher.

Speaking of the contemporary time as a time of renaissance and new URBANISM, Jörgen Hauberg (Head of Institute of the School of Architecture, Copenhagen) predicts a change of the architect´s role. Still he reminds us about the architect holding all responsibility of beauty in the buildingprocess. Jörgen Haugberg blows the trumpet for the academic methods in the work of students at Chalmers though he inquires the young architects to be more PASSIONATE about their work.

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talking SECTION and PLAN

Happening at this moment in the studio; Presentations of the student´s project. Task is Woven Cavities – a train station under ground in Gothenburg. Critics are Gert Wingårdh, Morten Lund, Jonas Carlson, Fredrik Olson and Claes Johansson.

As becoming architects we must master the art of communicating by plans and sections. Fore the presentations we were given instructions to collect as much information as possible in the sections as a challenge wich I think is sucessful for example in the project Underground Umbrella Station by Martina. The proposal suggests a system of poles that looks ordinary from a distance, and when a person walks by it spreads out as an unbrella giving a temporary shelter and place for several functions.

I could write a LONG list of inspirational projects from today´s presentation. Spaces allowing curious investigations of the meeting between a mountain and connection to the river such as in the projects of Calle and Robbert. At the supposed site in Haga we were given some wonderful poetry in shapes of train stations.  Breathtaking high rise buildings as extensions of underground stations.

Our critics gave tuff, relevant and constructive critique.

(Yet you critics are more than welcome to the studio party tonight!)

 

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Studio Party!

hello everyone! i think its a good idea to have a studio party! after our presentations on thursday. if everyone remembers to bring a few drinks and snacks, then we can arrange to have some flashing lights and rhythmic sounds!

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BEAUTY and ARCHITECTURE – a troubled relationship

Between architecture and beauty.Form and Context. Architects and Reporters.

With world wide experience as an architect, designer, author and scientist Yale Reisner gave a lecture about her book “Architecture and Beauty – A troubled relationship”. By quoting and referring to a number of famous architects she highlights for example the meaning of a subjective view in a design project. The architects role is threatened by dissolving into all other actors in the building process. Can one of the reasons be the absence of celebrating and underlining beauty?

Beauty has in history been represented in both Art Nouveau and Modernism. The actual definition of beauty is subjective and Yael Reisner is focusing on the relationships rather than the beauty. Being a student I feel troubled by the thought of beauty being a notion of taboo amongst architects. I was expecting a more romantic collection of individuals forming my future work environment in the office.

In the lecture, the relation between content and form was illustrated by Saha Hadids comments about people “not understanding her drawings of a project”. When showing photos of the actual buildings and viewers still not understanding, that confirms the drawings to be correct. As a result the viewers hopefully had a great experience playing with their mind.

Speaking with my fellow students we lifted the importance of believing in our feeling of beauty during the design process. Combined with the fact of accepting – even aiming at- a built environment that allows various personal expressions of beauty. Is it not as simple as that?

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