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NEWS


 October 2017 

Environment, Economy, Democracy: Florishing together - Relating Systems Thinking and Design 6 International Conference - 18-20 October 2017 at AHO

RSD is returning to Oslo. Call for abstracts.


 June 2017 

Kine[SYS]tem - From Nature to Architectural Matter International Conference

Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel will deliver a keynote lecture at Kine[SYS]tem International Conference on 19/20 June 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal.

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 March 2017 

Bjørnar Nørstebø of SINTEF commences his PhD in the context of the RCAT | ACDL group at AHO

Bjørnar Nørstebø of SINTEF Byggforsk commenced his PhD in March 2017 and joins the RCAT | ACDL group at AHO.


 February 2017 

Architecture + Technology: Pedagogy in an Age of Disruption

Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel attended the roundtable at the Architecture + Technology: Pedagogy in an Age of Disruption symposium at the GSAPP at Columbia University on Friday 10 February 2017.

Video-Link

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From left to right: Craig Schwitter (GSAPP Columbia University), Meejin Yoon (MIT), Michael U. Hensel (RCAT | ACDL, AHO), Hilary Sample (GSAPP Columbia University), Scott Marble (Georgia Tech), Lise Anne Couture (GSAPP Columbia University), Kiel Moe (GSD Harvard University)

Photo courtesy of GSAPP Columbia University, 2017

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From left to right: Craig Schwitter (GSAPP Columbia University), Meejin Yoon (MIT), Michael U. Hensel (RCAT | ACDL, AHO)

Photo courtesy of GSAPP Columbia University, 2017


 February 2017

Collaboration Meeting: Kieran Timberlake _ Snøhetta _ RCAT | ACDL

The first collaboration meeting between Kieran TimberlakeSnøhetta and the RCAT | ACDL group took place on Thursday 09 February 2017, at the office of Kieran Timberlake in Philadelphia. Collaboration will commence in 2017.

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 September 2016 

CSoP 2 The Changing Shape of Practice - Integrating Research and Design in Architecture Symposium No. 2

The Changing Shape of Practice - Integrating Research and Design in Architectural Practice symposium and PhD seminar on the subject matter took place on 29 and 30 September 2016. Speakers: Billie Faircloth [Kieran Timberlake], Gregg Pasquarelli [SHoP Architects], Eli Synnevåg and Kristian Edwards [Snøhetta], Moritz Groba [Helen and Hard], Bjørn Gunnar Staal and Joakim Wiig Hoen [void], and Jonas Rumberger [White].


 September 2016

Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel will will deliver a keynote at the 10th International Seminar “The Digital Reveal” at the Universidad Piloto de Colombia in Bogotá, Colombia

Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel delivered a keynote lecture at the 10th International Seminar “The Digital Reveal” at the Universidad Piloto de Colombia in Bogotá, Colombia.

The keynote is delivered via Skype.

 

 July 2016 

University Lecturer Sofia Martins da Cunha presents two papers at the ICSA 2016 - 3rd International Conference on Architecture and Structures at the Convention Centre of the Campus of Azurém of the University of Minho in Guimarães, Portugal.

University Lecturer Sofia Martins da Cunha presented two papers on 'Auxiliary Architectures' and on non-uniform asymmetric tensegrity systems. 27-29 July - ICSA 2016 - 3rd International Conference on Architecture and Structures at the Convention Centre of the Campus of Azurém of the University of Minho in Guimarães, Portugal.


 July 2016

Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel and research fellow Defne Sunguroglu Hensel present a paper at ISDRS 2016 - 22nd International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference at the School of Science and Technology and the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research,
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, 13-15 July 2016
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Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel and research fellow Defne Sunguroglu Hensel presented a paper entitled Recuperating an Approach to Local Specificity for Sustainable Cities and Regions - Correlating key strategies for architecture and urban design, collective space use and architecture and environment integration' at ISDRS 2016 - 22nd International Sustainable Development Research Society.


 June 2016 

Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel delivers plenary talk at ICBE 2016 - 5th International Conference on Bionic Engineering

On Thursday 23 June Prof.Dr. Michael U. Hensel delivered a plenary talk at ICBE 2016 - 5th International Conference on Bionic Engineering at the University of Nottingham Ningo Campus, China. The talk will focus on an integrative approach to the natural and built environment.

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 June 2016 

Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel delivers a keynote talk at 5th CNRCAU Forum on Architectural Thinking "Performative Form" in Nanjing, China

Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel delivered a keynote on Performance-oriented Architecture at CNRCAU at the University of Cambridge - Nanjing University Research Centre on Architecture and Urbanism. The forum takes place on 27 and 28 June at the Changjing Silkworm Factory.

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May 2016 

Kjetil Trædal Thorsen is external examiner of the ACDL Studio 2016_01

On 31 May the ACDL Studio 2016_01 24 Hour Oslo held its final review. Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, founding partner of Snøhetta, acts as external examiner.

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May 2016

Volume 2: The Changing Shape of Practice - Further Inquiries in Integrating Research and Design in Architecture is in contract stage

Volume 2 of 'The Changing Shape of Practice' is now in contract stage. The book will be co-edited by Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel and Prof. Dr. Fredrik Nilsson.


May 2016

Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel and Defne Sunguroglu Hensel lecture at Trans_Arch_Edu 3 Forum in Izmir

Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel and Defne Sunguroglu Hensel lectured at the Trans_Arch_Edu 3 Forum at the Izmir University of Economy in Turkey on Tuesday 17 May 2016.


May 2016

Booklaunch: The Changing Shape of Practice - Integrating Research and Design in Architecture

Co-edited by Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel and Prof. Dr. Fredrik Nilsson and published by Routledge 'The Changing Shape of Practice - Integrating Research and Design in Architecture' was launched in May 2016. The book features contributions by AECOM, Perkins + Will, White, Woods Bagot, UN Studio, SHoP Architects, PLP Architecture, Kieran Timberlake, 3xN/GxN, Thomas Herzog + Partners, Herreros Architectos, AZPML, ONL, Spacescape, and as a special case OCEAN Design Research Association.


 April 2016 

Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel lectures at the Design and Architecture Day of the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture

Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel delivered a talk at the Design and Architecture Day of the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture on Wednesday 17 April 2016.


 March 2016 

Architecture in two Countries - Initiating a Dialogue between Norway and Turkey Seminar

The Association of Consulting Architects in Norway [Arkitektbedriftene] hosted a seminar at the Building Information Centre in Istanbul on 08 March 2016. The aim was to initiate a dialogue aimed at addressing and collaborating on common challenges: How do we develop a built environment that engages architecture in the increasingly complex challenge of sustainability?

The seminar was chaired by Defne Suguroglu Hensel. Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel [RCAT] and Kristianne Storehaug [Innivation Norway in Istanbul] moderated the dialogue. The Norwegain delegation was led by Peter Butenschøn and consists of Erik Vitanza [Snøhetta], Hanne Hemsen [Nordic - Office of Architecture], and Jonas Norgen [Atelier Oslo]. The Turkish delegation consisted of the Istanbul Association of Architects in Private Practice [ISMD], the Urban Land Institute in Istanbul [ULI], and members of the Association of Real Estate and Real Estate Investment Companies [GYODER]. Info


  January - May 2016

RCAT | ACDL Public Lecture Series at AHO

The RCAT | ACDL group organized a public lecture series consisting of 13 talks delivered by invited practitioners and group members at the Oslo School of Architecture. Info


 October 2015 

First Industrial PhD in the Humanities in Norway succesfully completed by Dr. Julia Schlegel

On 16 October Dr. Julia Schlegel succesfully defended her PhD entitled The Gap between Design and Vision – Investigating the impact of high-end visualization on architectural practice and was awarded the first Industrial doctorate in the humanities in Norway. Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel [AHO], Prof. Dr. Martina Keitsch [NTNU], Kjetel Trædal Thorsen [Snøhetta], and Eli Synnevåg [Snøhetta].


 June 2015 

Booklaunch: Grounds and Envelopes - Reshaping the Built Environment

Co-authored by Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel and Jeffrey P. Turko and published by Routledge 'Grounds and Envelopes provides a source of vision for the revitalisation of ground and envelope as spatial elements that can inform the search for embedded locally specific architectures, this book collects essays and projects that each contributes a particular element to what might constitute an integrated and richly nuanced approach to spatial organisation.With an abundance of built and un-built key projects available, it is now possible to outline the contours of a new discourse. This book initiates a new beginning in this direction so that architecture can partake in the creation of heterogeneous space and culturally, socially and environmentally sustainable built environments. The book includes works by: Paulo Mendes da Rocha, RCR Arquitectes, Weiss / Manfredi, Peter Eisenman, Foreign Office Architects, Alvaro Siza, Eduardo Souto de Moura, MVRDV, Bernard Tschumi, OCEAN, R&Sie(n), Toyo Ito, Enric Miralles and Carme Pinós, Kengo Kuma, Cloud 9, Diller, Scofidio and Renfro, et al.


 May 2015 

The Return of the Living Bridges Exhibition at Galleri AHO

Relentless global urbanization and the related densification of cities yields once again a strong interest in versatile multi-functional buildings that are able to provide for a broad range of uses and activities in order to cope with a multitude of simultaneous needs and shortage of space and resources. For this reason a series of exhibitions at Galleri AHO will focus on the thematic of the multi-functional building. The exhibition at Galleri AHO brings together a series of remarkable historical projects, such as the London Bridge, the habitable bridges of the Ile de la Cité in Paris, the Khaju Bridge in Isfahan, Ponte Vecchio in Florence, and so on, as well as recent schemes by Bernard Tschumi for Lausanne, Zaha Hadid for London, MVRDV and OCEAN + Urban Office for Düsseldorf. Four current schemes by the Advanced Computational Design Studio for the river Akerselva in Oslo complete the roster of projects.


 November 2014 

Architectural History from a Performance-Perspective - 15 Case Studies Exhibition at Galleri AHO

The Architectural History from a Performance-Perspective exhibition will open at 12-30 on Tuesday 04 November at Gallery AHO and be on show until Friday 28 November. The exhibition will focus on 15 case studies including the Borgund Stave Church (Norway), Gokstad Longship (Norway), Khaju Bridge (Isfahan, Iran), Pigeon Towers (Isfahan, Iran), Icehouse (Iran), Fahadan Water Cistern (Yazd, Iran), Sheik Ahmad-e Jam Water Cistern (Kashan, Iran), Borujerdi's House (Kashan, Iran), Fin Kiosk (Kashan, Iran), Bagdad Kiosk (Istanbul, Turkey), Ice House (Battle Abbey, England), Ice House (Bognor Regis, England), Skara Brae Neolithic Settlement (Orkney, Scotland), Trulli Cluster (Italy), Corbelled Dome Cluster (Syria). Exhibits include scaled models, digital slideshows and virtual reality visualisations. Info


 September 2014 

Research Fellow Defne Sunguroglu Hensel and Adjunct Professor Guillem Baraut Bover win Tsuboi Award

Research Fellow Defne Sunguroglu Hensel and Adjunct Professor Guillem Baraut Bover win the prestigous Tsuboi Award in the category of  the most meritorious paper published in the Journal of the IASS (International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures founded by Eduardo Torroja in 1959) for the year 2013. The Tsuboi Award honors the memory of Professor Yoshikatsu Tsuboi (Japan, 1907-1990), former President and Honorary Member of the IASS, and his outstanding contributions to structural and architectural design. The award was presented during the IASS-SLTE Symposium held in Brasilia, Brasil, from 15 - 19 September 2014.


 August 2014 

ACDL - Advanced Computational Design Laboratory has been launched

In August 2014 the new Advanced Computational Design Laboratory [ACDL] was launched at the Institute of Architecture at AHO. Spearheaded by Prof. Søren Sørensen, Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel and Institute Leader Prof. Dr. Thomas Mc Quillan The related ACDL master-level studio was started concurrently.


 June 2014 

The Scarcity and Creativity in Latitude completes the construction of the Sørenga Bridge Event Space in Oslo, Norway

The Scarcity and Creativity Studio completes the construction of of the Sørenga Bridge Event Space in Oslo, Norway, in June 2014. Info


 May 2014 

The Scarcity and Creativity in Latitude completes the construction of a new community center in Pumanque, Chile

The Scarcity and Creativity Studio completes the construction of a new community center in Pumanque, Chile, in May 2014. Info


 February 2014 

New PhD Stipend Position announced - Advanced Computational Design in Architecture

In February 2014 the Institute of Architecture launched a new PhD stipend position with focus on advanced computational design in architecture. The successful candidate will be placed in the new Advanced Computational Design Laboratory [ACDL].


 May 2013 

Holmsbu Seminar: Core Knowledge, Knowledge Production and Research by Design in Architecture

The Holmsbu seminar on 14 and 15 May 2013 organized by RCAT focuses on questions of core knowledge, knowedge production, afiliated knowledge fields and research by design in architecture. Particpants include: Mark Burry (RMIT), Peter Carl (LMU), Helen Castle (AD Wiley), David Jolly (e[ad]), David Leatherbarrow (UPenn), Michael U. Hensel (AHO), Christian Hermansen (AHO), Branko Kolarevic (UCalgary), Fredrik Nilsson (Chalmers), Birger Sevaldson (AHO), Defne Sunguroglu Hensel (AHO), Inger Lise Syversen (Chalmers), and Jeffrey Turko (U Brighton).


 May 2013 

The Scarcity and Creativity in Latitude completed the construction of two projects in Nusfjord, Lofoten

The Scarcity and Creativity Studio completes the construction of two projects in Nusfjord (Lofoten) in Norway in May 2013. Info Project 01 Info Project 02


 March 2013 

Performance-oriented Architecture - Rethinking Architecture and the Built Environment published by by AD Wiley is launched

Authored by Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel RCAT's key theoretical framework has been published: Performance-oriented Architecture - Rethinking Architecture and the Built Environment (AD Wiley).


 February 2013 

Cornell University - Department of Architecture and RCAT collaboratively organize the Hans and Roger Strauch Symposium on Sustainable Design 2013 entitled 'Design for Biodiversity: Architectural Responses to Urban Ecology

The Cornell Department of Architecture and the Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics co-organize the Hans and Roger Strauch Symosium on Sustainable Design symposium entitled 'Design for Biodiversity: Architectural Responses to Urban Ecology' at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, on Friday 01 and Saturday 02 February 20123. For further information see: Design for Biodiversity.


 January 2013 

Prof. Christian Hermansen and Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel sign contract for AD Constructions - Experimental Architectures in Practice and Education

Prof. Christian Hermansen and Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel have completed the contract stage for AD Constructions - Experimental Architectures in Practice and Education. This issue of AD will be launched in 2015.


 January 2013 

Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel and Prof. Dr. Fredrik Nielsson sign contract for Integrating Research and Design in Architectural Practice with Routledge

Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel and Prof. Dr. Fredrik Liesson have completed the contract stage for Integrating Research and Design in Architectural Practice. The book will be launched by Routledge in 2014.


 December 2012 

Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel delivered a talk in the Sliver lecture series at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna on Tuesday 11 December 2012

Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel delivered a public lecture at the Angewandte entitled 'Crunch Time: Confronting the current Crises of Architecture' on Tuesday 11 December 2012. Venue: University of Applied Arts Vienna, Oskar Kokoschka Platz 2, Vienna. See map.


 September 2012 

AHO Projects in the Open City in Ritoque, Chile Exhibition @ AHO Gallery from 07 to 21 September

The 4 projects constructed by AHO in the Open City in Ritoque, Chile earlier this year were exhibited at the AHO Gallery from 7 to 21 September. The opening of the exhibition will be on Friday 7 September at 12-30. Refreshments will be served.


 May 2012 

The Scarcity and Creativity in Latitude 33 studio completes 3 projects in the Open City in Ritoque

AHO's Scarcity and Creativity in Latitude 33 studio and e[ad] collaborated on 3 projects in the Open City in Ritoque, Chile, in May 2012. Info Project 01 Info Project 02 Info Project 03


 March 2012 

RCAT hosts AHO Research Centers meeting - Friday 09 March

RCAT organises and hosts the first AHO Research Centers meeting to map the emerging research landscape at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Prof. Dr. David Leatherbarrow will act as external expert advisor. Participants include the directors of DR - Design Research Center, OCCAS - The Oslo Center of Critical Architecture Studies, Urban Design Center and the RCAT - Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics.


 February 2012 

Booklaunch 'Design Innovation for the Built Environment'

In February the book 'Design Innovation for the Built Environment - Research by Design and the Renovation of Practice' edited by Michael Hensel and published by Routledge was launched. The book features chapters by David Leatherbarrow, Christopher Hight, Halina Dunin-Woyseth and Fredrik Nilsson, Mark Burry, Hidetoshi Ohno and Bruno Peeters, Inger Lise Syversen, Defne Suguroglu Hensel, Jeffrey Turko, Birger Sevaldson, Julian Vincent, Siv Stangland and Richard Kropf (Helen & Hard), Eva Castro and Alfredo Ramirez (GroundLab) Andrew Morrison and Henry Mainsah, Einar Sneve Martinussen, and Michael Hensel.


 January 2012 

Cornell University - Department of Architecture and RCAT collaboratively organize the Hans and Roger Strauch Symposium on Sustainable Design 2012 entitled Sustaining Sustainability: Architecture and Ecology

The Cornell Department of Architecture and the Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics co-organized the Hans and Roger Strauch Symosium on Sustainable Design symposium entitled Sustaining Sustainability: Architecture and Ecology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, on Friday 03 and Saturday 04 February 2012. Speakers included: Prof. Dr. David Zeigler (University of North Carolina), Prof. Dr. John Marzluff (University of Washington), Prof. Dr. Birger Sevaldson (AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design), Prof. Michael U. Hensel (AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design), Dr. Richard Bonser (Brunel University), Prof. Dr. Kevin Pratt (Cornell University), Jonas Lundberg (Chalmers University, AA), Cristina Diaz Moreno and Efren Garcia Grinda (AMID), Marco Poletto and Claudia Pasquero (Ecologic Studio, AA).


 September 2011 

RCAT organizes Sverre Fehn Symposium 2011: Research Frameworks, Areas and Trajectories in Architecture

The Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics organizes the Sverre Fehn Symposium 2011 to take place on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 October. Moderator: Prof. Dr. David Leatherbarrow (University of Pennsylvania), Prof. Mark Burry (RMIT), Jeffrey P. Turko (University of Brighton, OCEAN Design Research Association), Prof. Michael U. Hensel (AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design, OCEAN Design Research Association), Prof. Emeritus Arne Eggen & Prof. Dr. Bjørn N. Sandacker (AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design), Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel (AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design, OCEAN Design Research Association) & Guillen Baraut Bover (BOMA, OCEAN Design Research Association), Dr. Pavel Hladik (Arup, OCEAN Design Research Association), Dr. Salmaan Craig (Foster and Partners), Prof. Dr. Fredrik Nilsson (Chalmers University, White Architects).


 April 2011 

RCAT Advisory Board commences activities

The Advisory Board of the Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics is established on Friday 29 April 2011 and commences activities on Saturday 30 April 2011. For details see the About RCAT section.


 April 2011 

April 2011 > RCAT Inauguration & Inauguration Symposium 2011: Identifying Research Areas in Architecture from an Interdisciplinary and Integrative Perspective

The Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics was inaugurated on Friday 29 April 2011. The date was marked by the inauguratory symposium organized by RCAT. Speakers included Prof. Dr. David Leatherbarrow, Research Fellow Defne Sunguroglu Hensel, Siv Stangeland and Reinhard Kropf (Helen & Hard), Marianne Sætre (Snøhetta), Prof. Dr. Christoph Gengnagel, Guillem Baraut Bover (BOMA), Prof. Dr. Bjørn N. Sandacker, Prof. Dr. Julian Vincent, Prof. Dr. Richard Bonser, Asst. Prof. Søren S. Sørensen, et al.