This Master programme pursues to explore the intersection between architecture, technology, culture and environment. Through a site-specific approach, we aim to respond to present and future global challenges through research by design and direct on-site involvement in the form of active expeditions to remote world locations where prototypes are put to the test and buildings are designed.
In close collaboration with local communities, science and manufacturers, this Master programme engages with architectural performance, from component to building design, and the cultural impact of technology in our world through high-end design aesthetics.
We mediate our presence in our environment via design and technology, often disregarding the environmental impact. It is our intention to investigate the design potential in working with technology not only as a performance orientated design parameter, but also as a process charged with aesthetic potential and cultural implications with sustainable aims, from building scale all the way to detail.
Architecture today often abandons site-specific knowledge and local design traditions that have allowed for sustainable and resilient environments. Parallel to this reality, science and technology have a larger vocabulary of approaches and solutions than what is currently applied to building and component design.
The programme offers future architects platforms of collaboration with scientific and technological fields of knowledge as an active part of design, to enrich architecture’s spatial vocabulary and to broaden its performance in today’s challenging realities.
There is a strong focus on site-specific design, achieving this through direct engagement and expeditions to environments which are out of balance. These exceptional scenarios, be it flooding, extreme cold or heat, high pollution and health risk zones, to name a few, are used as test beds for an architectural design to be developed.
This methodology allows for a real- scenario, on-site research by designs process that spans from prototypes and building components to large scale building design, in collaboration with local culture, the scientific and technological community and the world of practice and manufacture, both local and global.
In this programme students acquire, not only a site-specific design methodology that allows for an architecture fully informed by local conditions, but also knowledge and solutions, which can be applied to many contemporary contexts, both at home and abroad.
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