Welcome to Anthropological Approaches in Architecture, Urban Planning and Design.

 

Description: Qualitative research methods developed in anthropology are increasingly used among other disciplines e.g. architecture, urban planning and design. But how can anthropological methods contribute to your project in combination with approaches from architecture and other disciplines? And what are the analytical implications of combining such approaches? The course will focus on how anthropological method and analysis can be developed in relation to architecture, housing, city, space, design and built environments. The course is relevant for you, if you use fieldwork /qualitative interviews / participant observation in your project, or if you are currently analyzing your qualitative data. The focus will be both on how to design, plan and conduct empirical data collection in the field, and how to process the data and move from field work to analyzing and writing up of your thesis.

The specific subjects will be adjusted to the needs and interests of the course participants, but may include discussions about:

  • Qualitative interviews, participant observation and other methods for collecting empirical data
  • Organizing, coding and analyzing data
  • Combining methods from architecture and anthropology
  • Visual ethnography and different types of registration
  • Forms of writing about and representing data in your thesis

The discussions will be based on the course literature and lectures as well as the participants’ presentations of their own projects. Before the course all participants are therefore obliged to send a 3-5 page paper introducing their project’s objective and approach to gathering and analyzing empirical data – preferably a text that can afterwards be rewritten to form part of the thesis.

Organizer: Marie Stender, Danish Building Research Institute, AAU, email: mas@sbi.aau.dk

Lecturers: Marie Stender & Mette Mechlenborg, Danish Building Research Institute, AAU

ECTS: 2

Time: 27. - 28. March 2017

Place: AAU, Copenhagen Campus

Zip code: 2450

City: Copenhagen

Number of seats: 10

Deadline: 6. March 2017

 

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Indeterminate Mobilities: Travelling with Uncertain Futures


Description: This PhD course is aimed at PhD students within areas such as urban studies, human and cultural geography, urban design, city planning, cultural studies, political science, sociology and anthropology. With theme “Indeterminate mobilities: travelling with uncertain futures” we want to consider the precarious and vulnerable futures of mobilities across scales from local neighbourhoods to global transport systems and mega regions. The uncertainties connected to the futures of mobilities requires an open mind set and agile theoretical concepts. In this PhD course we shall aim at bridging the sensitivity to ‘unknown futures’ with a theoretical anchoring within the ‘new mobilities turn’ in general and theories related to materialities, futures, and uncertainty in particular. The course will discuss the utopian visioning of future mobilities through scenarios, as well as through more ‘non-representational’ approaches such as literature and art. The course lecturers will present their own research and link this to the participant’s projects. A modest amount of reading prior to the course is to be expected, as well as each participant is asked to be able shortly to present their research project in the light of the course theme and the selected readings. 

Organizer: Professor Ole B. Jensen, email: obje@create.aau.dk

Lecturers: Professor Ole B. Jensen and Senior Lecturer David Bissell, The Australian National University

ECTS: 3

Time: 31. May - 3. June 2017

Place: Rendsburggade 14, Aalborg University

Zip code: 9000

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 15

Deadline: 10. May 2017

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Sustainable Architecture

Description: Buildings account for approximately 40 % of the global energy use. On top of that their urban organization highly influences the amount of fuel used for transportation. The buildings presently constructed will have to function in a carbon dioxide-neutral future. Buildings also accounts for vast amounts of material resource and production of waste.

Sustainable architecture requires inter-disciplinary collaboration at every stage in the building process as opposed to the current methodology applied by the majority of the building industry. Sustainable building principles and approaches should aim to bring down the use of fossil fuels and reduce the emission of carbon dioxides, and should aim to relate to and benefit from sun and wind, climate and topography. Thus, sustainable architecture has a lot to do with building physics. These can be measured and calculated, and the technical aspects of sustainable architecture are therefore easy to acknowledge though hard to handle.

Sustainable development also has to do with creating good life conditions for human beings. This aspect is harder to define but is a crucial part of sustainable settlement. Sustainable architecture is about designing new urban buildings where ideals of respect for nature, moderation and reflection have to go hand in hand with human urge for material comfort, desire, experience, wellbeing and richness of life. The duality calls for an answer: The days of uncritical material expansion and abundance may be over but we still urge for a good and rich life: How is this expressed in place, space, materials, architecture? The course focuses on: Integrated design processes that can unite technical, functional and aesthetic concerns through design and construction, and aims to present a diversity of research and architectural positions in the field of sustainable architecture. The PhD student is required to write a 3 to 5-page (max. 2400 characters with spaces per page) essay with references to the course presentations and literature in order to obtain the full 5 ECTS.

Organizer: Associate Professor Michael Lauring, email: mlau@create.aau.dk 

Lecturers: Associate professor Michael Lauring, AD:MT, Associate Professor Camilla Brunsgaard, AD:MT, Assistant Professor Lars Brorson Fich, AD:MT, Assistant Professor Isak Worre Foged and Professor emeritus Mary-Ann Knudstrup, AD:MT

ECTS: 3 (+2 with essay)

Time: 13. - 15. November 2017

Place: Rendsburggade 14, Aalborg University

Zip code: 9000

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 15

Deadline: 1. October 2017

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.