Welcome to In search for an integral building culture - relations between the architectural volume and the urban surface



Description: Present day building culture is governed by an increased number of interlinked cultural and environmental challenges, counting urban densification and climate changes among others. This PhD course seeks to explore an integral building culture that joins the sensuous discipline of architectural making and the large-scale analytical outlook of urban design in a bridging of these challenges.

Through an architectural and urban design theoretical perspective the course will try to map, discuss and experimental explore the challenges, potentials and critical means for formulating an integral building culture that refers to the art and engineering of joining elements at the architectural scale, which is unfolded as a spatial theory and design method for joining elements across scale.

The intention of the course is to formulate research approaches to the crossings between architectural volume and the urban surface in connection with actual design strategies. Focus is upon outlining appropriate research methodologies within this cross-field.

 

During the four-days, the course will include lectures, discussions, workshops and presentations. Day one will present theoretical and methodological perspectives on the subject matter; continuing into a discussion and workshop in day two and three; ending with an oral presentation on the final day.

Prior to the course, the participants are required to prepare and submit a short statement describing a research problem, in text and illustration, within architecture and urban design and related to their own research.

Relevant literature will be distributed in well time before the course.



Organizer: Associate Professor Lea Holst Laursen, llhl@create.aau.dk and Associate Professor Marie Frier Hvejsel, mfri@create.aau.dk

Lecturers: Professor David Leatherbarrow, University of Pennsylvania (not confirmed), Professor Anne Beim, KADK, Professor Poul Henning Kirkegaard, AU (not confirmed), Associate Professor Lea Holst Laursen, and Associate ?rofessor Marie Frier Hvejsel.


ECTS: 3.5

Time: 11-14 September 2018

Place: Aalborg University

Zip code:

City:
Aalborg

Number of seats: 15

Deadline: 15 August 2018


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: Sustainable architecture requires inter-disciplinary collaboration at every stage in the design process as opposed to the current methodology and approach applied by the majority of the building industry.

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. Buildings also accounts for vast amounts of material resource and production of waste. Sustainable architecture should therefore 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. Sustainable architecture should also aim to apply material resources based on life cycle considerations. 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 easy to acknowledge though sometimes hard to handle.

Sustainable architecture must also address social aspects such as creating good life conditions for human beings. These aspects are harder to define or measure but are a crucial part of sustainable settlement. Sustainable architecture must aim at designing urban buildings where ideals of respect for nature, moderation and reflection goes hand in hand with human urge for material comfort, desire, experience, well-being 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, mlau@create.aau.dk

Lecturers: Associate Professor Michael Lauring, CREATE, Asspciate Professor Camilla Brunsgaard, CREATE, Associate Professor Lars Brorson Fich, CREATE, Associate Professor Ellen Kathrine Hansen, CREATE and Associate Professor Isak Worre Foged, CREATE.

ECTS: 3 ECTS, but can be 5 ECTS if students make a post-course submission of a written essay assignment

Time: 12-14 November 2018

Place: Aalborg University

Zip code:

City:
Aalborg

Number of seats: 15

Deadline: 1 October 2018


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 Material Stories and Ethnographies - Non-Representational Theory, Design, Mobilities and Materialities




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. The course is methodologically framing narratives and visual and corporeal ethnographies on a theoretical background of the so-called ‘Non-representational Theory’, Design, Mobilities and Materialities. The course positions within the ‘Mobilities Turn’ with a particular emphasis on the ‘non-representational’ approaches from human geography and design. The aim is to build a trust-full learning-space for PhD students within the multi-disciplinary area of Mobilities study in its broadest sense. In the course the organizers presents state-of-the-art research with reference to their own research into design and Mobilities in the lecture format. The participants must prepare a one-page description of their PhD project and conduct a 5 minutes oral presentation of their project. Moreover, the participants will be engaging in two-to three field assignments where they will conduct short field studies in Aalborg and present these in the formats of ‘material stories’ and ‘visual ethnographies’. The participants will present their stories and ethnographies in plenary sessions. A modest amount of reading prior to the course is to be expected. There is an optional possibility to submit a short essay reflecting upon the course and assignment in relation to the participant’s PhD projects that in case of passing will earn the participants 5 ECTS course credits instead of 3. This is to be discussed with the course organizer during the course.



Organizer: Professor, Ole B. Jensen, e-mail: obje@create.aau.dk

Lecturers: Professor, Jonas Larsen, Roskilde University, jonaslar@ruc.dk and Professor, Ole B. Jensen

ECTS: 3 ECTS with participation/5 with participation and written essay


Time: 19-21 November 2018

Place: Aalborg University, Rendsburggade 14

Zip code:
9000

City:
Aalborg

Number of seats: 15

Deadline: 19 October 2018


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 Architecture, Neuropsycology and Philosophy

Description: Does the man-made environment by which we surround ourselves with have an influence on humans’ behavior, cognition, emotion and well-being? And if so, how and to what extent does this environmental impact occur/happen?  These are some of the questions (that) we will be discussed in this Ph.D. course. Since architects, planners and engineers, design and shape the spaces in which we live, their understanding on how the built environment can affect people’s health, cognition and behavior is paramount.  

Since the 1980’s there has been a growing consensus that the mind is not entirely formed by an interplay between brain and body alone, but rather as a result of an interaction of brain-body-environment. This recognition comes from cognitive science, neuroscience as well as phenomenological and pragmatist philosophy. In this triade, the relationship between the brain and the body has been the focus of research for various disciplines for more than a century. However, the influence of the environment in the form of the built environment, is just beginning to be understood and necessarily involves insights from cross-disciplinary fields. The course links research contributions from several approaches/areas: architecture, engineering, philosophy and cognitive neuroscience and highlights the recent progresses made in this field.

Ph.D. students will be presented with state of the art knowledge and will have the possibility to present their own work related to the subject of the relation between environment, brain and body.

Organizer: Associate Professor Lars Brorson Fich, e-mail: lbfi@create.aau.dk  

Lecturers: Prof. Ph.D. Antje Gimmler, Associate Prof. Ph.D. Laura Petrini, Associate Prof. Ph.D. Lars Brorson Fich, Post.Doc. Ph.D. Andrea Jelic (to be supplemented)

ECTS: 3 (+2 with essay)

Time: September/October 2018

Place: Aalborg University

Zip code: 9000

City: Aalborg

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.