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Department of Architecture, Design, and Media Technology


undgaard & Tranbjerg (2007): Skuespilhuset, Copenhagen. Photo: Mary-Ann Knudstrup.Lundgaard & Tranbjerg (2007): Skuespilhuset, Copenhagen. Photo: Mary-Ann Knudstrup.


Environmental Tectonics: Matter Based Architectural Computation

Foged, I.W. and Pasold, A. (2013): Architectural Thermal Forms IV / Sense III.      Photo: Isak Worre Foged

Environmental Tectonics is a theoretical and instrumental framework, which is based on merging environmental, tectonic and computational fields in architecture. The core objective is to identify and construct design theory, design methods and design models that support an environmental-human-oriented approach to sustainable architecture. By this approach, architecture is understood and treated as the organization of matter towards environmental constructions for humans. http://environmentaltectonics.net/ and project vbn

Contact: Assistant Professor Isak Worre Foged vbn



Zero Energy Building Design

Home for Life in DK is an example of a house where the energy use and production is balanced over lifetime. Photo GGH Olesen

Through a multidisciplinary approach to architecture and building design, and with a point of departure in the Integrated Design Process, this research project presents a number of Design Principles illustrating Design strategies and technologies that are especially important to consider and to deal with during the design process when designing zero energy homes. Publication: Zero Energy Buildings - Design Principles and Built Examples. (2014 ) in Danish publication and English publication. The project is developed under the auspices of the Danish Strategic Research Centre for Zero Energy Buildings, which was established with support from the Strategic Research Council, the Programme Commission for Sustainable Energy and Environment and Aalborg University.

Contact: Assistant Professor Anne Kirkegaard Bejder vbn, from the Research group for Sustainable Architecture (SARC



The physiological impact of the Perception of Architecture

As part of the SARC’s research within the field of Health- and Well-being, we do research into whether the architectonic design of a room can influence the physiological stress reaction to a stressful event taking place in the room. Especially our research is concentrated on whether architecture can influences the release of the stress hormone cortisol, as this is also an immune regulatory hormone, thereby linking architectural design to regulation of the immune system. Project vbn

Contact: Associate Professor Lars Brorson Fich vbn



Sustainable dwellings of the future

Andrea L. Brøndsted et al (2013): Sustainable Living

The project maps the preconditions for designing sustainable dwellings and identifies the reasons why Danish dwellings are still not designed or constructed in a sustainable manner. The project also presents an overview of how sustainable dwelling may be planned and designed from city scale, over estate and building scale to the scale of building materials. The project is part of the research collaboration ‘Sustainable transformation of dwelling and construction’. Project vbn. The project has been published as Michael Lauring (2014): Fremtidens bæredygtige bolig og bebyggelse – et scenarie. In Holm, J. et al: Bæredygtig omstilling af bolig og byggeri. Frydenlund Academic. Publication vbn

Contact: Associate Professor Michael Lauring vbn



Architecture as Furniture

A Place to Sit; tectonics in education by Marie Frier Hvejsel, Photo: Mia Marker Marold Bøhnke

The Objective of the project 'Architecture as Furniture - Unlocking the Tectonic Potential of the Furniture Scale in Architectural Technology and Making' is to theoretically describe, analyze, and incorporate the unique clarity of spatial ‘gesture’ and technical ‘principles’ of the furniture scale into new tectonic methods & to test and further develop these methods through application in two real-world applications arriving at an increased level of spatial detailing of the built environment akin to that of furniture. Project vbn

Contact: Associate Professor Marie Frier Hvejsel vbn



DGNB certified Healthcare Centres

Hurup Sundhedshus. Foto: Region Nordjylland

Recently, a Danish sustainable certification scheme (DGNB) has been developed and provides the framework and criteria for the construction of buildings in a sustainable manner. The scheme is voluntarily, however more and more clients have requirements for sustainability and wants a certification. What part does a certification scheme play in an already highly complex design process? It will be answered through the investigation of design processes behind four Healthcare Centres in Northern Jutland in Denmark which are and will be DGNB certified. Project vbn

Contact: Associate Professor Camilla Brunsgaard vbn



Daylight and Window Preferences in Dwellings

The use of curtains and blinds in a fully glazed facade in a busy part of Aalborg. Photo: Mads Dines Petersen

Moving around in the dense cities it is seen that the use of curtains and blinds varies significantly. Some completely glazed facades are open, whereas others are almost completely closed off with curtains or blinds. Present research focuses on the operation of curtains and blinds in apartments in dense cities. With the increased knowledge about lights’ effect on health and well-being, as well as the current focus on passive strategies to reduce the energy consumption in buildings without decreasing the indoor environment, it is important to understand how and why the users operates curtains and blinds like they do, in order to design buildings that supports the needs of the users. Project vbn

Contact: External Lecturer Mads Dines Petersen vbn



The potential of Art in healthcare

The project seeks to uncover how visual art can be used to target main challenges in the Danish health care system. The focus is mainly on enhancing patient and caregiver satisfaction. Project vbn

Contact: Associate Professors Michael Mullins vbn and Lars Brorson Fich vbn