Research Themes

Imaginary as method

Urban design may not only produce solutions to problems; it may, also, work as a method to explore the gap between what is and what could be. This is urban design as an operative practice that critically analyses situations through an understanding of their complex interrelated variables. It articulates matters of concern and opportunities, about, e.g., power and inequalities, access, climate change, threats, technologies. The research focuses on how design imaginaries can analyse, articulate and enact social, political, cultural conditions and desired futures; how imaginaries can be a method to produce knowledge about and express ‘matters of concern’.

Ditte Bendix Lanng; personprofil.aau.dk/profil/112221

 

’Architecture as Furniture’

Due to its immediate proximity to the human scale furnishing holds a unique potential in grasping and describing the tectonic relations between aesthetic ‘gestures’ and technical ‘principles’ in architecture in general. The research project/theme ‘Furnishing Tectonics’ deals with that of developing and applying furnishing as a critical means in the development of tectonic architectural method applicable in architectural practice as well as education. Can the sensuous character of the furniture scale be applied as a critical lens enabling an articulate view at the tectonic challenges that govern architectural practice, we ask?

The research project is led by Associate Professor Marie Frier Hvejsel.

Contact: mfri@create.aau.dk ,

For recent publications/activities see http://personprofil.aau.dk/112289

Everyday Tectonics?

Research project/theme dealing with that of developing and extending the existing body of knowledge related to tectonic theory in architecture, usually applied in describing the unique architectural quality of high-end iconic works of architecture, to include and address everyday architectural practice, herein the current challenges of the building industry. Is it possible to qualify everyday architectural practice by means of tectonic theory and practice, we ask? The research project is led by Associate Professor Marie Frier Hvejsel in collaboration with Professor Anne Beim from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. Contact: mfri@create.aau.dk , For recent publications/activities see http://personprofil.aau.dk/112289

Airport City Futures

Airport City Futures (AirCiF) explores how Copenhagen Airport (CPH) can be maintained and develop as an international aeromobilities hub, thereby securing and developing Denmark’s international accessibility. This is done through an inquiry that, as the first of its kind, will analyse management, planning and design factors of aeromobilities, and combine this with analyses of the user perspective, how aeromobilities are experienced by the passengers. The main hypothesis guiding AirCiF is, that CPH can be strengthened as an international hub airport through a holistic and interdisciplinary analysis, and that such an analysis is needed if CPH is to maintain its hub status in the future, for the benefit of Danish business development. The overall output of AirCiF is an aeromobilities decision support model.

ArchiSTEAM – Greening the skills of architecture students via STEAM education

The essential skills in achieving sustainability are defined as digital skills and green skills. ArchiSTEAM aims to develop a core curriculum for architecture education at a higher education level to establish green and digital skills by means of integrating a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths) approach to the existing curricula. The proposed project will be an open and innovative education and it will provide resources for educators and learners at higher education level.

Website: http://archisteam.com/about/

ARCHITECTURE OF HOUSING IN SUSTAINABLE PERSPECTIVE

The project investigates historic and contemporary housing architecture in a sustainable perspective and seeks to encircle principles and approaches for future sustainable housing.

http://www.sarc.aau.dk/

Contact: Associate Professor Michael Lauring

http://vbn.aau.dk/da/persons/michael-lauring(eb1edd7a-8977-41ed-8106-4bb650ca349f).html

Art and Urbanism - CENTER of ART IN PUBLIC SPACES

Art and Urbanism - CENTER of ART IN PUBLIC SPACES is a new platform strengthening the interaction between artistic and curatorial praxis and research on art in public spaces. It has an interdisciplinary profile compiling research on public art integrated with research on architecture, urbanism and new media.

 

The center is established in 2017 by

Aalborg University – Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg

KØS – Museum of Art in Public Spaces, Køge, and

KUNSTEN – Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg

 

Contact: Hans Kiib, Professor, kiib@create.aau.dk

 

http://vbn.aau.dk/da/persons/hans-kiib%287a2367ef-4250-41a2-bb64-14175901f656%29.html

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: Assistant Professor, AD:MT Lars Brorson Fich vbn

Environmental Tectonics: Matter Based Architectural Computation

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.

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: PhD-Student, AD:MT Isak Worre Foged vbn

Zero Energy Building Design

 

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: Professor Mary-Ann Knudstrup vbn and Postdoc Anne Kirkegaard Bejder vbn, Members of the Research group for Sustainable Architecture (SARC

Sustainable dwellings of the future

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


 

 

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

Daylight and Window Preferences in Dwellings

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

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: Assistant Professor, AD:MT Mads Dines Petersen vbn

 

 

 

The potential of Art in healthcare

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

 

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.

Contact: Associate Professor, AD:MT Michael Mullins vbn, Assistant Professor, AD:MT Lars Brorson Fich vbn