The Architectural Association Visiting School is open to applications for their summer workshop in Lyngør, Norway. Taking place from August 11 to August 29, 2015, students will delve into Lyngør’s distinct built environment and acquaint themselves Norwegian culture and the keypoints in Nordic architecture.
Students will hear from contemporary architects, historians, artisans, educators, and artists and go on excursions as an engaging survey of Norway's architectural heritage. The program will focus on examining and developing the architect's role in responding insightfully to both "the new" and the equally important architecture that currently exists.
Sign up now before the deadline on July 11, 2015. Space is limited to only 15 students.
"The program develops the role of the architect as one not only focused on ‘the new’ but on meaningfully responding to the existing. Students will study the relationship between historical precedent and proposed architectural interventions, looking at Lyngør’s distinct built environment as it battles with changing social, environmental, political and cultural currents. The workshop explores key threads of Nordic architecture, as well as those of a small island community.
Embedded within the Norwegian psyche is the compulsion to inhabit the natural landscape. Architecture is moulded by a climate that forces clear boundaries between inside and outside. Students will explore these tensions in the work of modern Scandinavian architects and the vernacular of Lyngør Island
At the outset of the workshop, students will be introduced to strands of Norwegian culture through discussions with contemporary artists, local artisans, builders, educators, historians and architects. Excursions will take students to see a range of Norway’s architectural heritage from Stave churches to the poetic modernism of Sverre Fehn.
Once settled in Lyngør, students will engage with the survey as a key tool of the architect. Surveying allows the quantification and measurement of the world around us, enabling architectural intervention. Adopting the role of archaeologists, anthropologists, editors, and architects, students will develop their own readings of the physical, social, historical and topographical aspects of island life. They will be challenged to record history and memory as well as space and construction.
An introduction will be given to the history of instrumentation for the navigation of sea and land, drawing inspiration from tools such as the astrolabe, the telescope and the compass. Learning from traditional techniques of measurement and cartography, students will design ways quantifying and representing the Island through the conception of their own instruments and tools."
For more important info on the program, application, and fees, click here.
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