We started the diploma with the topic: How is the railroad urbanizing Norway today? To investigate the topic we went on two study trips. The first by train to a wide range of areas along the Norwegian railroad and the second by car to a specific section along the railroad. Our main impression from these study trips is that; Today rural villages are being depopulated and fundamental programs as schools, library, industries, work, etc. are moved to other places. Our reaction was to use the existing railroad as a tool to connect and merge six rural communities to make them able to sustain fundamental programs. For this to function, we provide for a local train, that makes the transportation between the communities possible. And make, or suggest, one architectural intervention that connects the communities to the railroad.
Associate Professor DAV/APP
Charlotte Erckrath's fieldof interest is the investigation of design methodologies through critical drawing practice and material exploration. In her personal research she is looking at the emergence of poetics in conceptual ambiguities. Besides she is fascinated with fenlands.
Charlotte graduated at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London in 2007, where she also completed a Master in Advanced Architectural Studies in 2009. From 2010 she has been involved in teaching architectural design running a first year studio and supervising master projects at ALICE/ EPFL Lausanne. Charlotte has taught her own Bachelor design studio in collaboration with Frederik Petersen at the School of Architecture - University of Brighton in 2015/16. She has led the drawing course at the Department IEX at the Technical University of Braunschweig in 2017. Since 2018 she works as Associate Professor (DAV) at the Bergen School of Architecture.
Charlotte is a co-founder of Black Horses - Association for Speculative Architecture, with a project space in Halle, Germany.
Connecting six villages along Sørlandsbanen.
This project aims to strengthen and revitalize 6 rural villages along the Southern railroad in Norway, Sørlandsbanen. To achieve this, we have constructed a two parted regional strategy. The first part of the strategy is strengthening and using the existing railroad as a connection between the 6 villages. This is possible by providing a local train that operates between the villages. The second part is using architectural intervention to enhance the local resources and strengthen the connection between the village and the railroad. This strategy is based on the paradigm; that a single village is not big enough to sustain a fundamental program, but together they are big enough to function as a small scale city, with the possibility to sustain fundamental programs. We have developed one of these villages as an example of how the regional strategy can be implemented and function in a situation.