RE-FORM Master course – spring 21
Associate Professor APP/KTF, architect MNAL
Following studies in the US (MArch 2000 Harvard Graduate School of Design and BSc 1993 Boston University College of Communication) and practical experience from Switzerland (Atelier Peter Zumthor) and Cyprus (Institute for the Exploration of Architecture and Design) I moved to Norway in 2008 to pursue the practice-based PhD project "The photographic absolute: An architectural beginning" at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (completed 2014). In 2015 I established my studio in Oslo, focusing on design/build architecture and furniture projects. I am particularly interested in the interaction of body and space and in the mutualism of natural and manmade. Hands-on exploration is central to my work and besides model making, I use writing, photography and performance art, as research tools. I have taught/lectured in various schools, and exhibited/published work internationally. My teaching as Associate Professor at BAS focuses on writing as a design tool.
Tom Chamberlain graduated from the painting school at the Royal College of Art in London in 1999. Recent group exhibitions include at the Drawing Room in London, Jhaveri Contemporary in Mumbai, Staatliche Museeen zu Berlin, MONA in Hobart , and Plan B in Cluj, Romania. He has had numerous solo exhibitions in London, Los Angeles and Berlin, where he is represented by Aurel Scheibler Gallery. His work is held in several public collections including the Kupferstichkabinett and MONA, and numerous international private collections. He has been a visiting tutor at the Royal Academy of Art in London, Escuela Nacional de Pintura in Mexico City, and various UK art schools including Arts University Bournemouth where he was Senior Lecturer. He was a sensor for BAS from 2010 until 2017.
Reduce, recycle, reuse – mottos of our time. The shift towards environmentally friendly modes of production and consumption is gathering momentum. The practice of architecture and urban development – traditionally part and parcel of a culture of unleashed consumption and of production systems driven by «new» and «more» – needs to be rethought.
We want to explore how the structure of our cities can absorb, reflect, and participate in new lifestyles and production systems. How can our built environment react, adapt, and perform under these shifting conditions. What elements have high resistance to change? Which aspects can be easily transformed? What possibilities for change arise from the sharing economy and new patterns of living and working? How can different functions and programs be combined? What kind of strategies can be applied to achieve radical reduction, recycling and reuse?
Re-form will look at the theme of transformation and rehabilitation with the eyes of our time and explore this, beyond the practice of conserving heritage, as a key ingredient for an updated attitude towards the production and use of architectural/urban space.
Front illustration: Giovanni Battista Piranesi