The sustainable future of the Svalbard housing aims at both building processes and improving part of existing city planning. The new planning proposal will introduce a new building typology to the town. Where existing houses under landslide threat are relocated to safe sites and reassembled in a new collective arrangement, which responds more specifically to climate, site and views as well as creating social space for different seasons. This typology will encourage residents to shift their habits to become more sustainable as a collective act. Moreover, the project seeks a specific architectural expression for Svalbard, which responds to a new social and environmental consciousness; existing housing units are relocated, reused and reshaped into mixed multi-units while gaining additional area and greater stability, thermal comfort and options for mediating spaces to the outdoors. Adjustment of the protective roof and exterior wall elements shelter the inhabitants and open up new spaces of interaction with each other and with their environment.
Most of my artistic work is situational. I work mostly with light, - light touching, form and space. This has resulted in a number of «light installations» interior and exterior. I work mainly with site based ideas; content and character.
Materials are chosen according to the idea and in relation to the site.My choice of materials is unlimited;anything from traditional materials to building- or natural materials.
The light can be natural or a variety of artificial light.
The situations can be either small or large but always with one or another form of energy.My main focus is on relativity of space/form/light with a versatility.
Light and space relativity is common to all my works.
I am fascinated by light, yet not necessarily limited to the colour white whenever the situation requires something else.
Associate Professor APP / Architect
Dr. Nancy Couling is a New Zealand architect who recently completed a Marie Curie Post-Doc Fellowship at the TU Delft with the research project OceanUrb- the unseen spaces of extended urbanisation in the North Sea. Her special field of interest is the entanglement of urbanisation processes with liquid spaces and she is part of the research group “Territories of Extended Urbanisation” led by Christian Schmid & Milica Topalovic, Future Cities Laboratory 2, ETH Singapore.
Based in Switzerland where she completed her PhD (2015), she previously taught and practiced in Auckland, NZ, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Venice & Berlin where she co-founded & -directed the practice cet-0/cet-01 until 2010. She co-edited the prize-winning Barents Lessons- Teaching & Research in Architecture (2012) with Harry Gugger, Aurélie Blanchard & Ludovic Balland Typography Cabinet Basel, and The Urbanisation of the Sea (forthcoming 2020) with Carola Hein, and continues to exhibit, publish and lecture internationally.
Longyearbyen, Svalbard is a small town on Spitsbergen Island, Norway. It is one of the places on earth where the effects of climate change are more extreme and are already showing.What does it mean to inhabit such a changing condition? Inhabitants have to adapt their habits because of the climate change situation. What will be the new model for inhabitants a strategy? of integrated safety and technology to decrease the rate of climate change?