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OCEAN members Prof. Søren S. Sørensen and Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel curate the 'Informed Nonstandard - Integrated Computational Design in Architecture exhibition - 30 April 2014

In 2003-04 the Centre Pompidou in Paris mounted an exhibition entitled 'Non-standard Architectures'. The exhibition foregrounded the capacity of computer-aided design, production and industrialization of architecture with the aim to showcase “the generalization of singularity, within a new order: the non-standard”. This was demonstrated by built and unbuilt projects by some of the key proponents of digital methods and techniques since the early 1990s such as Asymptote, deCOI, Greg Lynn FORM, KOL/MAC Studio, NOX, Objectile, Kas Oosterhuis, R&Sie, UN Studio, et al.

Now, a decade later, it is worth to take a fresh look at what has become of the non-standard architecture approach and to examine whether it may have ushered in further changes in the way architectures are conceptualized, designed, analyzed and materialized. The ‘Informed non-standard’ exhibition takes on this challenge and examines both the integration of computational design approaches and tools, with the aim to synthesize form, performance, use, and making and in an increasing number of cases the reemerging role of local, context-specific conditions that may underlie and inform these integrated computational design approaches.

The exhibition brings together five selected projects ranging from the scale of sculptural installation to large building including one of the practices that was included in the ‘Non-standard Architectures’ exhibition at Centre Pompidou, 2 Norwegian practices, and two works from the context of the Institute of Architecture at AHO:

i. Ratatosk by Helen & Hard (narrative, form, play, fabrication),

ii. Tverrfjellhytta by Snøhetta (landscape, form, fabrication),

iii. Seaside Second Home by Joakim Hoen (local specificity, form, performance, use),

iv. the Community Center in Pumanque by the SCL Studio (form, use, scarcity, assembly),

v. the Mercedes Benz Museum by UN Studio (form, program, interior environment, fabrication).

These works are exhibited exclusively through non-print media and virtual reality.

The exhibition was curated by Asst. Prof. Søren S. Sørensen and Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel and designed and produced by Asst. Prof. Søren S. Sørensen, Joakim Hoen and Joachim Svela.

All VR visualizations were produced by Joakim Hoen and Joachim Svela.

The exhibition is co-organized by the Research Centre for Architecture and Tectonics [RCAT] and the Institute of Architecture’s new Advanced Computational Design Laboratory [ACDL].