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System Oriented Design in maritime research project - January 2011

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design  (AHO) is major partner with the shipyard Ulstein Group to successfully land a big research application to the MAROFF program of the Norwegian Research Council.

The project having a frame of 13 mill NOK is concerned with developing new bridge designs.

Systems Oriented Design (SOD) is one of the major theoretical pillars int he project, which is at AHO managed by Prof. Birger Sevaldson. SOD is one of the research areas and concepts developed within the OCEAN Design Research Association.


Michael Hensel is appointed as Professor for Architecture at AHO on 01 January 2011

Michael U. Hensel is appointed as professor for architecture at AHO – Oslo School of Architecture and Design from 01 January 2011 with the responsibility to direct the new Research Centre for Architecture and Tectonics.


Nested Catenaries Exhibition opens at AHO Friday 22 October 2010

Nested Catenaries – Construction Experiments Exhibition opens

10-00 am Friday 22 October @ AHO Construction Hall

Directed by OCEAN member and AHO research fellow Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel in collaboration with master-mason Øyvind Buset, the brick construction workshop conducted in the Auxiliary Architectures studio is finalized and exhibited at the AHO construction hall from 22 October to 04 November 2010. The exhibition will commence at 10-00 am with a presentation of the work by the workshop participants.

AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design Maridalsveien 29, 0175 Oslo, Norway



Eladio Dieste Symposium Friday 08 October 2010

Eladio Dieste – Advancing Architecture through Material System Innovation Symposium and Exhibition at AHO

From 9-00 am Friday 08 October @ AHO Auditorium

Eladio Dieste (1917–2000), the eminent Uruguayan engineer and architect, contributed numerous groundbreaking inventions in designing and constructing reinforced and pre-stressed brick structures of remarkable beauty and structural capacity. While his work has received renewed interest since the late 1990s and has been analyzed in detail, concise and detailed efforts to re-examine the work with regards to its potential for contemporary architectural design have yet to take place.

To commence this effort and to introduce Dieste’s work to the Scandinavian context is the aim of the exhibition, symposium and construction experiments.

Speakers: Prof. Einar Dahle, Prof. Dr. Remo Pedreschi, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Gengnagel, Prof. Michael U. Hensel, Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel, Prof. Marius Nygaard

OCEAN members Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel, Michael U. Hensel and Birger R. Sevaldson organized the events.

AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design Maridalsveien 29, 0175 Oslo, Norway



OCEAN Installations - Presentation at NAL

Birger Sevaldson presented three OCEAN installations in five version at the seminar about integrated art at the Norwegian Association for architects. The Seminar was arranged by NAL the Norwegian architectural association and NIL Norwegian association for interior architects.

While the other lecturers talked about art integrated into architecture, Birger addressed and demonstrated how art can be integrated in real life. The presented OCEAN installations all address this potential in different ways. Chamberworks reflects the complexity of urban life, Agora:boundary conditions bridges spaces in a highly visually and auditive intensive space the Oslo Central Station, while Barely feeds from background noise and visual material in the environment.


Simple Systems - Complex Capacities Competiton closing

The Arch+ competition Simple Systems - Complex Capacities, organised by Sabine Kraft of Arch+ and Michael Hensel and Achim Menges of OCEAN, is coming to a close. The technical jury will take place on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 February. The final jury will take place on Tuesday 17 February. For further details see: http://www.archplus.net/plus/

AA EmTech Annual Lecture Tuesday 20 January 2009

On Tuesday 20 January Prof. Dr. Birger Sevaldson will deliver the Emergent Technologies and Design Annual Lecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. The lecture will take place at the AA lecture hall and commence at 18-00. The title of the lecture is Recent Works and Discussions from the OCEAN Research Network, examining projects such as the Barely Installation and the Deichmanske Mediastations.

Prof. Dr. George Jeronimidis accepts honorary membership in OCEAN

The OCEAN network is delighted to announce that Prof. Dr. George Jeronimidis has accepted honorary membership in the research network OCEAN. George Jeronimidis is professor of composite materials engineering and Chair of the Center of Biomimetics at the University of Reading and founding member and board member of BIONIS - the Biomimetics Network for Industrial Sustainability.

More information will soon be available in the honorary member section of this website.

Center of Biomimetics, University of Reading http://www.rdg.ac.uk/Biomim/

BIONIS http://www.extra.rdg.ac.uk/eng/BIONIS/


Prof. Mark Burry becomes OCEAN honorary member

OCEAN is delighted to announce that Mark Burry, Professor of Innovation and Director of the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL) at RMIT University, Melbourne, has accepted the position of honorary member in the network. Professor Burry is widely known for his research and practice in computational design, especially as Executive Architect and Researcher to the Temple Sagrada Familia, Barcelona. More information will soon be posted in the honorary member section of the website.



Deichmanske Mediastations exhibited at AHO


Friday November 28 the Deichmannske Media Stations will be exhibited at the Gallery of the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. The opening is at 1:00 pm.

The pods will be fully equipped with an interactive illumination system, sound system, touch screen and an interface prototype showing videos of the making of the pods and other media. You will also be able to purchase the book about the designing and making of the pods.


Barely-Part 2 opens

BARELY-PART 2 opened at Galleri ROM in Oslo on 7th November. Around a hundred visitors were at the opening. www.r-o-m.no


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