Society is continuously undergoing profound demographical changes. However, the fundamental difference between societal transition in the past and today is the speed hereof. The implications for the built environment of such changes are conspicuous and exemplified by a rapidly increasing number of decaying building environments emptied of functions.
Consequently, building transformation as an architectural discipline is gaining ground worldwide.
There is an urgent need for developing new methods to address buildings of the recent past through adaptive reuse.
Studio 1C: Transformation concentrates mainly on the built environments of the recent past representing a broad variety of scales and contexts ranging from industrial plants emptied of function to depopulated village settings as well as small tectonic interventions. The studio operates within both urban and rural settings, domestically and abroad.
Studio 1C: Transformation focuses on an increased awareness of what is already there. Hence, existing built environments are considered spatial‐material palimpsests. They comprise historic narratives of the buildings and the place to which students project work adds new layers.
Building transformation is generally approached from defined boundaries either within urban or landscape contexts. From then on the focus moves towards transformation on the building scale. The latter necessitates special attention to the interconnected spatiality, materiality and tectonic principles deriving from the encounter between the existing architecture and the added structures.
The development and testing of either new experimental approaches to building transformation or the refining of already established methods throughout individual project work are considered of utmost importance. Thus, Studio Transformation aims at variety and covers both conventional programmatic conversions of buildings as well as the radical preservation of buildings formed by experimental artistic or temporary strategies. The studio will to a certain degree encourage radical transformation due to the nature of the chosen project sites.
Theories on building transformation are utilized to underpin the iterative process as a recurring element within the students’ project work.
Leif Høgfeldt Hansen, Associate Professor & Mo Michelsen Stochholm Krag, PhD Fellow, Assistant Professor.