We engage in re-contextualising architecture through ecological thinking and making. With a strong focus on how architectural practices can create interplay and synergies between the built- and natural environment.
We are water-based. Water has many forms and provides a foundation for most known lifeforms. Climate change comes with changing waterscapes with global and local implications from severe droughts, floods, and sea-level rise. The majority of the world´s cities are located in coastal areas, and considerable parts of important habitats are too situated in coastal areas. This is a call for adaptation and mitigation, which needs architectural responses to provide spatial, social and aesthetic outcomes.
We employ making as a key in artistic and explorative approaches, and new combinations of tools, skills and architectural agency are at the core of informing architectural design and materiality. The teaching consists of both analogue and digital experimentation. For example, digital and physical models, mapping, sketching, spatial analysis, and point-cloud-based methods are a way to grasp the trans-scalar dimensions of the assignments. This goes hand-in-hand with fieldwork and 1:1 experimentation.
We think that to truly build new knowledge, we have to stand upon others’ knowledge. Studio 1F provides a unique combination of introducing specific methods and tools to explore alternative architectural solutions. Thus, combining hard sciences, tools and theory to develop both formal and artistic architectural solutions. For example, tools on water management and specific methods from urban ecology and design with nature, which we transform into use in architecture in urban landscapes.
We consider collaboration and knowledge exchange as foundational. Our agenda is international, and the studio environment prioritises partnerships with international teaching environments and draws upon our existing national and international networks at Studio Urbane Landschaften, Germany, The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp, as well as relations in the US. The studio set-up is founded on research-based teaching and practice relations such as architectural offices, artists, and transdisciplinary collaborations.
The studio is run by Associate Professors Katrina Wiberg, Stefan Darlan Boris, Martin Odgaard, and Professor Tom Nielsen. All have solid research experience, a genuine interest in the field and are experienced in teaching the subjects.
Together with the University of Aarhus, part of the studio faculty is involved with the Aarhus Landscape Laboratory, which is used for landscape -architectural- and ecological experiments in 1:1.