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Everyday Tectonics

Architectural quality in prefab construction?  Photo credits: Marie Frier Hvejsel

Research theme dealing with that of developing and extending the existing body of knowledge related to tectonic theory in architecture, usually applied in describing the unique architectural quality of high-end iconic works of architecture, to include and address everyday architectural practice, herein the current challenges of the building industry. Is it possible to qualify everyday architectural practice by means of tectonic theory and practice, we ask?

Lead researcher(s): Associate Professor, Marie Frier Hvejsel

Environmental Tectonics

Thermal Forms II - Photo credit Henrik Ehlers

The objective is to continue to explore, identify and develop architectural theory, and architectural design methods and models for ‘Environmental Tectonics’, based on the relations between environmental architecture (focused on thermal and acoustic fields), tectonics in architecture (focused on material composites/compositions, transformation, appearance) and computational architecture (focused on generative, responsive, robotic and simulation models). The research operates across scales from molecular material structures to thermal flow conditions surrounding buildings. The research is conducted by theoretical studies, case studies and experimental studies based on computational and physical full size probes.

Lead researcher(s): Assistant Professor, Isak Worre Foged

Furnishing Tectonic Method

Antelope table’ Photo Credits: Frier Architecture

Due to its immediate proximity to the human scale furnishing holds a unique potential in grasping and describing the tectonic relations between aesthetic ‘gestures’ and technical ‘principles’ in architecture in general. The research theme ‘Furnishing Tectonics’ deals with that of developing and applying furnishing as a critical means in the development of tectonic architectural method applicable in architectural practice as well as education. Can the furniture scale be applied as a critical lens enabling an articulate view at the tectonic challenges that govern architectural practice, we ask?

Lead researcher(s): Associate Professor, Marie Frier Hvejsel

Urban Tectonics

The research area ‘Urban Tectonics’ investigates whether the methodological potential of tectonic architectural theory as a critical means in bridging aesthetics and technique at the architectural scale, can be developed and applied in a mutual addressing of the multiple environmental challenges that threat to deepen the gap between the disciplines of architecture and urban design. Can the notion of tectonics, primarily applied in qualifying the act of joining elements at the architectural scale be extended and developed to qualify the joining of urban surface and architectural volume across scale, we ask?

Lead researcher(s): Associate Professor, Marie Frier Hvejsel, Associate Professor Lea Louise Holst Laursen, & PhD Student Elias Melvin Christiansen

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