Month: December 2009

IT Management, KTH Industrial Engineering and Management

Posted by on December 23, 2009

A course given by the department of Project Communication looking at IT and Information Systems from an organizational and business perspective. Supported by guest lectures the 4th – 5th year engineering students developed team projects investigated one of four given cases by interviewing IT managers, CIOs and IT management consultants. Focus was given on the strategic levels of IT as incorporated in companies. I was coordinating the course which ended in December 2009.

Invited critic at KTH School of Architecture 17/12 2009

Posted by on December 18, 2009

Component model of student proposal

Component model of student proposal

I was invited to the final review of the Perfromative Design studio, a 4th and 5th year studio at the KTH School of Architecture. This year´s theme is Architectures of Recursion: Compounds, Contours and Colloids, with task for the semester being An architecture of the interior – connective tissue for an academic environment.

Based on the formal concepts of Compounds, Contours and Colloids, the students were asked to design a building for the Emergent Materials full scale research laboratory, a series of services including bike workshop/bike shop, small bookstore and re-use bookstore, deli and student housing / guest research housing at KTH Campus. The task was set in response to a desire to create a “living campus” for the KTH.

An additional conceptual layer was added through the notion of micro climates, defined as:

A microclimate is a local atmospheric zone where the climate differs from the surrounding area. Addressing issues of microclimates, whether they are artificial, conceptual or biological, is a way to approach aspects of environmental performance on a conceptual, programmatic and material level. Creating an ecosystem, the combined physical and biological components of an environment, a system or network of relations.

The students accomplished very well developed proposal after a very short semester, that also included a study trip to the cave dwellings in Cappadocia, and the discussions that emerged around techniques, formal strategies and the functional requirements were very rewarding.

AA DIP16 final review 16/12 2009

Posted by on December 17, 2009

Rendering by Michael Ahlers

Rendering by Michael Ahlers

Final reviews in DIP16, with interesting new progression that deals with urban conditions. Students have at this stage initiated their investigation of a 1 hectare area, in which their material system, based on particular fabrication techniques will be deployed. This year our students are selecting their own sites around the world, but an initial urban understanding has been built up collectively through a Beijing study trip.