Ulrika Karlsson, "Architecture in the Penumbra". (Higher Seminar, Dec 11)
Opponent: Dr Katie Lloyd Thomas, Director of Architecture Research Collaborative (ARC), School of Architecture Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University UK
Tid: Fr 2015-12-11 kl 14.00 - 16.00
Plats: Level 6 Meeting Room KTH School of Architecture
This paper addresses the overarching issues concerning architectural ways to knowledge, and, the forms in which these investigations can be captured and described. To this end, we wish to provide an account of some tenets in our ongoing practice, by reporting on a collaborative and interdisciplinary enterprise, between architecture and the social sciences, that has sought to dually advance and explicate research in architecture. We start out by focusing on the very notion of knowledge and how it could be alternately construed to better provide for a study of architectural sensibilities. We will then briefly delineate the target of research, occupying the space between representations and their material actualizations. By departing from the ubiquity of algorithmic design tools and fabrication technologies the explorations have taken an interest in capturing qualities that lie outside the realm of computational control. The results of these investigations are then discussed against the backdrop of two different projects—Aqueotrope and Vector Interference II. Finally, we turn to a discussion on how it is possible to analyze and describe architectural research in terms that preserve, without distortion, the discipline’s internal criteria for descriptive adequacy—proposing a form of research that aims to provide endogenous accounts of its own methodic practices.
Co-Authored: Marcelyn Gow, Jonas Ivarsson, Ulrika Karlsson
Ulrika Karlsson, partner and founding member of the architectural research collaborative servo stockholm. Karlsson is a professor in architecture at KTH School of Architecture, with a focus on digital methods and tools, where she teaches graduate design studio and seminars, and where she has served as the Director of the Architecture program. Karlsson is also a professor at Konstfack – University College of Arts, Craft and Design, where she acts as the chair for the Interior Architecture program. She has been a visiting faculty at Bartlett, UCL, London, teaching Urban Design. Karlsson has also taught at UCLA's Department of Architecture and Urban Design. She received her Architecture degree from Columbia University and Landscape Architecture degree from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Karlsson has lectured and exhibited internationally and contributed to numerous journals including Perspecta, Via, Arkitektur and AD. Karlsson together with her colleague Marcelyn Gow (servo los angeles) were recipients of a 2012 Grant to Individuals from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Karlsson has pursued design research financed by the Swedish Research Council, Prototypes for Performative Design, and is part of the Architecture In the Making Strong Research Environment in Architectural Theory and Method funded by Formas. KTH School of Architecture, through Ulrika Karlsson, is an academic partner of the new research network InnoChain - Building Innovation in the Extended Digital Chain, that has received a grant from EU’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme under Horizon 2020
servo stockholm is a design research collaborative invested in the development of architectural environments integrating synthetic ecologies with shifting material states, with a focus on the translations between digital information and material processes. Working in close collaboration with Veronica Skeppe and Cecilia Lundbäck in Stockholm and with its affiliate servo la and Marcelyn Gow, the projects integrate a combination of digital and analog techniques of design and fabrication and consider how this coexistence affects the objects that are produced, as well as their inherent aesthetic qualities. The work questions the assumed exactitude of digital processes by opening them up to unlikely conjunctions with less exact analog material behaviors. Current projects include the development of a concept design for a art/architecture based project for Hagastaden, Stockholm, invited by Stockholm Konst. Recent projects include a proposal for a multi purpose building at KTH, exhibition design for Bonniers Konsthall, an installation at SCI-Arc Gallery, and a proposal for a hydrodynamic vegetated roofscape for Stockholm Resilient Center.
servo’s work has been exhibited widely, notably at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Centre Pompidou, Archilab, Artists Space, the SCI-Arc Gallery, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, the Storefront for Art and Architecture and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) and is in the permanent collections of SFMoMA and the FRAC Centre. Recent publications include a monograph entitled Networks and Environments and projects in Digital Architecture Now, Hatch and The New Mathematics of Architecture.
Dr Katie Lloyd Thomas,