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AHPP E01_01

Architectural History from a Performance perspective - 15 Case Studies

04 - 28 November 2014 @ Galleri AHO, Oslo, Norway

The survival of traditional societies over hundreds and thousands of years indicates that they surely possessed knowledge that can still be of great value either in its original form or as the basis for new developments … architects must thoroughly analyse traditional building methods and forms using scientific principles and an understanding of social and cultural requirements before discarding any of them.

Walter Shearer, Foreword to Hassan Fathy, Natural Energy and Vernacular Architecture – Principles and Examples with Reference to Hot Arid Climates, The University of Chicago Press (Chicago), 1986, p xvi + xviii

If we are prepared to consider the built environment as a vast repository of embedded knowledge, as well as source of insights into complex interrelations and interactions that in the case of pre-industrial architectures often are inherently sustainable, it would appear that careful analysis is a task entirely worth the while. The findings of such an analysis are likely to impact rather substantially on the way we will choose to view, develop and manage the human-dominated environment today, as well as project, construct and maintain architectures and settlements accordingly. Therefore one may perceive the arising need to give pause to the relentless pursuit of current prevailing trends and tendencies in order to consider which steps next to take in designing and building. To deliver a distinct trajectory to this quest is the aim of the studies presented in this exhibition, which focuses on a different take on architectural history. Emphasis is placed on questions of provisions made by carefully selected case studies based on their particular performative capacities. The exhibition includes case studies from England, Iran, Italy, Norway, Turkey, and Syria.

The studies are undertaken by the Sustainable Environment Association [SEA], in conjunction with the Research Centre of Architecture and Tectonics [RCAT] at AHO. SEA is an international and interdisciplinary expertise network that pursues systematic, integrative and interdisciplinary inquiry into the natural, human-influenced and built environment with the aim to develop alternative approaches to design and sustainability. The first phase of SEA's research focuses on architectural history from a performance perspective and treats the built environment as a repository of knowledge that can provide significant insights and integrated approaches to the design and sustainability of todays built environment.

Opening Events:

Public Lecture: Architectural History from a Performance-Perspective by Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel

Tuesday 04 November: 12-00 – 13-00, A3 Norberg Schulz Auditorium

The lecture will focus on the approach to the analysis of pre-industrial architectural case-studies from a performance perspective.

Exhibition Opening: Tuesday 04 November: 13-00, Galleri AHO

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