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27 & 28 October 2011

Sverre Fehn Symposium 2011

Research Frameworks, Areas and Trajectories in Architecture

AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design Maridalsveien 29, 0175 Oslo, Norway

This year the recently inaugurated Research Centre for Architecture and Tectonics at AHO organizes the internationally recognized Sverre Fehn Symposium. The 2011 symposium focuses on introducing different research frameworks, areas and trajectories in architecture in three themed sessions, each followed by a podium discussion. Traits that connect the different presentations are the questions of reshaping architectural practice through research and of the rising importance of the notion of performance in architecture.

The distinguished expert Prof. Dr. David Leatherbarrow will moderate the symposium. Prof. Leatherbarrow states the key question as follows: ‘we are at the stage of research - using digital methods and trans-disciplinary analogies - to ask ourselves what bearing these developments have on the opportunities and obligations that are typically seen as architecture's special tasks: transforming specific locations, accommodating human behaviors, and building constructions that will last and are beautiful.  This suggests that the … sessions would help clarify this current question: how current techniques and the research they inspire can make relevant contributions to architecture's cultural task.’

OCEAN members Jeffrey Turko, Michael Hensel, Defne Sunguroglu Hensel & Guillem Baraut Bover, and Pavel Hladik, as well as OCEAN honorary member Mark Burry will present papers.

For the detailed program see:


29 April 2011

Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics Inauguration Symposium

Identifying Research Areas for Architecture from an Interdisciplinary and Integrative Perspective

The aim of the Research Centre of Architecture and Tectonics at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design is to conduct interdisciplinary and integrated research by design concerning questions concerning the design, making and consequences of the human made and more specifically the built environment.

Inauguration Symposium Speakers: Prof. Dr. Leatherbarrow, Prof. Michael U. Hensel, Research Fellow Defne  Sunguroğlu Hensel, Siv Stangeland and Reinhard Kropf (Helen & Hard), Prof. Dr. Christoph Gengnagel, Guillem Baraut Bover (BOMA), Prof. Dr. Bjørn Sandacker, Prof. Dr. Julian Vincent, Prof. Dr. Richard Bonser, Prof. Søren Sørensen, and Prof. Marius Nygaard

AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design Maridalsveien 29, 0175 Oslo, Norway




08 October 2010

Eladio Dieste Symposium

Advancing Architecture through Material Systems Innovation Symposium

Organised by Michael Hensel and Defne  Sunguroğlu Hensel the symposium focuses on examining Eladio Dieste's work for its potential for further research by design efforts.

The Eladio Dieste symposium will introduce the seminal work of the late Eladio Dieste to the Scandinavian context. The symposium is organized in two sessions. The first part will examine the works of Eladio Dieste from various perspectives. Acclaimed Dieste researchers and experts will present their approach to Dieste’s work during the first session. The second session takes a broader outlook into how Dieste’s work might inform specific architectural research and further innovation potential in designing and constructing with bricks. The final talk of the second session will focus on questions of sustainability associated with designing and constructing with bricks.

Speakers: Prof. Dr. Remo Pedresci, Prof. Dr. Ing. Christoph Gengnagel, Prof. Einar Dahle, Prof. Marius Nygaard, Research Fellow Defne  Sunguroğlu Hensel, Prof. Michael U. Hensel

AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design Maridalsveien 29, 0175 Oslo, Norway



06 - 22 October 2010

Eladio Dieste Exhibition

Advancing Architecture through Material Systems Innovation Exhibition

Curated by Michael Hensel, Defne  Sunguroğlu Hensel and Birger Sevaldson the exhibition focuses on Diestes work and its further potentials for research by design.

The Eladio Dieste - Advancing Architecture through Material systems Innovation exhibition focuses on the innovation of structural types by Eladio Dieste, such as his Gaussian vaults, all made from brick, and introduces related works from his substantial oevre to the Scandinavian context.

The exhibition will open informally on Wednesday 06 October and formally on Friday 08 October as part of the Eladio Dieste symposium program. The exhibition will continue until 22 October.

AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design Maridalsveien 29, 0175 Oslo, Norway

For information on the venue please visit:



22 September - 03 October 2010

Wood Studio: Responsive Wood Architectures

@ Oslo Architecture Triennale 2010

The Wood Studio at AHO - the Oslo School of Architecture and Design exhibits works from 2009 and 2010 at the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2010.

Standardisation of construction, tight tolerances and associated liability have led to a categorical rejection of material behavior as negative, thereby severely limiting potentials for design and functionality, and ultimately performance. The Wood studio relinquishes this entrenched dogma and, instead, embarks on research by design with material behavior at the centre of creative and rigorous inquiry. The structure and properties of wood makes it an ideal material for this research, given its heterogeneity, cellular differentiation, anisotropy and hygroscopic behavior. The interaction of wood with its environment can thus define a new approach to design. The exhibition will show selected research by design projects from 2009 and 2010.

The exhibition will open on 22 September and continue until 03 October.

AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design Maridalsveien 29, 0175 Oslo, Norway

For information on the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2010 see:


16 April 2010

AD Turkey - At the Threshold Launch @ İstanbul 2010 Agency

AD Turkey - At the Threshold will be launched on Friday 16 April at 18-30 at the İstanbul 2010 Agency. Several authors will introduce and discuss their contributions to AD Turkey, which was guest-edited by Hulya Ertas, Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel  and Michael Hensel.

Address: İstanbul 2010 Agency, İstiklal Caddesi, Atlas Pasajı No:131, Beyoğlu, İstanbul


05 March - 01 May 2010

envelop{e}s Exhibition

Michael Hensel and Defne  Sunguroğlu Hensel will show selected research projects as part of the envelop{e}s Exhibition at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York, curated by Prof. Dr. Christopher Hight.

The work explores the potential of deploying processes of formation and performance found in nature as well as empirical knowledge embedded in existing traditional architectures as a source of design innovation. As part of the exhibition Michael Hensel and Defne  Sunguroğlu Hensel will show three current research projects [i] The Articulated Envelope, [ii] Complex Brick Assemblies, and [iii]Auxiliary Architectures.

Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 West 14th Street, New York City



26 February 2010

Facilitating the Empirical - Rapid Prototyping in Architecture and Industrial Design: Representational, Analytical and Functional Models and their Role in the Design Process

Gallery Talk on Friday 26 February at 12-00.

The aim of the gallery talk is to initiate a critical discussion on the role of the empirical in the production of knowledge in the design disciplines - one central question in defining what research by design might entail - with particular focus on the potential contributions of rapid prototype models in this process.

Several speakers will offer their thoughts on the question at hand, followed by an open discussion.





10 February - 05 March 2010

Facilitating the Empirical - Rapid Prototyping in Architecture and Industrial Design: Representational, Analytical and Functional Models and their Role in the Design Process

The Exhibition at the AHO Gallery at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design will open on Wednesday 10 February 2010.

Rapid Prototyping is a manufacturing technology for the construction of physical objects from digital models. The technology has been available for the better part of a quarter of a century and has been used in creative environments for the production of models and prototypes or prototype parts. After 25 years of using the technology it is now time to take stock and to analyse the role of rapid prototyping in the design process, with particular attention to facilitating the empirical production of knowledge. The scope of objects produced over the years includes representational, analytical and functional models and prototypes. AHO has been at the forefront of utilising particular rapid prototyping technologies, in particular so-called Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). The exhibition is intended to provide a systematic overview of SLS models produced at AHO since the inception of its Rapid Prototyping Laboratory. Works of Snøhetta, OCEAN Design Research Association, Defne  Sunguroğlu Hensel, Daniel Coll i Capdevila, Birger R. Sevaldson, Industrial Design and Architecture students, among others, showcase the broad pallet of utilisation of SLS models in practice and education. The exhibition has been curated by Prof. Michael U. Hensel, Prof. Steinar Killi and Prof. Dr. Birger R.Sevaldson.

The exhibition will be on show for two weeks in the exhibition gallery of AHO the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, starting from Wednesday 10 February 2010.




26 October - 08 November 2009

Norsk Murarkitektur - Brick Assembly Experiments Workshop

The workshop parallels and completes the Norsk Muararkitektur Exhibition at AHO, the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.

Defne  Sunguroğlu Hensel and master-bricklayer Øyvind Buset will conduct a workshop that focuses on full-scale brick construction and experiments,  examining existing brick constructions such as catenary arches and undulating walls and experimenting with new types such as intersection domes. The workshop will be held in parallel with theNorsk Murarkitektur exhibition and complete the latter with a series of structures built in the AHO Exhibition gallery. Following the launch of the Norsk Murarkitektur the workshop will start on 26 October and end on 08 November.