Course nr.



Fall 2014


Ole Møystad (professor), Knut Ramstad (adjunct professor), Lisbet Sauarlia (adjunct associate professor), Dongming Xu (PhD student), Jørgen Hallås Skatland (PhD student), Jostein Breines (teaching assistant), Mads Nermo (teaching assistant)

Course Structure

Phase 1 (W34-36): Knowledge basis

The first part of the semester takes place in Trondheim. During this period there will be given a general introduction to China, the first 1/3 of the Anthropology Course and a large part of the Metamorphosis Knowledge (Tools and Methods) Course.

Phase 2 (W37-41): Fieldwork in China

The class will travel to China in three groups; one landing in Hong Kong, one in Beijing and one in Shanghai. During the first week the three groups will travel over land, recording their experiences by photo and video. The travelogues will then be presented to the class and discussed during the first anthropology session in Xi’an. During the next two weeks there will be an intensive anthropology course with a mixed Chinese and NTNU class, including fieldwork on the project site. The last two weeks will be spent collecting necessary info on the site, programming the projects and developing the sketch project for temporary housing.

Phase 3 (W42-50) Design work in studio. Lectures with relevant project input on real estate, project economy and webdesign/presentation.

Assignment and Content: In China the rural population is migrating into the large urban agglomerations. Since 1990 250 million have migrated from the countryside into the cities, and by 2030 this number is expected to be the double. These are mind boggling numbers, but the urbanization process is global. This migration presents architects and planners with huge challenges in how to cater for this urban growth. In addition to the sheer number in terms of inhabitants, square meters and transportation volumes, the issues produced by these flows of people concern culture, politics, economy and ecology. The world around us changes massively, and we need to pay attention. There are now templates ready for how to deal with this. We need to develop our knowledge, our tools, and our methods as we go. Therefore one of the main challenges of this course will be to develop the skill to do this. The first part of the assignment will therefore be to study how the growth in XI’AN unfolds. Because the Chinese cities grow so fast, they swallow rural villages in large numbers. These villages then become “Urban Villages”. Due to a certain legal protection of property rights and to the way in which the villages are managed, many of these villages survive as local nuclei inside the new metropolis. And because of their particular structure and to the fact that the immigrants to the city are a rural population with small means, their way into the city go via the urban villages where they can satisfy their needs for housing and other everyday amenities at affordable prices. In XI’AN there are at the moment ca 90 urban villages inside the city. The anthropology course will be doing field work on one or more urban villages, and based on this material will the students will outline the topic of their studio project.

The first part of the project assignment will therefore be to form work-groups, to analyze the raw material of the field work, to analyze it, to formulate the topic for the project and to do complementary research on the sites. This material must be processed, visualized and presented as a project proposal at mid-term. The presentation must be done by the use of multi-media tools and methods studied in the theory course (AAR4851). This work will take place in XI’AN, and mid-term will be the first week back in Trondheim.

After mid-term, in Trondheim, the projects must be worked out in groups, preferably the same groups as were formed in XI’AN. The presentations must demonstrate the creative use of communication skills, mixing website, live presentation tools as well as printed documents. Details concerning presentation methods and formats will be further detailed during the course.

Teaching Outcomes

• knowledge of urban analysis, mapping and problem identification and definition.

• Knowledge of how to work your way from the complexities and problems of a complex urban context to an intelligent project proposal

• Knowledge of how to clarify, to communicate and to sell a project proposal to all the non-architect movers and shakers of urban development.

• Understanding the project in terms of a being a system of cultural, economic and ecological forces as well as actors and objects.

• Understanding the interaction between the individual project and the collective urban environment.

• Skill in establishing and designing the project; in delivering on the promises of the project proposal.

• Skill in analyzing and visualizing the data and information on which a project is based. • Skill in organizing, managing and taking part in team work; how to produce more as a group than as a number of individuals. Very important!

• Skill in being there and presenting the project – live ☺

Teaching Methods and Exercises: The Studio Course will be taught in studio. Theoretical inputs will mainly be given under the Theory Course, but some lectures and seminars will also be included in the studio classes.

During the stay in China, work will be done with a lot of teacher feed-back. The format will be like a workshop, or like a professional studio.

After mid-term, the students will be working in a regular way in studio in Trondheim. Tutoring will be given on a weekly basis, based on tutoring lists.

Evaluation Evaluation will be given as live feed-back during tutoring sessions, crits and pin-up sessions. External jury will be invited before departure for XI’AN, at mid-term and at the final jury session. Final grades will be given after the final jury in December.

The application of the topics and skills will be integrated in the studio project, which will be submitted in a format based on the multi-media toolbox provided in this course.