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Aalto University School of ARTS /
Design and Architecture Thouzie
Positive displacement exp
When people are displaced, they experience a lack of
something. What if we focus our design processes
more on the experiential level than the practical and
material needs of people? Starting by focusing on hap-
piness? How can we design for these positive experi-
ences when people live in displacement? Could this ac-
tually lead them in not feeling displaced anymore and
make them feel less alienated estranged or deprived
from others/places/belongings? How can this even be
celebrated or being empowering to people?
Starting off with storytelling about displacement we
will explore different scenarios related to displace-
ment and possible positive experiences involved.With-
in these stories we focus on meaningful experiences
that are engaging rather than starting from technolo-
gies. These scenarios will help us to build simple pro-
totypes for different experiments throughout the
week. The findings help us shape and reframe the sce-
narios and iterate and tweak the prototypes. This pro-
cess is done to get validations on an experiential level,
so what positive experiences can be involved in dis-
NTNU. Norwegian University of Science
and Technology; Faculty of
Architecture and Design. Department
of Architecture and Technology.
TRANSark. Making is Thinking
NTNU. Norwegian University of Science
and Technology; Faculty of
Architecture and Design. Department
of Architecture and Technology.
TRANSark. Making is Thinking
splace – Place – Display – Play
By making performative and architectural inter-
ventions in the city, we will explore ways of inviting.
We will
make places to meet, which forces us to interact dif-
ferently. We will invite the students to play and will
prepare a set of game rules, which aims to challenge
conventional thinking and prevailing design habits
(‘design fixations’ or ‘Einstellung effects’), in order
to reveal newpossibilities for how to make architec-
The rules could be:
1. Invite to communicate but not by talking
or listening
2. To see but not to be seen
The students will work in teams, on themes con-
cerning word pairs like:
When do we roll out the red carpet and when do we
set up barbedwire fences?
The themes are to be translated into architectural
interventions. We will use the bricolage as a tech-
nique through which we combine found objects and
some prepared materials. The students should
bring their own props. A prop could be a nice, weird
or inspiring thing. Something that is alien in the
city, perhaps, or a thing that represents a different
country or culture, a thing that is available in huge
amounts. Something beautiful or ugly… Who de-
cides?What is inappropriate, weird or strange?
In this workshop, we will cherish the strange things
that tickle the eyes.
We will make creative use of and appreciate the unusual,
the strange and the unexpected.
Atelier Ilsvika, Trondheim. Kulturfusjon 2006. Theme:
Water. (Festival)
From the Master course “Making is Thinking”, Harbour happening 2016. (Festival)
Gro Rødne
is an architect and an
associate professor at the Faculty of
Architecture and Fine Arts, NTNU.
Since 2015, she has been the project
manager of TRANSark:
edu/transark. She graduated as an
architect from the Faculty of
Architecture at NTH in 1993, and
continued at the Academy of Fine
Arts. Gro was one of three founders
of Agraff Architects,
and has been a working partner,
chair and member of the board
(2001-2016). Gro has been course
Coordinator for the first year of the
Master program in Architecture
during six years and has been the
initiator and coordinator of the
master course Making is Thinking.
She is developing the work package
“Making is Thinking” as a part of
TRANSark, including an
experimental learning lab.
Nina Haarsaker
graduated as
architect in 2001, after philosophy
studies and several years abroad
studying architecture in Madrid,
Delft and Lund. Her professional
experience is both from working on
different large scale school and
dwelling projects at Arkiplan AS, and
several years with partner in TiPi
Architecture: the last project seen at
Since 2002 she has been working
part-time as assistance professor at
the Faculty of Architecture and Fine
Arts, NTNU teaching both basic and
master courses. NIna has been
course Coordinator for first year
students at the Master program in
Architecture since 2013. Last year
encouraging ADSL workshop was
held together with Johanna
Gullberg: “Making is thinking/ …so
one thing led to another”.
Mathijs Provoost
is an Experience
Designer based in Helsinki where he
is an active member the IxDA
community. He graduated from the
University of Antwerp with an MSc in
January 2014. The day after his final
presentation he moved to Finland to
work as a trainee Service Designer.
Wanting to learn more about digital
design and storytelling he started
studying New Media Design and
Production at Aalto University in
September 2015. He lives in a sea
fortress and still enjoys cycling to
university and back on a daily basis,
even during the Finnish winter. In
2016 he finally wrote a paper on his
thesis, which got selected for the
10th Design and Emotion conference
in Amsterdam.
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