ReACT by design - page 10-11

Bergen School of Architecture
The ambiguityof -
Liliana Porter, Untitled (Geometric Shapes)
Doris Salcedo, Untitled, 2008
Ulrich Ruckriem, Kreise (Circles) 1971
The space of in-between possesses an enigmatic di-
mension of uncertainty. When being in-between, on
themove from ‘here’ to ‘there’, we inhabit a (non-) place
of constantly changing conditions - spaces are simulta-
neously connected and separated, created and dis-
solved. Through constant negotiation, spaces of transi-
tion - psychological as well as physical - bridge the past
with the present, the perceptual reality with the con-
ceptual, our ‘inside’ with our ‘outside’.
In the workshop we will explore the possibilities and
barriers of in-between conditions, and investigate spa-
tial and temporal movements. By giving form to the
in-between, we will activate our memory and imagina-
tion and encourage an openness towards the strange
and unexpected. We will combine personal expres-
sions with collective thoughts, and alternately work
with an intuitive approach and analytical reflections.
Throughout the week we will search for spatial ‘inter-
ruptions’ and gaps, and demonstrate an alternative at-
titude towards built space.
If we consider displacement as being removed from
our sense of place, one could say that thinking about
displacement cannot happen without reflecting on
the notion of place and as a consequence of space.
Understanding space as a distance between points,
a stretch of time, or a room, reveals the relationship
of space to void. Space is a reflection of an architec-
tural idea, without answering functional or techni-
cal constraints. Space is abstract, homogeneous,
regular, uniform and universal.
Place as opposed to space has a character, a nature
and is therefore qualitative
. The origin of place
comes from the Greek
is the
idea of an abstract place as a locus of meaning,
memory and identity.
can be defined in rela-
tion to a limit or a surface. It is associated to a space/
Confronted with the issue of displacement, the
threshold where space and place are considered to-
gether, could become the pre-condition of dwelling
giving form to the relationship between the abstract
and the specific.
This workshop is a topography of our contemporary
condition. Topography as the detailed description of
a place. Through the use of models, the students will
have to collage a collection of existing spaces to
come to a newproject and a new idea of place.
1 Jeff Malpas, “Thinking Topographically: Place, Space,
and Geography”
Kazuo Shinohara, Tanikawa House, 1972-74
Le Corbusier, Terrace roof top, Apartment de Beistegui, Paris, 1929-31
Imi Knoebel, Raum 19 IV, 2014
Charlotte Truwant Architect / Research
assistant laba EPFL
Dries Rodet Architect / Scientific
assistant studio Form EPFL
Hedvig Skjerdingstad
is a
Norwegian architect based in
Copenhagen, where she graduated
from The Royal Danish Academy of
Fine Arts, School of Architecture. She
is currently working at the studio
Spacon & X, with an emphasis on
spatial conversion and flexibility in
urban settings.
Hedvig operates within the field of
art, architecture and writing, and
has recently exhibited at both The
Danish Artists’ Spring and Autumn
Exhibitions with works that combine
text, materiality and critical
reflection. She has been teaching at
Bergen School of Architecture since
2014, with a focus on both analytical
and intuitive approaches, as well as
the combination of realistic
architectonical scenarios with
elaborations on poetic statements.
Karoline Jacobsen
holds a master
degree from The Royal Danish
Academy of Fine Arts School of
Architecture in Copenhagen. During
her studies she spent time at
California College of the Arts in San
Francisco, and she has practiced in
both the US, and Scandinavia.
Karoline is currently employed at
Snøhetta in Oslo. Here she has been
focusing on conceptual design, by
being involved in various
competitions around the world over
the past two years. Karoline has
been a part of ongoing projects such
as the Busan Opera House in South
Korea, and is current working on the
new Banque Libano Francaise Head
Quarter in Beirut, Lebanon.
Charlotte Truwant
was born in
Annecy (FR) in 1980. She studied
architecture at the Swiss federal
institute of technology under
notable professors such as Stefano
Boeri, Xaveer de Geyter, Patrick
Berger and Harry Gugger. She
received her degree in 2006 and
subsequently went to work in
Copenhagen and Brussel. In 2009
she moved back to Switzerland, in
Basel to work for Pascal Flammer
and Miller&Maranta. Since 2014 she
joined the academic chair of Prof.
Harry Gugger at laba, a satellite
laboratory of the EPFL situated in
Basel. She is researching on spatial
representation, environmental
aesthetics and contextualism. In
parallel she established her own
practice with projects ranging from
large scale urban studies, archit
Dries Rodet
(1982), studied at the
"Hogeschool voor Wetenschap en
Kunst" in Ghent (BE) and ESARQ in
Barcelona (ES) and graduated in
2005. After his internship in Antwerp
and Copenhagen, he worked 3 years
as a project leader for the landscape
office Bureau Bas Smets. In 2010 he
moved to Switzerland to join as a
project leader Pascal Flammer. From
2011 to 2013 he taught as an
assistant for the studio of Jeannette
Kuo at the Swiss federal institute of
technology in Lausanne (EPFL),
Switzerland, and collaborated on the
publication “the typical A-Plan”.
Since 2013 he is part of the studio
FORM led by Kersten Geers at the
EPFL, Switzerland. In 2014 he
founded his own office, based in
Basel where he works on
competitions and commissions both
in Switzerland and Belgium.
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