“The Production of Knowledge in Architecture by Research in the Nordic Countries”

Toft, A. E. (Arrangør)

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The Nordic Association of Architectural Research (NAAR), in collaboration with ArkDes, was the organizer of the open hearing: “The Production of Knowledge in Architecture by Research in the Nordic Countries”, which took place in the Nordic Pavilion on Friday 4 November 2016. The hearing, which aimed at illustrating the Nordic research community and its positioning in a self-reflexive manner, took the form of a seminar with panel discussions and speeches. It critically discussed the benefit, relevance, formats, explorations, and interfaces of research and it put its current state and possible future into perspective. The hearing took place in attendance of amongst others James Taylor-Foster, editor of ArchDaily and co-curator of the Nordic Pavilion: http://james.tf/about Its discussions were relevant to anyone who works with research and knowledge production within architecture and who has an interest in the epistemological questions raised by the way the concepts of architecture and research are interpreted in various research related contexts. Programme: The Venice Architecture Biennale: NAAR Open Hearing, Friday 4 November 2016 Venue: The Nordic Pavilion, Giardini, Venice 13:00 – 13:15 Welcome by NAAR President Anne Elisabeth Toft and NAAR-Vice President Magnus Rönn (moderators) 13:15 – 14:00 Assoc. Prof. Henrik Reeh: Relational Architecture 14:00 – 14:15 Pause 14:15 – 15:00 Panel Discussion – Session 1 Research educations and other institutional frameworks This session will pursue discussions on the politics of educational systems and the construction of research cultures and discourses in architecture. Which research cultures in architecture do we share in the Nordic countries? What kind of knowledge production do we find if we look at the PhD-schools? What constitutes the PhD-educations, their learning environments and practices, and how do different teaching formats, methods and discourses, languages and language systems affect the knowledge production which is currently taking place? What are the skills and competences we nurture and train in our students? 15:00 – 15:45 Panel Discussion – Session 2 Research methodologies and (different) concepts of research This session will reflect on the relationship between research methodologies and different discursive concepts of research. It will focus on the definition of architectural research and what constitutes this definition. Which notions on architecture have been promoted? What methodologies have been developed? In what way have the forms of presentation and dissemination changed since the1990s? In what way does this development influence our understanding of architecture and architectural research? 15:45 – 16:30 Panel Discussion – Session 3 Research results and research evaluations This session will critically discuss the value and relevance of architectural research. It will reflect on the evaluation and qualification systems that prevail and how these might influence the research which is being produced and disseminated. It will discuss the research formats that are presently being promoted, and it will frame past understandings and current perspectives in a pursuit of future scenarios. 16:30 – 17:00 Round up / Conclusions 17:00 -17:30 Networking
Periode4 nov. 2016
PlaceringVenedig, Italien


  • Nordisk Arkitekturforskning
  • Knowledge Production
  • Architectural research
  • Venice Architecture Biennale