Lecturer: Prof. Olga Popović Larsen
Moderator: Prof. Aleksandra Stupar
→ CCB, Artget Gallery, Republic Square 5/I
Materiality, composition and form linked together inform many important aspects of architecture including functionality, usability, sustainability and aesthetics. Optimisation of material, structure and application of new technologies opens up for new opportunities and creates specific aesthetics. Yet material, structure, and technology are not only in the realm of architecture, but also in fields, deeply rooted in material science, biology and structural engineering.
Currently there are huge developments in material science. New, bio-based materials as bio-composites and mycelium-growth based elements that are fully bio-degradable are being created. New materials can also be created through re-use and upcycling of existing (waste) second-hand materials. Finally, material and resources saving can be achieved through innovative material optimizing structures. The lecture questions:
What is the potential for architecture and building design arising from new materials?
How through upcycling of second-hand materials a new value can be created for building design?
Can innovative structures as timber reciprocal frame bending active assemblies make a difference to disaster-struck areas where materials are limited and scarce?
What are the sustainable, performative and aesthetic potentials?
How can inter- and cross- disciplinary collaborations lead to innovations impacting architecture and society?
The questions are explored through architecture and building design examples of built projects, developed prototypes and research investigations. These include research projects exploring Shelter and Architecture, Circular challenge through mycelium materials, Design for Disassembly building facades, ReciPlyDome and ReciPlySkin bending active dome structures as well as architectural examples of re-use of materials offering a distinct aesthetic.
Olga Popović Larsen, Professor PhD, MSc Eng. Architect MAA, at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture (KADK) in Copenhagen is a researcher and teacher with work deeply rooted in practice. She is exploring the crossover of aesthetics and structural/material efficiency investigating innovative and sustainable use of materials and technologies to create new objects, products, structures and buildings.
*Lecture is conducted in cooperation with the Danish Embassy in Belgrade.