Course syllabus

Spatiala experiment I
Spatial Experiments I

ASEN01, 15 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2018/19
Decided by: PLED A
Date of Decision: 2018-04-04

General Information

Main field: Architecture with specialization in Spatial Experiments.
Compulsory for: MARK1-spe
Elective Compulsory for: MARK2-aad
Elective for: A4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The aim of this course is to develop the student's ability to experimentally explore architecture's capabilities in a contextual framework which is on the one hand local and site specific, and on the other responding to global trends and developments. The student will develop their competence in acting outside of the conventional boundaries of architectural practice in culturally or physically unfamiliar environments. They will learn to engage new processes and methods in architecture, driven by technological and cultural change, and find meaningful ways of applying these in specific design contexts. The student will also develop their ability to communicate their work in an international context, both visually and verbally.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The course trains architectural and analytical ability through an experimental design approach, based on scientific as well as artistic thought. Advanced digital tools for design as well as fabrication are used and engaged with in the course, and an active engagement with the biological and physical sciences is encouraged. The students work on projects situated in foreign contexts, with the emphasis on learning from the particular conditions encountered in these environments, and finding innovative design logics by taking them out of familiar situations and preconceptions. The student is encouraged to take an experimental approach to design, focusing on an idea or hypothesis and pursuing this idea as far as possible in order to test and develop it, while given the freedom to partially suspend unrelated considerations. The course includes lectures and mandatory presentations, as well as continuous tutorials and supervision in the design studio. A theoretical course of 7.5 credits is linked to the course, which provides input in the form of literature studies, seminars, a study trip (not mandatory), and specific knowledge regarding interdisciplinary work flows.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG - (U,G) - (Fail, Pass)
Assessment: Approved projects and assignments, and 80% attendance at seminars, field trips and lectures. Mandatory attendance at briefings. Of the proposal and presentation qualities evaluated and discussed by an evaluation team of examiners coordinator, teachers and external critics after which the examiner decides whether the project qualify for a pass. At the grade the student has the right to re-examination after completion or revision of the project. Examiner informs the student what is required to achieve a pass.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: 25
Selection: Interview and portfolio assessment for those who take the course as an elective.
The course might be cancelled: If the number of applicants is less than 12.

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: David Andréen,
Further information: The course Spatial Experiments I – Theory is obligatory associated to this course.