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Design Build with The Scarcity and Creativity Studio

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ISBN 9780367511449
December 19, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages 223 Color & 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

From its creation in January 2012, The Scarcity and Creativity studio has developed a teaching method which reaffirms a commitment to architecture as a service to society, questions the idea of the individual creator in favour of collaborative design, and challenges the traditional master-student relationship.

This book documents the projects and in so doing, explains the practices and pedagogic methods which the studio has developed in relation to architecture education in general, and design build education in particular. Aimed at students, teachers and professionals who are exploring the possibilities of design build, the 16 built projects are fully documented in text, drawings and photos, and can be used as both inspiration and references. Projects are based in Norway, Finland, Chile, Ecuador (Galapagos), Kenya, South Africa, China, Argentina and Lebanon.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword, Karl Otto Ellefsen



Chapter 1 Principles

Chapter 2 Practice  


Chapter 3 Social Architecture

Chapter 3.1 Eco Moyo Education Centre

Chapter 3.2 Pumanque Community Centre

Chapter 3.3 La Casa de la Mujer y la Diversidad

Chapter 4 Testing Development Strategies

Chapter 4.1 Public Space on Sørenga Bridge

Chapter 4.2 New Rural Settlement Patterns in Nes

Chapter 5 Collaboration and Communication, Social Skills

Chapter 5.1 The Open City or Ciudad Abierta

Chapter 5.2 Collaborating with Tianjin University, UED Magazine, and China Building Center

Chapter 6 The Locality

Chapter 6.1 The Bands, Sauna and Outdoor Facilities

Chapter 6.2 The Wave, Public Performance Space

Chapter 6.3 2 x 2, Bathing Platform

Chapter 7 When Things Go Wrong, Unpredictability, Serendipity, and Zemblanity

Chapter 7.1 Flying Compression, Outdoor Eating Area

Chapter 7.2 Galapagos, Scout’s Centre and Beach Shade Shelter

Chapter 7.3 WolfHorse, Nomadic Art Space

Chapter 7.4 SALT, Cultural Centre

Chapter 7.5 Bourj al Shamali Refugee Camp, Public Space

Chapter 7.6 Gratton School, Classrooms


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Christian Hermansen Cordua, Professor of Architecture, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway and of Tianjin University School of Architecture.

Solveig Sandness, Associate Professor, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway.