Siv Helene Stangeland: A Relational Design Approach
FXFOWLE Lecture for Sustainability, Urbanism, and Design
The Norwegian architectural practice Helen & Hard (H&H), run by Reinhard Kropf and Siv Helene Stangeland, has more than 20 employees in offices in Oslo and Stavanger, Norway. In H&H's 2012 book Relational Design, they begin by asking, "What is the best way to approach architecture with an ecological awareness?" Since 1996 they have dealt with the manifold and complex conditions in which architecture evolves. Exploring a more codependent development of spatial, material, and human organization has become a core agenda for the firm. H&H approaches this challenge by designing more adaptable compositions of spatial organization, which can include necessary feedback from experts, future users, the environment, material properties, cost and fabrication, or other agencies. Design is then not merely a solution but a vehicle for an interdisciplinary process, which could lead to more sustainable development, and would necessarily include a learning process for all the parties involved.
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