Itinerant Platform 2021
During nine weeks, researchers investigated three housing typologies in Los Angeles (United States), Hargeisa (Somaliland), and Copenhagen (Denmark). The student-researchers group comprised select students from Southern California Institute of Architecture, Abaarso Tech University, Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen University. Student-researchers presented the research outputs for an international panel, which included, amongst others, the Head of the Royal Danish Academy, School of Architecture, the Head of Abaarso Tech University School of Architecture in Somaliland and faculty at SCI-Arc, and the city planner of the municipality of Copenhagen.
Student-researchers coordinated research tasks through multiple platforms (zoom, Miro, Discord, Google Drive), combining asynchronous and real-time collaboration. Visual representation took place on Miro, a browser-based 'collaborative whiteboard.' Student-researchers would 'draw together' by sharing ways to organize research. The choice of data representation bears importance since it points to the grammar of research collaboration and ways that platforms format interaction.
The research shows the demographic composition of residents in three housing typologies and how notions and imaginations of the home have been represented accordingly, at different times. Furthermore, it indicates how non-architectural representations such as popular media are important co-contributors to the imaginaries of 'the good home.' Finally, the research includes new data, such as interviews, photographs, drawings of plans, and photogrammetry recordings, including, amongst other typologies, nomadic and permanent settlements in Somaliland and Dingbats in Los Angeles.
Research presented by Copenhagen Cluster
Research presented by Hargeisa Cluster
Itinerant Platform 2020
A general introduction to the origin of the research project
Itinerant Platform, a research and design workshop co-produced by students and faculty from three participating universities: SCI-Arc, Abaarso Tech University, and Copenhagen University Itinerant platform is a digital educational platform between architectural institutions in the Global South and North, combining research on housing from three continents and three distinct urban conditions in Los Angeles, Copenhagen, and the Horn of Africa. Workshop participants conducted collaborative research and engaged in a collective discourse and design process. This project is initiated by Emil Seehusen, in collaboration with SCI-Arc’s Research Department and partially funded by a grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation. The ongoing research project explores new forms of planetary scale architectural collaborative research.
Workshop between Southern California Institute of Architecture, Royal Danish Academy, Abaarso Tech University, Copenhagen University, 2021