Biodiversity and climate change adaptation through non-discrete architectural spaces and architectures

Systemic approach to traditions for sustainable futures


The research claims that traditions are not static. They develop and adapt based on the present situation. Due to the recent climate extremes coming to formally mild climate locations, their architectures can learn from traditional ones from more climate extreme locations. The present systemic design study on semi-interior, ‘non-discrete spaces’ (Hensel, 2013; Hensel & Turko, 2015), of Norwegian traditional architectures, so called ‘svalgangs’ and ‘skuts’ examine its reuse for today climate change adaptation and support of biodiversity that is currently decreasing. Our agricultural land become so toxic, that its species are recently moving and adapting for life in the cities. The discussed traditional spaces offer various boundary penetration of its surrounding environment while providing mediation of its biotic and abiotic agency. These do not cover only anthropocentric benefits for its users such as light and climate comfort but also offer opportunities of communication with other species or their sheltering.

This practitioners’ historical research survey motivated by design co-developes its own systemic process based methodology Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance that originates from ‘Systems Oriented Design’ (Sevaldson, 2013b) and ‘Time Based Design’ (Sevaldson, 2004). Where, this ‘non-anthropocentric architecture’ (Hensel, 2012) is in over-evolving co-design with ambient environment’s abiotic and biotic agents, including humans.


Marie Davidova, Welsh School of Architecture / Collaborative Collective

Marie Davidová, March, Ph.D. is a lecturer for Design Studio and Architectural Construction at the Welsh School of Architecture, a founding member and chair of Collaborative Collective practice design-research network NGO and a founding member of Systemic Design Association. Marie gained her Ph.D. at CTU in Prague and Master's degree at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. She worked in studios Snøhetta and Expology in Oslo and taught at NTNU in Trondheim. She has been transdisciplinary studio course head at ARCHI Prague and FUA TU of Liberec. All of this in cooperation with the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences at the University of Life Sciences in Prague. Marie founded Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance design field. 

Hvordan referere
Davidova, M., & Rakova, D. (2018). Biodiversity and climate change adaptation through non-discrete architectural spaces and architectures. FormAkademisk - forskningstidsskrift for design og designdidaktikk, 11(4).