The Scarcity and Creativity Studio (SCS) was launched in spring 2012 at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design
(AHO) by Christian Hermansen Cordua, Michael U. Hensel, and Solveig Sandness.
SCS is a design and build studio that focuses on ‘translations from drawing to building’. The studio’s aim is to
expose students to the full architectural process, from interacting with clients to building their designs. SCS seeks
challenging contexts in which local conditions and creativity are employed to make the most of scarce resources.
Projects are typically designed and built in one semster.The SCS studio is organised as an architectural office in
which individual contributions and cooperation within the group are finely balanced. At the begining of each
semester students develop individual proposals, these are evaluated by the studio and the ideas with most
potential are chosen to be developed in the next phase. In order to break down individual ownership of project
ideas, authors of chosen projects are excluded from working on their own ideas. By means of repeating this
process three or four times the studio chooses the project to be built. Because the chosenproject has ‘rotated’
amongst most of the participants in the studio it is felt to be the result of a collective endevour. The semester
ends with a four to five week building process.
Thus far the SCS studio has completed nine projects, four in Chile, four in Norway, and one in Finland. SCS
welcomes cooperation proposals from individuals and groups who require buildings to facilitate their community
aho: the scarcity and creativity studio