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 endevours.
                                          aho: the scarcity and creativity studio
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