Educational Content of Today The Understanding of Architecture as a Collective Art


  • Gro Lauvland Norwegian University of Science and Technology




architecture, durability, cognition, thought, poetry


Our understanding of the world is manifested in what we make and produce. Through the last 250 years there has been a change in the understanding of man´s place in the world. Our way of building is characterized by market economy and controlled production processes — as if we can control everything through our consciousness. Both the given nature and what is transferred to us through history, are regarded as resources made for us. Today our understanding of the world makes the cities more and more similar. This understanding of nature and culture challenges our human conditions.

As human beings, we are embedded in the place, according to both Martin Heidegger and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. In line with their understanding the Norwegian architect and theorist Christian Norberg-Schulz argued, for instance in Stedskunst (1995), that it is the qualities of the place we identify with, and which makes it possible for us to feel at home.

How to Cite

Lauvland, G. (2019). Educational Content of Today The Understanding of Architecture as a Collective Art. EAAE Annual Conference Proceedings, 100–103.



Author Biography

Gro Lauvland, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Gro Lauvland received her architectural degree from The Oslo School of Architecture (AHO) in 1988. She is a practising architect and since 1990 she has also worked in the field of research and development alongside to teaching. Her research interest includes architectural philosophy and aesthetics. After completing her master’s degree in urbanism at AHO, she wrote her Ph.D. thesis on Christian Norberg-Schulz´s theory of place, Work and Conditions. Christian Norberg-Schulz´s theory of place seen from the perspective of a philosophy of architecture. (Verk and vilkår. Christian Norberg- Schulz´ stedsteori i et arkitekturfilosofisk perspektiv.) Besides practicing as an architect and writer, she is now working as an assistant professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. Lauvland is a member of the Norwegian Non-fiction Writers and Translators Association (NFF).


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