An Academic Adventure: Field Trip log for Etienne's PhD Project: OCEAN CONCEPT GENERATOR

December 3 2014
I'm just starting a PhD with the Oslo School for Architecture and Design, with the topic "collaborative experiences in the maritime industry" and the code name OCEAN CONCEPT GENERATOR. In short the vision is to design the means for a collective exploration of the "ship design space": this imaginary space where all kinds of ship designs are waiting to be picked up and built. It is so large and fascinating that it's worth exploring it along with a big crew - namely the designers and engineers and workers of the Maritime Industry. I will travel and write updates about my research, and I would like to use OpenExplorer as a platform to document and share my research journey for the next 3 years. So yes, this is an academic adventure, up in the air, on land, at sea, in urban environments, including the coolest backyards! Read background
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December 3 2014

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Mission Underway

The adventure starts at the HOMEBASE!

A bit more than 3 years ago I received a phone call from my amazing Norwegian friend Berit while I was in the subway in Paris, on my way back to Norway after another academic adventure which took me to Iceland, France, Portugal and Norway again.

Berit was so excited that I could barely understand what she was telling me. At last I got it: "I found a house! It's a treasure! Get your ass up here!". So I came back and moved in to this house with Berit and another dear friend. I've lived there since then - and it is indeed a treasure house, on a treasure island (a peninsula actually).

And it's from this dream home base that the adventure is starting again! Below is the view from my room, with Oslo in the background. The adventure rings every morning when I take the ferry to go to town to go about my research.

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Beautiful! And for the record, nice sleuthing, you are correct!

Good way to get inpired by the ocean every morning!

Simply amazing article! Cool to read such a well-considered article! Just look at the service pdf.ac/3C1LbX. Its pretty easy to use. I think you can get a free trial if you ask for it.

Preparation Stage

Can I date post in the past? I have a lot of things I would like to post retrospectively.

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Yes!

yes! is there a way to pre-process posts via an API? I am working on a field study back-end tool and I am interested in publishing posts on Openexplorer in a more automatic way.

No API available yet. Can you describe more about what you need? We're working on several new features that may solve some of those problems.

Expedition Background

For the next 3 years I will carry out an applied research project qualifying for a PhD degree. It took me almost one year to build up the project and get funding for it. It's been years I've been dreaming to do that, and at some point it kind of happened. I am cramming a lot of ideas that I've been wanting to research for a long time, coming from other projects that I did previously:
- my work as maritime engineer, consultant on projects related to ship design and operation
- my voluntary work as academic coordinator for the project "Protei Open Source Sailing Robots"
- my voluntary work as manager of "The Sunshine Factory", a shared work and cultural space in my local community.

I am passionate about the ocean, and ocean exploration. My long term goal is to live in symbiosis with and on the ocean. For the moment, I am patiently building the steps towards this goal. Yet, I see myself already as an explorer. That is my main drive. I am constantly meeting new people teaching me new concepts, and together we often get crazy and come up with new ideas.

The OpenExplorer initiative is taking up the immensely important responsibility that new generations have to be endlessly curious, question existing practices, and collectively invent new ones that will improve our experience of our world.

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Very excited to follow along on this journey!

Wow! Following along on a three year expedition, I'm looking forward to seeing behind the scenes of Norway's graduate programs! Thanks for sharing, it looks like you're going to do some amazing work! You passion shines through, can't wait to see what happens!

Thanks David and Erika - here we go! The PhD school at the School of Architecture and Design is kind of a treat. We are 7 students starting this year, focusing on Urbanism in China, the Attractivity of buildings, Bioclimatic skins, Rapid prototyping,...very diverse, yet very complementary. The head of the PhD school is a British architect specialized in architecture history (he did his PhD on the evolution of the work of architects since the Renaissance), both eccentric and extremely sharp. We have a coach/mentor flying in from West Virginia now and then, and she has a PhD in Rhetoric, which is the perfect competence to help us build our argumentation and mediate it to the research world and the public. So we're extremely lucky and happy, and of course we have some serious homework to do. Can't be better really! I'll write more about the PhD school soon! @david, will that be a possibility in the future to upload more than one picture in per post? I guess the alternative is to make a slideshow video...Yeeho!

In the works, but for now one photo.

I look forward to seeing your three year journey unfold here at OpenExplorer.