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BLOCK/HOME: Final Review

Dec 20-21, School of Architecture KTH.

Over the last thirty years between two to four thousand apartments have been built in Stockholm each year, this is to be compared with the record years between 1935-1965 when over fifteen thousand apartments were added to the city yearly. According to the latest prognosis by USK (the statistic office of the City of Stockholm) the population will increase with approximately 90 000 people in the coming ten years. This means that around 45 000 new apartments needs to be built. Historically it is easy to connect periods of expansion with different architectural discourses and ideologies, the expansion of the garden city in the 20’s – 40’s, the suburban satellite city of the 50’s and the modernist mammoth projects of the 60’s and 70’s. But what architectural discourse and ideologies defines our contemporary society? What is this new city that has been built around us over the last thirty years?

With a starting point in examples such as Södra Station, S:t Eriks sjukhusområde, Hammarby Sjöstad, Liljeholmen, Västra Kungsholmen, Norra Djurgårdsstaden and Hagastaden, this course aims to map and propose alternatives to the current trends in the making of housing. Linking material and building processes to architectural ambitions, private to public in an era dominated by short-term economy and the architectural object to its underlying systems of control, structure and politics.

Projects by: Magnus Adalmundsson , Sara Bergström , Lorenz Boigner, Elton Chan Yik Tung, Maja Claesson , Dan Engberg, Maria Fredriksson, Jonas Frick, Josefin Gustafsson, Stephanie Maloney, Kristin Nedlich, Ingrid Nordstrand, Sofia Nyman, Camilla Silander, Elsa Smeds, Gregor Sutherland, Therese Svalling, Gustav Svärdhagen, Hanna Syrén, Linus Yng

Critics: Jesús Azpeitia, Anders Wilhelmsson, Erik Wingquist and Tor Lindstrand


BLOCK/HOME Autumn 2011

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During this course we continue to examine how contemporary building materials and technologies relate to the production of architecture. Research and science is not really about finding answers but about asking questions. There is no future in answers, if we eventually find everything out, this will ultimately mean the undoing of science, the reason to learn and the production of knowledge. So why is it then that architectural practise is so much about consolidating that which we already know? Maybe one possible answer is that accepted knowledge and conventional wisdom is comforting. If we all agree that something is good, proper and well done, then we don’t really have to think. Cities are about uncertainties, a dynamic and complex web of relations between people, organisations, ownerships, interests, opportunities, and transactions. If this is true why has architecture such difficulties to adapt to these crucial elements that make up our urban environment? It seems that even though cities include architecture, architecture as a practise contradicts many of the properties that constitutes a city.


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In this seminar we will discuss concepts of modernity in relation to the production of space over the last century. From the optimism featured in Le Corbuiser’s manifesto Towards an Architecture, over Reyner Banham’s ambition to update the relationship between engineering and architecture in A Home Is Not A House and ending with Rem Koolhaas description of The Generic City, were architecture, engineering and urbanism implodes under the pressures of capitalism and globalization. We start with looking at a film by Harun Farocki, “The Creators of Shopping Worlds” and after that we will have a discussion were we together try to trace what, if anything, is left of the modern project in our society today. What is our current understanding of the relations between technology and architecture? Is it at all possible to still have a material approach to building in a world of economic abstraction and financial fluidity? Your work is to read the texts and reflect on what connects them and what sets them apart. In what way do they inform us about our contemporary situation?

Texts on Materials

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In this assignment you will work in groups and research new/alternative building materials and put the information together in a presentation. This means that we will have a large archive of knowledge that you can use later in your own individual projects. – Each group has to find 10-15 possible building materials and show how these are meant to be used. – Each group also has to make a field study of a contemporary housing project and suggest how the use of an alternative construction/material could produce additional architectural qualities. Relate this investigation to your own interests and think especially on the following questions: What relation has it to the field of architecture? If used as the basis for architectural conceptualization what kind of architecture does it/could it produce? What aesthetics are produced?

HOUSE HOME Autumn 2011

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A Home Is Not A House Reyner Banham, 1965

During this course we will examine how contemporary building materials and technologies relate to the production of architecture. New modes of production and new materials have continually developed and changed during the last few decades, at the same time it has become difficult to trace how this development have transformed the way we understand architecture. Traditional modernistic ideals as honest accounts of material, function and construction have given way to an increasing occupation with architecture as image, which in turn has lead to an increasing separation between architecture/construction and form/structure. Today we see built examples of this simplified and problematic attitude towards architecture as a complex process. The ambitions in this course are to see if it is possible to reformulate these issues. Is it possible to think architecture that, instead of routinely obsessing with style and external attributes, actually relates to contemporary building materials, construction technologies and modes of production? Topics such as program, economy, material and building procedures will be tested on a single family house located in Stockholm.


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Design Process Studio

VISION/SPACE: Final Review

May 30 the School of Architecture KTH. Critics: Joanna Zawieja and Tor Lindstrand

During the spring of 2011 we have been working on Hagastaden, a new residential and research area between the city of Stockholm and Solna.

Scenario: One of the largest planned expansions of Stockholms inner city is Hagastaden. Up until 2025, the former Norra Station area will be built and developed into an entirely new neighborhood with a mixture of housing, parkland, trade, world-leading research and highly specialized medical care. Hagastaden is emerging in both Stockholm and Solna, and it is being integrated with the New Karolinska Solna University Hospital, which will open in 2016.Just over 5 000 apartments and there will be around 13,000 workplaces.As part of this planned expansion a new architecture/planning centre will be built.As one of the first buildings on site it will work as an information hub but also double as a small research centre for the production of knowledge about how to understand the nature of our contemporary city. During the construction it will take on the role as an information hub, as the neighborhood starts to develop so will the program and use of the architectural centre. An important task is to find relevant concepts for in what way this shift in use will be translated into changes in program as well as in architecture.

“The places where we live are continuously imposed on us. In reality the space in which we operate can only exist as a mental model that is continuously modified through experience. It is necessary to find the form that is born out of our experience instead of by imposed schemes.”

Instructions for the use of the city, Ugo La Pietra, 1978

Projects by: Ingrid Evenstad Dahl, Helena Krahner, Michele Manzella, Sigrid Rossebø Hansen, Sheng Sun, Ulrike Tinnacher and Jonas Westberg



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“Early this morning, I was in a bad mood and decided to break a law and start my car without buckling my seat belt. My car usually does not want to start before I buckle the belt. It first flashes a red ligth “FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT!,” then an alarm sounds; it is so high pitched, so relentless, so repetitive, that I cannot stand it. After ten seconds I swear and put on the belt. This time, I stood the alarm for twenty seconds and then gave in. My mood had worsened quite a bit, but I was at peace with the law – at least with that law.”

Bruno Latour, Where Are the Missing Masses? The Sociology of a Few Mundande Artifacts

Stuck in the traffic a hot summer day in Los Angles, Michael Douglas character in the film “Falling down” decides to abandon his car and starts to walk through the city. This is the moment when the symbol of the middle class, the middle man, transgresses the agreed conventions and behaviour. Falling down – the workshop – is a one day seminar exploring the notion of the middle class. Starting with a lecture on the 1960s and 70s Italian workerist movement, and its relevans for the study of the middle class, we will continue with discussions abut the production of knowledge, economy, labour in today’s society. The workshop is part of this semester’s art history course on the theme of autonomy, and is a collaboration between the Art History course at Kungl. Konsthögskolan and the Design Process Studio at KTH-Arkitektur.

FALLING DOWN – A one day workshop on the theme of autonomy and the middle class.

Lecture by artists Michele Masucci and Måns Wrange followed by text seminar.

Reading: Labour and Language, Paolo Virno and ‘Where Are the Missing Masses? The Sociology of a Few Mundane Artifacts, Bruno Latour

The workshop is organized by Milou Allerholm (KKH) and Tor Lindstrand (KTH)

Texts on Public Space

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In this first assignment you will do individual research, your task is to present a short text on what a contemporary or future public space could be. The over-arching idea is to produce an encyclopedia of ideas for a new public space. You are free to choose anything to study but make sure that the research is relevant to a contemporary architectural discourse. Since you have such diverse backgrounds one possible starting point could be some phenomena form your home countries or from your personal history. It is essential that you think in terms of concepts, so rather than the history about a famous square, it could be for instance the Impact of MTV on uses of public space. Try and address it in relation to classical architectural concepts such as program, function, scale, material, temporary, use, permanence, monument.


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Drifting through the middle-class.

Week Assignment

1 November – 5 November 2010

Research: In this assignment you will work in groups and research new neighbourhoods around Stockholm. Your task is to arrange a field trip to one of four residential areas in Stockholm. Find out as much as you can about the respective area, its history, political background, relation to context and link this discussion to actual observations on site. Make your presentations in relationship to different scales, from overarching visions to the smallest details. Try to create an interesting narrative. Your subjective reflections as individuals and as a group is more relevant than the telling of an “objective” story. The underlying question being: What is the stuff contemporary cities are made of?

The Flying Proletarian

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The Flying Proletarian 19-20 Nov 2009

“This is a hole. It always has been and still is. But now it is a hole into the future. We’re going to dump so much through this lousy hole into your world that everything will change in it. Life will be different. It’ll be fair. Everyone will have everything he needs. Some hole, huh? Knowledge comes through this hole. And when we have the knowledge, we’ll make everyone rich, and we’ll fly to the stars, and go anywhere we want. That’s the kind of hole we have here.”

Arkady & Boris Strugatsky

In collaboration with the theory course ”New Realities – from Realism to Utopia” at the Art Academy (KKH) we will spend two days examining different movements between realism and utopia. The starting point being historic texts and contemporary discussions, variations on how we can relate to visionary thinking today.


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