initiative — Tor Lindstrand @ 19:31

The New Slussen


Starting with a competition at 7:30 AM in the morning and inauguration at 7 PM November 6:th 2009. This promises to be speedarchitecture at it’s best.

Minimal economy/maximum output for everyone.

reviews — Tor Lindstrand @ 11:40

Final Review Slussen Part 1


26-27 October, KTH. Guest critics Martin Miljand, Erik Wingquist and Malin Zimm

During the autumn of 2009 we are working on Slussen, a highly congested site in the centre of Stockholm.

Over the last century the advances of technology has, with an ever-increasing rate, changed the human condition. The traditional position of architecture as a manifestation of power, both actual (i.e. military installations) and symbolic (i.e. cathedrals), has given way to more fluid forms, were distribution and control of information has become the overarching goal of those wishing to influence society. The traditional virtues of architecture seem to have hit an invisible, soft and transforming wall. As a reaction, we now witness mainstream contemporary architecture either obsessing with style and expression or simply giving up and cynically reducing architecture to a commodity for the market.

The way we live, and our need for architecture is constantly in flux. The assignment for this course is to examine these new borders, and work on projects were architecture and definitions of space can take on new meaning. The task will be to apply this new knowledge on Slussen, a well-known, highly debated site in centre of Stockholm.


course — Tor Lindstrand @ 19:21

Production of Architecture: Week Assignment Slussen Part 1

DSC_0330 Here are the presentations from the first two weeks of the course. Each group were assigned a couple of applications, features and/or phenomenas as a point of departure, with the challenge to cross reference, add, deconstruct and remix. The overall ambition with this first assignment was to open up for new ways of thinking around architecture, space and cities.



We started analysing what analogue and digital are as concepts in a general way, investigating the meaning of these two words from the past to the present. We decided to focus on Slussen. We tried to understand our topics better by recording a movie, in which we used both analogue and digital tools and mixing them together and using ourselves as actors and tools at the same time. We tried to experience Slussen by looking at the existing urban fabric, understanding the potential of the place and its own character, showing it as a real attractive place and experiment with ourselves as living exhibitions. DOWNLOAD: ANALOG / DIGITAL



Life hacks are the tools or processes that are used to organise and filter information to increase productivity and essentially make life easier. When several data sources are combined, a new product is created – a mashup. We look at these concepts and investigate how they may be useful to both analyse Slussen and how they can be used as tools to produce architecture. These concepts can be both interpreted in a conventional way, but also allow us to perceive and conceive architecture from a new perspective. LINK: LIFE HACKING



Architects like to see and show Slussen in a certain way which is not the same as the peoples vision of this much discussed place. By using the internet we got a different image. Maps with user content are showing what captures peoples imagination like Katharinahissen and Debaser. We were also interested in navigating and understanding Slussen with modern technology google earth, gps, cellphones,…where can this lead in the future? For the moment we have the technologies but they are like a butterfly waiting in its cocoon. Maybe the technology will make this kind of complex spaces appear simple or even customisable for individual needs. DOWNLOAD: PHOTO / 3D



A network can be online, on-site, visible and/or invisible. An on-site social network becomes visible only when they are sharing. In order to make networks visible at Slussen, we asked whether people knew of a paper shop nearby. Online, people share photos, videos, ideas about architecture and aesthetics. People propose or react. How can we use these networks for producing architecture? If you use a network, rhetorics are important. Our proposal is to set up a website forum in which people propose and discuss the architecture that is to be built. Will e-democracy decide our future built environment? DOWNLOAD: SHARING / SOCIAL NETWORKS

course — Tor Lindstrand @ 13:23


Production of Architecture 2009-10

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 are so many architects then so concerned with the city as physical manifestation? A tendency to emphasize aesthetics over politics. It seems that even though cities include architecture, architecture as a practise contradicts many of the properties that constitutes a city.

This studio will take its starting point in the city, its phenomenas, properties and complexities in order to invigorate and push architectures performative sides. It is not so much about what architecture looks like but rather what architecture does. This will happen through extensive studies of how cities are produced, how architecture is linked to the production of images as well as hands-on fieldwork on the fabric of our built environment. The studio is divided into two blocks, each holding two separate and independent courses. Along side of the courses there will be series of lectures and seminars on urbanism, alternative architectural practise, new media, contemporary philosophy and architectural theory.

Autumn 2009 (virtual)

When faced with the discussion about “real” and “virtual” architecture one encounters many different traces. One is leading towards a way of addressing architecture as a result from various “forces” or “powers”, where the constructed space is understood as something that manifests the predominating one. As a consequence, architects and theorists have been using the idea of the virtual and the network as a tool to resist powers or at least make the powers in question visible; to the beholder, but also to the producing architects. Terms like “open source” and “share-ware”, borrowed from computer science, has been popular in the field of visual arts as well as in architecture. Production, collaboration, community, peer-to-peer, has been buzzwords in recent theory and practice. The courses examine the history, theory and practice of representation and the production of architecture. We will see to what extend projective systems have affected our understanding of space through the evolution of media such as painting, photography, film and computer generated imagery. The representation of objects as we see them and their measured description, two tasks that are conventionally distinguished in architectural drawing, will be shown to have been unwittingly, in many respects, mutually determined and transformed. In this course we study relations between virtuality and architecture. It is not about creating material about architecture but rather to use images and virtual platforms as a tool to produce architecture. We will be working with online platforms like 3D applications, game engines and simulators to look for the specificity of architecture from different perspectives.

Spring 2010 (actual)

The courses aim to develop an understanding for alternative processes in the production of urban conditions. We will look into how non-planning and positions between fast forward late capitalism and residues of traditional planning methodologies have started to produce new understandings of our urban environment. We will introduce and propose new concepts and tools to work on topics of urban development. Away from traditional models of planning and ill-disguised cynical trends towards a more down to earth, active and participatory approach to urban and spatial questions. During these courses 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? The topics of economy, material and building procedures will be tested on a small but complex program for a temporary city planning office on a given site.
The projects will have a practical and a theoretical part. There will be a series of lectures, seminars and film programs where specific architectural problems will be illuminated and related to theoretical discourses in art, literature and film. Basic architectural categories such as representation and construction will be discussed in relation to modern media theory, semiotics and psychoanalyses. Another theme is architecture as aesthetic paradigm within philosophy and other artistic fields. A running theme is the ambition to try to connect theory to the everyday. The practical part will consist of work in the studio, group assignments, weekly individual tutorials, and reviews with invited guest critics.

Spring 2009

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Institute for Research

Over the last five months students of architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology has been working in Tensta, using Tensta Art Centre as a base. The final course Cities Are Made of This has been about producing a concept for an architectural project that can be realized in a week and with an economy of 2000 EUR.

This year’s winner is the project Institute for Research (IR).

IR is an allotment garden in Hjulsta (F11) that teachers, students and others will manage over the next five years. The site will, among other things, work as an open university, a place for experimenting and as a proposal for another architecture.

The project presents an opportunity to consider architecture by referencing the Persian gardens of impossibilities, the pleasure gardens in Byzantium, the dioramaesque Zen gardens, medieval kitchen gardens, the cartesian mathematics of the Barock and all the way to the Chelsea Flower Show. The project is not only a garden but also a social site that proposes the possibility to host series of events. The Institute for Research addresses topics of organisation, ownership and liability. What constitutes the formation of an institution ultimately lays in whether it is accepted as one.

We have focused our work on economy of effect, significant changes with small means. Instead of thinking that changing something means doing the opposite, which means simply reversing the image in the mirror and continuing doing the same, this work is all about changing the way things change. During the first week there has been movie nights, barbeques and seminars on future faculties of architecture along side some hard-core gardening, dehydration and blisters.

Tensta Konsthall

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