New article by professor Maria Hellström Reimer in the latest issue of Architecture and Culture.
Playing the Green Card – The Commodifying Fiction of a Derivative Jardin-Forêt
With the point of departure in the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) – site François Mitterand (Dominique Perrault, 1989–95) and more specifically its central but inaccessible jardin-forêt, this essay problematizes what has been described as the neoliberal shift in architecture and urbanism. The BnF and its garden-forest has been interpreted as a last breath of modernist urbanism and welfare ideas. Yet, rather than dismissing this Grand opération as a tardy spasm of modernism, it is perhaps more productive to consider the ensemble an exponent of the derivative, or spin-off, spatial logic currently sustaining the fiction of urban fertility and growth.
Anna, Mette and Per-Anders have been part of the research project URB@exp during the last years.
About URB@exp European cities face complex economic, social and environmental challenges. To address these challenges, cities seek new approaches. A currently popular approach is urban labs (Living Labs and City Labs), in which local governments engage in solving problems together with other stakeholders in urban development. However, clear guidelines are needed concerning types of problems for which urban labs are most suited and how urban labs can best be organized and integrated into formal local government organisations.
Window Space has finally opened, and we welcome everyone to come by and have a look. Located on the fourth floor of Orkanen (room B436) students from different courses are given the opportunity to showcase their work. Every other month the exhibition will swap appearance to make place for new work. Window Space is a gallery by students and for students, but above all a place for inspiration and creativity.
Our first exhibitor is Signe Gabriel, a second year student in Visual Communication. Together with the artist we decided to print one of her characteristic works in large format, and when you see it you will understand why. It’s a work that attracts the viewer to discover more and more – an experience we are excited to share with you!
”The Wizard’s House is a personal illustration project done in watercolour, ink and gouache. With the characters appearing in multiple locations, it doesn’t illustrate a specific point in time, but is thought to be more of a portrait of the little Wizard. By being allowed to peek inside his home and see him in intimate, every-day situations, we got to know who he is. The more time we spend with it and the more hidden objects and clues we find, the more details we know about him. Working on this project became a very similar experience in itself – I didn’t know the Wizard at first either, and so the process became that of exploring a character rather than working from a finished idea. Every little detail had to make sense and add to who he is. It took time to slowly make my way around him, but the result is an illustration and a character that I feel very personally connected to, and it was well worth the wait!”
During the last years K3 has been involved in different project with UNICEF. Since January 2017 professor Ronald Stade and professor Oscar Hemer are working together with a project group to outline the situation for Libanon children at risk.
During spring, Visual Communication students (year two) have studied specialization courses in drawing, moving pictures and photography. This week the result has been shown in an exhibition at the K3 workshop.