New Article in Architecture and Culture

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.

Read full article here.

Co-Design in Co-Production Processes

New article by Anna Seravalli, Mette Agger Ericsen and Per-Anders Hillgren have been publiched in CoDesign- International Journal of CoCreation in Design and the Arts.

Co-Design in co-production processes: jointly articulating and appropriating infrastructuring and commoning with civil servants

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.

The URB@Exp project aims to develop such guidelines by reviewing experiences of urban labs, and conducting action research in urban labs in five European cities.

 

 

There is a New Gallery in Town

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!”

Wizard house by Signe Gabriel, a second year student in Visual Communication.
Wizard’s House by Signe Gabriel, a second year student in Visual Communication.

Flykting 532

The short movie Flykting 532 will be aired on Swedish television June 9 (SVT1 19:00). Martin Hennel, lecturer at K3, has worked with the sound design together with Claus Lynge.