Architecture + Philosophy research seminar, ResArc, Sweden: Dr Hélène Frichot, Critical Studies in Architecture, KTH Stockholm

Month: February, 2013

Sandra Kopljar

by sandra695

sandrahejI am an architect and since 2012 a PhD student at LTH, Department of Architecture and Built Environment, where I also have been teaching since 2008. My PhD studies are tied to the research project The evolutionary periphery and will investigate the planning and pre-construction phase of the research facility ESS in Lund. Here the planning relates to future implications on the science community on a world scale, but also to the scale of immediate vicinity in form of local neighborhoods. As temporality and time dependent potential in urban planning process vary depending on the scale of interaction or conflict more analysis is needed about the intersection of such sometimes conflicting interests. Through recognizing gaps and openings in an inert planning process, latent possibility for visualization by artistic research methods will be taken advantage of, and in formulation and application of architectural and artistic intervention methods the affordances and intrinsic potential of the processes will be investigated. Within the project the prerequisites and temporal assumptions active in the planning process will be problematized as well as the shifting definition of periphery. An analysis of how the operative actors define themselves, which phases and concepts that are used at different levels in the planning process, and a clarification of how a variety of scales are used at various critical moments will be formulated.

Malgorzata Markiewicz

by malkoshka

DSC_3769My name is Malgorzata Markiewicz, I am artists from Poland. Since 2011 I am a PhD student at Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow at Sculpture Department. I am also a tutor at Krakow School Of Fashion Design.

My PhD research is based on the question What does it mean “home” today? This is long lasting project which I already have stared and will continue during my residency in Botkyrka that Spring.

I am going to work on creating objects or textiles based on the personal stories of people I will meet in that multicultural area of Stockholm. Each of those objects will be different, depending on their owner. Different for Muslim, Catholic, single woman, European ect. I would like to focus on different view, which is not represented by male, white, heterosexual and middle class men.

In general, clothing is one of the main subjects and mediums of my art practice. I am interested in the symbolism and significance and the message it can carry. I frequently supplement the language of textile with photographs or objects. Aside from this, one of my favorite and most appreciated mediums is performance art – as it is often the case with socially committed artists.

I work with objects, sculptures, photographs, installations and performances. In my art I often use various materials like fabric, threads, yarns, beads and clothing, referring to traditional female craft techniques including embroidery, knitting, and sewing. My strategy is to play around with viewers perceptions and feelings by juxtaposing those materials with constructions made of heavy industrial ones like concrete and metal.

Throughout my oeuvre I refer to the everyday. I am particularly interested in traces of life and the emotions that are invoked by clothes and fabrics that are the closest witnesses of our bodies. The human body in my work serves not as a cultural battlefield but as the representation of human emotions and the changes that it manifests. homes_private_public


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Hilde Heynen & Gulsum Baydar, eds., Negotiating Domesticity (Routledge, 2005)

Mangus Ericson, Ramia Maze(ed), DESIGN ACT, Socially and politically engaged design today – critical roles and emerging tactics (IASPIS 2011, Stockholm)

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Olga Bannova

by obannova

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am a PhD student at the Architectural department at Chalmers university and have been a researcher and teacher at the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) at the University of Houston, USA for 12 years. I received my architectural degree from Moscow Architectural Institute (Russia) and master of architecture and master of science in space architecture from the University of Houston.

I conduct research and design studies that address planning analyses for a broad range of vehicles, habitats, and systems and based on multi-disciplinary approach. Projects include: habitat concepts for extreme environments on Earth, inflatable and other deployable structures, and special design influences and requirements for different gravity conditions in space. My special interests lay in research and design facilities for severe climate conditions like Polar Regions or those that are exposed to extreme temperature swings, also focusing on confined habitats in third world countries with different cultures to enrich habitants health and life quality. I pay particular attention to emerging technologies and materials and to optimization of proven techniques in order to find more economical and practical design solutions while providing functional comfort for habitability and productivity. Being exposed to different cultural experiences I understand importance of addressing cultural and traditional aspects in the design and believe that good design practice should include thorough examination of relationships between quality of design, quality of life and societal challenges.

Ida Sandström

by idasandstrom

ida copyMy name is Ida Sandström. I am an architect, trained in Lund, Oslo and Berlin. In May 2012 I began my PhD research at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Lund University.

My research departed from an interest in cities as sites of negotiation, and in the continuous interplay of materiality, form and human relations that shape urban space. My research project Far Away so Close – Architecture as Cultural Mediation addresses questions of socio-materiality and seeks to investigate ways in which the built environment affects the establishment of relations to ‘others’ and ‘elsewhere’ in urban space. My research takes a particular interest in spaces of ‘radical difference’ e.g. spaces adopted by people with dissimilar spatial aspirations. I will primarily study places that act on several spatial scales – spaces sometimes referred to as ‘global’, ‘multicultural’ or ‘transnational’ – in search of architecture’s potential to act as a transitional mediator in such extended networks.

Before starting my research I worked in an architectural practice in Berlin (, with municipal planning in Malmö ( and most recently with an extensive urban transformation project in Helsingborg ( I have also been teaching at the School of Architecture in Lund and at Malmö University – Department of Urban Studies.

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Kajsa L.Körner

by kajsakorner


My name is Kajsa L. Körner and I am trained as an architect at LTH, Lund University. Besides from architecture I have studied gender studies, philosophy and human ecology.
In the initial work of my PhD thesis, I have been studying the influence of the urban built environment on transport walking conditions in Malmö. The main part of studies concerning walking and pedestrian conditions applies quantitative methods mostly focusing on health outcomes of walking, where the built form mostly is analyzed in terms of separate objects or as a neutral backdrop. I have chosen to focus on the complexity of spatial settings; their 3D aspects and elements of power in architecture and built form, and how these affect pedestrians and their walking possibilities. Studies have been done along walking routes in order to analyze the built form specifically in relation to the needs of pedestrians. The power aspects of architecture are stressed in the light of citizen’s access to the city. A city should provide of access to all its citizens, where a pedestrian-friendly built form might offer this but also would promote a more sustainable lifestyle in contrast to a car dependent society.

The initial studies on pedestrian possibilities in urban settings forms a point of departure for further exploring built form and citizen’s access to the city. The thesis will be done in the framework of artistic research exploring and applying methods from queer/feminist theory in order to form a critical understanding on how to qualitatively analyze, understand and describe architecture in relation to power and gender within urban settings.

Katja Hogenboom

by katja2013


Katja Hogenboom is a doctoral researcher within the research environment called Relational Architecture at the Umeå school of Architecture: with a focus specifically on the sub-theme Aesthetics as a Form of Politics. The research – The possibility of Emancipating Architecture – Categories of Estrangement – seeks to identify a micro-politics of change that reinvent the idea of publicness and privacy through an estranging and spatial aesthetic that provide ground for enactments of new forms of emancipation.

Katja holds a March and BA in Architecture from the TU Delft, the Netherlands, and has worked as an architect in offices both in the Netherlands and Spain. She started her own practice in 2008 where research, photography, teaching and the practice of architecture form an integrated whole. Besides setting up educational programs for the state architect, research and curating work, she works on the redesign of the interior of the university library in the city of Leiden.

In 2010 she moved to Umeå. After one year of developing and teaching the second year bachelor program at the Umeå School of Architecture, she started her PhD research in October 2011.