I am a PhD student in theory and history of Architecture at KTH School of Architecture and frequently engaged as a critic. The title of the dissertation is for the moment: “The Construction of Construction; or materializing tallness in Wenner-Gren Center and Stockholm City, 1955-69”. I have primarily been educated in the USA—Bachelor of Science in Architecture at UTA, Texas and Master in Environmental Design, Yale University. In between, I worked at Lund Hagem Arkitekter in Norway and completed a Masters in Architecture at Chalmers. I have also worked at two different offices in the US; Design International, which focused on commercial architecture in USA and Asia and at a smaller office; Knight Architecture, which focused on loft-living, renovation of a secret society etc. In Sweden I have worked at AIX Arkitekter before commencing a PhD.
Is it possible that material organized Swedish city structure in the postwar era? If so, how did the core of architectural structures meaning the frame construction materialize spatial development? My dissertation explores this on an architectural and urban scale by looking at how building technology, institutions and political objectives co-produced a new corporate and commercial city structure in Stockholm. Modern building methods meaning reinforced concrete and steel remarkably changed the Swedish environment after the Second World War during its most progressive years. Beyond the welfare state’s most well-known architectural accomplishments—the housing agenda—the city of Stockholm exemplifies how the reintroduction of steel as a building material in 1959 effectively produced a new urban environment.