It was interesting to read about your project Sandra and I like the way you consistently use a method of applying the readings to test your area of study. Here are a few brief comments for our discussion at the seminar:
1) Nice cover! Any connection to Charles Dickens’ novel in the title?
2) great expectations: I like your idea of applying Chantal Mouffe’s concepts ‘antagonism’ and ‘hegemony’ to the Brunnshög situation by looking at potential and conflict. I also think it’s important to reveal neo-liberal intentions behind a high profile international project. Are you suggesting that Gibson’s idea of ‘affordances’, or the space to act, can be evaluated in this case by looking at the allowance or space for conflict in this particular situation? Some kind of documentation of disagreement? Is there a register or scale to ‘quantify’ the affordance of conflict in a place? Can you create one? Where does that conflict take place when this place doesn’t even exist yet?
3) great expectations II: Oj! A plea for gentrification? After reading your fiction around Landskrona, I wonder if this could be a method you use to visualize conflict? To find literary excerpts, manifestos or political outcries from other situations and then to edit/twist them to fit Brunnshög? Could be a quick, fun exercise!
4) great expectations III: Interesting experiment to test connecting Plato’s chora with the different layers of a plan drawing. I wonder if Grosz’s critique of the concept, could then also be applied to a plan drawing, as a step two? Perhaps this would also reveal aspects of ‘conflict’ that you raise in the first text?
5) great expectations V: I like your description of the act of the experiment, as well as your new definition of affect: a pressing feeling. I think the ‘blurred’ quality of many of your images is interesting. How does it relate to the project as a whole or to the theme “Great Expectations”? Are the images also part of your ‘affective practice’?
I am impressed by your ways of applying theoretical thought processes to a practice-based research, both by your own documentation and experience of Brunnshög (as explained in your blog-post on “affect” when you are using different devices in order to locate a specific site at Brunnshög) and by testing propositions in workshops with your students. It seems like this way of testing concepts and carry them out as experiments using Brunnshög as your site of investigation makes you twist and turn the reasoning and development for certain ideas that are fruitful to understand when talking about “on what grounds do architects and planners make design decisions”. Some relevant themes that you illustrate in your final project (the blog-posts) are Affordance and Chora.
I find your identification of “weak” program very interesting in respect to pedagogical issues on how we discuss architecture and the urban environment. I am sure this is appreciated by your students to put some critical eyes on to the issues raised in your introduction: the idea that green spaces present opportunities for interventions and that built structures have a higher priority and should be respected at a greater extent than green spaces. Often, like you have identified open, green spaces holds possibilities for exploitation. I first encountered the promise of Brunnshög in a studio project review at LTH, fall 2011. Perhaps that studio could provide you with some more “evidence” to critically discuss how projections on Brunnshög are taking place?
In relation to my own historical workings, I find it interesting that a piece of landscape outside Lund holds the same kind of promises and expected greatness as what I am researching in the 1950s, namely the Wenner-Gren Center for Scientific research. At the time, several actors believed that this building project would connect Sweden and the rest of the world in terms of creating a network node for research. Some of these expectations were fulfilled, yet far from the expected greatness. Your thesis project can be discussed on similar terms as I am engaging in, such as grandness; monumentality; and the idea of a campus environment. History seems to repeat itself…
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