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

Month: September, 2015

Appropriating Guattari’s words

by evagheysen

By decontextualising fragments of Guattari’s text and bringing them together in a new construction, I express the affinities of my own work by interpreting and manipulating Guattari’s words.

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“The erosion of subjectivities, assets and environments・mentally manipulated through the production of a collective, mass-media subjectivity・bound to archaic fixations・structures producing signs, syntax and control・subjective power・conceptual scaffoldings・myths of reference・creating different scenes and references・reappropriate universes of values・rid ourselves of all scientistic references and metaphors in order to forge new paradigms・to apprehend the world through interchangeable lenses or points of view・an environment in the process of being reinvented・a gentle deterritorialization・detached from their denotative and significative functions・ruptures of meaning・a relationship of uncertainty between the apprehension of the object and the apprehension of the subject・one is compelled to make a pseudo-narrative detour・developing their own methods of distancing themselves from normalized subjectivity・kick the habit・seek something that runs counter to the normal order of things, a counter-repetition, an intensive given which invokes other intensities to form new existential configurations・free association, interpretation・desiring ambivalence wherever it emerges”

Eva Gheysen

by evagheysen


My name is Eva Gheysen, I am 25 years old and grew up in Leuven, Belgium. I studied Architecture at Sint-Lucas Brussels and graduated in the Master trajectory REAL (Research, Exploration, Architecture, Laboratory) in June 2013 with the thesis project ‘In Space of Wonder’, that was nominated for the Meesterproef Vlaamse Bouwmeester. After my studies I was a member of the artistic studio M Atelier, I did several collaborations with artists and exhibited my work in artistic venues in Belgium. For the moment I am fully engaged in a design-based research at the university of Brussels (Sint-Lucas, KU Leuven University) and the university of Göteborg (Chalmers University).

The research project carries the working title “Disruption as a tactic for sense making in architecture” and can be situated in the field between Architecture and Arts and between reality and imagination. The main body of the research consists of an oeuvre of collages, scale models and installations on scale 1:1 that develop simultaneously with and are an inherent part of the research.

As an architect, I am interested in how our perception and experience of the environment is formed. How do we make sense of our surroundings and which conceptions lie at the base of this understanding? Through designing I explore the models we use for conceptualising architecture and investigate how these models influence perception and experience. Design tactics that were at play during the conception of the designs are extracted from the design production and provide insight in how disruptions in conceptual frames influence sense making processes.

Janek Oźmin

by janekozmin

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Janek Oźmin

Janek Oźmin born 1975, Dublin, Ireland is an Architect, Visual Artist and Researcher based at Umeå School of Architecture, Sweden. He graduated with a Diploma in Architecture from Cambridge University in 2001 receiving a Silver Medal commendation from the RIBA for his thesis project “Barking and Dagenham a New Industrial Culture”. Following graduation he has worked in both the United Kingdom and Ireland before establishing his own practice in 2007. From 2006 he was an assistant lecturer in Dublin Institute of Technology and Queens University Belfast where he has carried out a series of research based urban and building projects including NAMAlab 2011. NAMAlab investigated the conditions of Dublin’s collapsed real-estate market following the financial crisis of 2009 and was recognised by the RIBA as a World Class Project in 2012. In 2011 his project proposal for a Genocide Memorial in Atlantic City co-authored with the architect Donal Hickey was exhibited as part of the Royal Hibernian Academies first exhibition on emerging Irish Architectural practices. The memorial project also formed part of a solo invited exhibition at the Irish Architectural Archive and has since been included in its permanent collection. After moving to Sweden in 2012 he has produced a series of public spatial installations dealing with hybrid conditions formed between a combination of the Body, Landscape and Nature. Most recently he has exhibited a tryptic fabric sculpture titled “Domestic Still Life” in Hohenems, Austria dealing with migrating centres of production and space as product co-authored with the visual artist Swetlana Heger. He has contributed to several architectural publications on Illustration Techniques, Architectural Theory and Visual Arts practice. His PhD research is being carried out at Umeå School of Architecture within the Relational Architecture program with a focus on Relational Architectural Technology. The UMA PhD school is directed by Proffesor Roemer van Toorn and consists of PhD students Sepideh Karami, Katja Hogenboom and Hannes Frykholm and Janek Oźmin.

The Garden of Crisis PhD project Umeå School of Architecture.

The world of home is becoming an increasingly complex space where boundaries between the individual and society are blurring and forming a new context for emerging subjectivities. My interest is in how Architecture and Visual Arts can communicate through visual and spatial material productions the emerging image of the contemporary home.

The research project The Garden of Crisis argues that Architectural practice must engage with a variety of spatial and aesthetic practices in order to come to terms with a rapidly developing forms of domesticity.

The project is based at Umeå School of Architecture and is being carried out as an Artistic based Research projected connected to the Swedish Architecture Research Environment, ResArc and Architecture in the Making. It is the ambition of the project to construct a series of spatial installations and visual documents questioning how the home has developed as a space where the individual connects and negotiates with ecology, infrastructure logistics, production and consumption.


by bojanboric


Bojan Boric (born in Belgrade in 1968), moved to The United States in 1986. Received a Bachelor Degree in Architecture at Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, Cooper Union, New York in 1993, and in 1999 a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Urban Design at the GSAPP Columbia University, New York. Since 1993, he has been a practicing architect (Licensed Architect in New York State and Virginia) working on a wide range of projects from interiors to housing, public buildings and urban design projects throughout the New York City metropolitan area, Scandinavia and China. In 1997, together with Jelena Mijanovic, he has founded an office Forma Architecture and Design. In 2004, the office moved to Stockholm. In addition, Bojan has been involved in several exhibitions, collaborative projects and workshops with focus on contemporary urbanity. He has also participated in academic research and teaching in New York and Stockholm where for the past two years he was the Coordinator for the Masters Program in Urban Planning and Design at Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. Today, Bojan teaches at the School of Architecture in Stockholm as head of the masters level architecture studio focusing on urban design. Parallel with teaching and practicing, Bojan is currently enrolled in the PhD program working a thesis project titled “The Ghost Boulevard” at KTH School of Architecture in Stockholm.