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

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Vasily Sitnikov

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IMG_9637_crop.jpgVasily Sitnikov (*1989, Moscow), is an active Marie-Curie Researcher at the KTH School of Architecture. He is interested in enriching the space of digital design and fabrication with new material concepts and design strategies, attempting to foster a shift in architectural design through a drastic intervention in the realm of building technologies, through design experimenting with unforeseen combinations of technological solutions and materials.

Vasily has gained his expertise in the material science of concrete while working in a private concrete laboratory, SISTROM Technologies, in Moscow. In 2014, he was graduated from Staedelschule Architecture Class, Frankfurt am Main, in Architectural Performative Design. Before undertaking the current research, Sitnikov was working with the Berlin-based artist and architect Tomas Saraceno.

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Masha Hupalo is trained as an architect, with degrees in Architecture from Saint-Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering (MSc) and Social Design: Art as Urban Innovation from University of Applied Arts, Vienna (MA). She is a member of the Research Lab dedicated to Territories, Architecture, and Transformation in Aarhus School of Architecture (Denmark), where she is currently pursuing a doctoral degree. In her research project, she is investigating a potential of parking policies and requirements to influence urban configurations and a speculative nature of planning documentation. Besides working for three years in architecture practices in Vienna, she took part in several group exhibitions in Europe and Asia.

Parking is a rare intersection of infrastructure networks, land use in metropolitan regions and technological mobilities, which embodies mutual dependencies between these elements. In the framework of the given theme, I am exploring the potential of repetitive parking spaces to create a favourable context for the later development of the territories they serve. These nodes of stillness in mobility networks are meant to house an automobile – a symbol of freedom, movement, technological progress, and independence – that remains parked on average for 95 percent of the time. An ability to influence movement by managing stillness was the initial starting point for entering this investigative process. Through detailed case studies and speculative scenarios, I am aiming to create a “design brief” for the further development of strategic means to deal with an issue of parking as a catalyst for reshaping contemporary urban conditions.

The environment-world of my research is a virtual space of continuos negotiation between mobility and stillness, infrastructural planning and land use zoning, individual choice and collective values.

Andrea Gimeno Sánchez

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Andrea Gimeno Sánchez is an architect and a PhD Student Marie Curie Fellowship within UrbanHist (Historiography of European 20th century urbanism) H2020 Research Program in the Swedish School of Planning BTH in Karlskrona. She is member of the Research Group on Collective Housing at the Polytechnic University of Madrid where she holds a Master in Advanced Architecture. She has collaborated in different architectural offices in Madrid, China and Antwerp leading competitions and social housing projects. From 2014 to 2017 she has been teacher assistant in design studios at ETSAM and lecturer within MCH Master in Collective Housing (ETH-ETSAM). She is co-founder of Rellam, a small design cooperative founded in 2012 that operates intermittently ever since from places like Valencia, Houston, Stockholm, Madrid, or Copenhagen. Their work has been awarded in several competition prizes and was exhibited in the Spanish Pavilion at the XV Architecture Biennale in Venice, the IVAM Instituto Valenciano del Arte Moderno or DAZ Deutsches Arkitekturzentrum. Her research is still in its formative stages and consists in a critical historiography of shifting paradigms on collective housing from the 70’s to the 90’s and the neoliberal turn. It is focused on the transition of environmental concerns from radical ecology to mainstream sustainability. Nowadays she is visiting researcher at ArkDes in Stockholm.

Sara Hyltén-Cavallius

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With less resources and more people, its urgent to find more sustainable ways of living. The research focus is on how architecture could be part of creating inclusive and sustainable housing and spaces where sharing would be heart of everyday life. Create possibilities to share knowledge, things and space.

Sara Hyltén-Cavallius is an architect, senior lecturer at Linnaeus University, PhD student and a mother. She obtained her Master of Architecture at Lund’s University 1990 and moved to Småland. Worked as a practicing architect in Växjö for 15 years before going into academia and design education at Linnaeus University. First as a course coordinator, program coordinator and then head of department. Sara is currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment at Lund’s University.


Massimo Santanicchia

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I am an architect, urbanist, planner, associate professor and program director in architecture at the Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavik where I teach architecture, and social design. I graduated in architecture from Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia IUAV in 2000 spending one year as exchange student at KTH in Stockholm. My following years have been a mix of studies and working. I received a second MA from Architectural Association in Housing and Urbanism in 2002, and a MSc in Regional and Urban Planning Studies from London School of Economics in 2011. I am currently a PhD candidate at the University of Iceland enrolled in the department of Cultural Studies.

Becoming Citizens: Architectural Education in the North is the title of my PhD research which investigates how the Nordic schools of architecture are addressing grand challenges. The main research questions are: What are the values that each school teach? And How architecture education translate values into tangible experience?


Massimo Santanicchia

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Erika Henriksson is a swedish architect and researcher. Her work emanate from her close interaction with people, places and built environment. She is educated at KTH School of architecture (Stockholm, Sweden), Rural Studios (Alabama, US) and Umeå School of architecture (Umeå, Sweden).
She works with architectural projects, spatial installation, video and photography. She is occupied with architecture as a cultural and metaphysical manifestation, and work in processes of building as a way to see and understand the world. Erika is currently a PhD-candidate in practice-based research at NTNU, Trondheim, Norway.

Erik Sandelin

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As a PhD candidate at the interdisciplinary programme Art, Technology and Design – a joint initiative of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm – I work in the messy intersections of codesign, posthuman theory, biotechnology and critical animal studies, under the project heading Living Things: Design beyond Human Exceptionalism.

My research interests center on designerly interventions in the intimate entanglements of human and nonhuman lives mediated through digital, biological, and other technologies. How can we design with, and for, nonhuman subjects? How can designers prototype, make tangible, posthuman everyday life? What could a non-anthropocentric design practice be like?

I have an MA in Interaction Design from Malmö University. Before returning to academia I co-founded and ran interaction design and innovation studio Unsworn Industries for almost ten years. We crafted beautiful action spaces, from children’s libraries to mountain megaphones and gluten E.T. barbecues.

Andreea Blaga

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My name is Andreea Blaga and I was educated as an architect at the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning, Bucharest. During my fourth year I had an Erasmus exchange at the Swedish School of Planning, Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, Karlskrona, where I had followed a master programme with majoring in sustainable urban planning.

Currently I am part of a bigger research project called ‘urbanHist’ which is a multidisciplinary research and training program whose aim is to develop a joint understanding of the history of urban planning in the 20th century from a European perspective. My research project “Planning for Growth and Social Welfare” is aiming to address the Swedish welfare model and to place it beyond the national frontiers, in a broader European context, while considering the interstate knowledge diffusion and transfer that occurred during the postwar period between architects and planners.


Annie Locke Scherer

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Annie Locke Scherer is a researcher in the architectural technologies department at KTH School of Architecture. She has a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan and a M.S. in Digital Fabrication from Uni Stuttgart’s ITECH Master programme. Her PhD research at KTH in Stockholm focuses on the intersection and integration of computational design with fabric formwork, parametric smocking, and concrete; a short summary can be found here:


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Traditionally, in the realm of computational design and digital fabrication, the final form is envisioned, and then a material is chosen to best suit its construction needs. Concrete has been used for centuries in traditional construction projects, often with laborious and costly form work. Most conventional construction techniques aim at constraining the material’s inherent qualities, doing their best to minimize the hydrostatic forces and slumping of concrete.



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This project investigates patterns and methods to formally manipulate flat sheets of fabric. Concrete Form[ing]work examines traditional smocking, an embroidery technique of gathering fabric that has been used since the Middle Ages, and questions how this technique can be applied in novel means. Smocking refers to the gathering and stitching together of fabric in a wide variety of patterns, a technique that has commonly been used in clothing for cuffs, necklines, and waistlines in the absence of elastic. Smocking reduces the size of the fabric to roughly one third of its original size, and can be applied to architectural elements to specify varying areas of elasticity as well as differentiate global geometry. The integration of such methods opens up a new possibility of design research and fabrication techniques in regards to what can be achieved with fabric form work. It also speculates on additional research that could introduce an industrial robot arm and sensors to explore issues of repeatability, scale, and economy.

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Concrete Form[ing] work explores the integration of parametric patterning and cast concrete to investigate novel techniques for creating architectural elements. While traditional form work for custom or sinuous concrete structures is often costly or impossible to fabricate, this research looks at a myriad of techniques to custom-tailor fabric for casting. These include traditional hand smocking as well as more recent research into custom knit structures that can react and transform in response to heat, water, or electrical currents.

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