Architecture in Effect - Rethinking the Social in Architecture
||Maria Hellström Reimer
||Katja Grillner - KTH/Royal College of Technology - Stockholm
||Mattias Kärrholm, Carina Listerborn, Anders Bergström, Katarina Bonnevier, Karin Bradley, Catharina Dyrssen, Victor Edman, Kristina Fridh, Catharina Gabrielsson, Katja Grillner, Sten Gromark, Lena Hopsch, Maria Johansson and others see project web page
||2011-09-01 -- 2016-08-31
||Arts and Communication, Faculty of Culture and Society, Urban studies
Architecture in Effect: Rethinking the Social in Architecture is critically examining the role and agency of architecture in its cultural and socio-political context, e.g concerning professional roles and education as well as power relations within and of architecture. It engages in current global economical, ecological and socio-political crises and conditions of sustainability, integration, gender equality, welfare and care. The research environment responds to these challenges, and makes a significant contribution to the development of new theories and methodologies for critical interpretations and articulations of architecture. It combines critical theory with methodological and topical perspectives that emphasise the material, spatial and symbolic specificity of architecture. Architecture in Effect is contributing on an international level to the development of new theories and methodologies for furthering a critically and socially engaged architectural research, education and practice. The environment is hosted by KTH, and involves researchers from KTH, Chalmers, LTH and UMU, as well as University of Gothenburg, Södertörn University, and Malmö University. It gathers a unique set of leading national experts in architecture theory, urban studies, architecture history, conservation, landscape planning, cultural geography, sociology, philosophy and the visual arts.
Architecture in Effect structures its research in four program areas defined in relation to particular theoretical problems and methodologies within the field of architectural interpretation: Critical Historiography, Material Conditions, Critical Projections, and Architects in Formation. Effects and articulations of power relations are examined as constituted in the built environment and embedded within the architectural discipline and its societal relations. The environment hosts researchers with defined scientific output demands for concentrated periods of time, and builds a renewed research culture for the field through interdisciplinary dialogue.