Stockholm on the Move – Hybrid Frameworks: Re-Engaging in Infrastructure (Fall 2012)
This year’s Master’s Level orientation course, organised by KTH School of Architecture, is an initial stage of series of events, seminars and workshops that will precede the exhibition Stockholm on the Move opening October 25, 2012. The result of the course will be used and processed in a follow up workshop the second part of September. The final exhibit will feature the results of the course and the workshop.
The Orientation Course
Note that the course starts Tuesday August 28!
The planning of cities today is diffuse with the involvement of multiple stakeholders often with competing agendas. To a large extent architects and planners are often absent in dealing with the complexities of infrastructures within urban planning. Currently, the professional focus is often limited to the scale of the building, the street and the parameter block in an attempt to grasp the image of the good city life rather than tackling the increasingly complex question of urban movements and flows. The infrastructures are not only important for the physical aspects of the street and the flow of traffic. They are instrumental in the patterns of urban segregation, spatial-cultural and socio-economic patterns within the city.
The aim of the course is to project scenarios for future infrastructures in the Stockholm region that set the spatial framework for the urban development and the life for its inhabitants. One of the greatest challenges for cities of tomorrow will be how architecture intersects with mobility. The task will be to study urban flows, transport systems, and traffic landscapes as well as large-scale infrastructural systems for water, energy, and waste in relation to urban life culture and urban form. During the orientation course the students will have an opportunity, through the direct engagement with involved stakeholders, to test and propose urban strategies for the development of the Stockholm region.
Students will evaluate the input material from interviews of three participating stakeholders and attached graphic material. Each team will subsequently propose an alternative scenario based on investigated conditions, limitations and discovered possibilities for the development of a chosen point or points in the Stockholm region. The work will relate to the regional comprehensive system –macro and micro scales and the particular themes and challenges that each group will be working with.
The workshop (September 13–27) will take up the work of the orientation course and develop themes in smaller groups of professionals and students. Material from both the course and the workshop will be presented in the exhibition Stockholm on the Move and included in Färgfabriken’s publication that will be made prior to the exhibition.
Stockholm on the Move
Invited participants are local stakeholders as well as leading world and local urban theorists and practitioners, architects as wells as architecture and planning students. An open three day seminar will be arranged within the framework of the orientation course.
A series of open seminars on the infrastructure development of the Stockholm region are planned as part of the Orientation Course Stockholm on the Move organised by KTH School of Architecture, with invited guests, international experts and representatives from local stakeholders.Stockholm on the Move will also be an exhibition at the art and architecture institution Färgfabriken in the autumn 2012 where among other things the result from the work in the orientation course will be presented.
The seminars will consist of a series of thematically focused lectures that discuss future infrastructure and urban development from diverse perspectives and scales. Each day will consist of three to four lectures: by local stakeholders and two invited international guests.