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Daniel Koch

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About me

Daniel Koch is a docent, researcher and teacher at KTH Architecture and a practicing architect at Patchwork Architecture Laboratory. At KTH, Daniel works in the Urban Design and Urban Theory research area, heading the profile Critical Morphology and Spatial Analysis, where he is involved in several research projects with external funding, supervise PhD-students, and participate in the estabilshing of the new professorship in Applied Urban Design with Prof. Ann Legeby. 

Daniel is vice Programme Director for the Masters' Programme in Sustainable Urban Planning and Design and also teaches in the introductory course (Sustainable planning and design) and heads the studio course "Textures" within the programme . 

Research

Daniel's research investigates the relation between architectural space and social, cultural and political phenomena, with a focus on spatial relations as an integral part of architecture. The research examines how formations of boundaries, relations, spaces-within-spaces, disjunctions and heterogeneity performatively situates people and produces social situations, extending into and dependent on social relations and structures. Central to this investigation has been the production of public culture, subjectivity and the training of aesthetics, as well as how diagrammatic representations of such relations work to drive research and design.

Current research projects include leading the research projects Equal living environments: urban design for reduced segregation and increased accessibility (Vinnova, with Uppsala Municipiality, Funktionsrätt Uppsala län and Funktionsrätt Uppsala Kommun), leading the digitalisation work package in Duvedmodellen and researcher in Sensable Stockholm Lab: Urban Segregation and City Change (projects within Sensable Stockholm Lab with Stockholm City and MIT) , and Architecture and Urbanism, addressing the social space in the 21st century (FAPESP; with FAUUSP, UMA, TU Delft, PC3, Harvard, Universidad Politecnica Madrid). Please see the research projects portfolio page for more extensive information.

In addition, Daniel is editor of the Journal of Space Syntax, and co-editor of the Nordic Journal of Architectural Research.

Earlier Research Projects

Below is a list of a range previous research projects. Please see the portfolio pages for ongoing research projects and earlier research projects for full descriptions.

  • GIS and Spatial Analysis (Stokholm Stad, within Applied Urban Design (SE))
  • Structures and Systems in morphology and use, KTH / Trenop
  • Methods and theory for building analysis, Chalmers / C-Arc, 2018-2020.
  • Cities & Rail (Swedish Institute, Mistra Urban Futures, ABE), building networks and investigating challenges and potentials for research concerning how cities are affected by and interact with rail development in the nordic region (with Riga Technical University & TalTech), headed by Ann Legeby, 2019.
  • Interactive Platform for Social Systems Services in Comprehensive Planning (Vinnova), developing basis and prototypes for interactive analysis of accessibility to social systems services and differentiated models for spatial analysis (with Tyréns, Upplands Väsby, Boverket, and SGBC City Lab), headed by Ann Legeby, 2018-2019.
  • Urban Form and the Practices of Daily Life, a project in the larger funding of Decode (in Swedish; English summary), studying a suburb in Uppsala, Sweden from the perspectives of (un)equal living conditions, societal presence of public services, and power structures in the built environment, 2018; Decode was headed by Björn Hellström.
  • The Stockholm Commission for a Socially Sustainable Stockholm (Stockholms Stad) with the two sub-projects Equal Living Conditions and Perspectives on Culture, 2016-2017.
  • Vice Director of the national strong research environment Architecture in the Making (Formas), as well as performing research on modeling and consumer subjectivities within the environment, 2014-2017. Headed by Fredrik Nilsson (Chalmers).
  • Head of Reformulation of the Urban Design Research Area at KTH Architecture (KTH), 2015-2017. 
  • Programme and steering committee of the national research school in Architecture, ResArc, 2012-2016.
  • Lead of the Infrastructure Domain in the EU FP7 project RIBS (Resilient Infrastructure and Building Security), including heading the research work at KTHA in the project (with UCL, DTU, E2, Technion, Aedas, NBG), 2010-2013. Headed by Hervé Borrion (UCL).
  • KI Architecture and knowledge environments (Akademiska Hus), a historically anchored study of the development of the KI Campus in Solna, Sweden. Headed by Anders Bergström.
  • To see and be seen in healthcare environments (Formas, Locum, Västfastigheter, Karolinska University Hospital), concerning relations, interaction possibilities and potentials between personnel in hospitals, headed by Jesper Steen.
  • Platser i praktiken ('Places in Practice', Stockholmshem, with the City Planning Office and Urban Development office of Stockholm), concerning small and mid-sized suburban centers with Hökarängen as a case in point, headed by Lars Marcus.
  • Mind the Gap - an artistic research project about rhythm, mirroring and reflections headed by Monica Sand (Konstfack).

Other earlier academic work

Until 2016 Daniel was Programme Director of the Doctoral education in Architecture at KTH, where he also co-ran courses in Philosophies in Architecture (with Hélène Frichot) and Urban Design (with Lars Marcus). Between 2007 and 2013 he taught at the Stockholm Centre for Fashion Studies at Stockholm University, and between 2007 and 2012 he taught in the Building Management programme at KTH Syd (The planning and building process), now part of KTH ABE.

Contact information

Daniel Koch
KTH Architecture
100 44 Stockholm
daniel.koch@arch.kth.se
+468 790 60 25


Courses

Degree Project in Urban Planning and Design, Second Cycle (AD2EXU), course responsible, teacher | Course web

Introduction to Urban Economics (AD2865), course responsible | Course web

Sustainable Planning and Design (AG2150), teacher | Course web

Sustainable Urban Planning and Design Studio 1.1- Textures (AD2867), course responsible, teacher | Course web

Sustainable Urban Planning and Design Studio 1.2- Situations (AD2862), teacher, course responsible | Course web

Sustainable Urban Planning and Design Studio 2.1- Urban Ecologies (AD2863), teacher | Course web

Theory of Science and Research Methodology for Planning and Design (AG2126), teacher | Course web