Anna Livia Pugholm Vorsel
Anna Livia Vørsel is an architectural historian, researcher, and PhD candidate in Architectural History, Theory and Critical Studies at the School of Architecture, KTH. She holds an MA in Architectural History and a BSc in Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies, both from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Working in-between and across scientific, historical, artistic and critical inquiries, her work addresses economic, legal and bureaucratic infrastructures in discussions around identity, belonging and and knowledge production in architecture.
Anna Livia’s research project, titled Becoming Evident: material forms of knowing in Swedish post-war housing, engages with Swedish post-war housing affected by the contemporary neoliberal form of turning around properties under the ‘buy it, fix it, sell it’ model, applied heavily since the financial crisis by international investment firms. It looks at the material history of buildings through different forms of ‘events’ and material ‘stutters’: renovations, restorations, conversions, or shifts in materiality, ownership or value, and questions how different forms of knowing materialise in architecture. The PhD research is part of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action project ‘TACK / Communities of Tacit Knowledge: Architecture and its Ways of Knowing’.