A52K1B Critical Studies Design Studio 5:1 12.0 credits

Kritiska studier - studio 5:1

Feminist Design Tools I, 5th year

The course is part of the
Critical Studies Design Studio    FATALE
Feminist Architecture Theory – Analysis, Laboratory, Education

The FATALE studio works with critical and feminist strategies in architecture and design, based on theories of gender, queer, postcolonialism and power relations. The studio engages in subversive and dialogical research and design practices applied to specific themes and/or locations.

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Framed by feminist references and methods, queer and postcolonial perspectives, where performativity, affect and intersectionality act as central terms, the course applies and develops several productive tools – reflections, texts and actions – to critique power relations in the built environment. We will move between full-scale experiments, re-interpretation/performance, writing/drawing and practice architecture and design in a social and historical context as materialized proposals for new realities.

Intended learning outcomes *

Feminist Design Tools I / Feministiska designredskap I, 5th year

Feminist Design Tools I is a research studio with two parallel aims. It will give an orientation in contemporary and historical feminist architecture theory, methodology, practice and activism. It also aims at develop critical skills, methods and projects in order to identify, explore and propose new or alternative possibilities within the thought and practice of architecture and design – to initiate a realization of dreams of transformation.

After completed course the participants know how to:
- Orient themselves in feminist architecture theory and contemporary feminist thought and activism in particular with the central terms performativity, affect and intersectionality.
- Practice, present and design architecture from several academic and political feminist perspectives, particularly through the acts of identification and creation of subversive and dialogical strategies.
- Develop productive tools for artistic research by design.
- Recognize, explore and redefine normalizing notions, power structures and situations in the built environment; critically examine normative architectural practices and disclose non-patriarchal architectural history and practice.
- Start realizing dreams of transformation.

Overall goals

1. The course is part of the Critical Studies Design Studio. 2. The course/project goal is to increase the student's knowledge in this area/field and skills/knowledge in the field of architecture in general. The students will enter the project with varying degrees of knowledge/skills and will subsequently end up at different levels at the end of the course/project.
 3. The individual student must show an increase in the particular skills/knowledge offered in the studio and in the field of architecture in general.

Course Disposition

The course includes several seminars with design assignments, presentations and group discussions. There is also individual tutoring and a final review for the presentation and discussion of individual work. Furthermore there is a parallel series of text seminars with literature on methodology and theory.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

One year fully approved architectural studies at the advanced level, courses and projects.

Recommended prerequisites

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-Gülsüm Baydar, “Figures of wo/man in contemporary architectural discourse”, Heynen & Baydar, eds., Negotiting Domesticity Spatial productions of gender in modern architecture, London & New York: Routledge, 2005, 30-46.
-Jane Rendell, Barabara Penner, Ian Borden, Gender Space Architecture, London: Routledge, 2000.
-Elizabeth Kamarck Minnich, Transforming Knowledge, Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2005.
*Specifika läsningar meddelas vid kursstart.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

  • PRO1 - Project, 9.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • PRO2 - Project, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade *

a) Presentation requirements
Presentation requirements will be handed out at the start of the course.

b) Examination
80% attendance. Active participation in lectures, tutorials, and seminars etc. Passed intermediate and final assessments. Compulsory attendance during the assessment reviews.
Completion: The project work shall be delivered and, if necessary, reworked within the set time limit.  See general directions.
(Overall principle: Autumn term projects must be approved during the following Spring term: Spring term projects must be approved before the start of the following Autumn term. The reworked projects must be delivered at least one week before the time limit.)
The project work is to be documented in a portfolio, including drawings, analysis and models. The work process shall be legible.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Per Fransson

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web A52K1B

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Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.