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Welcome to The Promenade City: A Gentrifictional Cartography of Stockholm in the Postindustrial Age'
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4241-3431
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture, Critical Studies in Architecture.
2015 (English)In: Architecture and Culture, ISSN 2050-7828, Vol. 3, no 3, p. 397-411Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As we enter the age of cognitive capitalism and immaterial labor, postindustrial cities like Stockholm, Sweden, are witnessing both the emergence of a post-regulatory planning policy climate and the concomitant transfer of responsibilities for design regulation and housing provision from the municipality to distributed networks of producer-consumers. As governments effectively withdraw from direct engagement in city building efforts, new divisions of labor and new forms of control thus become apparent. This essay considers the implications of these shifts by addressing the “gentrifictions” through which they operate. Deploying notions of “chora” and “container technologies” as they have been developed through the feminist scholarship of Luce Irigaray and Zoë Sofia, we ultimately advocate a radical rethinking of our relation to the unobtrusive ‘environments’ that facilitate our (compulsorily productive) experiences of the city and our participation in real-estate games of occupation and exchange.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2015. Vol. 3, no 3, p. 397-411
Keywords [en]
Gentri-fiction, post-regulatory, cognitive architecture, affect, planning, real-estate infrastructure
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Architecture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-165835DOI: 10.1080/20507828.2015.1082056ISI: 000376019200010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85009789267OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-165835DiVA, id: diva2:808896
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QC 20160613

Available from: 2015-04-29 Created: 2015-04-29 Last updated: 2018-04-27Bibliographically approved
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1. Architectures of the Unbuilt Environment
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Architectures of the Unbuilt Environment
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This doctoral thesis offers a critical theorization of architecture’s shifting orientations towards the lives that it inevitably shapes and molds. The fourteen essays that comprise this thesis address a range of seemingly superficial transformations in architecture’s disciplinary landscape, which occur in Sweden in the second decade of the twenty-first century. When viewed in aggregate, these transformations point to a decisive shift in what architecture does, evidencing phases of withdrawal (through deregulations and enclosures) and facilitation (through exercises in projection and connection), ultimately suggesting the arrival of a condition that I refer to as the unbuilt environment, wherein the project replaces the building as architecture’s primary outcome.

 

Through this doctoral research, architecture is also examined as a key technology in the neoliberal project. A discipline that is vested in the production of subjects and environments, architecture is shown here to draw, write, and dream forth a vast range of “container technologies” that enclose, move, shape, support, and produce us as subjects, facilitating certain kinds of lives and not others, from the interior out. 

 

The research was motivated by the need to find the words to think, write, transform, and even negate what architecture was doing, when it was doing what it was doing, to lives led and to life itself, in the architectural present. My aim was always to produce thick, transformative, and essayistic theorizations of the state of things, which would be operative in a critical register. I also wanted to show, that the present constitutes a crucial site for the making of architectural theory. In running alongside and in excess of architectural practice, critical architectural theory, I argue, can produce a space for a yet-un-thought architecture: an architecture that might aspire to facilitate life at the scale of the population.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2018. p. 422
Series
TRITA-ARK. Akademisk avhandling, ISSN 1402-7461 ; 2018-02
Keywords
The Unbuilt Environment; Withdrawal Symptoms; Pastel Cells; Container Technologies; Instant Archives; A Facilitative Environment; The Fog; The Promise of a Lack; The State of Things; The Liquid Seam; In Aggregate; Ghosts in Shells; Images of Desire.
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Architecture
Research subject
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-226945 (URN)9789177297185 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-05-18, Kollegiesalen, Brinellvägen 8, Stockholm, 14:00 (English)
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QC 20180502

Available from: 2018-05-03 Created: 2018-04-27 Last updated: 2018-05-03Bibliographically approved

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