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An architecture of bricolage
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Society is driving itself to its own destruction. How can architecture pull the culture towards a stable course? Bricolage - a construction made of whatever materials are at hand - became the main theme of my investigation, and what was given for free on blocket.se became the construction material I allowed myself to use. An array of basic architectural problems were answered in a hands-on manner, sometimes in a more inventive spirit and sometimes while glancing at older, easier methods. 

The process and to try to align my thinking to a mind of bricolage became a large part of the project. The process included a full-scale wall section, a full-scale plan, a 1:10 model, seeing what was available at the site; ramming earth, reading up on water wheels and cold stone foundations. 

To be an architect in this project became seeing what could be picked up from the bricoleurs’ explorations: What had architectural potential? What could be expanded on? What kind of thinking could be used again? How do different parts meet? 

The project ended up with a proposal of a house in the outskirts of Gnesta, where the different elements of my explorations were fused together.

Abstract [sv]

Samhället tar sig ständigt närmare sin undergång. Hur kan arkitektur dra kulturen mot en stabil kurs? Bricolage - en konstruktion gjord av de material som finns tillgängliga - blev temat av min undersökning, och det som gavs bort gratis på blocket.se blev byggmaterialet jag tillät mig att använda. En rad av basala arkitektoniska problem besvarades i ett handgripligt maner, ibland i en mer uppfinningsrik anda, och ibland sneglandes på äldre, enklare metoder. 

Processen och att försöka styra mitt tänkande till att vara närmare ett sinne av bricolage blev en stor del av projektet. Processen innehöll en väggsektion i fullskala, en plan i fullskala, en 1:10 modell, att se vad som fanns tillgängligt på platsen; att stampa jord och läsa på om vattenhjul och kallmurade grunder. 

Att vara en arkitekt i detta project blev att se vad som kunde plockas upp från bricoleurens utforskningar: Vad hade arkitektonisk potential? Vad kunde tänkas vidare på? Vilka tankesätt kunde användas igen? Hur möts de olika delarna? 

Projektet slutade i ett förslag till ett hus i utkanten av Gnesta, där de olika delarna av mina utforskningar blev till en helhet.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 29
Keywords [en]
blocket, bricolage, Gnesta, water wheel, rammed earth
Keywords [sv]
blocket, bricolage, Gnesta, vattenhjul, stampad jord
National Category
Architecture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-200494OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-200494DiVA, id: diva2:1069305
Educational program
Master of Architecture - Architecture
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Available from: 2017-02-06 Created: 2017-02-06Bibliographically approved

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