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Steel as medium: Constructing WGC, a tallish building in postwar Sweden
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture.
2017 (English)In: Producing Non-Simultaneity: Construction Sites as Places of Progressiveness and Continuity, Taylor and Francis , 2017, p. 65-82Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

On November 1, 1955, public radio and the front pages of the local newspapers announced that the industrialist and founder of Electrolux, Axel Wenner-Gren, together with his celebrity wife and former opera singer Marguerite Wenner-Gren had donated four million Swedish kronor towards establishing a foundation. The donation held a promise to create an institution and a building complex that could gather scientists in Stockholm including visiting researchers from abroad 1 (Figure 4.1). It was a significant amount of money at that time, which claimed several stakes: For one, the Wenner-Gren Center Foundation (WGC Foundation) had been endorsed by Prime Minister Tage Erlander. Establishing a centre was in line with the Social Democratic Party’s political agenda to advance research in general. Erlander had thus made a promise to provide a property for the location of the WGC at the courtesy of the state. Second, Axel Wenner-Gren argued for advancing science that could underpin solutions to problems that the world was facing. On a personal note, Axel Wenner-Gren’s philanthropic initiative hypothetically was made to whitewash his disreputable status. He had been accused for supporting the Nazi regime and therefore blackmailed by the US government. But foremost, the WGC Foundation intended to establish a specific location for interdisciplinary research. As such, the WGC was imagined as a centre for symposiums and conferences, and offices for different research administrations, as well as accommodating visiting researchers and their families through rental apartments. 

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Taylor and Francis , 2017. p. 65-82
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-236791DOI: 10.4324/9781315141930Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85050055638ISBN: 9781351393195 (print)ISBN: 9781138299061 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-236791DiVA, id: diva2:1273755
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